Lou Blasi

One of the original Fantistics analysts, starting in 1999. Currently serves as top prospect scout, along with hosting The Fantistics Insider Baseball Show on SiriusXM.

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    Prospect Central 2017 - Week #3

    Tyler Beede, RHP, Giants Reports out of San Francisco indicate that Tyler Beede will likely have some eventual (if not immediate) role in the Giants' roster response to Madison Bumgarner's shoulder injury. Tyler is approaching 24 years old and the...

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    Prospect Central 2017 - Week #2

    Welcome to Prospect Central! Each week we profile prospects that are expected to have an impact on the fantasy landscape with industry leading depth and insight. Trey Mancini, 1B, OriolesTrey Mancini led the charge in the O's big win over...

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    Prospect Central 2017 - Edition 1

    Welcome to the first Prospect Central of the year! Each week we profile prospects that are expected to have an impact on the fantasy landscape with industry leading depth and insight: Amir Garrett, LHP, Reds Amir Garrett's MLB debut on...

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    Preseason Prep - March 7, 2013

    Lucas Harrell - SP Astros - Lucas Harrell says he would like to upgrade his curveball for the 2013 season, hoping it will help him work deeper into games. He considers it his 4th best pitch but he'd like...

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    Prospect Central 2012 - Week 8

    This is a sample of Insiderbaseball.com's weekly Prospect Central column featuring in-depth analysis of over 120 prospects each season. Please visit Insiderbaseball.com or click the "Home" tab at the top of the page to see all the great insights...

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    Prospect Central 2012 - Week 6

    This is a sample of Insiderbaseball.com's weekly Prospect Central column featuring in-depth analysis of over 120 prospects each season. Please visit Insiderbaseball.com or click the "Home" tab at the top of the page to see all the great insights...

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    Prospect Central 2012 - Week 4

    Just to preempt some questions that I'll get this week ... I see Prospect Central as a way to talk a little more in depth about some prospects that don't get a huge amount of copy in the fantasy...

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    Prospect Central 2012 - Week 3

    A.J. Pollock - Third Base - Diamondbacks The D-backs purchased the contract of A.J. Pollock from AAA in response to Chris Young's injury. The 24 year old missed all of 2010 regular season with elbow surgery but returned for...

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    Prospect Central 2012 - Week 2

    Freddy Galvis - Second Base - Phillies 21-year-old Freddy Galvis started off the season 0- for -10 before collecting a 2-run double to snap the streak. He entered the weekend 5- for -14 including his first career HR on...

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    Prospect Central 2012 - Week 1

    Drew Smyly - Tigers - SP The Tigers will start the season with Drew Smyly as their 5th starter, even if he will start the season in the minors to get a start in while the 5th slot comes around....

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    Preseason Prep - March 27, 2012

    The Rays are expected to announce their starting rotation today and as we speculated last week, it appears that Jeff Niemann will win the 5th starter job over Wade Davis who appears to be headed to the pen. Last Monday...

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    Preseason Prep - March 20, 2012

    Clay Buchholz pitched well in his spring start against the Rays on Sunday, 4 Ks, 4 hits, 0 walks, in 5 IP, one run on a solo homer by Evan Longoria, who must not be able to sleep the...

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    Preseason Prep - February 28, 2012

    Daniel Bard is one of three high profile conversion projects in the majors this year. He, along with Aroldis Chapman, and Neftali Perez will be attempting to switch to starting roles this spring. The Red Sox say they will...

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    Preseason Prep - March 15, 2011

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Red Sox – Salty draws more attention this spring as the Red Sox primary catcher with the ancient and venerable Jason Variteck backing him up. The Red Sox chased Salty like a jilted lover before landing him...

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    Preseason Prep - March 8, 2011

    Clay Buchholz – Red Sox - Let’s start here. I like Clay Buchholz. I think he has #1 potential and he is capable of being a very special pitcher. That having been said I feel compelled to point out all...

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    Preseason Prep - March 1, 2011

    Following our second-year theme of the return of starting pitching in fantasy baseball, let’s look at some profiles of starters from the teams I am covering this spring … Josh Beckett – Red Sox – What to do, what to...

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    Preseason Prep - February 22, 2011

    Freddie Freeman – Braves - I am supposed to highlight some of the Braves' position battles as we go along this spring but I am going to start out talking about a player that isn’t in one of them. Freddie...

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    2011 Top of the Prospect Class

    2011 Top of the Prospect Class It is at this point every year when I am charged with telling you all about prospects who I think will make in impact in 2011. Last year at this time we talked about...

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    NL Player Spotlight - October 3, 2010

    Vance Worley shut down a desperate Braves offense for 5 shutout innings on Saturday allowing just a lone hit and two walks while striking out 3. Worley is 1-1 in 5 appearances and 2 starts, with a 1.38 ERA, and...

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    AL Player Spotlight - September 28, 2010

    Felix Hernandez has had his troubles with the Rangers, his opponent for tonight. He’s 1-3, 5.06 in 5 games, 21 IP against Texas this year and 9-12 lifetime, with a 4.02 ERA in 170.1 IP. Interestingly however, he was 3-2...

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    AL Player Spotlight - September 14, 2010

    The Rays are expected to promote 24-year-old left-hander Jake McGee to augment their bullpen down the stretch. Jake was killer as a reliever after his promotion to AAA (1 start in 11 appearances) posting an 0.52 ERA over 17.1 IP...

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    NL Player Spotlight - September 5, 2010

    The Braves’ Freddie Freeman finished his 2010 minor league campaign hitting .319 in 461 AAA ABs, helped a bit by a .351 BHIP%. He posted a healthy .378 OBP, fueled by a healthy 8.3% BB rate and a .518 SLG%...

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    AL Player Spotlight - August 31, 2010

    The Rangers have exchanged Derek Holland for Rich Harden in their rotation, beginning on Friday when Holland faces the Twins. I’m less than blown over. Derek has been pretty mediocre this year for the Rangers (2-2, 4.76, 1.45) and a...

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    AL Player Spotlight - August 24, 2010

    Jose Bautista hit his 40th HR of the season in Monday night’s win over the Yankees, continuing a torrid second half in which he leads the majors in HRs (16), RBI (39), and XBH (25). If you asked in March,...

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    AL Player Spotlight - August 17, 2010

    If you have daily transactions, keep an eye on reports regarding Carlos Guillen this afternoon. Guillen was roughed up in a play at second base in the 9th inning of last night’s game and was examined by the training...

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    Prospect Central '10 - Week 19

    Thomas Diamond – SP Chicago Cubs Injuries has dimmed the once bright outlook for Thomas Diamond, the 10th overall pick in 2004. Possessed of incredible stuff and a lamentably flawed guidance system, Diamond was derailed by TJS prior to 2007,...

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    Prospect Central '10 - Week 18

    Mike Minor - SP Atlanta Braves The Braves will start Mike Minor against the Astros tomorrow as the left-hander will make his major league debut. The Braves' first round pick last year out of Vanderbilt, Mike signed for $2.42M with...

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    AL Player Spotlight - August 3, 2010

    Trevor Cahill tossed a complete game shutout at the Royals last night allowing 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 7 in a very efficient 109-pitch performance. This, by the way, is the A’s third CG in a row,...

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    AL Player Spotlight - July 24, 2010

    Chone Figgins left last night’s game against Chicago after a fracas in the Mariners’ dugout. Figgins simply decided, it appeared, not to chase a throw from left fielder Michael Saunders to second base that air mailed the cutoff man. It...

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    AL Player Spotlight - July 20, 2010

    The A’s recalled Henry Rodriguez from AAA on Monday. He got knocked around a bit in his first two appearances in Oakland in May but struck out 4 in his last two innings of work in two additional appearances before...

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    AL Player Spotlight - July 11, 2010

    Brian Bannister gets the White Sox tonight and that hasn’t been good news in the course of his career. This year Bannister is 1-2 in 3 starts vs. the White Sox, with a 9.69 ERA, allowing 22 hits and 7...

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    AL Player Spotlight - July 6, 2010

    Matt Garza is among the biggest active Red Sox killers going (2-1, 2.74 in 6 starts vs. the Sox, in 42.2 IP last year) but the bear got him last night. Garza gave up 4 runs in 3 IP last...

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    Prospect Central '10 - Week 12

    Brett Lawrie – Second Base Milwaukee Brewers The Brewers Brett Lawrie may already be, at 20 years old, the best second base prospect in the minors, especially from a fantasy standpoint where you can throw out his defensive limitations. Except...

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    AL Player Spotlight - June 22, 2010

    Mariano Rivera told the Post he’d be willing to accept a one-year deal to continue his career with the Bombers. The question whether the Yankees should consider it. The answer to that question is clearly yes. Mo's K rate is...

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    AL Player Spotlight - June 8, 2010

    A.J. Pierzynski earns 10- and -5 status next Monday, which comes complete with a trade veto power the White Sox may be reluctant to grant, even though he also become a free agent this fall. A.J. may have softened the...

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    Prospect Central '10 - Week 9

    Casey Kelly - Starting Pitcher Boston Red Sox The Red Sox 2008 first round pick wanted to explore his two-way capabilities for a while, but finally arrived at the conclusion himself this past winter that his future was on the...