Walter Kuberski

My passion for fantasy baseball began to grow in 1992. After Sid Bream slid (allegedly) safely into home, sending my Pirates into a decades' long run of futility, I went into a deep-middle school depression. I couldn't even play kickball for months. I also was left without a relevant MLB team to cheer. Over the years, I naturally gravitated towards the fantasy game. And while taking statistics courses in Texas as I worked on my PhD, I lost my mind for statistical applications to baseball, and have no desire to get it back. I've competed in all types of formats and find myself intrigued by spotting value, especially when it comes to prospects and up-and-coming major leaguers. There's nothing quite like signing Craig Kimbrel and Mike Trout the year before they rose to superstardom, and watching your buy-low investments soar in value.

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    AL Player Analysis - April 29, 2017

    Yuli Gurriel(1B/3B-HOU): Gurriel went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two RBI, and two runs scored vs. the A's. After getting off to a sluggish start, Gurriel has picked up the pace at the plate, moving his line to .347/.365/.514...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 23, 2017

    Kenta Maeda(SP-LAD): Maeda lost after allowing six runs on nine hits (four homers) and one walk with five strikeouts over five innings vs. the D-backs. Reports out of LA suggest Maeda may miss his next start to work out kinks...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 18, 2017

    Robbie Ray (SP-ARI): Ray took the no-decision after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks with 10 strikeouts over six innings vs. the Dodgers. Outside of Vince Velasquez, is there a more frustrating pitcher to own...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 17, 2017

    Ryan Schimpf(3B-SD): Schimpf went 1-for-2 with a solo homer, two walks, and two runs scored. When it comes to OBP and points leagues, Schmipt could be one of fantasy's best-kept secrets. He is truly turning into a true three-outcome guy,...

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    AL Player News- April 15, 2017

    Daniel Norris (SP-DET): Norris won after allowing two hits and four walks with five strikeouts across six scoreless innings. After experiencing dead arm during his last spring start, Norris has come out of the shoot looking like the breakout we...

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    AL Player News- April 10, 2017

    Steven Souza (OF-TB): Steven Souza went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer, two walks, and two runs scored. Sign me up for the Souza train! The Rays gave up quite a haul to acquire Souza's services before the 2015 season, but...

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    NL Player News- April 9, 2017

    Michael Saunders (OF-PHI): Saunders went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, two RBI, and three runs scored on Saturday vs. the Nats. Saunders was off to a 1-10 start before the breakout performance and even sat against a lefty earlier...

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    Preseason Prep- March 25th, 2017

    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Notes: Uncertainty Surrounding Jung Ho Kang Jung Ho Kang has been denied a work visa and remains in limbo in South Korea. Reports suggest that a possible DUI arrest in a third country may be a reason...

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    Preseason Prep- March 2nd, 2017

    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Notes: How Can a Super Nova Go Unnoticed? Ivan Nova tossed two scoreless innings, inducing four groundball outs against the Twins on Tuesday. The former Yankee is going as the 72nd SP off the board in early...

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    Preseason Prep- February 23, 2017

    Philadelphia Phillies Spring Notes: Tommy Isn't a Regular Jo(seph) Assuming he is over the wrist tendinitis that plagued him over the winter (and all indications suggest that he is), Tommy Joseph is ready to destroy baseballs in 2017. After an...

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    Preseason Prep- February 18th, 2017

    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Notes: Just Like the GM Drew It Up Pirates GM Neil Huntington recently indicated that he sees Drew Hutchison breaking camp in the rotation unless Tyler Glasnow wows this spring. Knowing how the budget-conscious Pirates operate and...

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    NL Player News- October 2, 2016

    Archie Bradley (P-ARI): Archie Bradley won after allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks with 11 strikeouts over seven innings vs. the Padres. While his 5.02 masks it, Bradley has taken a huge step forward in his development...

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    NL Player News- September 30, 2016

    Ivan Nova (P-PIT): Ivan Nova took the no-decision after allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a rain shortened affair vs. the Pirates. Nova finishes the year with a 3.71 xFIP and a...

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    AL Player News- September 26, 2016

    Carlos Rodon (P-CHW): Carlos Rodon won after allowing two hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings vs. the Indians. Rodon threw 73 of his 108 pitches for strikes and induced eight groundball outs in an important...

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    NL Player News- September 25, 2016

    Robbie Ray (P-ARI): Robbie Ray lost after allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks with five strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings vs. the Orioles. With the Orioles struggling against lefties and Ray thriving on the Road,...

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    AL Player News- September 19, 2016

    Daniel Norris (SP-DET): Daniel Norris won after allowing one earned run on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts over five innings vs. the Indians. Jon Gray better watch out, because there is a new man crush alert in...

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    NL Player News- September 18, 2016

    Jon Gray (SP-COL): Jon Gray struck out 16 in a four-hit, complete-game shutout at home vs. the Padres. What a breakout season 2016 has been for Gray, who now has a 172:53 K:BB ratio with a 3.57 xFIP through 158...

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    AL Player News- September 12, 2016

    James Paxton (SP-SEA): James Paxton, who pitched through a torn fingernail, allowed two runs one five hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings against the A's. While Paxton has been extremely inconsistent in 2016, his upside makes...

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    NL Player News- September 11, 2016

    Josh Bell (1B-PIT): Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a RBI and two runs scored, but the Pirates fell short to the Reds. When the Pirates went way over slot to sign Bell away from his commitment...

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    NL Player News- September 4, 2016

    Jake Lamb (3B-ARI): Jake Lamb went 2-for-5, hitting his 27th homer to lead the D-backs. While Lamb's average and home run rate have fallen off in the second half, his peripherals suggest that he's been the victim of bad luck,...

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    AL Player News- August 29, 2016

    Corey Dickerson (OF-TB): Corey Dickerson went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored. Look for the effort as a sign of things to come, as Dickerson's .268 BABIP is 55 points below his...

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    NL Player News- August 28, 2016

    Anthony DeSclafani (SP-CIN): Anthony DeSclafani tossed a complete game, 4-hit shutout with nine strikeouts against the D-backs. The right-hander has pitched well since his activation from the DL, posting a 22 percent strikeout rate to go along with a 5...

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    NL Player News- August 21, 2016

    Robbie Ray (SP-ARI): Robbie Ray struck out 13 Padres over seven innings of one-run, one-hit, one-walk ball in earning the win. With the effort the lefty moved his K/9 rate to 11.19 over 140 innings, and although his ERA sits...

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    NL Player News- August 19, 2016

    Jake Arrieta (SP-CHC): Jake Arrieta allowed five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, but picked up the win. While the surface stats have looked better in the second half, the underlying indicators tell a different story. Arrieta has been thriving...

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    AL Player News- August 14, 2016

    Paulo Orlando (OF-KC): Royals center fielder Paulo Orlando went 4-for-5 with a homer, a triple, a walk, three RBIs and three runs scored Sunday vs. the Twins. Orlando is seizing everyday at-bats for the Royals as they assess what they...

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    NL Player News- August 13, 2016

    Jung Ho Kang (INF-PIT): Jung Ho Kang hit a two-run homer as part of a 2-for-2 night. Since a respectable May and June, Kang has posted monthly wOBAs below .260. His .261 BABIP looks extremely underrepresented given his 41 percent...

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    AL Player News- August 1, 2016

    Andrew Miller (RP-CLE): The Yankees traded uber-reliever Andrew Miller to the Indians for a prospect haul that included Clint Frazier. Miller has allowed seven earned runs in 45 innings with a 77:7 K:BB ratio. He has allowed a miniscule 22...

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    NL Player News- July 31, 2016

    Jake Barrett (P-ARI): Jake Barrett picked up his third save, a four-out one, after allowing one earned run against the Dodgers. While Barrett has been hit hard at times as indicated by his 34 percent hard hit rate, he has...

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    NL Player News- July 23, 2016

    Hernan Perez (3B/OF-MIL): Hernan Perez, who has nabbed full time AB's since the Aaron Hill trade, went 2-for-4, drove in a run, and stole his 12th base. Perez has a 43% chase-rate and a 24% strikeout-rate to go with a...

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    NL Player News- July 22, 2016

    Ryan Schimpf (2B-SD): Ryan Schimpf went 1-for-3 with two runs and one walk as he continues to log regular playing time for the Padres. While Schimpf has displayed questionable contact and bat-to-ball skills throughout his MiLB career, he has done...

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    AL Player News- July 21, 2016

    Byron Buxton (OF-MIN): While the Twins bats squeaked out the win, Bryon Buxton continued to struggle, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. The former top-prospect now carries a 9:70 BB:K ratio in 182 plate appearances with one homer and seven steals....

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    NL Player News- July 17, 2016

    Stephen Piscotty (OF-STL): Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-3, scored 1 run, drove in 2, and added 1 walk to lead the Cardinals. The super sophomore now carries a .374 wOBA and a 135 wRC+ and is establishing himself as one of...

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    NL Player News- July 10, 2016

    Ben Revere (OF-WAS): Ben Revere went 1-for-5 with 1 run and 1 RBI to help back Max Scherzer against the Mets. 2016 has been a nightmare for Revere, who carries a .225/.269/.303 line into today's contest. He's only 10 for...

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    AL Player News- July 9, 2016

    Lonnie Chisenhall (3B-CLE): Lonnie Chisenhall hit his 6th homer of the season to push his OPS to .829. He's posting career-highs in hard hit and line drive rates and is holding his own against lefties, upping his wOBA to over...

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    NL Player News- July 3rd, 2016

    Joe Ross (SP-WAS): Joe Ross allowed 4 earned runs on 10 hits in 5 and 1/3 innings against the Reds. The super sophomore continues to struggle and his 3.93 xFIP suggests more regression could be on the way. Despite an...

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    NL Player News- June 26, 2016

    Julio Teheran (SP-ATL): Julio Teheran tossed 8 scoreless innings and struck out 7 Mets, but the Braves' pen and bats let him down. While Teheran's 3.99 xFIP indicates he has been a bit fortunate, he has also made real strides...