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    AL Player Spotlight- April 7, 2009

    Roy Halladay- TOR- Great Player- Seeing a pitch count of 117 instinctively makes me flinch, but Halladay has a track record of not suffering from heavy workloads. It is the 4th time in 7 starts and third time consecutively that...

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    NL Player Spotlight - May 7th, 2009

    Ryan Braun – For me, one of the biggest surprises on this young season is the quick development of Ryan Braun’s plate discipline. He posted EYE’s of .26 and .33 in his first two big league seasons. So far, this...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - May 7, 2009

    American League 1 Matt Wieters BAL C A 7-for-19 in last five games and no, we're not worried about him having just one HR. 9 Matt LaPorta CLE OF A- We'll see how much playing time he get and how...

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    NL Player Spotlight - May 6, 2009

    J.J. Hardy (SS – Brewers) J.J. Hardy had by far his best game of the season on Tuesday night, as he went 3 for 3 with 2 walks and 4 RBI. This line was very much necessary for Hardy owners...

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    AL Player Spotlight

    Michael Young - Young singled and homered again last night, but I remain on record as forecasting a decline. Fully one-third of the flyballs he has hit have left the park this year, and his BABIP of .355 is a...

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    NL Player Spotlight - May 4, 2009

    Homer Bailey (SP-CIN) – Bailey’s pounding on the promo door continues to get louder by the start. Saturday, Bailey tossed a complete-game shutout for Triple-A Louisville. This after fanning 15 in his last start. Bailey is 3-0 with a 1.86...

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    AL Daily Notes - May 4th, 2009

    Scott Baker: Just when things looked like they were turning around for Scott Baker, one bad inning erased 6 great innings of work. Baker started his outing on Sunday with 6 no-hit innings, yielding just 1 BB and striking out...

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    Prospect Central '09 Week #4

    Jason Heyward - OF Atlanta Braves The Braves boast one of baseball's top prospect in 19-year-old Jason Heyward. Already 6-4, 220 Jason won't be 20 until August 9th but the 14th overall pick in the 2007 draft entered the 2009...

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    AL Daily Report - May 3rd, 2009

    Magglio Ordonez - Ordonez continues to be ice cold at the plate. He went 1 for 4 last night, which actually slightly raised his average to .241. So, is age catching up the 35 YO outfielder or is he simply...

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    N.L. Player Report - May 3, 2009

    Hanley Ramirez: Ramirez, who has been nursing a bruised wrist, returned to the starting lineup yesterday against the Cubs, which is very good news for the Marlins and his fantasy owners. At 25 years of age, he has still not...

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    NL Player Spotlight - 5/2/2009

    Ubaldo Jimenez (SP - Rockies) - Jimenez hurled his second quality start of the season last night, going 7.0 IP on 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, and 5 K's. He was still handed the loss as the Rockies couldn't...

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    AL Player Spotlight - May 2, 2009

    Brett Cecil (SP – Blue Jays) Brett Cecil could be the best prospect of which you’ve never heard. He was called up yesterday and is slated to get the start on Tuesday. Cecil, a converted closer, plowed through 3 different...

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    A.L. Player Report - May 1, 2009

    Josh Hamilton: The Rangers will decide this weekend if Hamilton’s injured ribs will require a DL stint, but are hopeful that he can rejoin the lineup early next week. You can count him out for this weekend. Hamilton had a...

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    AL Player Spotlight- April 30, 2009

    As we did Tuesday with the NL, today we will be looking at some of the AL hitters with respect to their Singles Average (BHIPx), which can help identify what effect luck may be having on a player’s production. If...

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    NL Player Spotlight - April 30, 2009

    Jorge Cantu (1B – Marlins) Jorge Cantu homered again on Wednesday, which now gives him 6 on the season and 3 in his last 2 games. Cantu also took 2 free passes in the game, giving him 8 on the...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - April 30, 2009

    Each week here with the prospect updates, we provide a sampling (five starters and five pitchers from each league) of the updates made to our our top 50 hitting and top 50 pitching prospects. Again, this is just a sampling,...

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    NL Player Spotlight - April 29, 2009

    Adam Dunn (OF – Nationals) Adam Dunn launched his 6th homer of the season on Tuesday night. The 6 HR are expected from Dunn, but the real story of significance is his current EYE of 1.54. As a basis for...

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    AL Player Spotlight

    Michael Young - Young is off to the best power start of his career, but as Michael mentioned over the weekend a supremely fluky 40% HR/FB rate is the culprit, something that will work itself out in good time. I'm...

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    NL Player Spotlight- April 28, 2009

    Today we will be looking at a lot of the early extreme performances of hitters in the NL through the lens of Singles average (BHIPx). This information is one of the valuable tools you can find in the Player Charts...

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    NL Player Spotlight - April 27, 2009

    Pablo Sandoval (3B-SF) – Moved back into the three-hole Sunday seemed to agree with Sandoval, who went 4-for-4 with a double and his first home run of the season in a 5-4 Giants loss to the Diamondbacks. Since opening with...

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    AL Daily Notes - April 27th, 2009

    Adam Jones: Stardom might be coming a bit earlier for Adam Jones than most anticipated. Jones went 3-4 with his 3rd HR of the season, his first SB of the season, 2 more runs and 3 more RBI’s. He’s now...

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    AL Daily Report - April 26th, 2009

    Robinson Cano – Cano, as anticipated, is rebounding from a down ’08 campaign. Yesterday afternoon, he belted two homers, his 4th and 5th homers of the season. He is now hitting .366. Last year, Cano struggled both in terms of...

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    N.L. Player Report - April 26, 2009

    Burke Badenhop: Badenhop, who was part of the bounty for Miguel Cabrera in 2007, was recalled from Triple-A to start today against the Phillies. From a skills perspective, Badenhop showed some good potential with Marlins last year, 6.7 K/9 and...

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    NL Daily Report

    Jeff Francoeur - Francoeur hasn't shown the increase in walks that we've all been hoping to see, but he has shown a bit more discipline this year if you dig a little deeper. The 25 year old had been fairly...

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    AL Daily Report - April 25th, 2009

    Vernon Wells – Wells and the Jays continued to swing hot bats last night. Wells finished the game going 3-5, driving in 2 runs and scoring 2 as well. He also walked once and struck out once. It seems to...

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    NL Daily Notes - April 24th, 2009

    Mike Fontenot: After having tremendous success last season as a platoon/role player, Mike Fontenot is having a difficult time adjusting to his everyday role to start the season. Fontenot’s mired in a 2-26 slump that has driven his 2009 line...

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    AL Player Report - April 24, 2009

    Mike Sweeney: Sweeney left Wednesday’s game with back spasms, which is should keep him out a couple of games. Back problems are nothing new for Sweeney who has missed huge chunks of the last three seasons with back issues. Even...

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    AL Player Spotlight- April 23, 2009

    Carl Crawford- TB- Hot- Crawford added 46 points to his batting average with a 4-for-5 effort in which he scored 3 runs, knocked one in, walked and stole a base. The walk is only his second of the season, as...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - April 23, 2009

    American League 13 Lars Anderson BOS 1B A- Slow start, but 7-for-13 stretch gets AVG up in the .280s. 0.30 EYE should trend up. 15 Austin Jackson NYY OF A- Big spring and now 12-for-25 with 5 BB in AAA....

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    AL Player Spotlight - 4.22.09

    Nelson Cruz (OF - Rangers) - The Nelson Cruz experiment continues to roll along. He hit his 6th HR of the season on Tuesday night, bringing his HR/AB to 8.2 and further solidifying his fantasy role on rosters. This will...

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    NL Spotlight - April 22, 2009

    Jeff Karstens (SP – Pirates) Jeff Karstens continued the early-season success of the Pirates’ starting pitching by allowing 1 ER, 3 hits, and 2 walks through 6 innings on Tuesday. Buccos fans around the globe can be heard singing the...

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    NL Player Spotlight- April 21, 2009

    Jordan Zimmerman- WAS- Rookie- Zimmerman has a nice repertoire of off speed pitches to go with his mid-90s fastball. Despite being forced by the Nationals to throw at least 15 changeups per start last year in order to develop the...

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    AL Player Spotlight

    Coco Crisp - Despite batting only .200, Crisp is off to a solid start with the Royals, posting an OPS of .923 in the first few weeks. A breakout from Crisp wouldn't be all that surprising if you look at...

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    NL Player Spotlight - April 20, 2009

    James McDonald (LAD) - In just his second start of the season Sunday, McDonald held the Rockies scoreless. That’s the good news. The bad? McDonald was able to record just 13 outs on 95 pitches, as he continually missed with...

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    AL Daily Notes - April 20th, 2009

    Scott Downs: Even as BJ Ryan strengthens his hold on the closer’s role, Scott Downs seems to be improving his value each day. I’ve been a big proponent of the effective use of middle relievers in Roto formats in the...

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    AL Daily Report - April 19th, 2009

    Kevin Millwood – Millwood threw a complete game last night, allowing just 2 runs, but he was outdueled by Zack Greinke. Millwood has been spectacular in three starts for the Rangers so far this season, allowing just 3 earned runs...