All posts under "Preseason Prep"

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    Preseason Prep - February 23, 2020

    LOS ANGELES ANGELS: As promised, Dylan Bundy! - There are a few possible gems down in the SP100+ category so far this spring, and one of those is absolutely Dylan Bundy. Let's check off the positives: improved team from run...

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    Preseason Prep - February 22, 2020

    BOSTON RED SOX The loss of 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts is obviously the most impactful off-season development for the Sox. Newcomer Alex Verdugo, who was acquired from the Dodgers as part of the Betts deal, is most likely to...

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    Preseason Prep - February 21, 2020

    LOS ANGELES ANGELS: When does the anointed show up? - The question on everybody's minds regarding the Angels is: when will we see Jo Adell? The consensus "top handful" prospect would likely already have been up if not for an...

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    Preseason Prep - February 20, 2020

    Syndergaard is only 27 years old and his arsenal is still elite, with many ways to get batters out. A return to a sub-4.00 ERA is likely with continued 200+ strikeouts and a moderate increase in wins.

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    Preseason Prep - February 19th, 2020

    Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves - Freeman has joked this spring about being in the best shape of his life, but in his case, he might mean it. Freeman underwent a cleanup procedure on his right elbow after the season and...

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    Preseason Player Notes - February 18, 2020

    Taijuan Walker Walker lost nearly all of the past two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he has a real chance to produce solid fantasy value with the Mariners. Walker posted his best full season as a starter in...

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    Preseason Player Notes - February 17, 2020

    A Next Step for Musgrove? After struggling with injury issues in 2018, Pirates SP Joe Musgrove put together a solid if unspectacular 2019 campaign. It was an up-and-down season to be sure, but when it was all said and done,...

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    Preseason Fantasy Baseball Prep - Feb, 16

    Indians Notes Clevinger expected to miss 6-8 weeks with meniscus injury The Indians rotation had already taken a step since the start of 2019 with the trades of Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber. It took a further hit this weekend...

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    HR/FB Rates: Players on the Move 2020

    2020 HR/FB Rate: More than just Batted Ball Speed New baseball data continues to emerge yearly, continually granting us insight into a player's core skill/ability.  Indicators such as HR/FB rates are thankfully no longer looked at as blanket averages. As we have...

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    Preseason Prep - February 15, 2020

    Philadelphia Phillies Will Andrew McCutchen be healthy? McCutchen's first season with the Phillies was derailed by an ACL tear in early June that limited him to just 59 games last year - his fewest ever as a pro. The 33-year-old...

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    Preseason Prep - February 14, 2020

    Blue Jays Blue Jays Outfield Situation The Blue Jays barring any injuries are going into the season with a starting outfield of Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Teoscar Hernandez, and Randal Grichuk. All three have potential but they also have not lived...

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    Preseason Prep - February 13, 2020

    Oakland Athletics What to make of A.J. Puk? Dynasty League Fantasy Owners have most likely struggled to decide what to do with the hard throwing 6'7 Puk, who has about all the tools you could ask for but hasn't been...

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    Preseason Player Notes - February 12, 2020

    SAN DIEGO PADRES: Tommy Pham (OF - SD) - Tommy Pham has gone 20/15+ for three straight seasons, yet this spring he will play for his third team in the last three years. Soon to be 32 years old,...

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    Preseason Prep - February 11, 2020

    The Fantistics Draft Advisor has Jack Flaherty as the no. 11 pitcher, just outside the top tier of starters. Some analysts have him as the 20th best, some 10th best, some in the top-5. Right now he's being drafted as the seventh pitcher off the board in NFBC, an overall ADP of 24. That begs the question: should Flaherty be considered in the top-5? Is one half of utter dominance worth a 2nd-round pick? Well, when that half-season includes a 0.91 ERA, 5.36 K/BB and near-30% SOFT-contact rate, it's certainly worth exploring.

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    Preseason Prep- February 10, 2020

    Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow for the Rangers. Pitching was where Texas made the most noise in the offseason, particularly in their rotation. Corey Kluber was their biggest acquisition in a trade with the Indians. He had a lost season...

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    Preseason Prep - February 8, 2020

    Nick Castellanos and Hyun-Jin Ryu find new homes while Vlad Guerrero Jr. gets in shape.

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    Preseason Prep - February 7th, 2020

    ATLANTA BRAVES Mike Soroka is currently coming off the board as the 32nd pitcher off the board and around 98th overall after his outstanding season where he posted a 2.68 ERA while going 13-4. Soroka is an interesting case because...

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    Preseason Player Notes - March 27, 2019

    Prized Prospect Eloy Jimenez will begin the season in the major leagues and make his big league debut on opening day at Kansas City on Thursday. Eloy is considered to be the #2 prospect in baseball. Last season Eloy slugged...

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    Preseason Prep - March 26, 2019

    Ian Desmond (1B/OF - COL) - It looks like Desmond is going to play every day again for the Rockies, this time in CF as Charlie Blackmon moves to a corner to save some wear and tear on his legs....

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    Preseason Prep - March 24, 2019

    Final preseason look at the Mets and Cardinals. Plus, the Cubs make a surprising roster move less than one week before Opening Day.

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    Preseason Prep - March 23, 2019

    Gerrit Cole Cole is a popular pick to win the AL Cy Young Award this season, and it's easy to see why. Not only did Cole see his velocity rise last year for the second consecutive season (to 97 MPH...

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    Preseason Player Notes - March 22, 2019

    Corey Seager looks ready to go Seager made his Cactus League debut Wednesday against the Cubs, hitting third and starting at shortstop. It went well, as Seager went 1-for-2 with a solo homer and sacrifice fly. Seager reported no issues...

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    Preseason Player Notes - March 21, 2019

    Phillies: Don't sleep on Nick Pivetta By traditional metrics, Nick Pivetta's first two seasons have been terrible, yielding a 15-24 record with a 5.33 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. But despite the mediocre results, Pivetta has been making strides on the...

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    Preseason Prep - March 20th, 2019

    Ronald Acuña, Atlanta Braves - Brian Snitker answered the biggest question about the Braves on Tuesday, where is Ronald Acuña going to hit in the Braves lineup? The answer: cleanup. This is not the answer I had been hoping for...

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    Preseason Player Notes - March 19, 2019

    Jung Ho Kang (3B-PIT) - Kang got a boost in value Monday, as he was named the team's starting third baseman. This spring, Kang is hitting just .179, but all five of his hits have left the yard, and for...

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    Preseason Prep - March 17, 2019

    Can Anderson Repeat as a Top-50 Fantasy Hitter? Tim Anderson, SS, CWS Anderson notched 17 HR's and 15 SB's in 2017, putting him squarely on the map in fantasy circles. He then bested both of those numbers last season by...

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    Pitcher Sabermetric Projection Notes 2019 - Part 1

    In our continuing series on the Sabermetric Indicators that shape our player projections in our 2019 Draft Advisory Program. Today we'll take a look at some of the indicators that are defining our 2019 Pitcher projections: Bauer, Trevor Bauer had...

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    Preseason Prep-March 15, 2019

    Blue Jays What impact does Vlad Jr.'s injury have on his fantasy value? Vlad Guerrero Jr. has suffered an oblique injury and is going to miss the rest of Spring Training. He was never going to make the major league...

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    Preseason Prep - March 16, 2019

    The Pirates' Real Ace Chris Archer might have once been an ace and Trevor Williams certainly had a monster second half in 2018, but the real ace on the Pirates staff is SP Jameson Taillon. Taillon, who is slated to...

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    Preseason Prep- March 14, 2019

    Looking around the camps of the Orioles, Brewers, and Rangers There were a couple breakout players for the Brewers, one from the bullpen and one at 1B. Josh Hader had shown a flash of what was to come in 2017,...

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    Preseason Player Notes - March 13, 2019

    Is Aaron Nola for Real? After a good but under-the-radar 2017 in which Aaron Nola went 12-11 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP with 184 strikeouts in 168 innings, few saw him as a Cy Young contender in...

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    Preseason Prep - March 10, 2019

    Black and Blues in Toronto Vladimir Guerrero Jr. suffered a Grade 1 oblique strain yesterday; the team estimates that he will need 3 weeks to recover. This shouldn't have a large fantasy impact as Guerrero was going to spend the...

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    Preseason Prep - March 9th, 2019

    Houston Astros: Carlos Correa Correa is just one season removed from slashing .315/.391/.550 but is getting drafted outside of the top 40 picks on average coming into the 2019 season. 2018 was easily Correa's worst season since reaching the major...

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    Preseason Prep - March 8th, 2019

    NEW YORK YANKEES: Johnny Lasagna to the rescue - It's looking more and more likely that the Yanks will open the season with both Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga (AKA: Johnny Lasagna) in the rotation, as Severino and Sabathia are...

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    Preseason Prep-March 7, 2019

    Blue Jays Will this be the year that Randal Grichuk puts it all together? Randal Grichuk looks to be the Blue Jays OF that will receive regular playing time with Pillar, Hernandez, and McKinney fighting for the other two spots....

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    Preseason Prep - March 6, 2019

    Minnesota Twins Breakout for Max Kepler? Even though the Twins have added a slew of offseason acquisitions, Kepler is among several young holdovers who Minnesota is expecting to breakout after several league average years. If his 6-12 2 HR, 4-walk...