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    Hey guys, I'm the author of the article and come by this forum so figured I might as well make an account. Appreciate the post and the bump! McKenzie is #42, so basically right there. I like McKenzie a ton, but the reasons I have him where I do is because he is still extremely skinny with a low 90's fastball that has faded as he gets deeper into game. He also still needs to work on his changeup. I think Buehler is closer to the majors and more advanced, and while the Dodgers have taken it slow with him, he is a proven college starter who has showed his stuff has come back after Tommy John. McKenzie has ace upside if the fastball velocity ticks up, though, so I don't blame anybody for being super high on him.
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    I figure since we're close to minors all star games and the half way point of the baseball season, I'd share with you all my updated top 100 fantasy prospect rankings. I have included a rough prime projection for each player as well as an estimated ETA. I tried to not include prospects that have cemented their roles in the majors. I also included some players from the most recent first year player draft which I think I am the first. I place an emphasis on upside, namely power and speed guys, while also prioritizing closeness to the majors when the value is close. Positional value is also taken into consideration at times. Feel free to ask questions or drop a comment, always happy to discuss! Without further ado, onto the list: 1. Yoan Moncada – CWS - .270/.355, 23 HRs, 35 SBs – ETA Mid-2017 2. Eloy Jiminez – CHC - .272/.336, 32 HRs, 6 SBs – ETA Late 2019 3. Victor Robles – WAS - .287/.342, 19 HRs, 33 SBs – ETA Late 2018 4. Brandon Rodgers – COL - .286/.340, 28 HRs, 6 SBs – ETA Late 2018 5. Vlad Guerrero Jr. – TOR - .274/.341, 29 HRs, 4 SBs – ETA 2020 6. Rafael Devers – BOS - .282/.334, 27 HRs, 5 SBs –ETA Late 2017/Mid 2018 7. Kyle Tucker - HOU - .282/.343, 23 HRs, 16 SBs – ETA 2019 8. Nick Senzel – CIN - .286/.358, 23 HRs, 17 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 9. Austin Meadows – PIT - .291/.349, 18 HRs, 18 SBs - ETA Late 2017 10. Alex Reyes – STL - 3.32 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 232 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid 2018 11. Clint Frazier – NYY - .274/.341, 26 HRs, 11 SBs – ETA Trade deadline 2017 or early 2018 12. Lucas Giolito – CHW - 3.38 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 205 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2017 13. Derek Fisher – HOU -.264/.344, 23 HRs, 18 SBs – ETA Late 2017 14. Brent Honeywell – TB - 3.46 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 186 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Sept 2017 15. Ronald Acuna – ATL - .285/.339, 20 HRs, 19 SBs – ETA 2019 16. Raimel Tapia – COL - .302/.333, 16 HRs, 21 SBs – ETA Trade deadline 2017 17. Jose De Leon – TB - 3.41 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 212 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Early 2018 18. Franklin Barreto – OAK - .287/.336, 18 HRs, 20 SBs – ETA Late 2017 19. Ozzie Albies – ATL - .293/.344, 6 HRs, 36 SBs – ETA Late 2017 or Early 2018 20. Michael Kopech – CHW - 3.47 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 209 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2018 21. Triston McKenzie – CLE - 3.40 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 205 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2020 22. Anderson Espinoza – SD - 3.37 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 208 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2019 23. Mitch Keller – PIT - 3.48 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 181 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2018 24. Gleyber Torres – NYY - .280/.341, 22 HRs, 11 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 25. Willie Calhoun – LAD - .276/.341, 26 HRs, 2 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 26. Willy Adames – TB - .268/.344, 21 HRs, 13 SBs – ETA Late 2018 27. Kolby Allard – ATL - 3.39 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 192 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2018/2019 28. Francisco Mejia – CLE - .292/.336, 18 HRs, 3 SBs – ETA Late 2018 29. Ahmed Rosario – NYM - .276/.340, 11 HRs, 23 SBs – ETA Late 2017 30. Yadier Alvarez – LAD - 3.35 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 221 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2019 31. Josh Hader – 3.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 211 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid 2017 32. Scott Kingery – PHI - .282/.339, 17 HRs, 22 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 33. Francis Martes – HOU - 3.47 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 191 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2017 34. Walker Buehler – LAD - 3.48 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 200 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid-late 2018 35. Reynaldo Lopez – CHW - 3.67 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 197 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Early 2017 36. Kyle Lewis – SEA - .273/.345, 25 HRs, 6 SBs – Late 2018 or Early 2019 37. Luis Robert – CHW - .264/.333, 21 HRs, 19 SBs – ETA 2020 38. Juan Soto – WAS - .292/.347, 21 HRs, 6 SBs – ETA 2020/2021 39. Bo Bichette – TOR - .283/.338, 22 HRs, 9 SBs ETA – 2020 40. Kyle Wright – ATL - 3.51 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 189 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2019 41. Zack Collins – CHW - .262/.355, 25 HRs, 2 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 42. Christian Stewart – DET - .261/349, 26 HRs, 6 SBs – ETA Late 2018 43. Jesus Sanchez – TB - .277/.318, 24 HRs, 11 SBs – ETA 2019 44. Harrison Bader – STL - .274/.336, 22 HRs, 13 SBs – ETA Late 2017 45. Tyler O’Neill – SEA - .261/.331, 29 HRs, 9 SBs – ETA Late 2017 46. Kevin Maitan – ATL - .271/.342, 24 HRs, 7 SBs – ETA 2022 47. Jorge Mateo – NYY - .268/.335, 9 HRs, 46 SBs – ETA Late 2018/2019 48. Rhys Hoskins – PHI - .276/.341, 25 HRs, 5 SBs – ETA Late 2017 49. Dominic Smith - NYM - .289/.355, 22 HRs, 2 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 50. Royce Lewis – MIN - .278/.338, 19 HRs, 22 SBs – ETA 2021 51. Anthony Alford – TOR - .266/.334, 17 HRs, 17 SBs – ETA Early 2018 52. Mickey Moniak – PHI - .284/.349, 15 HRs, 18 SBs – ETA 2020/2021 53. Luke Weaver – STL - 3.56 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 188 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2017 54. Jack Flaherty – STL - 3.55 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 182 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2018 55. Adam Haseley – PHI - .280/.342, 17 HRs, 14 SBs – ETA 2019 56. Isan Diaz – MIL - .262/.334, 21 HRs, 9 SBs – ETA 2019 57. Alex Verdugo - .LAD - 287/.346, 18 HRs, 7 SBs – ETA Mid-Late 2018 58. Chance Cisco – BAL - .279/.341, 14 HRs, 5 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 59. Hunter Green – CIN - 3.40 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 204 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2021 60. AJ Puk – OAK - 3.53 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 210 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2018 61. Mike Soroka – ATL - 3.54 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 182 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2019 62. Thomas Szapucki – NYM - 3.49 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 209 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2019 63. Brandon Woodruff – MIL - 3.62 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 180 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Early 2018 64. Jason Groome – BOS - 3.49 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 203 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2020 65. J.P. Crawford – PHI - .269/.349, 12 HRs, 17 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 66. Mauricio Dubon – MIL - .280/.330, 11 HRs, 22 SBs – ETA Late 2018 67. Cal Quantrill – SD - 3.52 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 193 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2018 68. Jahmai Jones – LAA - .279/.338, 16 HRs, 18 SBs – ETA 2020 69. Taylor Trammell – CIN - .270/.338, 14 HRs, 24 SBs – ETA 2020/2021 70. Blake Rutherford – NYY - .279/.332, 18 HRs, 10 SBs – ETA 2020 71. Dylan Cease – CHC - 3.50 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 207 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2019 72. Alex Kirilloff – MIN - .274/.333, 24 HRs, 6 SBs - ETA 2020-2021 73. Leody Tavares – TEX - .279/.327, 13 HRs, 22 SBs – ETA 2021 74. Fernando Tatis Jr. – SD - .271/.329, 21 HRs, 8 SBs – ETA 2021 75. Braxton Garrett – MIA -3.48 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 185 K’s in 200 innings - ETA 2020 76. Adrian Morejon – SD - 3.48 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 191 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2021 77. McKenzie Gore – SD - 3.47 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 189 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2021 78. Shed Long - CIN - 271/.331, 18 HRs, 13 SBs – ETA 2019 79. Tyler Mahle – CIN - 3.61 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 174 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid/Late 2018 80. Max Schrock - OAK .285/.326, 12 HRs, 15 SBs – ETA 2018 81. Tyler Beede – SF - 3.67 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 183 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2017 82. Matt Manning – DET - 3.67 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 213 K’s in 200 innings - ETA 2020 83. Keston Hiura – MIL - .285/.339, 18 HRs, 9 SBs – ETA 2019 84. Ryan McMahon – COL - .271/.334, 23 HRs, 5 SBs – ETA Late 2018 85. Jake Bauers – TB - .280/.340, 19 HRs, 7 SBs – ETA Late 2018 86. Delvin Perez – STL -.268/.322, 11 HRs, 24 SBs – ETA 2020-2021 87. Franklin Perez – HOU - 3.67 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 187 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2020 88. Nick Gordon – MIN - .278/.324, 9 HRs, 21 SBs – ETA 2019 89. Forrest Whitley – HOU - 3.69 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 188 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2020 90. Pavin Smith – ARI - .286/.343, 20 HRs, 2 SBs – ETA 2019 91. Mitchell White – LAD - 3.60 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 196 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2019 92. Colton Welker – COL - .283/.332, 21 HRs, 5 SBs – ETA 2020 93. Andres Giminez – NYM - .287/.340, 11 HRs, 21 SBs – ETA 2020-2021 94. Chance Adames – NYY - 3.72 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 186 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2017/Mid 2018 95. Sixto Sanchez – PHI – 3.67 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 177 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2020 96. Austin Beck – OAK - .262/.327, 23 HRs, 19 SBs – ETA 2021 97. Brandon Lowe – TB - .273/.340, 18 HRs, 11 SBs – ETA 2019 98. Sean Reid-Foley – TOR - 3.79 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 202 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2019 99. Rowdy Tellez – TOR - .273/.339, 22 HRs, 1 SB – ETA Mid 2018 100. Luis Urias – SD .290/.337, 10 HRs, 9 SBs – ETA mid 2018
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    I apologize for this post being in no way helpful at all but I thought I'd share how I, and what I imagine many of us, are feeling during the break. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the All Star events but I find myself visiting my leagues website during the break just staring at Friday the 14th hoping it'll come haha
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    I thought it might be interesting to have a discussion about pitchers that are currently underachieving according to their FIP / xFIP, or overachieving for that matter. What I mean by underachieving is that a pitcher's ERA is actually substantially higher than his FIP or xFIP, and overachieving would be the opposite. For those of us desperate for pitching help in the second half, this could be a useful tool to identify players that might perform better (or worse) in the 2nd half. Obviously there are outliers and exclusions to every "norm", but for the most part FIP and xFIP seem to be fairly good indicators of future performance. I'll start off with some pitchers I'm trying to hold/buy/watch for the 2nd half, and their FIP/ERA differentials. Underachievers: Jeff Samardzija - 4.54 ERA / 3.41 FIP / 3.06 xFIP Michael Wacha - 4.10 ERA / 3.52 FIP / 3.84 xFIP Trevor Bauer - 5.24 ERA / 4.07 FIP / 3.68 xFIP Charlie Morton - 4.06 ERA / 3.98 FIP / 3.57 xFIP To me these guys represent the best 'value' in that I can't see anything solid holding them back from lowering their ERAs. None seem to have a history of underperforming to their FIP/xFIP, and they all have at least reasonable K% and BB%. All signs seem to point towards a better second half, and they are likely all players that aren't highly valued by their current owners (or can be found on the WW). Overachievers: Jason Vargas - 2.62 ERA / 3.80 FIP / 4.78 xFIP Gio Gonzalez - 2.86 ERA / 4.20 FIP / 4.29 xFIP Ervin Santana - 2.99 ERA / 4.69 FIP / 4.80 xFIP Ivan Nova - 3.24 ERA / 4.05 FIP / 4.17 xFIP Maybe it's because I'm an optimist, but I personally put more stock in the underachievers to benefit from ERA progression than I do in the overachievers coming back to earth. Some of these guys have a history of out-performing their FIP / xFIP marks, and I think in most cases it comes down to pitching style. FIP and xFIP really dislike low K% pitchers, and in general for good reason, but guys like Vargas and Nova that pitch to contact, throw in the zone a lot, and don't have over-powering stuff but do have good accuracy are generally expected to regress by FIP / xFIP. Is it something to be aware of? Sure, but I'm also not going out and selling Vargas for pennies on the dollar because of it.
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    To anyone who is getting angry at the mods for cleaning things up (or failing to do so quickly enough for your liking): You realize the mods are unpaid volunteers, right? What they do is a completely thankless job. Show a little respect for their efforts to keep this forum the valuable resource that it is (or can be) and redirect your frustration at those people who don't respect the rules and general decorum.
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    dats why the users got to put in the work ;). The Midseason Manifesto Foreword: I will forego the majority of the explanation of my 6-8 week hiatus. Simply put I had a bit of a *rough* exit to my Spring 2017 semester and took time off due to finals and really just decided to really take some personal time to do absolutely nothing for a while. As such I've just been completely out of the baseball loop and haven't really been, prior to this week, up to date with many individual performances. The manifesto rectifies all of this. I intend this to be about a four part project, the first of which I finished up last night, and the second of which I will start sometime here in the next few hours. My intention is to, firstly, compare performances with my preseason notes and expectations of players, as well as how those expectations may have changed and what may have changed them. Then, the latter parts of the Manifesto should include a full re-rank, (though at the present I believe I will exclude RPs and Cs), and updated projections for all ranked players, or at least hitters, for the last 50% of their PAs. The most important thing though to take from this foreword is that, while obviously this is a released list of Blurbs/Profiles/Rankings/Projections/Etc. for everyone's potential benefit, as I have not been paying attention to baseball personally, a lot of especially the early parts of the manifesto are incredibly self serving in that it is my way of reviewing my own work, and this is a primary concern for me. Part of this even manifests as having "Pats on the Back" and "Wags of the Finger" based on rankings and performances to date. I could go back through my notes and edit them into a more consumable format but the fact of the matter is that writing a blurb for 188 Hitters is exhaustive enough without me having to worry about referencing myself too directly, and if everyone waited for me to produce a polished and well-edited product than they may still be waiting for my preseason top 253. Maybe a bit of an exaggeration but you get the point. Staying in this theme, I do physically mention good and bad calls based on a combination of My Rankings, ADP, and Midseason Performance, and try to point out guys over/under consensus that I have been right or wrong on to date. This is not a major part of the manifesto and should not be focused on by the reader, it is just part of my way of catching myself up with the happenings of the 2017 baseball season. It is also worth noting that, as I've written on nearly 200 Players over the course of a handful of days (and of course this is not my day job), there are plenty players that deserve an additional depth of research, some of which I even point out in the manifesto itself, as if I were to stop for deep inquiries it would've just taken too long to produce anything. This way I can get the ball rolling now and work on adding depth as I work toward part 3, which will be probably the most important part, the rerank. My hope now is, as it was in the preseason, that some of these perhaps more basic blurbs can spark more specific inquiries, and really just that I can get this thread producing questions again that will help direct future research. So please. Ask questions again. I'll be around a lot now with no more school and having finally caught up, at least in hitters thus far, so that I can feel relatively informed on baseball again. and without further ado about nothing, The Midseason Manifesto -- Part 1 -- Hitters Usage Guide: Just taking brief hits from my foreword, this is more of a culmination of personal notes than a polished list of blurbs as one may find on ESPN. It does, however, cover 188 Hitters, including everyone (barring a couple obvious examples like Kang and Marte), ranked in my initial top 253 and at the very least most hitters who have managed to make it into ESPN's Top 200 on the Player Rater who were not in the original rankings. As this is a massive piece of work, for most readers I wouldn't suggest actually reading it, but using CNTRL+F if looking for thoughts on a specific player. And, if what you're looking for isn't there, I hope to see a question. As mentioned before, I also do mark players who have exceeded 200 PAs and who were ranked at a distance from their ADP as being Pats on the Back or Wags of the Finger based on how those predictions look now. The Midseason Manifesto -- Part 2 -- Pitchers (Coming Soon!) The Midseason Manifesto -- Part 3 -- Midseason Re-Rank (Coming Soon!) The Midseason Manifesto -- Part 4 -- Rest of the Way Projections (Coming Soon!) Am I missing anything? Oh yeah. Cheers.
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    Steals are down across the league (save Billy Hamilton, Trea Turner pre-injury, & maybe a few others). Therefore, it seems as important as ever to attempt to start/sit guys based on matchups. A couple obvious qualifiers: 1) Some guys are consistently in your lineup. This is for Jarrod Dyson or Mallex Smith types, who you may be starting ONLY in hopes of SBs. 2) SBs are very fickle. Even with good matchups, player has to get on base, not have someone in front of him on base, etc. 3) Some of it ALSO depends on the pitcher (Lester & Syndergaard, for example, are notoriously bad at holding runners) So this is only about playing the odds, understanding the matchups, and increasing your chances of SBs. No different than looking at pitching matchups. So here's the current list of catchers ranked by caught SB%- http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/stats?season=2017&category=FIELDING+II&group=1&time=0 Six catchers are currently throwing out under 20% of base stealers (Montero must not have enough appearances to qualify)- DNorris, McCann, RMartin, Flowers, d'Arnaud, & Vogt Six catchers are currently throwing out over 40% of base stealers- Barnhardt, Gomes, WCastillo, Maldonado, Grandal, Wolters So using my example, if I was streaming Mallex & Dyson in and out looking for SBs, I'd start Dyson this coming weekend v. CWS (Narvaez ranks 21st at .241) over Mallex v. LAA (Moldonado ranks 4th at .410). I'm hoping maybe we can look at and share some potential matchups to exploit each week in this thread, as some of us battle for precious SB points.
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    Dong!!! Thanks @NyMetsfan5
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    So Fernando Rodney pulled a .000 BABIP in June. Not sure if I've ever seen that before.
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    Hey guys, I found those holes in Bellinger's swing that NyMuttsfan5 was talking about.
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    The faithful have been rewarded. To the unfaithful, Shame.
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    @NyMetsfan5 time to fire up the VHS system and call out sick next week. We have some scouting to do.
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    What I'm not getting: -The logic behind "Balls A FOOT OR MORE OUTSIDE shouldn't fly 418 feet!". Here's Anthony Rizzo hitting a HR back in 2014 on a pitch that was 1.7 feet off the plate. -How "outside the zone" and "wasn't even in the zone" are two different things. -Why you didn't choose a more blatant example from this year of a HR that barely cleared the wall(there have been plenty). -How you are ignoring that what Napoli did is extremely difficult. -Why I'm still on this thread.
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    I feel sorry for you Knebel owners. That 1.70 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 15.9 K/9 must be rough.
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    It's funny - I have him in two leagues (that I play with overall the same guys). I've had him at least last season and maybe the year before - they all called him my fantasy herpes coming into this season and that I keep drafting him in hopes he turns in that elite season (I know... you're happy for me..) HELLO ELITE SEASON! The Summer of George has arrived!
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    So let me get this straight... Freeman comes back ahead of schedule, voluntarily switched to 3rd base, and is already hitting bombs off of Scherzer
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    The entire Pirates organization is ineligible for playoffs as of right now.
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    I'm not sure if you guys realize but... when you post bitching about someone bumping the thread... you are yourself bumping the thread...
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    Points win championships. Rb1s can be found anywhere in the draft, case in point, you were neive enough to use Ajayi in your example, care to remind us all where guys like me drafted Ajayi last year? Or Melvin Gordon for that matter? These are the 'ugly' RB names no one wanted to rely on last year on draft day, or that people like you scoffed at when guys like me mention making an RB core out of them. Meanwhile people like you were beating the same drum, RB RB RB, and went down with the ship riding Peterson, Gurley, Miller, Rawls. How well did they hold up against the WRs your opponent drafted in the same round? Points win championships. The position they come from means absolutely nothing in a H2H game. There are no good or bad strategies (within reason) only good or bad players. If you choose the correct players, no matter the position, no matter the round, you will be competitive. Pick the wrong players, no matter the position, no matter the round, you will struggle. It's that simple. It's not about who you draft, it's about who you avoid. The position you decide to draft doesn't matter, only how successful that player is, especially the higher the investment cost.
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    Love Ottavino's reaction on this one: I have a feeling he's going to be creating a lot more of those this year.
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    Um. I just watched it. Napoli *crushed* that hanging breaking ball. Yes, it was outside of the strikezone. But doesn't that make it all the more impressive? Not many major leaguers could hit that pitch out of the park, regardless of how juiced the ball is. To say that there was no skill involved is absolutely ridiculous-- that ball landed 20 rows deep in left-center field. If you want to make a point about HRs being easier this year, then there are so many better examples this year than the Napoli HR you are referencing. It's also subjective that easier HRs are necessarily bad.
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    Chad Bradford His defect is that he throws funny. Nobody in the big leagues cares about him, because he looks funny. This guy could be not just the best pitcher in our bullpen, but one of the most effective relief pitchers in all of baseball. This guy should cost $3 million a year. We can get him for $237,000.
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    It's apparently time to dust this off again. Stop the pissing matches and petty arguments. Stay on topic. Don't be a jackass. Public Service Announcement: Consider this a reminder of the forum rules, best practices for the thread, and a reminder to be sure you're complying with the Code of Conduct. 1) Bench coach questions belong in the Bench Coach Forum. It's really not that hard ... if you're asking should I drop this guy for that guy, it's Bench Coach material. Here's the link: Bench Coach Forum. 2) No one cares about your team. In fact, we couldn't possibly care any less about whether or not you own 15 closers or none. We don't care if you own the guy that just got smoked in a non-save situation, and we don't care if you're celebrating owning the next newly minted closer. It's all Cool Story Bro, and there's a 2017 Cool Story Bro thread just for that. 3) We're more than 3 full months into the season now. The time for discussion of league strategies has passed. Questions about punting saves being viable aren't applicable anymore -- they were applicable in draft season. 4) League Settings discussions can go elsewhere too. Just because it's a closer's thread doesn't mean it's the place to discuss the viability of Holds as a category, or whether your league should be Saves + Holds, or whether Saves + Holds is better than Saves, or whether Net Saves should be the category of choice instead of just Saves. Take it to the ... wait for it ... 2017 Commissioner / League Rules / League Drama thread for further discussion. 5) Don't be a lazy bum. Don't be that guy that just shows up, posts your question, and expects an answer. Don't be the guy that can't be bothered to read the discussion. Again, a best practice is to click the red dot/star to the left of a thread title, which takes you automatically to the last post you read. Some nights are busy in here, so that might mean you're 5 pages behind. Maybe you're 10 behind ... do the work. Life doesn't reward the lazy, and neither does fantasy baseball. Also, catch up on the whole damn thread before posting. There's nothing worse than quoting some asinine comment from 15 hours ago and taking the entire thread down a rabbit hole all over again. Catch up, then go back and comment if you'd like, but the stream of consciousness posts aren't needed. As for the rest of you that aren't asking the lazy questions and are complying with the rules above... don't goad the guys that aren't following the best practices. Snarky responses also clutter the thread and lead to back-and-forth discussions that take us way, way off topic. Report the post. A moderator will handle it. Finally, if you're drunk ... go sober up elsewhere. Don't get your jollies from cluttering up a thread the rest of us are trying to enjoy and digest for useful information. Carry on ...
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    Oh, man. That one guy in this thread who updates us on Street's garbage time innings is going to be pissed!
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    Yeah these posts of declarative fact are definitely true for all leagues everywhere.
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    Yes, I heard him say it. The source is me and the millions of others that watched it.
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    Lost in all the chaos is the fact that it's TT's birthday. Happy birthday Trea!
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    I'm so sick of seeing these whiny posts countless times every month. Go punt then. I don't care and I'm not commenting on anything else about this. Just trying to discourage these useless comments.... This is not the place for venting or discussing your opinion on league settings...
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    So let's get this straight, Luis Castillo, 24, MLB Debut: 6/23/17 Has faced WSHx2, ARIx2, COL, & MIL. Those are all offensive giants. Nearly has 50 K's versus & below 20 walks. Under 20 ER's as well. Future ace? Absolutely
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    MLB is offering MLB.tv premium and At Bat for only 10 bucks for the remainder of the season, but the deal ends tonight. They've also got some referral thing where if your friends (maybe your Rotoworld forums friends?) join you can get it cheaper. Details here. I'm already a subscriber (got it free with T-Mobile this season) but thought I'd share this deal here for anyone who wanted to join. Ends tonight (in a few hours) so hurry up if you want in.
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    Slump buster right here. Thanks bro!
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    It's a complete myth. People attribute the 2nd half slumps due to the derby when in reality, it's just natural regression because the reason they were picked in the first place, was because of their very high HR totals. https://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/the-home-run-derby-myth/
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    http://www.richmond.com/obituaries/killebrew-patrick/article_863f515d-cc63-5565-bc9b-00b8be664a80.html KILLEBREW, Patrick, "Pat," age 68, passed away peacefully at home, June 20, 2017, after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead. Beloved father and husband, longtime attorney, former U.S. Navy Navigator and avid baseball fan and player. Join in a celebration of his life July 2, 6 to 8 p.m., at the SCA Clubhouse, 9601 Redbridge Rd., 23236. In lieu of flowers, send "donations" to the "Nationals Bullpen Fund."
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    "Face it Fry: Baseball was as boring as Mom and apple pie. That's why they jazzed it up." ―Leela "Boring! Baseball wasn't.. Hm. So they finally jazzed it up?" ―Fry
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    nah i can do that just fine from this one
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    Acuna homers in his 2nd AAA at bat.
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    In the long run, baseball is irrelevant due to the rising sea levels...
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    could be the next Joe Kelly, could be the next Luis Severino. Could be ******** Pedro for all we know. "one Luis Castillo lottery ticket, please" others: Raimel Tapia-- not sure how his playing time will shape up, but good pedigree, and he is hitting. potential .300-10homer-35 steal guy?? Not a bad flier. Paul DeJong-- The plate discipline is comically bad (9:46 -- good God, Lemon!) but he looks good. Power hitting shortstop. Currently on a 30+ homer, 100+ RBI pace. But don't count on him to be your savior. Max Kepler-- Thought he'd be accumulating more stolen bases, but in super deep leagues, a talented 24y.o. with a .788 OPS and nice tools is worth looking at. Not someone I'm rushing to get, but not the worst 5th outfielder if your waivers are depleted. Rhys Hoskins-- you can almost feel him coming. The insane power at TripleA has dropped off a bit, and 1B base is loaded with all the unforeseen breakouts (Shaw|Thames|Smoak|Bellinger|Bour|Alonso|Morrison|Marwin?|Zimmerman|Adams|Bell|Schebler|) but if you need a hail mary and have a bench spot, I think he's worth a look-- with the hope that he comes up and crushes big league pitching on a 35-homer pace, which I believe he can. Scott Kingery-- The Phillies prospect I'm most excited about. I don't care that he is 5'10 and never projected for this kind of power. He is on a 40-40 pace between minor league stops, and I think he has the bat speed and core strength to hit for power in spite of his frame. My pick to be the "Trea Turner" of the 2nd half, if he gets called up. Right now, I think he is the player we hope Brendan Rodgers eventually will be.
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    Responses like this should make you ineligible to post on these forums.
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    Some random pre training camp thoughts - @dabeesta17 nailed it on Arizona. All of it. I'm watching to see how Humphries handles edge rushers at LT. Wetzel actually was decent last year. People didn't realize how decimated the Arizona OL was down the stretch. It was so bad that Arians basically committed to using DJ as a WR to get him the ball. Cleveland - RT is the question there but they have in house options with pedigree in Erving and the 3rd rounder from last year. How fast the new pieces gel is important. I'm surprised by the numbers above for Houston. Very surprised. To the point where I'm considering getting out my game notes from last year to double check. But Lamar was extremely sluggish last year and slow to the hole so maybe i shouldn't be so surprised. Jax - going to be interesting to watch with the addition of Albert and Robinson and wanting to implement a power running scheme. Dallas - LG is a mess. They have no idea who is going to play there this year atm. Collins is moving to RT where I actually think he'll be an upgrade over Free. But dropping them to 8? Not sure yet. If Cooper can show he's 80% of the studly player he was coming out of college they won't miss a beat but there's less than a 20% chance of that happening at this point. NO - pre Armstead injury I would have had them top THREE. That's a huge loss. Cincy - that's a mess. Just an absolute mess. I actually like Mixon more in ppr as dumpoffs should be plentiful. Dalton was sacked a ton last year and then they lost their two best linemen. Potential disaster in the making here early in the season unless both Winston and the other kid take quantum leaps. Atlanta - had all 5 ol start every game last year. That's not repeating itself this year. Detroit - losing Decker is a huge blow especially since they are replacing him with Robinson who was awful in LA. Right side is so much better though that they could protect him. Philly - Wentz's drop off directly coincided with the suspension to Lane Johnson at RT and then multiple OL injuries. #1 might be too high but top 5 is legit. I'm a Dallas fan but Philly is my current pick to win that division assuming Wentz cleans up the bad habits he developed when the oline got decimated. Likewise... ...Washington's oline was underrated last year. Not having a real RB hurt them. If they traded for Hyde look out. NYG - flat out didn't improve at pass blocking at OT. Huge mistake by them and it should cost Reese his job when this season is over. Carolina - I think they have the best G/C/G combo over Chicago. Another team that was wrecked by multiple injuries up front but they also screwed up by not upgrading OT prior to 2016 which resulted in Cam getting hurt. And why they continued to run him out there in a lost season down the stretch with that OL was incredibly stupid. Lost a lot of respect for that organization with that decision. Likewise... ...Seattle should be ashamed of themselves for what they had in front of Wilson last year which resulted in him getting hurt (and that was discussed on this board BEFORE last season). So what about now? I didn't think they did enough on paper HOWEVER there are a couple of guys on that line that are young enough that they may improve like the OTs. Joeckel could be decent at G. I'll be watching this line like a hawk this pre-season. TB - as a Winston dynasty owner I wish they had upgraded OT. Denver - i need to see it on the field.
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    Dude, c'mon, you've got to tone it down and stop with the constant complaints in the player threads with nothing contributory. No offense, but I don't think anyone cares what he has done on your team, and to complain about this guy is absurd - he is outperforming what anyone expected. No one is immune from slumps, especially power hitters of his ilk. You sound like you need a break from this, and it really clutters up the threads. This is a maddening pursuit and there is a ton to get frustrated about, I hear you, but can you please drop these posts in the vent thread?