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    Alright, been sitting on this for weeks. I've waited long enough..................3.......................2.............................1................let's heat up!
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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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    Guess it's time for another Public Service Announcement ... For whatever inexplicable reason (maybe the approaching holiday weekend?), this thread has digressed rapidly over the past 48 hours. 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. 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 rapidly approaching June. The time for discussion of league settings has passed. The time for discussion of league strategies has passed. Questions about punting saves being viable aren't applicable anymore -- they were applicable in March/ 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. 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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    Another successful close by Hand
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    tfw you have a dominant closer in drew storen but trade for papelbon and both fall apart tfw you trade away felipe rivero to acquire mark melancon tfw melancon leaves and gets signed by the giants tfw rivero becomes a dominant closer for the pirates tfw your best option for closer is a guy who misspells closer as "closure" on his linkedin page and got injured while taking a shower tfw your new best option for closer is a guy whose nickname is based off fat albert tfw the best thing to come out of your closer role the past couple seasons are gifs of papelbon trying to strangle your most valuable player
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    2017 baseball season
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    It's a bit early still, but @handyandy86 got me thinking about trade deadline stashes with his earlier post. I say it's early because: 1) only a few teams are clearly out of it and sellers; 2) some of those most obvious sellers have legit reasons to hold their guys; 3) pricing is always interesting (Robertson may be the most proven guy available, but with another full year on his contract, I expect he's by far the most expensive guy available). That makes actionable advice here pretty difficult, given we're still 2 months away, but here goes nothing ... The Goners Tony Watson - I don't see how on earth he remains with Pittsburgh past July 31. His contract is expiring, and this is a team that's flipped guys in the past. Rivero feels like the obvious next-in-line, and has pitched extremely well. Nicasio has primarily handled the 7th from what I can tell, and has pitched well too ... but I actually think Nicasio is a good bet to be dealt as well, given he also is a FA next year. I think Watson keeps this gig until the deadline unless he just utterly falls apart (hard to open trade discussions with, "Would you like to trade for my demoted closer?"). Rivero has another year of Team Control in 2018 before his three arbitration years. If Pittsburgh is worried about his cost in arbitration, they could sell him for a mint next year (provided he's successful and dominant, which is the only way his arbitration numbers would jump anyway). The Maybes Jim Johnson - While Johnson is signed for another year in 2018, he's pitched quite well this year, carrying over the elevated K-rate from the second half of 2016 with the heavy GB tilt he always deploys. That GB-heavy nature makes him pretty valuable as a fireman for a team needing a double play ball to get out of a jam in the playoffs. Johnson is also fairly cheap for 2018 at $5MM, so Atlanta won't feel pressure to trade him. That said, I expect Atlanta's asking price to be lower than that of KC's with Herrera or Chicago's with Robertson. As such, I personally would stash Vizcaino in leagues where Rivero is already owned. I'd be shocked if there's a changing of the guard barring injury, but I'd also give Viz about a 50/50 chance of closing games in the second half for Atlanta. Santiago Casilla / Ryan Madson - Oakland is going nowhere, and Billy Beane has a pattern of flipping old relievers for prospects. I expect one of these guys probably gets dealt, if not both, but I don't think they'll just give away Casilla. For all his warts, Casilla is 8/10 in save chances (which may also be misleading cause I'm just adding BS to SVs, and not all BSs are traditional 9th inning blew it situations). Most of his blow ups have come in NSOs. Then again, he's not great -- would someone want to pay for that? Casilla, like Jim Johnson, is signed for 2018 at a very reasonable $6MM, so Oakland doesn't feel pressure to cash in their chips with him. Madson is also signed for 2018 at $7.67MM, so they're not forced to deal him either. Madson though has pitched better than Casilla to date with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. He's also 36 (like Casilla) and I think the more likely to be dealt because he's more likely to be in demand. If they both go, we're left to proceed through the Oakland A's closer decision tree: 1) Is Sean Doolittle healthy? 2) Is there an old guy that can suffice? 3) Who else? Oakland's only expiring contract of their relievers is Human Gas Can John Axford. I doubt any other team wants him. My darkhorse here if both guys are dealt would be Liam Hendricks, who's pitched pretty well and has 6 years of big league experience. Dull has been pummeled this year. Kelvim Herrera - Herrera feels likely to be dealt by a KC team that's floundering and on the precipice of a rebuild with so many expiring contracts, but Herrera's contract isn't expiring (he's got another year of arbitration in 2018). That means he's more expensive than your typical bullpen help guy at the deadline. I fully expect KC to shop him, and perhaps they take what they can get, but they don't HAVE to dump Herrera. Soria feels firmly established, to me, as the next-in-line guy here, and he's paid like a closer with $8MM this year, $9MM in 2018, and $10MM in 2019. David Robertson - He's so talked up as a trade candidate that fantasy owners seem to just expect him to be traded. Kahnle feels like the next-in-line guy for now, unless Nate Jones returns from the DL and assumes the primary setup role. Kahnle though, is just entering arbitration next year while Nate Jones is signed for very cheap through 2021. If you buy into the saves making a guy more expensive, then a rebuilding team like the Sox might as well see if Nate Jones can handle the 9th. If he can, then that's a tremendously valuable asset to have a closer at such a ridiculously cheap rate for so long. But if Jones is hurt, they may just turn to Kahnle, who's been downright filthy. The dirty secret here though, again, is that the White Sox don't *have* to trade Robertson. He's signed for 2018 at $13MM, which while kind of expensive also means he's not a risk to leave them empty handed in FA. Some teams will view that extra year of control of Robertson positively and be willing to pay more. Others will see $13MM for a closer as a problem. Do the White Sox find the right match? Brandon Maurer/Brad Hand - Both these guys have two years of arbitration left in 2018 and 2019, and both are pitching well by the metrics (Maurer's surface-level stats look kinda ugly though). Still, I expect them to get a lot of buzz on the trade market for obvious reasons: 1) they're pretty good; 2) they're cheap and controllable. But once again (noticing a theme yet?) that cuts both ways. San Diego doesn't have to trade these guys at all. They're in a good position to force some buyer to overpay. Capps still lingers in the wings, theoretically, assuming he can find himself after TJS. I expect either of these two would be the favorite for saves if just one is dealt. If both go, I'd bet on the team just letting Capps struggle through it as they limp to the finish line, though its possible they'd turn to Buchter. Brad Ziegler/AJ Ramos/David Phelps - The Miami situation is honestly a mess. They signed Ziegler to a huge contract presumably to be the primary setup guy - this after flirting with Jansen and Chapman and Melancon too, if I'm not mistaken, this offseason. That doesn't point to them being in love with Ramos, but he's got another year of arbitration in 2018 before he's a FA, and he's been their closer for a decent stretch now. Phelps is probably the best arm in that pen, and he too has another year of arbitration in 2018 before he's a FA. Would teams pay more for Phelps or Ramos? Ziegler is signed through 2018 at $9MM for next year, and as I mentioned previously with Jim Johnson, a contender could see that heavy GB tilt as a very useful weapon in situations where a double play is needed in the 7th or 8th. I think he's the most likely guy to be traded of this bunch, followed by whichever of Phelps or Ramos fetches the biggest price tag (or neither if no one wants to pay up). Longer Shots Justin Wilson - This is definitely more of a longshot in my mind as he's pitching extremely well for Detroit and has another year of arbitration in 2018 before becoming a FA in 2019. Rather than having to go out and buy a new closer for 2018, Detroit can simply let Wilson be the bridge to the Closer of the Future, Joe Jimenez, who would theoretically be ready to take the reins either late next year or in 2019, assuming he can fix his 10% BB-rate in AAA. Crazier things have happened. I assume Alex Wilson would be next up for the rest of 2017 should Justin Wilson be dealt. The Tigers are hovering around .500 only 3.5 back of the WC. Mark Melancon - this sounds kinda crazy, but the Giants are just horrific right now and could possibly look to unload Melancon's contract. That might work to their disadvantage given the length and money owed, but some buyer may find that appealing to get a proven guy on a longer term deal. And maybe SF is willing to take less in prospects to get out from under the contract. Corey Knebel - also sounds crazy, but with as much team control + arbitration as Knebel has left, plus the way he's pitched this year, we're looking at a potential Ken Giles-like return in a trade. Milwaukee is winning now, but that could change by the deadline, and Milwaukee to date has been very smart about building a team for the long haul to compete with Chicago and St. Louis. Whomever is left would presumably close (if they sell Knebel, does anyone buy Feliz? Does anyone buy Barnes or Torres?). Raisel Igelsias - Cincinnati needs SP in the worst way if they're going to compete in that division, so maybe they try one more shot at making Iglesias a SP. If not, bad teams don't need great closers -- what's the point? He's signed through 2020 at very reasonable salaries, so they could ask for a mint and see if someone's willing to pay. If not, no harm done. Storen is a FA after this year, and would seem likely to be dealt. Lorenzen or Peralta would likely be next-in-line should Cinci look to trade Raisel.
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    Hey guys, I found those holes in Bellinger's swing that NyMuttsfan5 was talking about.
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    TERRIBLE coach & driver is the scouting report.....
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    Wed, May 31 "Trea Turner finished with three singles and a run scored in five at-bats on Tuesday in San Francisco. Advice: The former North Carolina State standout struggled in the month of May, as his average sunk from .317 to .241. However, he has posted three multi-hit games over his past five outings to show some signs of life at the dish. He isn't your prototypical leadoff hitter, collecting just three walks across 107 at-bats in May, but he is a useful NL-only fantasy option for his occasional power and speed." (Rotoworld.com)
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    Live pictures are coming in of people posting in this thread
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    Threw one pitch tonight. Should be available again sometime next week.
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    Oh no he's definitely struggled. I don't remember any "mental gymnastics" trying to deny that. But there are guys like Machado who you can rightfully complain and/or worry about, and then there's Mookie, who is plugging along and doing just fine. Would I LOVE if he was top 5 consistently all year? I suppose. But I only care about final numbers. I don't care about where he's at in June. He's well within striking distance. And you always bring up his draft spot. What is ok for you for him to finish? Is he a bust if he's not top 5? Top 10? Do you know the track record in fantasy baseball, & how this works? Last year Trout, Goldy, & Kershaw were the only 3 1st rounders to finish top 12 in 5 x 5. Your 1st round pick doesn't need to finish top 12 to be a worthwhile investment. This has been explained over and over.
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    Uh, yeah, make that claim. Just hearing about a league where someone drops a mid-tier closer makes me feel like a street beggar looking through the window of a yacht club while wealthy men are lighting cigars with $100 bills.
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    Crazy how Houston roster decisions impact the Rangers lineup
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    Maurer chopped off his Hand
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    4-4 with a homer, 2 runs, 2 RBI OPS up to an elite .987, 2 points higher than his 2016 finish. great start this year-- just wait until he finally heats up in the 2nd half oh and for kicks, here are his yearly OPS numbers starting in his rookie season of 2007: .907 .874 .981 1.024 .947 1.041 .926 .799* 1.000 .985 .987 *injury riddled season that's 1st ballot hall-of-fame production. but he isn't treated with the reverence to match (outside of the Jeff Sullivan crowd). perhaps the most under-appreciated player of his generation, and without a doubt one of the most prolific hitters of all-time. oh, and Votto Dong.
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    Must...not...get....sucked. edit: added
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    He's a must add in 16 team AL East leagues.
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    Bellinger just laid down a perfect shift-buster bunt down the 3rd base line. With the stolen base upside he's shown, I have to wonder if that's going to be a frequent occurrence against the shift until teams start playing him more honest in the infield. It's no big deal shifting against Chris Davis because you'll gladly trade a homer for a single and play for the double play, but Bellinger can turn it into a double pretty easily.
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    New month ... new thread ... new PSA refresher: 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 2 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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    Dude it's the irrational hate thread... Get off your high horse and have some fun. I'm sure Charlie Blackmon will not come here and go cry himself to sleep about it.
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    genetically engineer a pitcher who's charlie morton for the first 3 innings and then JCR after that
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    Every time I glance at the boxscore...
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    Man, they're just making stuff up now. Roberts: Uh, Alex hurt his, uh, anterior posterior cruciatus. uh, medial covfefe nerve. He should be back once Hill gets another blister. Uh, I mean, once he's cleared by doctors.
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    Yeah, because its so easy to sell a guy you just picked out of free agency. No one was trading for what his production was. Its so annoying and lazy to say "SELL HIGH" on a guy most people weren't high on to begin with
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    CG, SHO, 15 Ks.....Kershaw calls him after the game to ask for his autograph.....Berrios declines.
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    Yonder had amazing x-rays. So many people are talking about how great his x-rays were. Those who are questioning his results are using fake x-rays. Believe me. He's doing better than anyone in history. He had the biggest crowd outside the x-ray room of ever time. Just give him some time. He's going to deliver your team a tremendous deal. Believe me.