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  1. 32 points
    Listened to Rush and now I have 19 bats and no pitching.
  2. 30 points
    With the MLB regular season almost upon us, I figured I'd better get my 2018 Top Prospect list out before the attention gets shifted onto the MLB action. I believe this is my 3rd top 100 list I have released, and I have had requests from other community members to do one again so I'm finally delivering! 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, so guys like Scott Kingery, Dustin Fowler and Shohei Ohtani are not on the list. Note that 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. Ronald Acuna – ATL - .285/.338, 27 HRs, 23 SBs – ETA Early 2018 2. Victor Robles – WAS - .287/.342, 19 HRs, 33 SBs – ETA Late 2018 3. Vlad Guerrero Jr. – TOR - .298/.385, 30 HRs, 4 SBs – ETA 2020 4. Eloy Jimenez – CHW - .272/.336, 36 HRs, 3 SBs – ETA Late 2019 5. Kyle Tucker - HOU - .282/.343, 27 HRs, 16 SBs – ETA 2019 6. Nick Senzel – CIN - .291/.361, 23 HRs, 16 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 7. Forrest Whitley – HOU - 3.19 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 239 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2018 8. Bo Bichette – TOR - .292/.343, 24 HRs, 11 SBs ETA – Mid-Late 2019 9. Fernando Tatis Jr. – SD - .271/.340, 27 HRs, 13 SBs – ETA Mid-Late 2019 10. Francisco Mejia – CLE - .294/.342, 18 HRs, 3 SBs – ETA Late 2018 11. Michael Kopech – CHW - 3.31 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 226 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2018 12. Brendan Rodgers – COL - .281/.331, 26 HRs, 6 SBs – ETA Late 2018 13. Royce Lewis – MIN - .278/.338, 18 HRs, 27 SBs – ETA 2021 14. Luis Robert – CHW - .271/.335, 21 HRs, 23 SBs – ETA 2020 15. Willie Calhoun – TEX - .280/.342, 26 HRs, 2 SBs – ETA Early 2018 16. Triston McKenzie – CLE - 3.40 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 205 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2019 17. Walker Buehler – LAD - 3.42 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 219 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid 2018 18. Mitch Keller – PIT - 3.48 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 181 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2018 19. Taylor Trammell – CIN - .274/.339, 18 HRs, 26 SBs – ETA 2020/2021 20. Gleyber Torres – NYY - .282/.358, 22 HRs, 7 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 21. MacKenzie Gore – SD - 3.39 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 212 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2021 22. Juan Soto – WAS - .292/.347, 23 HRs, 5 SBs – ETA 2020/2021 23. Jorge Mateo – NYY - .268/.335, 11 HRs, 46 SBs – ETA Late 2018/2019 24. Brent Honeywell – TB - 3.46 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 186 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid-Late 2019 25. Austin Hays – BAL - .282/.316, 25 HRs, 3 SBs – ETA Mid-Late 2018 26. Austin Meadows – PIT - .284/.342, 18 HRs, 17 SBs - ETA Mid 2018 27. AJ Puk – OAK - 3.53 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 214 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2018 28. Jesus Sanchez – TB - .279/.327, 24 HRs, 9 SBs – ETA Late 2019/2020 29. Franklin Barreto – OAK - .278/.327, 18 HRs, 14 SBs – ETA Late 2017 30. Yordan Alvarez – HOU - .276/.352, 25 HRs, 2 SBs – ETA Late 2019 31. Jo Adell – LAA - .268/.328, 26 HRs, 19 SBs – ETA 2021 32. Anthony Alford – TOR - .272/.342, 17 HRs, 24 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 33. Jahmai Jones – LAA - .279/.338, 17 HRs, 19 SBs – ETA 2020 34. Kyle Wright – ATL - 3.51 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 189 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2019 35. Sixto Sanchez – PHI – 3.53 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 177 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2020 36. Ryan McMahon – COL - .271/.336, 24 HRs, 5 SBs – ETA Mid-Late 2018 37. Miguel Andujar – NYY - .284/.327, 21 HRs, 5 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 38. Willy Adames – TB - .268/.346, 20 HRs, 8 SBs – ETA Late 2018 39. Carter Kieboom – WSH - .271/.352, 23 HRs, 3 SBs – ETA 2020 40. Colton Welker – COL - .286/.335, 21 HRs, 5 SBs – ETA 2020 41. Keston Hiura – MIL - .286/.340, 18 HRs, 6 SBs – ETA 2019 42. Hunter Green – CIN - 3.48 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 204 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2021 43. Franklin Perez – DET - 3.67 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 187 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid 2019 44. Nate Pearson – TOR – 3.51 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 222 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2020 45. Leody Tavares – TEX - .279/.327, 13 HRs, 22 SBs – ETA 2021 46. Keibert Ruiz- LAD - .285/.327, 16 HRs, 2 SBs – ETA 2020 47. Alex Verdugo - LAD - 287/.346, 17 HRs, 7 SBs – ETA Mid-Late 2018 48. Luiz Gohara – ATL – 3.59 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 212 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Early 2018 49. Michel Baez – SD – 3.61 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 213 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2019 50. Kolby Allard – ATL - 3.59 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 166 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2018/2019 51. Jesus Luzardo – OAK – 3.55 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 190 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2020 52. Jake Bauers – TB - .278/.348, 17 HRs, 9 SBs – ETA Late 2018 53. Christian Stewart – DET - .255/.339, 26 HRs, 3 SBs – ETA Late 2018 54. Jhailyn Ortiz – PHI - .247/.333, 32 HRs, 2 SBs – ETA 2021 55. Heliot Ramos – SF - .251/.310, 25 HRs, 23 SBs – ETA 2021 56. Tyler O’Neill – STL - .258/.327, 29 HRs, 7 SBs – ETA Mid-Late 2018 57. Monte Harrison – MIA - .261/.323, 23 HRs, 18 SBs – ETA Mid- Late 2019 58. Mike Soroka – ATL - 3.54 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 182 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2019 59. Austin Riley – ATL - .261/.323, 25 HRs, 2 SBs – ETA Mid 2019 60. Michael Chavis – BOS - .258/.318, 28 HRs, 3 SBs – ETA Mid-Late 2019 61. Kyle Lewis – SEA - .268/.335, 25 HRs, 2 SBs – ETA Late 2019 62. Adrian Morejon – SD - 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 176 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2021 63. Jay Groome – BOS - 3.69 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 203 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2021 64. Corbin Burns – MIL – 3.73 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 181 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid 2018 65. Estevan Florial – NYY - .248/.322, 24 HRs, 23 SBs – ETA 2020 66. Tristen Lutz – MIL - .269/.335, 26 HRs, 1 SB – ETA 2021 67. Alec Hansen – CWS – 3.71 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 206 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid 2019 68. Justus Sheffield – NYY 3.72 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 184 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2018 69. Fernando Romero – MIN – 3.79 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 177 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid-Late 2018 70. Peter Alonso – NYM - .274/.324, 26 HRs, 1 SB – ETA Late 2019 71. Ian Anderson – ATL – 3.72 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 204 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2020 72. Chance Adames – NYY - 3.72 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 186 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid 2018 73. Cal Quantrill – SD - 3.71 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 179 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2019 74. Dylan Cease – CHW - 3.80 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 207 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2019 75. Matt Manning – DET - 3.77 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 213 K’s in 200 innings - ETA 2020 76. Luis Urias – SD .290/.342, 10 HRs, 9 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 77. Nick Gordon – MIN - .273/.329, 11 HRs, 13 SBs – ETA Late 2018 78. Jon Duplantier – ARI – 3.83 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 196 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2019 79. Adonis Medina – PHI – 3.91 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 175 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2020 80. Brandon Marsh – LAA - .270/.318, 19 HRs, 22 SBs – ETA 2020 81. Starling Heredia – LAD - .263/.334, 25 HRs, 7 SBs – ETA 2021 82. Kevin Maitan – LAA - .271/.342, 24 HRs, 4 SBs – ETA 2022 83. Mickey Moniak – PHI - .281/.338, 15 HRs, 18 SBs – ETA 2020/2021 84. Dane Dunning – CHW – 3.94 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 187 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid 2019 85. Chance Sisco – BAL - .274/.341, 14 HRs, 5 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 86. Danny Jansen – TOR - .276/.365, 15 HRs, 1 SB – ETA Late 2018 87. Albert Abreu – NYY – 3.80 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 212 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2019 88. Jose Albertos – CHC – 3.74 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 178 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2020 89. Anderson Espinoza – SD - 3.78 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 180 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2020 90. Bobby Bradley – CLE - .246/.329, 28 HRs, 2 SBs – ETA Mid-Late 2019 91. Carson Kelly – STL .268/.330, 16 HRs, 0 SBs – ETA Mid 2018 92. Pavin Smith – ARI - .286/.343, 20 HRs, 2 SBs – ETA 2019 93. Mitch White – LAD – 3.93 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 183 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Late 2019 94. Stephen Gonsalves – MIN – 3.94 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 174 K’s in 200 innings – ETA Mid-Late 2018 95. Brusdar Graterol – MIN – 3.88 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 187 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2021 96. Evan White – SEA - .273/.338, 18 HRs, 12 SBs – ETA 2020 97. Luis Medina – NYY – 3.84 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 215 K’s in 200 innings – ETA 2021 98. Akil Baddoo – MIN - .273/.349, 13 HRs, 18 SBs – ETA 2021 99. Touki Toussaint – ATL – 3.93 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 193 K’s in 200 innings 100. Nolan Jones – CLE - .273/.364, 22 HRs, 4 SBs – ETA 2020 HM’s: Ryan Mountcastle, Ryan Vilade, Garrett Hampson, Nick Pratto, Jorge Guzman, Sandy Alcantara, Jake Burger, Jose Siri, Lucas Erceg, Alex Faedo, Yadier Alvarez, J.B. Bukauskas, Isan Diaz, Lewin Diaz, Wander Javier, Alex Kirilloff, Andres Gimenez, James Kaprielian, Sheldon Neuse, Shane Baz, Lolo Sanchez, Esteury Ruiz, Gabriel Arias, Harrison Bader, Max Schrock, Randy Arozarena, Brendan McKay, Seth Romero, Yasel Antuna
  3. 20 points
    Let's get our ducks in a row before real baseball begins. Let's try to line up the handcuffs / next-in-line guys. Knowing who to grab makes a big difference when the news comes down that someone's hurt or being removed, and grabbing some of these guys now (as roster space allows) helps save FAAB and headaches later. Below is what CloserMonkey says, but I'd like a debate about who's really next up - especially from locals and homers who may have heard more about how the bullpen stacks up. For example, the Monkey points to Dyson and Watson in SF, but this board (myself included) seems to think it'll be Strickland (supported by local articles and beat writer guesses). AL EAST - Closer (Next/2nd) - thoughts Yankees - Chapman (Betances/Robertson) - I have no idea who Boone would go to here, and most of them are probably owned anyway. Red Sox - Kimbrel (Kelly/Carson Smith) - Both are having strong springs, as is Matt Barnes(15/3 K/BB in 9IP). I doubt they'd go to Smith just returning from TJS. Orioles - Brach (O'Day/Givens) - I wonder if Givens is really the 2nd in line here as O'Day always gets mentioned but never seems to get the role. Blue Jays - Osuna (Tepera/Loup) - Keep an eye on Deck McGuire here (former 1st Round pick; 13/1 K/BB in 10 IP this spring; No ER allowed; 0.56 WHIP) Rays - Colome (Romo/Alvarado) - watch out for Alvarado. Converted SP whose stuff is playing up in the pen (14/3 K/BB this spring in 10 IP). AL CENTRAL - Closer (Next/2nd) - thoughts Indians - Allen (Miller/Otero) - I'd be floored if Otero closed. Keep an eye on Nick Goody here - really solid for them last year. Tigers - Greene (Wilson/Stumpf) - Alex Wilson has been pounded this spring, and I know nothing about Stumpf. Joe Jimenez has the goods if he can control the BBs. Royals - Herrera (Maurer/Keller) - Maurer pitched better than his surface stats last year in SD, but Keller is a 22 YO converted SP (Rule 5 pick) with a good spring. Twins - Rodney (Reed/Hildenberger) White Sox - Jones/Soria (Minaya) AL WEST - Closer (Next/2nd) - thoughts Athletics - Treinen (Hendricks/Petit) - I feel they're mentioning Petit because there's no one else to mention. Casilla still lurks and wants the gig. Astros - Giles (Devenski/Harris) Angels - Parker/Bedrosian (Middleton) - Parker's been torched this spring; I still think Bedrosian ultimately lands the gig, but it might take time. Rangers - Kela/Diekman/Lincecum/Leclerc - Place your bets (gut says Kela gets first shot with a short leash; Leclerc has had a good spring; Lincecum looms?) Mariners - Diaz (Nicasio/Vincent) - Nicasio was really good last year. If Diaz struggles for a stretch, Nicasio may not give it back NL EAST - Closer (Next/2nd) - thoughts Mets - Familia (Ramos/Swarzak) - CloserMonkey noted as a committee (coachspeak?). Familia healthy? Ramos walks too many. Swarzak was filthy last year. Phillies - Neris (Neshek/Morgan) - Also noted as a committee; Neshek doesn't want it IIRC; Morgan - meh. Watch Edubray Ramos here (17Ks in 8.2 IP this spring) Braves - Vizcaino (Minter/Ramirez) - Minter looks like a LHP version of Kimbrel, and his health may be best served in the 9th. This might not take long. Marlins - Ziegler (Barraclough/Steckenrider) - two very good RPs behind Ziegler, but Ziegler could also hold the gig all year. Who knows? Nationals - Doolittle (Madson/Kitzler) - Kintzler's success as a closer last year and Madson's age make me wonder if Kintzler is really next in line. NL CENTRAL - Closer (Next/2nd) - thoughts Cubs - Morrow (Cishek/Edwards) - Cishek has done it before, but Edwards may have Maddon's trust (if he's not walking a bunch of dudes). Justin Wilson's there too. Cardinals - Leone/Lyons/Gregerson - Keep an eye on Jordan Hicks here. Flamethrower with triple digit heat is jumping from just 8 games at Hi-A. Pirates - Rivero (Kontos/Feliz) - I'd be shocked if Feliz wasn't the handcuff here if Rivero struggles at all Brewers - Knebel (Barnes/Hader) - Hader is young/inexperienced, so the Brewers may default to Barnes first, but Hader has the goods (17/3 K/BB in 9 IP this spring) Reds - Iglesias (Jared "Bull" Hughes/Hernandez) - The Hughes page makes the joke for me. They're forgetting Lorenzen; Quackenbush was a thread favorite before. NL WEST - Closer (Next/2nd) - thoughts Dodgers - Jansen (Fields/Alexander) Rockies - Davis (Shaw/McGee) - Ottavino has done it before in Colorado with aplomb. He could work his way in there ahead of newcomer Shaw and LHP McGee Giants - Melancon (Dyson/Strickland/Watson) - lots of discussion last few pages; my money is on Strickland eventually winning out DBacks - Boxberger (Bradley/Hirano) - Monkey points to Bradley as next, but I think they like him as the fireman (and he's said he likes it too). I think Hirano is next up. Padres - Hand (Yates/Stammen) - I think Maton is probably 3rd in line here over Stammen, personally.
  4. 19 points
    Anyone have any thoughts on the Milwaukee situation?
  5. 19 points
    The problem is that roto is boring AF. I want yahoo to let us start playoffs 1st week of March. That should eliminate most resting issues.
  6. 18 points
  7. 17 points
    I actually thought we might make it to opening day and the new thread before I had to post this, but ... guess not. 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. Some of you are getting pretty good at 'hiding' your bench coach questions as "would you prefer to own A or B," but you're not fooling anyone. Keep it relevant to everyone on the board. 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 will inevitably be a 2018 Cool Story Bro thread just for that. 3) This isn't the place to discuss league strategies. Questions about punting saves being a viable strategy aren't applicable here. Neither are the posts saying, "I punt saves so I don't have to deal with all this." Cool - we're here cause we want new closers. If that doesn't apply to you, there are numerous other threads on the forum. 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. 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. 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. 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 in compliance. 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 ...
  8. 17 points
    The Disclaimer: Some of you will vehemently disagree with the below - while I'm curious as to the thoughts of others, these are my thoughts -- how I see things as they currently stand. They're just my opinion ... is what it is. Enjoy. Or don't. There is no try. (Also, please don't quote this whole thing. Quote snippets if you must.) The Rankings: Tier 1 1. Kenley Jansen 2. Craig Kimbrel The cream of the crop – guys with almost zero performance risk on good clubs with a long track record of dominance. They get you elite Ks, ratios, and SV totals. Tier 2 3. Aroldis Chapman 4. Roberto Ozuna 5. Cody Allen 6. Brad Hand 7. Felipe Rivero I think all these guys are very secure in the role, offer 40 save upside, and will generally offer the Ks and ratios you’re looking for at the position. Chapman could easily jump to the first tier again, as could Ozuna. I see Cody Allen as one of the safest closers outside of the top-3 with low performance risk and high job security. Hand and Rivero may get more Ks than Allen, and could post better ratios, but their relative newness to the role gives me a little more pause than with Allen. Hand signed a contract extension this offseason, so I think he’s pretty locked in. Rivero was awesome and should be again. You’re good with all these guys. Tier 3 8. Corey Knebel 9. Ken Giles 10. Raisel Iglesias 11. Edwin Diaz 12. Sean Doolittle 13. Brandon Morrow One could argue these guys belong in Tier 2 (and I’m sure many of you will argue that). I know I’m probably low man on Knebel, and it could be nothing at all. But, I learned my lesson last year with Edwin Diaz – walks can kill a closer, and Knebel walked nearly 5 per 9IP. That’s … scary to me. He strikes out a ton, which cures a lot of ills, but I feel safer about the guys ahead of him, so I draft accordingly. Giles also gives me a little pause – great year last year, but melted down in the playoffs. Devenski is really good, and it wouldn’t completely shock me to see Houston make a change if Giles struggles early. Iglesias is great – I feel very safe with him but don’t think he has quite the upside of Knebel or Giles in the K department. Diaz does have that upside, but again, walks. Doolittle and Morrow could really start Tier 4, but again that’s nitpicking. These are two veteran guys with great numbers last year on very good teams. There’s more health risk with those guys than performance risk, IMO. Tier 4 14. Wade Davis 15. Mark Melancon 16. Alex Colome 17. Kelvin Herrera 18. Brad Brach 19. Hector Neris These guys have the opportunity to really climb this list, but they all have something that makes me hesitate more than the guys ahead of them. For Davis, it’s Coors. I heard an interview with him yesterday saying every park is different, and pitchers have to adjust. OK, sure … but Coors. Melancon was one of the rocks of prior years, until his forearm issues last year. He says he’s healthy, he’s done this a long time, and the Giants are typically a team that generates a lot of opportunities. You probably don’t feel great drafting Melancon, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he rolled off 40 saves. Colome racked up 47 saves last year, but where’d the Ks go? 7.8 K/9 and an ERA that jumped more than a full run (more in line with his FIP from the prior years). The WHIP also wasn’t great, but at this point we’re looking for saves, and he should get them. The specter of a trade still lingers here, but I wouldn’t overreact too much given that he’s got another 2 years of arbitration. The Rays would be silly not to explore deals for Colome given they’re rebuilding, but they also don’t have to trade him with that much team control. Herrera, Brach, and Neris could go in any order, but I think this is how I’d draft them. Herrera was a dominant guy for 3 straight years and an all star in 2015 and 2016 as a setup man, and then the wheels kind of came off last year. He had an abnormally high HR rate, and dealt with a lot of injuries in the second half. If he’s healthy, he could shoot right up this list. Same goes for Brach, who’s a fine reliever in his own right and has sole possession of a good role in Baltimore. I know Britton might come back mid-year, but that doesn’t mean he immediately takes Brach’s job (if he gets back at all). Neris also has potential, but his ratios aren’t elite and McCrackin seemed hesitant to actually commit to Neris in the past. There’s potential here, but there’s risk as well. Tier 5 20. Blake Treinen 21. Arodis Vizcaino 22. Cam Bedrosian 23. Jeurys Familia 24. Shane Greene 25. Fernando Rodney 26. Nate Jones I almost combined this tier with the last tier, but I found myself feeling much more comfortable with these guys. Treinen was solid for Oakland down the stretch, and enters camp with a what I view to be a lot of job security. Casilla wants the job, but Treinen is just better. Security is a wonderful thing in your lower tier closers. Vizcaino is pretty solid for an up and coming Braves squad. What gives me pause with him is the presence of AJ Minter, a strikeout beast with prior injury issues that may well be best managed with the predictable closer’s role. Viz may be a better fit for Atlanta coming out of the pen in the fireman role – and that’s what’s keeping me from pushing him higher. Bedrosian has never been doubted for his skills, just his finicky manager and health. He’s healthy now (let’s face it, any of these guys could get hurt) and has the role as he’s thoroughly outpitched Blake Parker this spring. I like Parker too, who did a great job for the Angels down the stretch, but Bedrosian could really run with this. Familia has had success before (and been a dominant guy, honestly), but he’s coming off of injury and a surgery that doesn't inspire a ton of confidence, has a new manager that hasn’t fully committed to him (says he’ll get “most” of the opportunities), and has several bullpen mates that either have done the job in the past or could flourish in the role (Ramos and Swarzak). It’s enough for me to avoid if possible. Shane Greene was actually pretty good last year, especially at home (36/13 K/BB with a 1.36 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP). On the road, he couldn’t find the strike zone with 21 BBs in 31.2 IP. If the road splits are just noise, he could be one of the surprise late closers that holds a job all year and pitches quite well (though another rebuilding club that would probably explore the trade market with him – but we can’t plan for those things now). Rodney’s here solely because of job security. He was signed to be the guy … that gets you leash, and the Twins are a good club. If he falters, Reed looms ready to take the role. I’m not super confident that Nate Jones will close for the White Sox, which is why he's in this spot on the list. He’s certainly waited his turn and been an effective guy for a long time, and I think he would do well if given the opportunity. Soria, on the other hand, was paid to do the job. Jones has had the better spring ... it's kind of a place your bets situation, but I slightly lean Jones right now. Tier 6 27. Brad Ziegler 28. Cardinals Closer 29. Rangers Closer 30. Dbacks Closer This tier isn’t really a place I want to play until the very late end game when everyone is throwing darts (and most of these guys are gone by then). I’ve never been one for Brad Ziegler, and there’s plenty of other options in that pen, including Barraclough and Steckenrider with way more K potential than Ziegler. He enters the year with the role (as far as I know), but I’m just not that interested. The next 3 teams could have guys jump a tier or two even, but they haven’t selected someone. Gun to my head, I think Gregerson starts the year with the role in STL, but Leone is very good and Llyons could make some noise as well. For the Rangers, it’s been discussed a lot the last few pages, but who really knows? Kela has the stuff, but I get the sense the team doesn’t love him and he’s banged up all the time it seems. Lincecum hovers in the minors, and there’s been smoke about him taking the role. Diekman is solid, but he’s a LHP (their best LHP if you consider Claudio the ground ball guy). Leclerc has the strikeout potential, but his control last year was really rough. It’s been better this spring, but who knows. One of them will emerge and probably be pretty valuable, but I have absolutely no idea which one. With the DBacks, it could be Bradley (who is probably a Tier 3 or Tier 4 guy with the role), but it could also be Boxberger or Hirano, and I’m not that confident in either of them.
  9. 15 points
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  11. 15 points
    Wait, shouldn't this thread be split into separate Shohei Ohtani (Hitter) and Shohei Ohtani (Pitcher) threads?
  12. 15 points
  13. 15 points
    Listened to a guy in bench coach and traded kershaw for Curtis granderson, Pedro Alvarez and Brandon Wood
  14. 15 points
    Mother, Conditions at the facility seem to me to be poor but morale is rising as Spring Training continues. The doctors don't tell me much but I remain hopeful of keeping my arm after all, and be ready for Opening Day. The same may not be said with regard to poor Yoenis. He spends his time whittling a hook he believes will let him hold a bat even if the hand is lost. They let us open several windows yesterday, and I was able to empty my own chamber pot into the culvert nearby. Enclosed is a photograph taken of the team after yesterday's game. As always, please send baseballs, as we have run out again here in Port St. Lucie. Your humble son, Michael
  15. 14 points
    @hailtoyourvictor and @terminator10 knock it off and take your discussion to PM.
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    IS IT GETTING HOT IN HERE?
  18. 14 points
    say THANKS to this community! I sincerely mean that. To everyone that writes thoughtful insights, to the Twitter updates, to the "drop city" people, and everyone in between. At this point in my fantasy basketball life this community is the only place I go to for pre-season rankings info and mid-season insights. Everyone that posts and contributes to this community I appreciate you. Some posts are better than others, but they all provide info and I am grateful for that. "Drop city" is one of my favorite things to see because it lets me know where the psyche is on the majority of the world. People that post Twitter updates....you are amazing! You have no idea how much that means for someone that doesn't like Twitter. And the people that take time to post their stances with some research backing it up....I don't care if you are right or wrong, I just love reading your thought processes. Lastly, the mods go under-appreciated like 99.9999% of the time and there are always points in a season where emotions run high and we make them work extra to clean up our messes. Thanks for helping keep some order and structure in this place! That's all I got until the offseason begins...
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    Not until his mom comes on this board and yells at us will I say he reminds me of Kluber.
  21. 13 points
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    FELIPE RIVERO VÁZQUEZ IS THE CLOSER!
  23. 13 points
    People are hating on him after 2-5 with 2R and 1RBI? Y'all some stuck up m'fers!
  24. 13 points
    Just dropped Jansen for Fields. Hopefully I'm doing this correctly.
  25. 13 points
    WE'RE ALL BETTER THAN THE PAY VS DON'T PAY FOR SAVES ARGUMENT. #allsavesmatter #coexistinthechase
  26. 13 points
    They should, just so CMike has a good backup.
  27. 12 points
    I vote MLB should be played in Mexico in April
  28. 12 points
    The pessimist in me thinks that Kingery will have 4 starts at OF, 4 starts at 3B and 4 starts at SS -- then Cesar Hernandez will go down for the year.
  29. 12 points
    It's been tried. You're not new here, you know the score. This thread will hit 200 pages. Embrace the chaos
  30. 12 points
    I wouldn't call it "frowned upon", but Closer Monkey basically is just telling you yesterday's news in most cases. They play everything safe so they don't "get it wrong". In a situation like LAA, they're going to list it is a committee between almost every RP in that pen until it's clearly Middleton's job after a couple saves. If you wait for that, you're not getting him in your fantasy league. This thread speculates on who will get the job before it happens. There's not always consensus on who it will be, but the facts are laid out and discussed and you can pick your horse. Just this season already, a little over a week old, this thread has beaten Closer Monkey to the punch on Boxberger, Kela, and Strickland, and I now have 3 "free" closers added for nothing, days/hours before they became hot adds. Closer Monkey is fine for what it is, but it's like reading yesterday's news. You'll be up to date on what happened, but unless you play in a league with a bunch of people in comas, you're going to miss out on a lot of good opportunities.
  31. 12 points
    So, the good news is the Facebook games can be watched after they're broadcast, just like other blackouts. The bad news: this crap: Hey Facebook idiots: we figured out a long time ago that putting the score and stats inside the video window is better, because you can fill up the screen with... the actual game that you're trying to watch. I guess enough people complained that they changed it later in the broadcast, but still. Then they decided that what we *really* wanted to hear from is random jackholes on Facebook making banal observations about the game: "Thor's fastball should be like 140mph.... crayyyyy!" Are you kidding me, MLB? I know you're desperate to get younger fans watching, but are there really millions out there who are clamoring for a smaller video window and a stream of lame commentary from Internet randos? If you want to stream on Facebook, then stream on Facebook, but don't ruin the experience with this trash. Sincerely, An Old Person
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    Fantasy Gods bless this thread. It's great to know you can wait till nearly the dead last round of your draft to get closers, and be able to pick guys up throughout the season before anyone else knows they've been named the closer. I literally have never come in anywhere but first in saves in my league ever since I joined this board. So, thank you to all of you who put so much effort into this.
  34. 12 points
    Going into last year his career ISO was .118, in '15 and '16 he had an ISO of .099 and .114. In '17 his ISO jumped to .235 due to the swing change. Month by month ISO: .235, .500, .167, .216, .135, .200. He had a bad drought in August but rebounded in September to finish stong, and as you see this new found power was not just in his ridiculous May. Keep in mind, Alonso has had outstanding plate discipline and contact, power was the missing piece. He was always super talented, which is why is was drafted 7th overall in 2008. As for the change in park helping, a little more detail... According to Fangraphs park factors, Oakland is 27th in LH HR factor at 91, where he spent most of his time. He finished up in Seattle that ranked 17th in LH HR factor at 100... Cleveland is 8th in LH HR at 105, but also carries a 107 for doubles and 103 for singles, it plays very well for LH hitters, one of the better LH parks. ParkFactors.com doesn't break out splits, but ranks Oakland 24th overall at an 87 (81 for HR), Seattle 29th at 85 (86 for HR)... Cleveland is 14th at 100 (101 for HR). ...and that's not to mention the drastic difference in lineups, far more counting stat potential in Cleveland. I think he's a bargain and a no brainer at his draft price. EDIT: One last thing I want to mention... don't forget Mike Napoli banged 101 RBI in this lineup in 2016.
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    No, it's not. And I think this is one of the major gaps in this argument. Jose Martinez, JD Martinez, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista... none of them "woke up and materialized" as a star. They worked, and worked, and worked, and made mechanical adjustments. And changed things. And adjusted things. And put in the hours. And they improved. Jose Martinez didn't immaculately become a better baseball player. He improved over the course of time and found what he needed to do to become successful. To be clear, I don't think it's wrong to offer any caution, but from reading your posts over time you unequivocally are not willing to buy into "Breakouts" aside from prospect breakouts. I've never seen you take the side of the breaking out 27 Year Old. And that's fine if that's how you want to do it, but you'll miss out on some awfully good players that way, and to me it's better to look at every situation much more individually.
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    3/30 as the countdown continues.
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    Trout with a SB. Sucks that his SB days are over
  44. 11 points
    Ohtani after spring training.
  45. 11 points
    This post is lame. Of course your league doesn't count FIP. But, don't knock people for bringing advanced metrics to the table in an effort to project results. That's what fantasy baseball is about, or do you just draft based off of last year's stats?
  46. 11 points
    I wasn't able to get Holland either : (
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    After being highly encouraged because of the astute content and advice..... joined Rotoworld Forums.