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  1. Michael Kopech 2018 Outlook

    Any indication that it's a spot start?
  2. Michael Kopech - P CHW

    (Agree completely) Another thing to keep in mind is, teams do this to save money six years from now. As if they know what's going to happen next season, let alone six years from now. Sure, you could get hit with that extra third year of arbitration - but that would only really make a dent if the guy happens to turn out to be as good as you're hoping (in which case, boo hoo, poor owners). Meanwhile, you're retarding his professional development and gambling against any possible acceleration of whatever plan you ostensibly have in place. In other words, he might not be ready if or when you need him.
  3. Ronald Acuna 2018 Outlook

    Just got beaned on the first pitch of the game. Right on the elbow. Still on the ground in a lot of pain. We are officially at DEFCON 2. Clearly wasn't hand/wrist, so some small comfort there. UPDATE: standing at first base. Sorry for the panic. Acuna flipped his ankle pad right on the mound in front of Urena. Urena just tossed. Will this put the fire out?
  4. Sonny Gray 2018 Outlook

    Any sense of how long he'll be in the bullpen? Could this be a "giving him time to fix the kinks and reset his head" or is it more of a "putting him on an ice float"? Feels like the former to me but I have no basis for it.
  5. Kevin Gausman 2018 Outlook

    Huge bump in value, no question. As a Gausman owner for the past 5 years I'm popping the champagne! Owners of Braves pitching prospects must be sweating bullets right now...
  6. Aaron Judge 2018 Outlook

    Can't recall a time when a HBP that didn't immediately cause a departure was later found to be serious.
  7. Chris Paddack - SP SD

    Hi-A: 2.24 ERA, 0.90 WHIP AA: 1.19 ERA, 0.45 WHIP
  8. Chris Paddack - SP SD

    First start at AA: 6 IP 1 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K Only one mistake on the night - a homer in the second inning.
  9. Chris Paddack - SP SD

  10. Peter Alonso 1b NYM 80-grade bat flip
  11. Dylan Covey 2018 Outlook

    Might have been pitching hurt... didn't watch the game but it says he left mid-batter due to injury... more to come.
  12. MLB / MLB Pipeline Top 100

    No Paddack, or am I blind?
  13. Peter Alonso 1b NYM

    Dom Smith playing LF tonight...
  14. Michael Kopech - P CHW

    In a broad sense, yes there are plenty of examples, simply because control is the last thing to arrive for most pitchers, and lots of current big league power pitchers walked that same path. Put another way, a guy who tops out at 93-94 won't ever be able to reach back and hit 97-98, but a guy like Kopech already has the velo - halfway there - and now needs to learn to harness it. Problem is, only a relatively small portion of guys end up putting 2 and 2 together. That's why they're the elite. I owned Kershaw and Max when they were young bucks, and we were having the same conversation: is that walk rate ever coming down? In their case, they did make the transition from thrower to pitcher. Plenty of guys don't. But if you want a shot at the next Thor or Kershaw, then you gotta be the guy holding and rolling the dice on Kopech.
  15. Dylan Covey 2018 Outlook

    To start, he induces grounders and soft contact. Admittedly, this is mostly based on my un-scientific analysis of simply watching most of his past few starts and seeing a lot of weak contact. And of that contact, there were more than a fair share of seeing-eye singles, corroborated by his slightly high .325 BABIP. Adding a little science to the "no hard hits" intuition: among SPs with >100 batted ball events, he's #6 on the list of fewest Barrels per PA. Plus, as you and others have pointed out, the uptick in velo is enticing (e.g. ). The sinker is excellent and the slider plays. The peripherals aren't screaming at me to run. He can get into the sixth inning. He's faced Cleveland three times in his past five starts, which is disadvantageous against any team but especially a tough opponent like the Indians. He's got RP eligibility. And lastly, the health issue seems to be behind him. The Ks aren't going to be consistent, and the wins will be sparse. But, in a deep league such as mine (points, 16 teams, 130-140 SPs rostered), pickings are slim and I'm after guys who, frankly, will just get me a QS and some positive points. He's useful at least until everyone's injured starters return (Kershaw, Buehler and/or Tanaka for me), and hopefully for a time after that too when the matchups are right. Finally, Suarez was already owned when I added Covey .