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  1. 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.
  2. Chris Paddack - SP SD

  3. Peter Alonso 1b NYM 80-grade bat flip
  4. 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.
  5. MLB / MLB Pipeline Top 100

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

    Dom Smith playing LF tonight...
  7. 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.
  8. 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 .
  9. Dylan Covey 2018 Outlook

    Sox kicked the ball around quite a bit in the 2nd. That, plus CLE literally just saw him (as anothers above had pointed out). I'm giving him another shot at being my SP6.
  10. Chris Paddack - SP SD

    He's capped at ~90 IP this season.
  11. ESPN adds 200 minor leaguers to leagues

    That's an awesome haul for the dead-last waiver priority in a deep league. I had #14 (out of 16) and got Greene and Paddack. Granted, durability is an ever-present issue when scouting arms, but there's heightened risk with Duplantier. At the risk of venturing into BC territory, I'd say you're set with the three arms you just grabbed.
  12. ESPN adds 200 minor leaguers to leagues

    Well, the dam has burst. What are we doing? If I had to rank the newbies gun-to-head I'd do it: 1. Whitley 2. Bichette 3. Gore 4. Baez 5. Greene 6. McKay 7. Paddack 8. Suarez 9. Anderson 10. Duplantier Every single one of them was added off waivers. 11. Graterol 12. Ramos 13. Canning 14. Manning 15. Ortiz This tier might still be available depending on league / bench size.
  13. ESPN adds 200 minor leaguers to leagues

    I'm furious about this. They've never done such a large dump in June before. If a guy wasn't in the system, he was almost always added only once he was called up. Therefore teams make waiver decisions based on this understanding. Case in point: I used the #1 claim on Luis Castillo a month ago, based on an understanding that currently unavailable prospects like Whitley wouldn't be added unless called up. I chose to roll the dice. If I had known that 200 players were going to be added in June, I would never have added Castillo! And how could I have known - it's literally never been done and wasn't announced preseason. Now I've got the 14th claim, so bye bye everyone worth adding! I'm done with ESPN. Dynasty leagues can't function if the underlying system is subject to unpredictable and unannounced changes. Clearly the ESPN team does not understand dynasty leagues at all.
  14. Peter Alonso 1b NYM

    60 grade / 70 FV moustache
  15. Peter Alonso 1b NYM

    His bat is ready. Is the glove? Open question to the forum. A few weeks ago he was compared disfavorably to the 1b in your or my Sunday night beer league softball team. The New York Post had a glowing write-up on him yesterday but didn't mention any progress in the field. (It did mention that Smith has been playing some OF and that it could indicate they're clearing a path for him). Im as excited as anyone to see him up - I get serious Hoskins vibes - but what would send the hyle train into full gear for me would be a glowing report on his work in the field (along with a few more bombs of course).