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  1. He is doing just fine on prospect lists as far as fantasy concerns go. He doesn't rank very highly on non fantasy prospect lists because he is just a bad fielder, but that doesn't matter much when they stick you in LF at the Great American Bandbox and Billy Hamilton is to your left. He is still ranked 67 by MLB, 100 by FanGraphs (FanGraphs Fantasy "Mid 60's"), 48 on Baseball Prospectus Fantasy, 54 by CBS Fantasy, 39 by RotoWire Fantasy. So yeah the guys not gonna win any gold gloves but he can flat out rake. He doesn't need organizational political support. Offensively he basically profiles as Christian Yelich without the speed and a better walk rate. Time will tell with the power but before his wrist troubles he displayed 15 HR power at a very young age.
  2. Where has he fallen short? His SLG dropped following a wrist injury, shouldn't be an issue in the long run. Everything else has been aces.
  3. Schebler might be a decent source of power but I am inclined to believe he will either do well and get traded or fall flat and get benched. Winker is the future and he is looming. This is a team in rebuild, if another team needs a LH bat off the bench or Schebs starts peaking in value he is gone.
  4. Ugh, let's not start this one up again. He hired an escort, everything past that is conjecture. No charges filed, no police action taken. Hold it against his character that he is a sleazy alcoholic (as I am sure many ballplayers are) but let's not make a mountain of a molehill.
  5. I see no reason to believe he can't return to form but the main problem as far as I see is the location of his injury and the grinding physicality of his position. Tucker Barnhart is an excellent defensive catcher and proved to be a manageable bat last season. It reminds me a lot of the Reds catching situation back in 2010 where they had a less durable, better hitting guy in Ramon Hernandez and the light hitting, glove wiz in Ryan Hanigan. That platoon ended up with Hernandez starting 85 games behind the plate and Hanigan starting 58 and I could see something close to that happening. Health permitting I would predict something like a 3/2 split with Mesoraco getting AL park DH starts, so that is about 100 starts. I would definitely take the under on 110. If you don't mind rostering two catchers, go for it. I typically stick to AL guys or the few super durable NL ones.
  6. During the time that Billy Hamilton was not injured Peraza started predominantly at 2nd and 7th. Depending on his ST performance it should be one or the other. I would definitely put my money on the #2 spot based on his hitting .323 while at the top spots of the lineup last year. The Reds organization also just took a PR hit from the average fan that cares more about players visiting local little league games than the team saving 2 million dollars so they will want something tangible to justify "giving away" Phillips.
  7. Eek. The Reds tried this for a few games back when Votto was injured a couple years ago. It was not pretty. I don't think he really was given a fair shot though, Jay is pretty athletic and a very hard worker. The only way it works out is if the Mets commit to it and actually have him work at it for a while instead of just taking some groundballs and coverage assignment drills here and there. Nothing like the "just stick the less athletic guy at 1B, it can't be that hard"
  8. Nope, I very clearly remember Chase Utley holding CI last season on Yahoo from his 2015 combo of 3 starts at 3B and 3 starts at 1B.
  9. Although he did log enough games at both combined to get the MI designation for leagues with deeper rosters. Unfortunately I think you are right about regaining spots. Between keeping Santana and EE in the lineup there is no way they give Kip or Lindor DH rest days.
  10. I think KC is one of the rare parks with a perfectly symmetrical wallso technically I would think it is neutral. It probably profiles as a worse park for guys who spread the ball around but shouldn't be a problem for a dead pull guy like Moss who doesn't hit short porch cheapies.
  11. Agreed, you're on to something here. Getting on base and hitting for power are pretty useless things to keep track of... We should probably get rid of all those light hitting glove guy shortstops. Pee Wee Reese, Ozzie Smith, Boudreau, Rizzuto... What a bunch of jokers. I hope to God they never let in Omar Vizquel.
  12. I think its understandable to think Rolen isn't worthy but citing another guys defense as a qualifier in the same breath is a bit silly Rolen is one of the best fielding players all time at his position too. I love Rolen but for me longevity and accumulation is the main issue. Based on his career hitting rates and defense he is a HoF but his body falling apart in his early thirties really ruined his shot at making it in my opinion. Very similar to Don Mattingly's situation.
  13. Zero. Votto is a smart guy, he understands that rebuilds take a few years and he's not jumping ship for a win now team at 33 years old. I see his career playing out one of three ways. 1) The NL will adopt the DH and he will be a Red forever 2) Due to injuries his defense hits such a low point that he is forced to the AL for a DH spot. 3) He finally agrees to a trade in his twilight if the Reds don't win a championship by 2022. So basically unless he suffers some seriously nagging injury he's not going anywhere. No reason to even think about it.
  14. I believe the goal is to get Peraza to take over at SS and Herrera at 2B. If they find a way to trade BP before Cozy than Peraza will get first crack but I would guess Cozart gets dealt before BP since the Reds aren't going to find any teams crazy enough to tack on extra money and extensions for a decent but aging, mediocre hitting 2B. From a fantasy perspective it's probably a good thing for his pre season value to be mucked up by the utility usage. He should be great later round stash and for us dynasty owners it will extend that nice 2B/SS/OF eligibility in to 2018.
  15. Down 32, so I need Edelman to channel his inner Le'Veon Bell.