En Votto Veritas

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  1. I doubt it. Miggy was going in the 12th or so this season and Votto is arguably looking worse headed into 2020. This said, I think he makes a good 2nd UTIL play in most leagues if his ADP falls into the teens.
  2. There's a lot of youth hype in the league right now. Guys like Acuna and Soto came onto the scene basically already elite, and now Alvarez, Bichette, Tatis, Alonso, etc are all running on those coat tails. Truth is the majority of fantasy managers vastly overpay for youth. Just look at JoRam who is only 25 years old and who is chopped liver after a bad half season. For example, in CBS' 2020 first two rounds, Alvarez and JoRam are both listed in the "notable omissions," which is odd given that JoRam has had exactly one bad half over a number of years while Alvarez has had exactly one good half, period. Ultimately there will be someone in every league who reaches for guys like Alvarez and thereby makes the decision easy, as the question of where to draft him is taken away. The real question is who slips due to people reaching.
  3. JoRam is going to be the biggest steal of the draft next year. Dude is a consensus top 5 pick, young and a virtual lock for 30-30, has a terrible first half and comes back to form in the second only to be injured... and now is an after thought in the first two rounds? Looking at these rankings one could theoretically draft in the first three picks only to see JoRam come to you at 22-24. Fantasy managers have some of the shortest memories.
  4. I'm not confident but I'm starting him. Since going to CIN he's played lights-out at home and been an absolute trash heap dumpster fire on the road. In fact, his line at Great American Ballpark (CIN stadium) is filthy: 3 GS, 21 IP, 31:6 K:BB, 1.71 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, .160 BAA.
  5. I agree with you fully that "Highly-skilled youngsters grow into power as they get older all the time, especially in the current offensive environment." Note though that "over time" is important. Torres doesn't profile at all like Bichette, so the comparison seems weak. Lindor is a better comp, and he hit 12 in 438 PAs his first year, 15 in 684 his second. Albies is another good comp, and in his first season he hit 6 in 244, and 24 in his second. Marte hit 2/1/5 in his first three seasons. But that wasn't the argument being made. The argument being made was that Bo is on pace for 40+ HRs so why profile him at 15. My counter-argument is his history and small sample size. I fully believe that Bo could grow into a 30 HR hitter, but projecting that for next year seems rather risky. This is why I was asking for thoughts on what 2020 holds for the youngster. Also, apologies for the snarkiness of the previous comment. Was in the middle of something else when I read the reply and it carried through.
  6. Hey great point. You know Mike Ford has 8 home runs in 97 ABs so they both probably will hit more than 40 HRs next season. 🤨 Bichette has literally no history of this kind of power, is hitting at an astronomical .416 BABIP, and a silly 27.6% HR/FB. But I'm glad you made this terrible point because these types of arguments are what help fantasy managers crazy overpay for 100 ABs, allowing other fantasy managers to sell really high.
  7. I'd like to know what he projects out to be over a full season. Certainly his current production is unsustainable, so what does 162 games look like next year? Looking over his minors numbers I'm guessing: .270/.340 with 15 HR and 20 SB. He'll hit a ton of doubles, easily 30+ each year, but I don't see much in the AVG/OBP areas. Thoughts?
  8. Pitcherlist.com has him in nearly every Add/Drop and Hitter Recap column. I think they did a deep dive on him as well. But otherwise yeah, crickets. Dude is extra valuable in OBP and points leagues btw, walks at a good clip.
  9. Last 14 days: .355/.487, 8:6 K:BB, 9 RBI, 8 R, 3 2B.
  10. RosterResource has the new lineup as: Lindor-Mercado-Santana-Puig-JoRam-Franmil-Kipnis-Perez-Naquin I think JoRam and Santana may get flopped as the former is on complete fire, but either way you look at it that 1 through 6 is disgusting. I think Santana benefits the most from all this as he's already a super patient hitter but now he's gonna see a lot more good pitches to hit.
  11. He's started the past ten games and is hitting .348/.414 over the past month with 89 ABs, usually at 3B or 2B. The highest he seems to hit in the order lately is 6th, but with this type of production it's only a matter of time before he gets some looks near the top of the order. That said, hitting as he does behind Kepler, Polanco, Cruz, Rosario, and Sano should lead to some RBI opps.
  12. If you're going to drop a player after 12 ABs then you have a bigger problem than that player's performance.
  13. I agree with @tonycpsu on the HRs. It's never wise to bet on an increase in any stat that isn't backed up by historical numbers or swing change. I see McNeil as a 15-20 HR guy, and his AVG should fall from .330 as well, but it should be noted that he has a full season of ABs now (over 2 seasons) and is at .330. .300 seems like a low projection, a floor perhaps, and .315 a safe bet. I have him in a 16 team league that counts lots of stats so he's much more valuable, as he would be in a points league. Standard 5x5 though, tony may be correct in having him right around 75.
  14. Depends on the league settings. He's gonna end up with meager-ish counting stats, maybe 15 HR, 70 RBI, 90 R, 10 SB, but with a .330 AVG that's a top 50 player in standard 5X5 leagues. 3rd round is picks 24-36 so maybe a bit early in a 12 team league. Deeper leagues and points leagues is a different story though.