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  1. Teoscar Hernandez 2018 Outlook

    The ball makes a different sound when it hits his bat. Teoscar's a free swinger who doesn't make a ton of contact, but he hits absolute rockets when he connects.
  2. Jake Arrieta 2018 Outlook

    Just saw this. Monstrous (career high) movement on his sinker last night. Would be nice to see anything even close to this. That’s a wiffleball he threw.
  3. Ozzie Albies 2018 Outlook

    J-Ram, Dozier, D.Gordon for sure. Murphy whenever he comes back will be better ROS, and Cano is too consistent to not put ahead of Albies. Then you have guys like Schoop, Merrifield, and LeMahieu you can make a case for. 2nd base is pretty deep. I think Albies will represent a clear profit, but it'll be tough for him to break into the top 5.
  4. Trevor Bauer 2018 Outlook

    Orioles may be struggling, but Bauer tends to give up his fair share of homers and this isn't exactly the type of park to keep the ball in the yard. Still, regardless of what happens tonight, I'm buying him breaking out as a top 25 option. Bauer's ditching of the cutter in favor of the slider last year, + more reliance on his curve led to his end of season breakout. Also, as hitters sat on his breaking stuff more, his fastball swinging strike % rose. So far this year, he's thrown curves and sliders 50% of the time. While batters teed off on the cutter last year, they haven't slugged over .333 against the slider in any of the 3 months he's used his (August, Sept last year, the first 3 start of this year). In fact he's only given up a .087 slugging % on the pitch so far this year. It's pretty simple to me. If he keeps dominating with the slider and curve, he's going to be very, very good. He'll have his ups and downs because he's not elite, but I believe he's darn close to being a solid SP2.
  5. Jake Arrieta 2018 Outlook

    6 of the 12 balls put in play had a hit probably of 12% or less. Only 3 balls were hit with an exit velo above 95 mph off him, and only 3 with a hit probably above 40%. So yes, your eyes were correct, basically next to nothing was hit loudly. Absolute domination. I don't think Jake isn't going to be back to that CY Young velo any time soon, but if he can get back to the 93.5ish mph range, that'll be good enough. He also had an unbelievable slider when he was an ace, but he's using that pitch less and less (he's lost a good 2+ inches of break on the pitch as it gets hit a lot more frequently nowadays). If he's commanding his sinker though, and mixing in his curve at least 20% of the time, I don't see any reason why he can't be a high-end SP3, maybe venturing back into SP2 territory.
  6. Ken Giles 2018 Outlook

    I really wish I had done a bit more research on closers pre-season. Didn't think Hinch would really go away from Giles so much. They don't really trust him in any situation. Can't give up on him mid-April, but hard to see him on rosters if this keeps up another few weeks.
  7. Ozzie Albies 2018 Outlook

    This is a very, very fair point, and one I'd agree with. What's interesting though is that Albies is actually seeing a slightly lower % of pitches in the zone than league average. I think that's more because he's a free-swinger and the league is catching on to that, but Freeman's protection hasn't led to an increase in pitches in the zone thrown to Albies. Ozzie's just hitting everything thrown his way. The average batter is making contact 61.4% of the time on pitches outside of the zone this year. Albies is hitting those pitches 77.8% of the time, which is good for 19th in the majors (right behind JRam, Altuve, Trout). Given Logan Forsythe and Ketel Marte are currently top 5 in o-contact %, it's not an exact science, but Ozzie's definitely smoking hot right now.
  8. Trea Turner 2018 Outlook

    Maybe I'm biased because I'm an owner, but I'd like to think the Nats coaches are actually pleased with Trea. He's made some massive bb% gains in the early going, and I'd imagine no one in their clubhouse think's a .220 average will last much longer. Also, I can easily see Trea sticking at lead off when Eaton is back, with Eaton hitting 2nd. Still takes advantage of Eaton's OBP skills and allows Turner a better opportunity to run. Just my two cents..
  9. Shohei Ohtani 2018 Outlook

    2-start weeks seem unlikely any time soon. Monday to Sunday on a full week at some point maybe, but definitely not Tuesday/Sunday. From their beat writer: Jeff Fletcher‏Verified account @JeffFletcherOCR Apr 15 More As for Ohtani's pitching schedule going forward, nothing is certain, but the #Angels clearly prefer for him to pitch on 6 days rest (maybe 5, certainly not 4), so I'd plan on him pitching on Tuesdays for a while. Likely now pitches in Astros series
  10. Hanley Ramirez 2018 Outlook

    That was actually a pretty huge homer. Hanley has a history of being terrible when injured in any way, shape, or form. I'm obviously fairly biased as a Red Sox fan that LOVES Hanley, but mannn is he trying to get that option year picked up. Absolutely LOCKED IN.
  11. Charlie Blackmon 2018 Outlook

    So his 1st at bat back is a road bomb off of Scherzer. His 5th road bomb, with 3 coming off of Greinke, Ray, Scherzer. But you know, he can't hit on the road...
  12. Andrew Triggs 2018 Outlook

    Going back to last year, at a quick glance he's only thrown 95+ pitches 5 of 14 starts. Has only gone 6 innings in 6/14 starts. Looking at last year, his slugging % allowed and overall ERA shot up the 3rd time through the order. I've been reading that he did work on his arm slot (click here), so maybe that will help him be sharper later in games this year. It's certainly something to keep an eye on.
  13. Ozzie Albies 2018 Outlook

    Don't recall that happening. This is fantasy baseball. Some people get too hyped, some overreact. I've done both myself. One person called him a "lay up", one said a possible top 30 pick. What happened is, as is such in normal human life, I disagree with people time to time. When I feel necessary, I bring up points one way or the other. It's called a discussion. Is this a thing that you do often? Just come in to threads, offer nothing, then leave?
  14. Ozzie Albies 2018 Outlook

    I'm on record a few pages back as saying to not worry about a bad start and that I liked him. But keep in mind he's 21. He's going to have ups and downs. It's April 12th. Don't put THIS much stock into a hot 10 days. Calling him a "lay up" is crazy. He could easily go on an extended cold streak. I like his upside and I do think he approaches 20 homers this year, but it's wayyy too early to get so hyped.
  15. Trea Turner 2018 Outlook

    The Nationals have played 11 games. That is the equivalent of 1 football game, or 5 basketball games. And there's actually a positive here - he's walked 9 times. He'll hit .280+ and if he's walking more as well, it'll only increase his runs/steals. I do hope he can solidify himself as the #1 or #2 hitter while Eaton is out, but Trea will be just fine either way.