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  1. Hudson Potts 3B - SD

    Bumping up this guy as he's on a tear right now - since July 13th (admittedly an arbitrary start date), he's had a hit in every game, is batting 0.436 with 4 HRs, 5 BBs and 12 Ks (for a 20% k-rate, below his ~25% season rate). Fangraphs page here. Overall he's batting 0.288 / 0.355 / 0.519 / 0.874 with 17 HRs across 415 PAs as a 19 year old in High-A. His walk rate (8%) and k-rate (24.6%) are both materially improved over his 2017 #s. I've also read in a few different analyst chats that his defense has improved to the point where - while he will never be a gold-glover - he's likely to be able to stick at 3B. He's likely going to stay in High-A for all of 2018 and begin in AA in 2019. If he finishes with these same rate stats and his HRs continue at the same pace through the end of the season, he's likely to be in some Top 100s or at least very close. Either way he's fairly hyped as a helium guy and is making good across a large sample size, so for those in deeper leagues it's worth getting in early.
  2. Luis Castillo 2018 Outlook

    In a fairly ironic twist of fate, he was pitching a decent, efficient game (5 IP, 2 ER, 1.00 WHIP, 2 Ks) and the rain came in...still one of his better outings but he had QS written all over this one!
  3. Bryce Harper 2018 Outlook

    This is an overly optimistic opinion, but I think there's a chance the HR derby has the reverse effect on Bryce than what it traditionally does and sparks a second half surge (there's nowhere to go but up in terms of BA unless he descends into Dexter Fowler territory). A few days away from game pressure, the opportunity to mash many HRs in front of his home crowd, etc. He knows he's playing for a contract and I could see his second half being super productive. Sometimes players just need some kind of catalyst.
  4. Alex Wood 2018 Outlook

    Anyone know what's going to happen with the LAD rotation after the break? It seems that Buehler took Wood's spot tonight, but unclear if that's permanent or just because Buehler's timing lined up with Wood's spot in the rotation. After the break, it seems that Kershaw, Stripling, Maeda all have spots, and Buehler probably. That leaves Rich Hill and Wood (not even counting Ryu). Wood has been outperforming Hill, but it's not hard to see a world where LAD sticks with Hill or even Ryu gets the 5th spot. Roberts says they may go with a 6-man rotation for a couple of weeks after the break, but will Wood have a spot in the rotation come August / September?
  5. Mid Season Prospect Rankings Watch

    I sadly dont have the time or technical skills to do this, but it would be cool if someone built a website where prospect rankings were crowd-sourced. Something like you have to rank-order 25-30 prospects in order to see the compiled results.
  6. Jacob Nottingham - C MIL

    2 for 4 last night with a double. How long until we can call him the Sheriff of Nottingham?
  7. Jacob Nottingham - C MIL

    Nottingham was called up today as Manny Pina went on the DL. Erik Kratz is starting at C today for the Crew, but I feel like this could be a good chance for Nottingham to show what he can do. Pina is 31 - not too old - but has a sub-.700 OPS and only 78 wRC. Kratz is 38 and is hitting about the same as Pina. I could see a world in which Nottingham comes in and hits and forces the Brewers into a tough decision.
  8. Buddy Reed -- OF Padres

    He’s fairly old for his level. Until he shows he can do this in AA I don’t think he will make any Top 100s, but could be a good guy to gamble on right now.
  9. June Closer Thread 2018

    Any chance we see them turn to Will Smith? He's been the only truly consistent / dominant reliever throughout the season
  10. Pablo Lopez, SP MIA

    He reminds me a bit of Freddy Peralta. It would be ridiculous to expect that Lopez has the same kind of immediate success that Peralta has had so far, but I think if he performs well he should be able to hold down a longer-term position in the rotation. With Caleb Smith out and the rest of the team sucking, a rotation spot is his to win. His initial foray into AAA was modest (3.38 ERA over 4 starts [one aborted after 1.2 scoreless IPs due to the call up] but a 5.40 FIP), but I followed some of his starts and he seemed to show good poise by pitching out of some jams and coming back out to pitch scoreless innings after a couple of ERs. My opinion: he's likely not worth owning in shallower mixed leagues for a variety of reasons, but in deeper leagues and / or dynasty leagues, he's worth taking a flier on to see if he becomes the next Freddy Peralta or Luis Castillo. Here's what Fangraphs wrote about him in March, when he was the Marlins' 18th ranked prospect (link here): Lopez missed 2014 due to a ligament tear that required Tommy John surgery, and then he struggled to miss bats in 2015 and 2016 while throwing a nearly elite level of strikes. His stuff is up. His fastball sat in the 92-96 range with life last year and touched 97. Lopez does it easy and commands his fastball, average breaking ball, and changeup. He’s gone from projecting as an up-and-down arm to a potential No. 4/5 starter in the last year. Lopez was acquired from Seattle as part of the David Phelps deal ahead of the 2017 trade deadline.
  11. Pablo Lopez, SP MIA

    Looks like he's coming up for a start this weekend against the Mets if anyone needs a starter...
  12. Alen Hanson 2018 Outlook

    Looks like he was removed from the game after fouling a ball of his leg. "San Francisco Giants infielder Alen Hanson fouled a ball off his left knee in the first inning Wednesday and went down immediately in pain. He remained there for several minutes until trainers helped him off the field." http://www.sfexaminer.com/san-francisco-giants-alen-hanson-goes-lower-leg-injury/ Unclear how serious it is, but the linked article makes it sound like he could be out for a bit.
  13. Peter Alonso 1b NYM

    As a Alonso owner in dynasty i want to see him as much as anyone else, but I dont think injuries will get him up this year. The Mets are currently using Bruce and Cespedes outages to try Smith in LF and Flores at IB. An additional injury to one of those two could lead to Alonso's call as an emergency backfill, but on the other end of the coin when either Bruce or Cespedes come back Smith and Flores will be used in a platoon at 1B. Absent a structural change to the Mets 25-man roster or extreme injuries, I don't think we'll see him this year. That being said, he should be in line for a September call-up and a hard look going into 2019.
  14. Freddy Peralta 2018 Outlook

    I'm starting him in a very deep 12-team NL-only. He's been pretty lights out in AAA since he got sent down. In my opinion, if he limits the walks he should get a QS or better, if not he's likely to get lit up. He's been limiting his walks so far in AAA during the interim, and the only things that would lead to that not continuing are (a) nerves or (b) better / more patient hitters. I'm betting on a good outing but whether or not you think he can maintain control should determine whether you start him or not.
  15. Anyone have any advice on whether or not to cut bait on Dexter Fowler in deep leagues? I'm in a 12-team NL-only, and if he was hitting something close to his prior 3 years he'd be a tremendously valuable asset with CF eligibility. Right now, he's a complete waste of a roster spot. His BABIP suggests that he's been unlucky and that some reversion to the mean is in store, but it seems he's lost his oppty for regular at bats with Harison Bader gaining favor with the Cards. I'm not really sure who I'd pick up, so it's more of an "in a vacuum" kind of question. I could likely easily find a reliever who could add current value to my team, the question is really around whether people think Fowler will come around.