King Felix

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  1. This is such poor management of their platform and technological incompetence by ESPN. It is not that difficult to add top players/prospects to the pool on a website. This creates havoc/competitive balance issues in keeper dynasty formats. As much as I appreciate how they handled Ohtani (treat him as one player, not a SP/DH split) this unfortunately is a major problem such that I'd want off this platform unless they come up with a fix next year.
  2. This is just a bummer as a fan, Ohtani was one of the best stories of the season. Fingers crossed it isn't worst case, but given the fact he had a UCL flag when he came over it's hard to be optimistic here.
  3. Agreed - this isn't a move you make if he's not going to play. The Nationals are probably feeling the pressure of Harper's pending free agency/a more competitive NL East race than they expected, so while I think this is definitely a move motivated by the burden of winning now, Soto wouldn't have been called up unless the determination was made he was a better starting OF option than what else was available. He certainly has a ton of potential, my only worry (as it would be with any hitter that young) is he has not seen the type of breaking stuff MLB caliber pitchers bring on a daily basis. It's going to be very interesting to see how this goes.
  4. I think the concern about his hip is a lingering one - out of the bullpen they can manage his innings better. That said, I'm loving the spike in velocity on the FB, and curious as to whether that's better health, being able to dial it up for shorter stints, or both. Getting an Andrew Miller type vibe off him as a multi-inning weapon out of the pen.
  5. Jeez, this is getting ugly. Haven't seen a ton of Cardinals games, but is there scuttlebutt that the shoulder injury didn't respond to the non-surgical plan as hoped? Granted, Carpenter is 32, but even if he's in age related decline, this is a pretty dramatic fall off the table.
  6. Rookies who start hot like Romero are always interesting in redraft leagues - do you ride it out and hope that he has harnessed his talent at an early stage, or is now the time you look to sell-high? Question most readily applies in redrafts, if you have this guy in a keeper/dynasty the price is going to be high. Some great comments in this thread, I agree with the general consensus that, health permitting, the biggest factor in Romero becoming a high end fantasy SP is the development of his changeup. It sounds like he's eager to learn/take instruction and emphasizing the development of that offering, so that's a good sign. The slider and fastball are flat out unfair as it is, if he can develop the changeup into even a league average pitch, he's got a heck of an arsenal.
  7. Good freaking grief, this guy is a monster. Congrats to all those who got a top tier SP in his last year of affordability, straight up dominant
  8. Annoying - he's a notoriously slow starter, but had been solid considering that. The one foul ball on the toe later, and he's been day to day for 6 games. I have to think he'll be soon, because otherwise he could have hit the DL by now. Hopefully nothing more serious than some pain and/or irritation that needs to subside.
  9. He reminds me of Strasburg in terms of the size/stuff profile, but good grief he is light years ahead of where any teenager should be. Inherent pitching prospect injury risk aside, this is a no-brainer target in dynasty/keeper leagues.
  10. That's where I see him spending time if he ever becomes a semi-regular MLB field player in addition to his pitching duties - although, so long as he's not a guy who needs to play in the field to get a hitting rhythm, DH is pretty ideal. He looks like a legit top of the rotation guy much earlier than I expected (trusted the stuff would get him there, but didn't think he'd transition this smoothly as far as approach), just too valuable to risk him in the OF
  11. Rotoworldwhoever wrote that blurb needs to go next level and steer into this. I don't care if Haniger is on pace for a triple crown/MVP, I need daily updates denigrating him as "deep AL only bench heat". Example - "While Haniger went 4/5 with 4 home runs in interleave action against Clayton Kershaw, it should be noted he weakly grounded on in his third at bat and the HRs only went several rows deep into the left filed bleachers. Ride him out, but be ready to drop once this regression persists."
  12. The smartest move for the Reds, imo, would be to flip Garrett and Finnegan as far as projected role. Finnegan was pretty electric when he came up as an RP with KC, and while I understand trying to have him start, it just seems like his health won't hold up. If Garrett can stay in the mid 90s with the fastball, that gives him a nice 3 pitch fix and a physical frame that is pretty desirable for a SP.
  13. It's all about the fastball. Garrett was touching the low 90s last year, with his breaking ball and changeup being solid to plus offerings. The reports on his hip injury (I think he received a PRP injection in the offseason) and recovery are big. Question is going to be do the Reds see him as a SP or an Andrew Miller type multi-inning RP. I think at this point in his career you have to see what he can do as a SP if you're the organization, he looks like he could be an SP3 with SP2 upside if the spring gains are real.
  14. He's a really interesting prospect, and the good thing is this isn't an arm injury. Unfortunately, fair or not, the fact he's picked up a few nickel and dime injuries this spring makes me think the Braves need to put an emphasis on getting him in better shape. Even if it's only 10-15 pounds, that's less stress/pressure on his joints and tendons. There are some guys who are good athletes but happen to be heavy (prime CC Sabathia/Prince Fielder types), but for most players, losing excess weight can be very helpful as a preventative measure.
  15. That Amir Garrett spike has me thinking the hip injury may have been a much bigger deal than thought last year, which has been mentioned by the team and the player. 95-97 from a LHP with a playable breaking ball and change up is something to note...
  16. I think he's in for a bounce back year. These guys are relatively young and human. Finding out your mom has ALS is a tough pill to swallow for anyone, and I have to imagine it impacted him last season. Putting this into perspective for comparative purposes, Jean Segura had his worst statistical run in Milwaukee (iirc) after his infant son died, and he said being traded to Seattle and playing with Robinson Cano (a longtime friend/mentor for him) helped him get things on track in his career and mentally. I think/hope Pisoctty being physically closer to his mom yields the same benefit - he's already doing some charity work around ALS, and his frame of mind seems good. Oakland is a tough hitting environment on power numbers, so expect some HRs to turn to doubles, but Pisoctty has proven to be a quality hitter with a good approach - .270/.345/18 seem like reasonable numbers. Also, props to the Cardinals for doing this deal. It obviously was a business transaction, but I think they really were looking to place Piscotty back in Northern California so he could be close to home.
  17. He got hot during the year, and then really tailed off. In deep leagues, if he's hitting well/a regular due to injury he's a nice swiss army knife (he only has SS and OF in ESPN right now, so less value in that format). With the Ichiro signing being reported as close, he'll need the injury bug to really bite to get a chance at an everyday role, though he could be on the short end of a platoon/semi regular "day off" guy if a starter is resting if the OF injuries persist.
  18. I think his BABIP was abnormally low this year in comparison to his historical #s/hard hit profile, so he could be in for an uptick in average. Plus, he's hitting lefties very well in the post season, something that he didn't do in the regular season. Bottom line, Puig has always had elite tools/ability, if he's figured out the approach/clubhouse components of the game, he could be an absolute monster of a contributor (i.e. .270-.280 AVG, .350-.360 OBP, 25-30 HR, 15-20 SB)
  19. I know it's the Padres lineup, but he's been great through 5 innings tonight. Hasn't issued a walk yet (no jinx), the guy has always had some plus stuff and if he can command it he is a pretty strong play going forward.
  20. No kidding he's not hitting .350 all year, but are we calling .290 with some pop, speed, and a prime spot in a potent lineup disappointing? Especially when you consider where he was drafted. I will take the over on the likelihood that at some point Hanniger stole a certain blurb writer's gf.
  21. Some guys you just irrationally believe will turn the corner/want to do well because you're a fan of the team, the guy, or both. Zunino is one of those guys for me. Cliche, but he is pretty highly regarded by the people in/around the Mariners organization, and as others have detailed, the previous regime did no favors to his long term development by rushing him up and letting him flail away. That said, if he can hit even in the .225 to .240 range with decent plate discipline, he has plus power from the C slot. He'll be slump prone/have some swing and miss, but for now hope people hopped on board and rode his bat for this week.
  22. I already dropped him - that Jed Lorie double had me looking for Bench Heat 2.0, the Bench Steamer
  23. I will overlook Bench Heat's flaws in the same benevolent manner Tom Brady is able to tolerate Giselle's pointy elbows - yes, it is a horrible blemish, but all creatures deserve love. I can't wait for the first Haniger slump when whichever loon wrote that blurb follows up with "Bench Heat appears to have regressed to his natural mean"
  24. I am a Seattle Mariners fan. I am going to remind myself that I get to watch a few games every gorgeous Pacific NW summer in a great stadium with good food and awesome local beer. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to cry myself to sleep while they blow this 5-0 lead...