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  1. We're gonna start hearing more buzz about this kid. He worked through the Cubs lineup confidently, and efficiently. I'm excited about Cal and Tyler Beede right now, as low-ownership young Starting Pitchers that can be difference makers in the 2nd half of the season.
  2. Tyler was a local phenom here in Worcester, MA. I follow him closely, and this article is spot on. I believed his potential was a solid #2 SP for the Giants. Casey Mize and Beede seemed their likely 1-2 punch of the future. With a Fastball that hovers around 93-97mph, even into the later innings, a beautiful sinking Change Up that he's gotten better and better at executing his delivery indistinguishable from his Fast Ball, and a Curve Ball that's pretty much average, I've thought he would take that leap into a mainstay in their rotation once he had better command of these pitches. His Walk Rate had been higher than Robbie Ray, which tells you all you need to know about his need to throw more strikes. 29 walks in 59 innings is not gonna cut it.... He has a lot of things going for him though, being 6'3" is another one, along with his home ball park, and the vast amount of resources in the Giants organization to help him live up to his potential on the mound. HOWEVER, this Slider that he started throwing is just made him straight up filthy.... The pitch itself has a tight spin, and late action. Tyler was able to beat lower level hitters by sometimes over-powering them with the FB, and getting them to chase the Curve, but now this Slider has made it incredibly difficult for hitters to sit on Fastball, and let it rip when he throws one that doesn't nibble the corners. 96mph heaters are a dime a dozen in Major League SP's nowadays, and his changeup was a great complimentary pitch, but the Slider puts him over the top, overwhelming big league bats. His start against the Mets I saw guys swinging for the fences on a well-placed, low and outside Slider in the high 80's. It definitely seemed these hitters were thinking Fastball when he released the pitch, and by the time they recognized the tick lower velocity, and late cut, they couldn't adjust, swinging over the top, and looking silly. I'm excited for Beede's 2nd half, and only concern, other than command, is the book is out on this new pitch, and hitters will work to adjust to the game plan going into his future starts. Especially after what he did to the Mets this weekend.
  3. My bet is Tucker gets called up in next 10-15 days and plays 1B for the Astro's ROS. He's too good a hitter to be sitting in the Minors, and Houston has a real chance at a World Series, yet again. They need him adjusted, and comfortable in the Majors come playoff time, so if they aren't trading him, he will need to get his promotion rather soon. The team, as a whole, is rock solid throughout their roster, but 1 of their obvious weaknesses is a 1st Basemen that can contribute at the dish. Tucker's scouting report says he's a "very good" corner outfielder. I admit, I have seen him the play the defense much, at all, but if that's the case, a very good outfielder can be just fine at 1B, having more agility than your average big, bulky 1B who plays there due to being unable to cover ground at any other position. He'll be a smaller target than a Pete Alonso, Rhy Hoskins, Josh Bell, etc, but can make up for it with the athleticism. More than likely, their system is getting him reps at 1st Base to get him comfortable with a big 1B mitt, practicing picking the ball on short throws to 1st, and just getting comfortable in situations like bunts, pick offs, double plays, etc. 1st Base is that 1 position that hides poor fielders better than anywhere else on the diamond. He'll have no issue getting up to speed on defense, and then we'll finally see if his bat can translate to the Majors this time up. My money is on that he's ready to be a .280 / 25 / 20 guy right now. ROS outlook, if called up in next, say 15 days is very, very similar to what Nick Senzel has done so far this year, since he was called up; .270 / 10 HR's / 9 SB's. His Runs / RBI totals will vary, greatly, based on where they choose to slot him in the lineup. As long as he bats 7th, or better, we could see 30R / 30 RBI ROS. We shall see, though....
  4. I have been completely expecting his turn-around for the past couple weeks. There have been signs of encouraging ROS outlook since his June 9th's start vs. the Rockies. He's far too talented to be carrying an ERA well over 4, and his production since breaking into the MLB almost guarantees an elite 2nd half, barring injury. This development regarding his Slider is awesome news, dude. Almost as noteworthy, is the fact that he allowed 0 BB's last night. I'm seeing an Ace who's now clicking on all cylinders, and it's a shame for the Mets that he, and Wheeler couldn't come out the gate in this form, or they'd be in the middle of a playoff push, right now with Atlanta. Oh, and Noah will get to build on this progress Friday, when he faces the Giants. I'd be surprised if he doesn't come out of this next outing with at least 7 innings, 8 K's, ERA below 3, WHIP below 1.25. Noah's last 5 starts, he's gone 4-0, so his overall value has seen an increase this month. Other stats in these past 5 starts aren't anything to get too pumped up about, but if you're Fantasy Team needs pitching help, it would be wise to acquire him before Friday. Even with the possibility of a Met's trade involving Noah, he'll almost certainly go to a contender with more run support than his Met's have given him so far this season. New scenery, and the adrenaline of a play-off push should result in a big boost in value for our teams, if owned.
  5. Spot on. I have that same feeling about Nate, much like when Josh Bell debuted a couple years ago. There are some players that you can just tell by their batting stance, and demeanor at the plate that they fully expect to crush the opposing pitchers, ace or scrub is irrelevant. Nothing in Nate's approach hints of any pitches out-matching him, whether it's a hard fastball, sinking change, or big hook. There's no hesitant swings, or emotional quirks when he's up to bat. Just a composed, simple and direct swing with very, very minimal head movement. He's patient enough to wait for his pitch. When the opposing pitcher, eventually, offers it up, Nate calmly, and decisively delivers a coiled rip with 250 pounds behind that bat. These juiced balls could help him reach 20 HR's by season's end. Albert Pujols in his prime did this better than anyone else I'd ever seen, so when I see similarities from young, physically imposing hitters, I completely buy in! About this time every year, I start creating a Must Draft list for next year. He'll be on it, since guys with 1/3 of the At-Bats as top players at their position can be significantly under valued.
  6. I did a write up on Nate back when the Ray's promoted him the first time. Physically, he's a mammoth with that redneck / farmer type strength, whereas when he makes contact, the ball JUMPS off his bet effortlessly. This is a big factor on why there's been a lot of comparisons to Pete Alonso. On top of that asset he has, his eye at the plate is significantly better than most rookies, and I'd bet the more consistent playing time he receives, the more he'll showcase that patience, working deep into pitch counts until he gets his pitch. That first time called up, he looked solid, but naturally, he was trying to prove to himself, his teammates, and the organization that he belonged. Every time the Rays release that line up card with Nate slotted in, he's going to become more and more comfortable. We're already seeing them slot him in at the clean up spot, as of today. This offense has enough skilled bats to make sure men are on base for Nate to rack up RBI's, along with protection from dangerous hitters behind him. Don't sleep on Nate Lowe! Even if you aren't necessarily in need of a 1st Basemen, I suggest you pick him up immediately, and slot him into your Utility spot. If that spot's full, then hold him for 2-3 weeks while he compiles Runs, HR's, RBI, .270 BA, high OBP, then move him for a player that addresses the weakness in your roster. He is going to be valuable down the stretch, and 1B is not quite as deep as past years. Someone in your league should give up a solid SP/RP, or bat that fits your roster.
  7. What makes you say that, specifically? I've felt the same thing in the past with Tim Anderson, Josh Bell, Yoan Moncada, and Mike Soroka. There's something about their confident approach that you can tell they fully expect to succeed at the Major League level. In all sports, but especially baseball, athletic ability is important, but CONFIDENCE is what separates the average players from the All-Stars. Is this what you mean by seeing a future All-Star so soon?
  8. Good point. Between Wheeler and Bumgarner, I think it's a toss up. I'm a Mets fan, too but I love the intensity Bumgarner brings in his starts. There's a guy on YouTube that does short video breakdowns on quirky MLB situations. One of them shows Bumgarner barking at the ump, and yelling at the batter. Emotions on the mound aren't always a good thing ( see Folty in Atlanta ) but in Bumgarner's case, I think it could rally the Yanks hitters. Regardless, Wheeler's stuff is dominant. He's one of a handful of SP's that can hit 100mph beyond the 5th inning, without over-stressing his delivery. Guys like him are rare, and I actually hope the Mets don't trade him, and instead sign him longer term so they can keep at 1-2-3 of Degrom, Syndergaard, Wheeler. They can work on their bullpen, and hitting in the off season for a brighter future.
  9. For those who are weak at 2B / MI, don't forget about Cano. Yea, he's a vet, less exciting than some of the young prospects on fire right now, but Cano can get hot and put up incredible numbers. He's had multiple hits in 4 straight games, and it'll take a slight adjustment to start putting those balls over the fence. I sense a big run coming from Cano, as long as he avoid injury. He looks VERY confident at the plate. He's the type of hitter that can effortlessly bat .300 with pop. Though he's basically non-existent in the SB category, he can offer Corey Seager-like stats at a very shallow position.
  10. Still one of my favorite Buy-Low guys in MLB. With everyone struggling to solidify their SP rotation going into the playoffs, I'd give up a solid bat to add Wheeler if I didn't already own him. I've been saying this for a while now, and he hasn't completely turned it around, but Wheeler has top 10 "stuff", and can be nearly unhittable when he's on. I prefer guys like Wheeler that have experience pitching over 170 innings in previous years over some of the young talented SP's whose arms are more used to much lower innings totals per season. Considering just last year, when Wheeler's 2nd half was one of the best in baseball, Wheeler is a nice Buy Low asset, worth the gamble for sure.
  11. He has half the at bats as other players who avoided injury, and receive regular playing time. With reg at bats he'd be close to the lead league in HR's. I wouldn't underestimate Sano, and if he's available in your league, scoop him. The Twins are being careful with him, and giving him more days off than we'd like, but I think their being careful to keep him healthy, get caught up with physical condition, and making him earn the playing time without treating him like a scrub. It wasn't long ago that Sano was a major young prospect, and had a ton of hype around him as a young big time power hitter. He definitely took his situation, and gifts for granted, but I see a humbled, talent-blessed 3b men, in the best shape he's ever been, with a swing he's tweaked to produce better contact. On top of that, he's in a killer line up to rack up RBI's.
  12. Agreed. With Corey Seager, and Tim Anderson both going down, there are team owners on the hunt for a serviceable SS. Willy Adames has some potential that could translate into production in the near future, missed out on a major asset, Lourdes Gurriel, while Garrett Hampson has obvious big upside plus opportunity in a great hitter's park, but a guy like Barreto could be a solution for some of us who need an across-the-board producing SS that will receive regular at bats for a relatively potent line up. I'm watching closely, and will jump on him if any evidence of his AAA stats translating to the majors. Call ups like these are literally a crap shoot, and some of them step into the major league line up, and start right where they left off in the minors. There's a chance this guy can do just that.
  13. Not true, Killa is right....Snell has been one of the least lucky SP's in baseball among the top talents. A member in the Noah Syndergaard thread broke down the stats. It's an interesting read that shows Blake Snell as the #1 unluckiest SP, with Syndergaard #2. I'm targeting Snell, and already acquired Noah a couple weeks ago. I'd recommend others do the same if they need pitching help. My team is pretty strong at SP, but it's crucial to have guys like Snell come the playoffs when most of the top SP's have found their groove mid-season, while many of the less established SP's come back down to earth. As inning totals start to climb, it's important to have established SP's who, right about now, start to seriously separate themselves from the pack. We need to run guys like Snell and Noah out there against our league's best competition to win a chip.
  14. That's a fact, for sure. I'm stating the obvious, I guess, in that the Phillies are one of the top 10 offenses when they're healthy, and not slumping. Segura is back to healthy, and Harper had his early season struggles. Hoskins should be even better in the 2nd half, and even JT's stats should see an increase if you look at his career production. They might make a move for another big bat for a playoff push, too. I'd like to see them get Pillar from the Giants. Nola is in a great position to rack up wins with an ERA under 3.4.
  15. I missed the start, but any information on how he looked would be greatly appreciated, boys.