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  1. Without question - it should take several seasons before a prospect with as much promise as Hilliard is deemed to be a career platoon player. His final season in AAA he actually hit LHP better than RHP (.268 to .259) in 168 AB's to 332 AB's respectively. Give him a chance to prove/disprove himself.
  2. And ironically, he wasn't even in the original lineup last night - he only entered it due to Tapia being scratched at the last minute with a minor elbow issue. If Hilliard and Hampson could start every game, my guess is the organization and fantasy owners would both benefit. Stop messing around with the development of young, talented players.
  3. Right now it probably depends on Tapia's status. The only reason Hampson led off last night was because Tapia was a late scratch with a minor elbow issue. He was originally hitting 6th and then moved up after Tapia was scratched with Hilliard entering the lineup and hitting 8th. Hampson was 2 for 4 with two runs and a walk, but Hilliard out-shined him by going 2 for 5 with a home run, steal and two runs. Tapia led off for six straight games prior to the scratch, so I would think that only if Tapia needs to miss more games would Hampson get another crack at everyday playing time and/or leading off. However, assuming Tapia's absence was only one game, it remains a real mess. Being a Hampson owner continues to be an extraordinarily frustrating experience due to the lack of consistent opportunity - not talent. My opinion is that if Hampson were given an extended run as the lead-off hitter, the (idiotic) organization would quickly realize what a gem they have on their hands.
  4. Biggio - you can dream on K-Rob's ceiling all day long, but give me the player that can clearly help you win right now (and should remain in a stacked lineup for years to come).
  5. I'm a big fan of Groshans - Vlad already moved to 1B and Groshans will eventually join a stacked lineup in a great offensive environment. Solid plate approach, plus power - and flying just a little under the radar in many dynasty leagues (depending on the level of competition). He'd be my first choice followed by Gorman for the power upside. Good luck!
  6. Certainly possible the MRI on Ohtani will prevent him from hitting or pitching. I was going under the assumption he'd still be able to hit like last season.
  7. Nope. For one thing Ohtani may still be able to DH if he can't pitch (and frankly given the short season they should just scrap his pitching until the off-season as it's clear he needs a lot more work and is not helping the team win games on the mound). Taking his bat out of the lineup several times a week right now seems counterproductive. Second, Goodwin is working out fine in RF so far, they should get Trout back tonight and they have Upton in LF. There's no need right now for the team to start Adell's service time clock when Adell still has plate approach issues to work on.
  8. Unfortunately, when Al Avila wants him up.
  9. Assuming Kershaw mends soon - he has a history of back problems. May could end up being a much bigger part of the rotation than originally planned.
  10. When there's no news on a potential star it generally means that there hasn't been a change in that player's developmental path (i.e. no major injury, no imminent call up, etc.), so there's nothing to really talk about. In Adley's case, he's only played 12 games at A level and hasn't even reached A+ level yet, so even if he destroys the A+ and AA levels, he's not likely to debut until late 2021 at best (and even that's probably a bit aggressive for a franchise not expected to contend soon and will likely watch Adley's service time clock closely).
  11. May is worth a roster spot for sure, but Stripling would appear to have a leg up on him right now (Kershaw/Stripling/Wood/Urias/Buehler):