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  1. Did you look through the 2020 threads? Guess not because there isn’t one. Down the stretch he would have been an incredible pick up for fantasy playoffs. Extremely surprised there wasn’t any mention of his exceptional, yet sss, performance. [...] “The question is, can he maintain it over the long term” [...] that’s clearly a question I’d like to discuss. I’m not claiming he is the next Randy Johnson, just speculating a sleeper for 2021 that’s not being drafted and is being overlooked IMO. There are players every year who breakout and it’s a worthwhile exercise to take a look at a guy that closed out the season very strong, has a great 3 pitch mix, premium velocity, all from the left side. I’m currently in a slow draft right now and building a dynasty team so wanted to gather some opinions on John Means. I have yours, thanks.
  2. The man went through a lot this year with his father passing from cancer and him going on bereavement. He had a tough stretch of games when he got back understandably and that contributed to his inflated numbers. Yeah his HR rate was high and same can be said for Mahle over the last couple of years, so he needs work there you’re right, but I think a lot of that was him trying to overpower guys with his 96 mph fastball, which he openly admitted he was doing. Also ERA tells very little of the underlying story (as I’m sure you’re well aware) from a performance standpoint, while his other peripheral numbers indicate he pitched much better this year than what his ERA showcases. Also, during his stretch of good starts at the end of this year he found his best pitch, the change up, which is disgusting by the way, and was locating his fastball with pinpoint accuracy. He looked like a completely different pitcher. I just feel like if he can put it all together he could be a very nice arm. Don’t get so butt hurt when others in the community want to help out and speculate about a late round guy that no one is obviously talking about. I’d be very interested in hearing additional opinions and analysis from the community if there are any. Only 6-months to go before opening day!
  3. Sounds like a boring strategy to me. I guess you play in shallow formats. Leagues can be won by finding guys cheap like Means in the late rounds or maybe in your case, picking up for free off the wire. I feel like Kyle Hendricks is owned in 100% of leagues 10 teams and up and has great stats and ratios as you pointed out.. if Means could do as well as him that would be fantastic. Sure, I’ll agree with you that people should be cautious letting the year 2020 define a player, but Means definitely passes the eye test for me and feel like he has another level in him. I could be wrong and that’s fine, just here to talk about him and his value as a potential sleeper/flier toward the end of most people’s fantasy draft.
  4. How come there’s nothing on this guy? This guy and Tyler Mahle are my two favorite SP sleepers for next year as of now and both have seen an uptick in velocity. Means closed out the year very strong and will be a guy I will try it have on most of my rosters. I think he is just tapping into his K potential and wouldn’t be surprised to see him have a strong spring and shoot up the draft boards. I’d like to hear from some our our experts on here their opinions but definitely a guy I’m targeting for 2021 toward the end of my drafts.
  5. I’ve been following Arozarena for a few years now and I always said if he could fill out a little more and start lifting his launch angle he would be something special. Well that looks to be the case.. His spontaneous cup of coffee with the Cardinals he performed spectacularly. His spring training with the Rays after he was traded was spectacular. His play this year has been spectacular. This post season has been spectacular and so far has been his coming out party, just like how I called Yordan’s last year... It’s clear as day to me what I’m seeing and have been for quite a while so if you refuse to believe that’s fine.. I couldn’t care less. You act like you’re Nostradamus for predicting one of the better players in the MLB that he would have a bounce back season. Haha whatever dude claim your likes and trophies on your posts if it makes you feel better. Just be fortunate you own him and let me know if you need anymore sleepers to keep an eye on for your team.
  6. Well 3-3 again tonight so far with a bomb. Are you just pulling numbers and player comps out of your a$$? Your statements are so vague Im hardly taking anything you say with a grain of salt. Is he a hall of famer... obviously not... I’m stating that he’s going to be very, very good next year. He hits the ball to all fields with power, very fast on the base-paths so will get at a minimum 20 steals a year, and is currently batting 3rd in a very good lineup...which means 5-category monster. His all fields approach and speed will help his average, there is no way he hits below .250. But you keep thinking he’s Tommy Edman that’s fine.
  7. Batting 3rd, first at bat in the ALDS, facing Cole, monster bomb crushed over centerfield wall... dude is going to be a 5-category monster. Reminds me of Ozuna a little.
  8. Called this breakout last year and hopped onboard. Just watch his at bats you can tell he is a phenomenal hitter. Always had the ability to hit for high avg and to all fields, just needed to lift the ball and looks like he’s finally figure it out. Ownership up to 95% in ESPN and is in the midst of a legit breakout season. Can’t believe no one is talking about him on here.
  9. Mild left shoulder strain.... hopefully he’s not the next Honeywell - on the cusp of being MLB relevant but can’t stay healthy. Hope it’s nothing serious. He’s being re-evaluated after his MRI showed no structural issues.
  10. I mean yeah I’m pretty sure everyone knows that ST numbers aren’t the end all be all, but these guys aren’t just throwing lollipops in there. A lot of these players are trying to win spots on the 40 man so they obviously will be trying to showcase their stuff. Either way, it’s good to see that he is already utilizing his 5 category toolset.
  11. No doubt about that. But he’s hit a HR, triple, double, single, walked, and has a SB. Love to see it.
  12. Singled today and promptly stole 2nd. Then hit a missile at 113 MPh ev over the fence. Kids going to be special!