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  1. ^^ I'm with you, abolish inter-league play. I don't need to see Mike Trout once every 3-years when I can watch his every game via one of the nation's largest tele-providers for free (T-mobile). Inter-league play serves no purpose in the age of internet. Get rid of it. It was fun for a few years, now it's a nuisance. Fantasy players think the DH is good because all their turd hitters get a chance that might not otherwise get a chance. All it does is add more parity to offense making everyone more inter-changeable in the end. Unless you play in really deep leagues that is.
  2. This year's 11th overall pick, draws a lot of Chris Sale comps and starts his career like Sale in the bullpen. Just wanted to start a thread on him because I find him interesting. Made his MLB debut last night and had 2 ks in one shut out inning touching 101 mph. Mike Leake (2009) and Brandon Finnegan (2014) were the last to accomplish this feat of debuting in the MLB the same year they were drafted.
  3. Eflin... “I think it’s awesome,” he said. “To me, they feel a little softer and you can definitely notice the seams a little more. Last year, it was like throwing a cue ball.” He's just one guy. Anyone else?
  4. Which Luis Medina do we get this year? Overreacting to small spring training sample sizes here... 3 IP, 0 BB, 4K, 1R, 0ER, 3H.
  6. Can't believe I'm starting a topic on Zach Davies, but here I am, following Preller's path. Heard loose Kyle Hendricks comps in the past. Anyway, lets cut to the chase, career splits... Home: IP 328.2; ERA 4.55; WHIP 1.34; HR 46 Away: IP 285.2; ERA 3.18; WHIP 1.25; HR 24 His K/9 blows, so he's not a roto play, but damn, I'll take those ratio's to fill out my staff in H2H on the cool coast. Don't start vs LAD and at Coors and he should produce excellent ratios.
  7. Two for you, one stat guy and one scout guy. Stat guy: -Daulton Jefferies, P - Oak - Give me the guy with the ZIPS WHIP projection of 1.16 which ranks tied for the 17th-21st best WHIP in all of MLB with established MLB starters David Price, Mike Soroka and Carlos Carrasco (min 10 GS). Let that sink in, he's projected to be a top 20 WHIP starting MLB pitcher right now, which is a scoring category in almost every league. I get why he doesn't rank on prospect list, he small (6'0'') and he's a tj guy, but these under the radar value prospects quickly become personal favorites when I come across them and he's the latest example. Looks like he will start the year in AAA. Scout guy: -Luis Medina, P - NYY - Plus plus fastball, plus change and plus slider with zero control. Here is game log from his last 8 starts of 2019: 7-11: 1bb - 10 k in 6.0 ip (A) 7-17: 0bb - 7 k in 6.0 ip (A) 7-24: 4bb - 7 k in 5.2 ip (A) 7-31: 4bb - 10 k in 5.1 ip (A) 8-6: 2bb - 7 k in 5.0 ip (A) 8-13: 1bb - 10 k in 7.0 ip (A) 8-20: 1bb - 8 k in 5.0 ip (A+) 8-26: 2bb - 4 k in 5.2 ip (A+) Something changed and supposedly it wasn't mechanical, so mentally he figured out how to throw strikes. If these control gains stick, I'm giving him through April and May to find out and monitoring his spring training closely as he's on the 40-man, then he looks like a top 5 pitching prospect in baseball. Luckily, he's under arguably the best pitching development organization in all of baseball. I'm extremely bullish here, maybe unreasonably so, but if I had one bet for a player to go from 150-200 ranked prospect to top 10, it's him.
  8. Judging the hit tool. Alex Chamberlain's piece on combining the tightness of a hitters launch angle and their exit velocity. From the piece, "If J.D. Martinez isn’t the best pure hitter in baseball, then “Michael Tauchman” is. For real, Mike Tauchman always possessed an above-average hit tool, long before he ever developed power. (He used to be a speedy high-average guy!) It’s reassuring, then, to see how well he graded out here. My love for him knows no bounds."
  9. Mileage: MadBum- 1846 IP Wheeler- 749 IP And that doesn't include post-season innings.
  10. ^^^Probably better than his old park with the short porch in right versus lefties. They blasting the AC all summer long this year.
  11. Was listening to sleeper in the bust and I'm pretty sure Jason Mason stated that their was a tweet by MLB stating that the ball would be different for the playoffs. Maybe it wasn't a MLB tweet (not sure, going off hearsay, maybe someone else quoting mlb), I'm not trying to find the podcast where it was said, but I think this is known (could be wrong though).