James Krueger

Charlie Blackmon’s late breakout

Charlie Blackmon’s late breakout

To say there were no expectations around Charlie Blackmon’s short stints in 2011-2013 would probably still be overstating the excitement level. Never really much of a prospect, and when he was making noise it was largely attributed to being in hitter friendly parks and being above age for the level. A big bodied 6’3, 210 […]

Selling High on Avisail Garcia and Tommy Pham

Selling High on Avisail Garcia and Tommy Pham

Fantasy leagues are won and lost on making the right decisions while maximizing margins. It’s not like you’re just going to pick up Bryce Harper in the 7th round; you have to be precise with your timing as well as resources. With that in mind; here we look at a couple of outfielders who had […]

A trio of breakout pitchers to target in 2018

A trio of breakout pitchers to target in 2018

Every year we get breakouts and breakdowns, so it should come as no surprise that we got plenty of both in 2017. Some of the breakouts were unique thanks to the (allegedly) juiced baseballs, seeing plenty of guys hit for more power than they seemed capable of. And while we saw an unprecedented power surge […]

Future Stars: Judge and Bellinger

Future Stars: Judge and Bellinger

While there was some concern about offense the past few years, thanks to increases in strikeouts and hence decreases in runs, this season has very well put those concerns to rest. While some have speculated it’s because of a juiced ball, one where the seams are tighter and lowered, hurting the break on the ball […]

Buying high on Francisco Lindor

Buying high on Francisco Lindor

I’m not one to usually market the buy-high trade. Instead, I would much rather spill some virtual ink on the buy-lows and sell highs of the sport. But every now and then a guy pops up with a breakout season who warrants enough attention to be put in the group. It’s not exactly a surprise […]

Staying away from Ervin Santana

Staying away from Ervin Santana

While being known as a nuisance with the Angels, based off of extreme talent combined with inconsistent performance, Santana really found his stride the past few seasons splitting time with the Braves, Royals and now the Twins. Santana at his best keeps his ERA in the low 3.00s, can get average strikeout rates, and limit […]

Julio Teheran’s wheels are falling off

Julio Teheran’s wheels are falling off

Throughout his career, Julio Teheran has been one of the more enigmatic players in his peer groups. He went from uber-prospect pitching phenom, to dropping his stock heavily, and then brought it back up again before his major league debut. He had a fantastic couple of seasons to start his career before a tough 2015, […]

Manuel Margot’s future promise

Manuel Margot’s future promise

When the Red Sox acquired elite closer Craig Kimbrel, they were forced to send off four promising prospects to make it happen. Leading the way was outfielder Manuel Margot, who at the time was Baseball America’s 24th best prospect during its midseason report. Margot boasted plus contact and power tools with borderline elite base-running and […]

What’s going on with Dansby Swanson

What’s going on with Dansby Swanson

It’s pretty rare to see a first overall pick get traded before his first offseason is up, in any sport, but that’s exactly what the Diamondbacks did in one of the more peculiar trades not just in 2015, but over the past few seasons. They key piece back, Shelby Miller, has been pretty terrible in […]

Andrelton Simmons as an offensive weapon?

Andrelton Simmons as an offensive weapon?

Throughout his career, both as a prospect and a major leaguer, Andrelton Simmons has been touted for his elite defensive ability. While the bat was always thought to be good enough to keep him in the lineup, he was getting his starts for his glove. Scouts raved about his 80/80 defense (baseball scouting scores are […]

Bauer and Estrada: A pair of second half bloomers

Bauer and Estrada: A pair of second half bloomers

Baseball, by nature, is a sport of luck. In any game, you can see a fielder simply be just out of position on a double play ball, a pitcher can throw a curveball out of the zone that gets hit into the gap, hard hit balls will still find gloves anywhere on the field. Of […]

Travis Shaw and regression

Travis Shaw and regression

When Travis Shaw first came up through the Red Sox system, there was a growing fanfare about a decent prospect rising through a farm with a track record of success. And when his wRC+ went down from 116 to 87 from his first taste to his first full season, some caution was thrown around. Enough, […]

Better things ahead for Jose Quintana

Better things ahead for Jose Quintana

Few informed baseball fans will question the absolute value that Jose Quintana brings to the table, a precise throwing lefty with a good track record of success in Chicago. Quintana has made a name for himself despite not being overly lauded by bigger news outlets, striking out around 20% of opposing hitters, keeping walk rates […]

A couple Rays of hope in Tampa Bay

A couple Rays of hope in Tampa Bay

Surprising to some, and maybe less surprising to others, the Tampa Bay Rays have found themselves solidly in the Wild Card hunt this year. While the late aughts and early teens brought the Rays success with superstars like Carl Crawford, James Shields, and David Price – who were all eventually priced out in one way […]

Jason Vargas’ hot start

Jason Vargas’ hot start

If anyone is talking about how they were banging the Jason Vargas drum earlier this season, you should unfollow those liars immediately. He was targeted by practically nobody; a 34-year-old who has been riddled with injuries, compiling just 12 starts over the past two years. He has a career 15.7% strikeout rate, average grounder and […]

A trio of wild pitchers having good seasons

A trio of wild pitchers having good seasons

Location, location, location. Probably the three most important parts of being a solid pitcher in any era. Being able to work hitters eye levels is just as, if not more important, than hosting an assortment of off-speed and breaking pitches, and painting the corners is a much prettier picture in the eyes of Cy Young […]

How Dustin Pedroia’s insane contact keeps him relevant

How Dustin Pedroia’s insane contact keeps him relevant

Even though it has been 8 years, it’s tough to see an MVP winner start to decline into a shell of himself. While we are witnessing a few all time greats struggle with father time (Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera), Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is having some unique troubles. Perhaps no person in recent […]

Is Zack Cozart actually good?

Is Zack Cozart actually good?

An almost 32-year-old with two Z’s in his full name has accumulated the second most fWAR in the majors this season, already eclipsing his previous career high by 0.6 wins in 72 fewer games. Cozart was well know early in his career for being awful offensively, albeit with enough defensive prowess to make him almost […]

A new approach brings familiar success for Dallas Keuchel

A new approach brings familiar success for Dallas Keuchel

Dallas Keuchel’s coming out party in 2014 surprised just about every fan of the game. A 26-year-old with basically no prospect pedigree in his career grabbed headlines any way he could, keeping his ERA under 3.00 on an underwhelming Astros squad. While many had thought it was just a nice season from someone who hadn’t […]

Aaron Judge’s superstar development

Aaron Judge’s superstar development

It’s nearly impossible to go under the radar when you have a 6’7″, 275 pound frame. Aaron Judge has been turning heads since his draft day, being live on the set of MLB Network when taken by the Yankees with the 32nd overall pick back in 2013. He was straight out of college, and while […]