James Krueger

Player Spotlight: Chris Sale

Player Spotlight: Chris Sale

It’s no secret the Red Sox are going all in for a championship window over the next few years. With recent free agency signings such as David Price, and then of course selling off some top notch prospects for players currently in their peak – in particular the subject of this piece, Chris Sale. When […]

The underrated Ken Giles

The underrated Ken Giles

When talking about relief pitching, closers are first (and rightly) going to dominate discussion – guys that come in and lock down the ninth inning. But lately, there has been a shift in the thought process, thanks in part to the Indians’ success in the playoffs with manager Terry Francona’s bullpen usage, towards the bullpen […]

Kevin Gausman, Robbie Ray, and the next step

Kevin Gausman, Robbie Ray, and the next step

Both Kevin Gausman and Robbie Ray are pretty big names compared to the value they’ve provided to their respective teams so far, and for very different reasons. Gausman has made headlines since his draft year, with a high 90s heater that runs more than Forest Gump. Ray was notable when the Tigers traded away Doug […]

What’s the deal with Jose Bautista

What’s the deal with Jose Bautista

It’s perhaps as exciting a story as it is bizarre. Just one year removed from a 40 homer (!!!) season, where he was worth 4.4 fWAR, Jose Bautista struggled hard to find much interest in the market. It ended with a potential three year deal to stay with the Blue Jays, which in the end is […]

Can Addison Russell live up to the hype

Can Addison Russell live up to the hype

When the Cubs sent Jeff Samardzija over to the Athletics in a deadline deal, the big piece coming back to the windy city was young shortstop Addison Russell. A potential plus defender with the ability to stick at shortstop, a position where you always need more depth, with excellent contact and plate management skills combined with […]

Kris Bryant or Nolan Arenado

Kris Bryant or Nolan Arenado

Fair warning: my thoughts on Bryant last year turned out to be pretty terrible. I pegged him as a regression candidate; instead he won the MVP, but I’ve finally joined the hype train on the guy, although perhaps it’s now more of a bandwagon. There’s no doubt Bryant is absolutely one of the best hitters […]

Rougned Odor’s fantasy conundrum

Rougned Odor’s fantasy conundrum

While it’s possible that Odor’s biggest hit of the season came on the basepaths against Jose Bautista, there’s no doubt his impact was felt by the league as a whole when the 22-year-old second baseman exploded for 33 bombs in his third full season, despite only hitting double digits twice in his entire professional career (this […]

Three first basemen with big upside

Three first basemen with big upside

First base is one of the most frustrating positions in fantasy baseball – in an awkward sense. While it does sound counterintuitive that the most productive position brings so much struggle, it happens because you need your first basemen to be productive. It’s the position where you are expecting 30+ homers with big RBI chances, and […]

Blue Jays’ pitching trio

Blue Jays’ pitching trio

Yeah, I guess I’ve been writing about the Jays a lot lately. But can you blame me? This team is just too dang interesting. Without a doubt, the Blue Jays’ offense is what gets the presses going. Even losing Edwin Encarnacion, and maybe even Jose Bautista (and his continued aging), this team still flat-out rakes. […]

Does Corey Seager have any room to improve?

Does Corey Seager have any room to improve?

There’s a pretty defined career progression in the sport of baseball. You make your late teens through the lower minors or college ranks, spend a couple of years of your early twenties in double and triple A, and by age 23 or 24 you’re in the Show. You spend a couple of years getting acclimated […]

The Tribe’s offensive trio

The Tribe’s offensive trio

Despite injuries to key pitchers heading into October, the Cleveland Indians were able to come within a game of winning the world series. This remarkable feat was credited by the media to manager Terry Francona’s non-conventional and absolutely masterful use of his dominant bullpen. Not much coverage was given to the Indians’ offense, and rightfully […]

Roberto Osuna as an emerging star closer

Roberto Osuna as an emerging star closer

It’s pretty easy to overlook Roberto Osuna when thinking of the Blue Jays. The big bats draw most of the attention, and then you have the emergence of Aaron Sanchez as an ace for the team and Marcus Stroman’s potential. There’s not a whole lot of chatter about Osuna which is unfair to him as […]

Kyle Hendricks going forward

Kyle Hendricks going forward

2016 was a good year for breakout pitchers, and Kyle Hendricks leads that charge in the National League. His 2.13 ERA was best in the majors by 0.31 runs, he was a horse throwing 190 innings, and had the 13th best FIP based WAR in the league. And despite playing for one of the most […]

Future outlooks on aggressive sluggers

Future outlooks on aggressive sluggers

This year we saw not only one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory thanks to the return of the long ball, but still more strikeouts from the kings of the long ball. With such extremes, there is no doubt a surplus of highlights for the morning recap shows, but it also has mysterious […]

How to feel about Michael Saunders

How to feel about Michael Saunders

It’s always hard to tell whether a breakout is real or luck, and the Blue Jays have hosted bunch of players who fit both categories. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion turned from journeymen to superstars. then there were guys like Adam Lind and Aaron Hill who had a few strong years but never achieved that […]

Carlos Correa’s step back

Carlos Correa’s step back

Sometimes, expectations are just impossible to achieve. When you’re a first overall pick, you have attention and spotlights sprung on you non-stop until you’ve finally made it, or crashed. When you’re the first Puerto Rican picked in that spot, as well as one to graduate from high school in Puerto Rico, even more attention and […]

Justin Turner in a full sample

Justin Turner in a full sample

If you were writing off Justin Turner after every hot streak he had, you would be pretty easily forgiven. Blocked by David Wright at the hot corner during a four-year tenure with the Mets, he put up major league average numbers in his limited time and did little to warrant much attention. The Dodgers picked […]

Ian Kinsler’s power surge

Ian Kinsler’s power surge

It’s not surprising that Ian Kinsler can knock some pitches out of the park with ease. He’s always been at least somewhat of a power threat, hitting 30 homers twice in 2009 and 2011, and over 200 in his career so far. As a second baseman, that’s an impressive trait to carry, especially when he’s […]

Brad Miller: 30 Home Run Hitter

Brad Miller: 30 Home Run Hitter

It would be pretty incredible to predict Brad Miller would hit 30 homers even halfway into this year. I mean, the guy was brought up as a middle infielder where his bat was projected to be slightly above average to plus. Forecasting major league average power up the middle is nice to have, which is what […]

The promising young JT Realmuto

The promising young JT Realmuto

The end of the 2015 season had many fantasy owners and prospect followers excited with a strong season. Although not quite an elite caliber bat noticed by a 88 wRC+, Realmuto showed decent contact (.259 average and 15.0% strikeout rate) and promising power potential (10 bombs and .147 isolated power). His projections by most had […]