Player Spotlight

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 […]

Seung-hwan Oh: Underrated Dynasty Closer

Seung-hwan Oh: Underrated Dynasty Closer

The first names that come to mind when say the words dynasty league and closer are Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Zach Britton. After that opinion vary as you’ll see by our closer rankings which come out Sunday. The one person that is suspiciously absent from the top-10 is a name we wouldn’t normally associate […]

It’s Time to Drop Strasburg’s Value

It’s Time to Drop Strasburg’s Value

In the last two years, I’ve taken an unpopular stance on Giancarlo Stanton: Do not pay full value (or make him your #1 keeper), because despite the potential elite talent, he can’t stay healthy and is never worth the cost. After writing this piece in April, 2016 proved me right yet again with an injury. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lucroy: Waive”ing” Goodbye To Top Tier Catcher Status?

Lucroy: Waive”ing” Goodbye To Top Tier Catcher Status?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. Pleasure is rarely derived when drafting a catcher. If you pay the premium for a top-tier guy, you and everyone else in the room know the production provided will most likely not equal that of the price paid. If you go slumming […]

Brian McCann: Hidden Dynasty League Treasure

Brian McCann: Hidden Dynasty League Treasure

In the real world, the arrival of Gary Sanchez signifies a changing of the guard for the Yankees and an end to the Brian McCann era. In our fantasy world it means owners, especially those in dynasty leagues, will soon cast aside McCann in the belief that he will have little to no value to […]

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 […]

Player Spotlight: Kyle Hendricks

Player Spotlight: Kyle Hendricks

With the fantasy baseball season effectively over, it’s time to let the Cubs fan in me shine even more than normal. I’m going to make a case for Kyle Hendricks earning the Cy Young this year. It’s a long shot, but at the least, I’m certain I could make the case for him being the […]

Second half pitching performances that should have you worried

Second half pitching performances that should have you worried

Pitching is extremely volatile. What can make a pitcher great in one season can so easily turn into a weakness in the next, and vice versa. Pitching is a complete thinking man’s job, a chess match between the man standing almost a foot off the ground bending his body in all sorts of destructive ways, […]

Second half surges – Pitcher

Second half surges – Pitcher

A couple of weeks ago I went over a few hitters who had started tearing the cover off the ball in the later months of the year, where there changes are more likely to go unnoticed. It’s players like this where sleeper picks are made, if we can properly evaluate that there are real improvements […]

What’s got Sonny Gray feeling so blue?

What’s got Sonny Gray feeling so blue?

The Athletics are perhaps the best team at taking underrated prospects and turning them into big time stars, even if only for a couple of years. Recent memory brings up Brandon Moss as one who had a nice peak followed by some ups and downs, Josh Donaldson’s transition into one of the game’s premier hitters, […]

Jedd Gyorko’s miracle cure

Jedd Gyorko’s miracle cure

Are you struggling from decreased performance after being highly touted as a prospect? Did your rookie season set expectations that were perhaps too high? Are you in need for a revitalized career despite being still just 27 years young? Well then, Jedd Gyorko has the solution to all of your problems! You see, Gyorko came […]

Is there still hope for Matt Moore?

Is there still hope for Matt Moore?

It wasn’t too long ago that Matt Moore was considered to be not only the best pitching prospect in baseball, but one that comes by once only every few years. His fastball sat in the mid to high 90s (hitting 100 in the Futures Game); he had a nasty changeup and curve, and had found precision […]

Bryce Harper: The Chosen One or Future Star?

Bryce Harper: The Chosen One or Future Star?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. By all accounts Gregg Jefferies had a fine MLB career. He was a two-time All-Star and finished his career with a .289 AVG spanning 14 years and 6 teams. Jefferies made his debut in 1987, appearing in 6 games as a 19 year-old […]

Nelson and the Cruzers

Nelson and the Cruzers

When Nelson Cruz got busted with a 50 game suspension for PED use, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he had passed his peak. He was a great story as a late bloomer with the Rangers, after failing to stick with the Brewers earlier on, but injuries and now drug use seemed like his […]