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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 […]

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 […]

Player Spotlight: Joc Pederson

Player Spotlight: Joc Pederson

After an impressive year at Double-A in 2013 and a 30/30 campaign at Triple-A in 2014, the bar was set high for Joc Pederson’s first full season with the Dodgers in 2015. Obviously, there were a lot of disappointed owners, but there were enough positive signs to give fantasy owners hope. Things did not go […]

Joey Gallo: On the Cust of a Deer or Donkey?

Joey Gallo: On the Cust of a Deer or Donkey?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. Two years ago I debated between Corey Seager and Joey Gallo for my first selection in a supplemental draft. Looking back, that decision seems rather obvious. Corey Seager has gone on to hit .312 with 34 home runs and a .895 OPS […]

Player Spotlight: Mitch Haniger

Player Spotlight: Mitch Haniger

Mitch Haniger, the Seattle Mariners starting right fielder, hasn’t had the most direct path to major league stardom. Originally drafted 38th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the supplemental first round of the 2012 MLB Draft, Haniger was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with Anthony Banda for Gerardo Parra in 2014. Despite spending the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Carlos Correa Is Your Top SS Pick

Carlos Correa Is Your Top SS Pick

Finally we’ve established a great golden age for shortstop. There are five names that could go in the first two or three rounds of the draft, and that’s excluding Manny Machado and Jonathan Villar (primarily third basemen). With a top tier so rich in potential, who do you pick as first off the board? I […]

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 […]

Moose Taco’s for All

Moose Taco’s for All

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. If you attend enough live drafts over time you’ll one day find yourself drafting double. One of my most memorable instances of this happened about five-years ago. A fellow league mate was unable to attend the draft due to prior commitments. After […]

Is Trea Turner worth a first round draft pick?

Is Trea Turner worth a first round draft pick?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. Being married with four children can put a dent into one’s social life. Thanks to my compassionate and considerate wife I’m given one free pass per week. So every Friday many of  societies finest meet up to have a few drinks, tell […]

The Enigma That Is Javier Baez

The Enigma That Is Javier Baez

Yes, I’m a Cubs fan. Let’s just that out of the way now. However, until 2016, the Cubs weren’t very good at winning things, so bear in mind that my view often comes with a high degree of pessimism when it comes to my team’s players. I didn’t hold out hope for Starlin Castro long […]

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 […]

Yasmani Grandal: Overrated catching option in 2017

Yasmani Grandal: Overrated catching option in 2017

After years of teasing us with his power potential, Grandal finally delivered in 2016. He hit 27 home runs, finishing second in power just behind Evan Gattis. Most of that damage came over the final three months where Grandal hit 20 home runs over 213 at bats. He still batted just .228, but you take […]

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 […]

Is Matt Carpenter still a top-10 at first base

Is Matt Carpenter still a top-10 at first base

Keeper and Dynasty league owners were dealt a blow last month with the Cardinals announced that they will move Matt Carpenter across the diamond to play first base in 2017. Carpenter was tied with Alex Bregman for sixth in our recent dynasty third base rankings, although half the panel view him as a bottom-10 option. […]

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 […]