James Krueger

Player Profile: Marcell Ozuna

Player Profile: Marcell Ozuna

With the Marlins’ traditional fire sale well underway, the most recent casualty is Marcell Ozuna. Just turning 27 last month, the well hyped prospect finally put it all together in 2017 for one of the best seasons in the majors offensively, with a 142 wRC+, powered by 37 homers with a more than consistent .312 […]

Is Eric Thames Legit?

Is Eric Thames Legit?

In maybe the most asked question of the first half, and another highly talked about story-line in the offseason, people have been wondering what on earth happened to Eric Thames. The last of him in the States before his comeback was on his third team by age 26, hadn’t made it back to the majors […]

Mike Moustakas’ trigger happy approach

Mike Moustakas’ trigger happy approach

There are a few players in every league who get touted from draft day for their prospect pedigree, who maintain headlines even when they haven’t yet reached their potential. The Royals, in the mid and late 2000s, were a pretty miserable franchise, but they had a stacked prospect pipeline that gave many fans hope for […]

Zach Davies, Michael Fulmer, and sophomore struggles

Zach Davies, Michael Fulmer, and sophomore struggles

Perhaps there is no more prevalent alliteration in sports than the proverbial sophomore slump. We hear about it on the radio and from fans and read about it on the internet and perhaps even the newspaper. A hot young rookie tears through the league in his first campaign, only to regress down to a shell […]

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 […]