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Weekly Minor League Recap

AAA:

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero is starting to level off now, having gone .214/.267/.333 in his last ten.  Also, Jorge Posada has been hitting somewhat better in the Bronx (and he has an understandably long leash, given his iconic status) so right now, there really isn’t a place for Jesus there.  Stay tuned, but it is looking more and more as though a substantial impact in 2011 will have to wait until September.  Pre-season rookie of the year candidacy predictions were a bit premature.

Brett Lawrie, TOR, 2b/3b, Vegas 51s (#40): Lawrie continues to put up astounding numbers in the PCL (.405/.458/.857) and a call up – even with the questionable defense – could be days away.  All but the shallowest leagues can wait on him, but all others should make the move accordingly when he does get the call.  Only red flags: 40 Ks in 49 games compared to only 17 BBs, and, of course, that sub-par D, which could cause him to sit a couple of times a week/late in games.

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04.09.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

A full slate of great games on the second Saturday of the season including a Doubleheader in Baltimore and a suspended game in San Diego. Kudos to the schedule makers for all the great divisional rivalries right off the bat – none better than Yankees-Red Sox which always has a playoff atmosphere and tons of fantasy implications. The Red Sox were desperate to build on Friday’s first win, but it was not to be as the Yanks prevailed 9-4. Not to be outdone, the Phillies hot bats picked right back up after Friday’s loss to crush their chief rival Braves 10-2. The Rangers were blanked in the opener by the O’s but then turned around and spanked them in the night cap 13-1. And then we had A’s at Twins – wow, what a slug fest as the A’s prevail 1-0 behind Gio. Neither of these teams can hit their way out of a wet paper bag. The Rays nightmare April continues as they dropped to 1-7 reminiscent of their pre-2008 dominance. The Giants Miguel Tejada walked off on the Cardinals to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win.
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04.08.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

The biggest news of the day was Manny Ramirez retiring from baseball. Manny was facing a repeat-offender suspension and I guess he felt it was not worth hanging around for. If I were the Rays, I wouldn’t want him back. Hall of Fame? Not a chance. What a bum. As the 4th and Home guys were discussing yesterday, I guess he’d rather inject estrogen than play baseball. Manny finishes his career a .312 lifetime hitter with 555 HR and 1831 RBI. Surely a first ballot HOF-er, but after two failed tests, no chance. Shunned forever!

Before I start, does anyone else get really frustrated when games are postponed after it’s too late to swap players out of your lineup? There has to be a solution to this for sites hosting leagues. Very annoying. Colby Lewis took up a pitching slot where I could’ve had Matt Thornton inserted to blow my WHIP up!

Jordan Zimmerman – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4:0…Zimmerman looked pretty decent against the Mess. I think his K numbers will rise the deeper we get into the season. Not promising a lot of victories, but he will surely help your ERA and WHIP. J-Zimm has a tough test against the Phillies this week. I’d be tempted to start him, but if you sat him I wouldn’t object.

Dustin Pedroia – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Pedroia helped the Sawx get off the schnide with a decent game against a battered Phil Hughes (who may be headed to the bullpen). Just like that, Pedroia is hitting .296 and looks to increase the counting stats as he gets more comfortable on the diamond.

Brett Gardner – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB…Gardner had a great game from the lead-off spot. Remember what I said about him? Sure you do. Anyway, Gardner is up to .222 from the top spot.

Jonathan Sanchez – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 7:2…Sanchez pitched a great game against the Cards until Brian Wilson imploded, only to be one-upped by Ryan Franklin imploding. Sanchez might have a lower ERA than WHIP by year’s end…

Pablo Sandoval – 3/5, RBI, BB…Look out, Kung Fu Panda is batting .440 in 2011. Only one of his 11 hits has gone for extra bases so far. If you listen to us on radio, I mentioned his weight issues prevented him from driving the ball. This year, his line drive percentage is at 25 (17.1 last year). Expect the extra bases to come in bunches.

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3:2…Not in tip-top form just yet, but I still love his prospects for this year. Still allowing too many baserunners. His WHIP now stands at 1.82. I think the Tigers should demote Max. We know what happens when Max gets demoted. Ace!

Ricky Nolasco – 8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2:0…I’ve always loved Nolasco, but somehow his peripherals never translate onto the field. 6 K thru 15 innings is not good enough, but I’ll take the 2.40 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 8 H, ER, 2:0…Wandy lowered his ERA to 6.55 after this decent start. Be patient with him. The warmer months are around the corner…

Brett Anderson – CG, 8 H, 2 ER, 5:0…Anderson was sailing in this one, only to allow consecutive hits and allowing 2 runs as an Oakland pitcher usually spells LOSS. The benefactor…

Carl Pavano – 8 IP, 4 H, ER, 1:1…Pavano was in line for the loss, but was bailed out by his small-ball of a team. For his cost, I thought Pavano was a great buy – and still do.

Jose Tabata – 2/6, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB…Now THAT is a nice stat line and one I expected more frequently when I listed him as my #19 OF for 2011. Tabata is now hitting .344 with 3 steals.

Tim Hudson – 7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2:0…A typical Hudson start, but a great one against the Phils. Hudson is the NL’s version of Trevor Cahill. Well, Cahill is striking people out this year, but you know what I mean!

Cliff Lee – 3.1 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3:1…Everybody hits! Wow. Did not expect this one. No worries, that 7.84 ERA will be down in the 3s by May.

Gordon Beckham – 3/5, 2 R, HR, RBI…Little annoyed at myself for not being more aggressive trying to nab him this year. To my defense, I own Pedroia and felt I needed to load up in other areas. Beckham is proving his rookie year and last year’s second half were no fluke. Damn you, Killboy!

Ian Kennedy – 8 IP, 6 H, ER, 9:1…Now this was a nice start! I watched the first few innings of this game and Kennedy had all of his pitches working. He made Jay Bruce look silly, so I changed the channel. Inconsistency always bothered me about Kennedy, so beware of a ERA-killing start.

Travis Wood – 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4:2…Wow. I guess you have to expect this from young guys, but this one hurts. Still love Wood this year…ok, that was gross. Ok, still love Travis this year. Brush it off, big man!

Miguel Montero – 3/3, 2 R, RBI, BB…Montero is now hitting .545 and has played in every Diamondback game this season. This might be the year he lives up to the pre-season hype.

Travis Hafner – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…Ok, I am tempted to pick Hafner up. The Indians are now (5-2) in no small part to the .375-hitting Hafner.

Matt Kemp – 3/3, RBI, BB, SB…Kemp is still on first base in the 2-2 game, so there is a chance he gets a 2nd steal…ok, he’s still there. Oh! The game was suspended early this morning. It will pick back up today. Kemp is hitting .409 with 2 steals now. Jesse, how you feel?

Speaking of Jesse, he’ll be filling in for me tomorrow.

2011 MLB Spring Training Review: Week of March 27th

SPRING TRAINING QUICK HITS

Nyjer Morgan was traded to the Brewers. How do you get cut by the Nationals? That is pretty bad. In Milwaukee, Nyjer will be bottling beer with Laverne and Shirley and hope to share playing time with Carlos Gomez, to form the *biting palm* Lenny and Squiggy Duo Part Deux. Avoid.

Here’s what else happened this week…

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: OUTFIELD

Ryan Braun or Carlos Gonzalez at #1? That was the debate, though one guy even ranked Carl Crawford as his #1. Madness!

Ryan Braun: Ready to tee off in 2011

And…Ryan Braun takes home our #1 OF ranking, but it was close. You could definitely make an argument for either, but the composite sided with the guy who has done it more than once before. You’ll notice our individual rankings are all over the place, showcasing our different views. When compiled, it’s a pretty safe list with hidden gems when compared to the latest ADP data. There is lots and lots of value late in the draft, so if you miss out on top-tier guys while stockpiling other positions you can always get a proven vet in the 30s and 40s.

Onto the Rankings…

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Ryan Braun – MIL 1 2 2 1 1 1.4
2 Carlos Gonzalez – COL 2 3 1 2 2 2
3 Carl Crawford – BOS 3 1 3 4 3 2.8
4 Josh Hamilton – TEX 5 5 4 5 4 4.6
5 Matt Holliday – STL 4 6 5 3 5 4.6
6 Shin-Soo Choo – CLE 6 10 6 6 8 7.2
7 Matt Kemp – LAD 7 4 7 18 6 8.4
8 Nelson Cruz – TEX 22 9 9 7 7 10.8
9 Andrew McCutchen – PIT 9 11 8 14 12 10.8
10 Hunter Pence – HOU 13 12 13 11 9 11.6
11 Jason Heyward – ATL 10 13 15 9 11 11.6
12 Andre Ethier – LAD 15 14 12 12 16 13.8
13 Justin Upton – ARI 8 8 11 32 10 13.8
14 Jose Bautista – TOR 17 22 10 10 13 14.4
15 Jacoby Ellsbury – BOS 19 7 18 26 15 17
16 Alex Rios – CHW 20 17 16 13 23 17.8
17 Ichiro Suzuki – SEA 12 41 14 8 14 17.8
18 Jayson Werth – WAS 11 15 27 19 17 17.8
19 Jay Bruce – CIN 14 16 19 34 18 20.2
20 Corey Hart – MIL 16 31 20 29 26 24.4
21 Shane Victorino – PHI 28 25 21 35 20 25.8
22 Aubrey Huff – SF 25 26 25 15 39 26
23 Delmon Young – MIN 21 18 28 42 24 26.6
24 Drew Stubbs – CIN 23 21 30 41 19 26.8
25 Nick Markakis – BAL 18 24 36 25 31 26.8
26 Mike Stanton – FLA 24 37 31 28 21 28.2
27 Chris Young – ARI 33 27 22 39 25 29.2
28 Torii Hunter – LAA 30 30 41 17 37 31
29 Nick Swisher – NYY 45 29 33 23 29 31.8
30 Martin Prado – ATL 26 28 32 52 22 32
31 Juan Pierre – CHW 36 32 39 21 34 32.4
32 Curtis Granderson – NYY 32 40 23 36 33 32.8
33 Brett Gardner – NYY 27 20 40 38 44 33.8
34 B.J. Upton – TB 41 38 17 58 27 36.2
35 Colby Rasmus – STL 40 23 29 28 36.2
36 Carlos Lee – HOU 50 43 24 27 40 36.8
37 Bobby Abreu – LAA 42 46 34 22 42 37.2
38 Vernon Wells – LAA 35 58 43 20 36 38.4
39 Adam Jones – BAL 37 33 46 40 38 38.8
40 Angel Pagan – NYM 34 36 45 45 46 41.2
41 Jason Bay – NYM 31 56 35 51 35 41.6
42 Jose Tabata – PIT 47 19 48 46 56 43.2
43 Ben Zobrist – TB 52 50 16 41 44
44 Grady Sizemore – CLE 39 42 51 32 45
45 Michael Cuddyer – MIN 53 47 53 24 51 45.6
46 Carlos Beltran – NYM 38 35 56 57 47 46.6
47 Luke Scott – BAL 60 57 26 44 48 47
48 Ryan Raburn – DET 29 48 37 47.2
49 Magglio Ordonez – DET 45 44 30 58 47.6
50 Michael Bourn – HOU 56 50 47 47 45 49
51 Carlos Quentin – CHW 43 38 43 49.2
52 Manny Ramirez – TB 48 44 42 59 57 50
53 Austin Jackson – DET 52 55 59 55 30 50.2
54 Andres Torres – SF 54 52 37 49 50.6
55 Rajai Davis – TOR 44 39 60 50 50.8
56 Denard Span – MIN 53 58 31 54 51.4
57 Coco Crisp – OAK 34 55 54.4
58 Alfonso Soriano – CHC 49 49 52 54.4
59 Desmond Jennings – TB 33 55.4
60 Ryan Ludwick – SD 51 55 49 55.4

 

JUSTIN UPTONUpton is coming off a year in which he took a considerable step backwards. Through his first 3 seasons in the big leagues he had consistently improved his statistics as his playing time increased, expect a bounce back this year. For more, continue reading (here).

JACOBY ELLSBURY Remember this guy?  He’s a season removed from stealing 70 bases, scoring 94 runs, and batting .301.  Ellsbury was a wasted pick for lot of fantasy owners last year, when he missed all but 18 games, but now he’s healthy and ready to go.  I’ve seen this guy ranked all over the place (including our individual rankings) but he has the potential to be a top 10 outfielder.  Don’t wait too long to grab him. .295/90/7/55/60

B.J. UPTON…Even though BJ Upton hit .237 last year, he still finished the season ranked as the 29th fantasy outfielder in Yahoo. His speed is too good to repeat his .304 BABIP and his career mark is .334.The 26 year old is fully healthy so his power should be back to stay. Other than Carl Crawford, he is the best candidate to go 20/40. .259/78/20/73/45

SLEEPER: JOSE TABATA…Most forget Jose Tabata was a touted Yankee prospect, but certainly remember his estranged wife. After his June call-up, Tabata went .321/53/3/31/14 in July/August/September. Extrapolate that and he goes .321/106/6/62/28 in a season. At only 22 he has plenty of time to develop into a double-digit HR hitter and the speed is real. Currently the #51 OF off the board. I have him at #19 with a projected 2011 line of .300/90/10/60/30.

BUST: MATT KEMP…Fantasy Managers have been waiting for the great Matt Kemp break out for the past couple seasons and I’m here to say they shouldn’t hold their breath.  His unsustainably high BABIP, high K% and low BB% really caught up to him in 2010.  He also forgot how to steal bases being caught almost half the time.  Questions about his desire and makeup all spell reasons to stay away as other managers continue to way over pay for Kemp taking him as early as #16 overall.  .278/85/25/85/25