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  1. PABLO LOPEZ, SP MIA 6'3 200 LBS Age: 22 '18 Stats (Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp; AA) 8 Starts ERA: 0.62 WHIP: 0.87 OPP AVG: .184 K:BB: 51/8 Figured this guy has dominated long enough to finally receive his own thread. Lopez was considered more-or-less a throw in on the David Phelps trade a season ago, however he has emerged as the best of the four player haul received by the Marlins. A Tommy John survivor, Lopez plays off a solid three pitch mix (fastball/change/slider) including a heater that he can dial up to 97 mph. The change is his best secondary offering, however he is more than capable of throwing all his arsenal for strikes. After a minor tweak to his mechanics in mid 2017, his control took big steps forward, as he posted a 2.18 ERA & 32/7 K:BB during 8 second half starts after moving to the FSL, showing an improved K-rate. The Marlins thought enough to place him on their 40 man roster, protecting him from Rule 5 selection, and he quickly rewarded their faith by holding his own against MLB regulars spanning an impressive pre-season, which included a March 7 outing where he sat down Astros regulars Brian McCann and Carlos Correa on strikes during back-to-back innings. The start of his '18 campaign, following a promotion to AA, was slightly derailed when he was hit on his throwing arm by a line drive in early April, but since returning he has been nothing short of dominant. Through eight starts (43 2/3 IP) he has allowed a mere 3 earned runs to cross the plate, with an impressive 51:8 punch out to walk ratio, and a minuscule 0.62 ERA and .087 WHIP. At 22 years (which he just turned in March) he is age appropriate for the level, and may even add a few more wrinkles as he continues to mature physically. His 6'3 200lb frame suggests a capable innings eater. With not much blocking his path, and with Miami prepared to audition its youth during the second half of a rebuilding season (along with his existing 40 man roster placement), it wouldn't surprise me to see Lopez toeing the rubber in South Beach before the '18 campaign concludes. Definitely a name to put on the prospect radar and worth a speculative add in dynasty leagues that could ultimately pay dividends.
    5 points
  2. My biggest issue; postgame. Dude has the nerve to say, “I thought tonight was the best stuff I had all season.” Bruh, back to back walks to the 8 hitter and then Greinke. A couple meatballs knocked over the fence. Doesn’t sound like a competitor. I want someone who would be ticked after pitching like horse s***.
    3 points
  3. if the mets didnt act like a high school ex girlfriend, they could trade him to my yankees for a major haul will never happen tho
    3 points
  4. Currently hitting quite well in A ball as a 19 year old. Has potential to hit for power and a good average. Some already have him ranked pretty high in the cardinals system, which is usually one of the better systems. @garlandomentioned him in the deep sleepers thread.
    2 points
  5. Can we mention it now?
    2 points
  6. Agree with everything- just wanted to add too fwiw I thought the ball 4 to Gallo was a strike ump definitely seemed to have a hitter friendly zone at least during that inning. Anderson definitely has some good swing and miss stuff.
    2 points
  7. The velocity is always fun and flashy, but I'm more impressed with the recent uptick in Ks. SSS but it's promising.
    2 points
  8. In his defense, that pen is absolutely abysmal, especially when Miller is hurt.
    2 points
  9. Aaaaaaand Francona leaves Clevinger in the game too long for like the 14th time this season. I seriously hate that guy (he’s probably super nice but he can’t manage a baseball team for s--- and it pains me)
    2 points
  10. Is mlb game cast wrong or have LaStella and Baez swapped positions 6 times today....?
    2 points
  11. Colome isn't remotely in the mix. Pulling Diaz at this point is almost like pulling Kimbrell when he gave up two blow saves in the past week or so. Diaz is the best young closer in baseball right now and the man in Seattle. Colome is his new caddy.
    2 points
  12. Since we last saw Canning he was coming off of starting 4.1 innings of a no hitter. He started the next game with 3.2 innings of another no hitter giving him 8 innings of no hit ball. Tonight he gave up his first hit since this post went up. 1 hit and 1 walk tonight in 4.2 IP (75 pitches). Broadcast said he was sitting 93-95. His last 6 starts 28 innings 7 hits 1 ER 32/16 K/BB (had a 6 walk game) K%=30% Ready to see him in AAA then LA in September
    2 points
  13. Cy Young voters will say he just doesn’t have the moxie to inspire teammates to get him wins.
    2 points
  14. Don't lean toward declining. Fall with your finger on reject
    2 points
  15. I think with the way pitching staffs are set up now .. basically pitchers using max effort in every pitch in short bursts -- hitting is becoming less about something you master over thousands of plate appearances and becoming more about having lightning quick reflexes. I think this is why the aging curve is shifting more and more to the left in baseball. 18/19/20 year olds have much faster hand eye coordination/reflexes than guys in their mid to late 20s. As someone who also follows the esports/pro gaming scene -- there's a reason the best video game players in the world are in their late teens/early 20s at the most. The Jaun Soto's/Vladimir Guerrero's Jrs. of the world are not really outliers as much as they are the face of the new trend of youth in pro baseball. As a result, I'm in agreement that there will be some massive changes in the way service time/free agency/arbitration/team control/etc. is handled in the next CBA.
    2 points
  16. Damn. If we lived near eachother, I could see us at a bar most nights now going over how poorly our teams hit each day. And being amazed since our rosters are probably much better than that (I know mine is). I'm not joking either.... Muncy with another HR. What a day for him... 4-26 for me as a team now. Oy vey once again... Blake Snell striking out almost everyone so far in his game, btw... (not that I have him)
    1 point
  17. blake snell with 6 K's to start the game? nice
    1 point
  18. Haha yep. And last night Alfaro let a run score by going for the guy instead of just going for the spot in front of the plate.
    1 point
  19. The bottom of the 8th is taking too long in st louis.
    1 point
  20. For those speculating on the Jays' closer situation, Oh blew up big time yesterday for 3 ER and only getting 2 outs. Came in for the 8th inning in a tie game at home (setup man role) and blew it. So it would seem that puts Tepera further ahead in the closer role just by default.
    1 point
  21. Is he OF eligible? Who is your OF? and no he isn't bound to start hitting eventually without making a change to his swing. He was exposed in the WS, has been exposed badly in May, so its pretty obvious he needs to make a correction to what he is doing, I don't think its a lucky vs unlucky thing.
    1 point
  22. He probably won't. There's been more times that I can remember so far where crappy pitchers have done great, which in turn kills us with 0-fers for no reason. The gif Fuzzy posted pretty much describes this season so far.
    1 point
  23. My god, what a huge disappointment Contreras has been...
    1 point
  24. 35.6% k rate and .411 iso at A ball as a 19-year old looks a little Joey Gallo- like.
    1 point
  25. This is very tough for me as well. I really like Cesar, and he's been pretty great this year. I think i would go with Olson just due to his power potential. As much as i like Cesar, i think Olson could potentially be a game changer late in the season if he gets hot. Help me?
    1 point
  26. Going into the year he was my thoughts on Chase Anderson: An average at best MLB pitcher who had one of the luckiest seasons of all time last year. Anderson has been mediocre MLB pitcher his whole career, and last year was WAY more about luck than any improvements on his end. No way you should expect anything close to last year's 2.74 ERA considering his xFIP was 4.33. Even with a modest ADP of 204, he seems badly overranked. To me Anderson is nothing better than a last round pick or a streamer in a favorable matchups. My thoughts now on Chase Anderson: I obviously gave Anderson way too much credit saying he was an average at best MLB pitcher and that he was worthy of streaming in favorable matchups. It's time to accept that he's not just a below average MLB pitcher but one of the very worst pitchers in baseball. Completely unownable in any format and unstreamable regardless of how favorable the matchup is. You can't ask for two more favorable matchups that against the Mets injury depleted lineup facing Jason Vargas or against the MLB worst White Sox, and Anderson wasn't just bad, he flat-out horrendous in those two starts. Anderson is in rarefied air in the sense that he regardless of how great the matchup is, odds are he's not just going to pitch badly, but rather get absolutely shelled.
    1 point
  27. I think it’s worth the gamble. Olson is a streaky hitter and he could be on the front end of a power run.
    1 point
  28. The Red Sox share a division with the Yankees, one of these teams will have to stake their season on one measly wildcard game come October. T'hell these games aren't important.
    1 point
  29. I can see standing pat, but if you do want to use another one, I would use Junis.
    1 point
  30. Thats tough but the fact that Porcello is facing HOU & that you have a decent lead, I would roll with just Arrieta & pass on the other 2
    1 point
  31. gonna lean the pirate on this option...but not sold on either option for today can you take a look at my post BAEZ for GREINKE
    1 point
  32. I would personally pick up a SP for the stream. My gut says Kingham but my brain says Junis.
    1 point
  33. Despite the excitement around Bieber (including myself before his implosion), I really think Plutko will get recalled when the Indians need a 5th starter again. If he stinks it up again, then maybe they consider a change, but I think the spot is all his for the time being.
    1 point
  34. 1 point
  35. I’m holding. He has been solid most of this season. He has earned some slack.
    1 point
  36. 1 point
  37. Let's review: in basically one month, he has a .265 avg with 19 R, 5 HR, 13 RBI and 2 SB. If you loosely averaged that over 6 months, that would be a .265, 114 R, 30 HR, 78 RBI, 12 SB season. You don't think that's good enough for a 20 year old? I do. In fairness, I personally may need to drop him soon as I'm getting killed by injuries, have a shallow roster, am falling WAY behind early in a roto league and (most importantly) play in a redraft league. But if it were a keeper, I'd be giddy with him. Oh, and as to your last question, the best answer would be "get both"! Return the favor?
    1 point
  38. Like this deal for your team can you take a look at my post BAEZ for GREINKE
    1 point
  39. He was just dropped in 13 teamer
    1 point
  40. If you can deal Bregman to help the cause, probably not a bad idea. This season starting to shape up like last year, where sluggish start hopefully gives way to strong 2nd half which will result in similar numbers to 2017, not what many had hoped for and certainly a lot less valuable if he doesnt play at SS, which really only happens with a Correa injury like in 2017. Is this the deal? Not sure, Turner is about to be waived in my 13-team league that uses CI and Kingery has been a struggling rookie. So in some ways when you look at production and replacement value, its almost like Bregman for Carrasco.
    1 point
  41. Wouldn't be a bad idea to see what the Robert owner in your league is willing to sell for.
    1 point
  42. He's young and had only been up a few weeks. In that time he had shown he is capable of across the board production. He had slowed down a bit but had got it going again before he got injured. If you check out his player thread look for a post from Garlando, he had an amazing post breaking down all the numbers on Acuna. After reading that you'll feel much more optimistic with Acuna as a keeper. Vlad also seems to be a good young bat on the come up and raking in the minors. You never know what he will do once first called up however. Guys like Acuna and Soro were also raking in the minors and have had some success since being called up. Hard to say which of any of these players will be top dog years to come, they are all very promising. I think Acuna will be just fine, he'll also be growing up in a good ATL lineup with Albies and others, could be in a great spot for years to come.
    1 point
  43. To be fair, isn’t that why many of us target NL, or specifically NL West, pitchers? 6 of the bottom 8 teams in OPS are from the NL, and the NL West has some large, pitcher-friendly stadiums (LAD, SD, SF, & now ARI). @Coors about the only thing you really need to worry about.
    1 point
  44. Former starter in the minors that was a top 100 prospect by pretty much every reputable list. Struggled with command and a 3rd pitch from what I understood which is usually the makings for a good RP. Not sure he is the next Wade Davis or anything but sounds like he is going to get some high leverage situations. Santana, Rodriguez, Feliz and Vasquez have all put up at least 1 stinker in the last 3-4 days so maybe Crick gets a shot.
    1 point
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