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  1. We're gonna start hearing more buzz about this kid. He worked through the Cubs lineup confidently, and efficiently. I'm excited about Cal and Tyler Beede right now, as low-ownership young Starting Pitchers that can be difference makers in the 2nd half of the season.
  2. Tyler was a local phenom here in Worcester, MA. I follow him closely, and this article is spot on. I believed his potential was a solid #2 SP for the Giants. Casey Mize and Beede seemed their likely 1-2 punch of the future. With a Fastball that hovers around 93-97mph, even into the later innings, a beautiful sinking Change Up that he's gotten better and better at executing his delivery indistinguishable from his Fast Ball, and a Curve Ball that's pretty much average, I've thought he would take that leap into a mainstay in their rotation once he had better command of these pitc
  3. My bet is Tucker gets called up in next 10-15 days and plays 1B for the Astro's ROS. He's too good a hitter to be sitting in the Minors, and Houston has a real chance at a World Series, yet again. They need him adjusted, and comfortable in the Majors come playoff time, so if they aren't trading him, he will need to get his promotion rather soon. The team, as a whole, is rock solid throughout their roster, but 1 of their obvious weaknesses is a 1st Basemen that can contribute at the dish. Tucker's scouting report says he's a "very good" corner outfielder. I admit, I have seen him the
  4. I have been completely expecting his turn-around for the past couple weeks. There have been signs of encouraging ROS outlook since his June 9th's start vs. the Rockies. He's far too talented to be carrying an ERA well over 4, and his production since breaking into the MLB almost guarantees an elite 2nd half, barring injury. This development regarding his Slider is awesome news, dude. Almost as noteworthy, is the fact that he allowed 0 BB's last night. I'm seeing an Ace who's now clicking on all cylinders, and it's a shame for the Mets that he, and Wheeler couldn't come out the gate in this
  5. Spot on. I have that same feeling about Nate, much like when Josh Bell debuted a couple years ago. There are some players that you can just tell by their batting stance, and demeanor at the plate that they fully expect to crush the opposing pitchers, ace or scrub is irrelevant. Nothing in Nate's approach hints of any pitches out-matching him, whether it's a hard fastball, sinking change, or big hook. There's no hesitant swings, or emotional quirks when he's up to bat. Just a composed, simple and direct swing with very, very minimal head movement. He's patient enough to wait for his pitch
  6. I did a write up on Nate back when the Ray's promoted him the first time. Physically, he's a mammoth with that redneck / farmer type strength, whereas when he makes contact, the ball JUMPS off his bet effortlessly. This is a big factor on why there's been a lot of comparisons to Pete Alonso. On top of that asset he has, his eye at the plate is significantly better than most rookies, and I'd bet the more consistent playing time he receives, the more he'll showcase that patience, working deep into pitch counts until he gets his pitch. That first time called up, he looked solid, but natu
  7. What makes you say that, specifically? I've felt the same thing in the past with Tim Anderson, Josh Bell, Yoan Moncada, and Mike Soroka. There's something about their confident approach that you can tell they fully expect to succeed at the Major League level. In all sports, but especially baseball, athletic ability is important, but CONFIDENCE is what separates the average players from the All-Stars. Is this what you mean by seeing a future All-Star so soon?
  8. Good point. Between Wheeler and Bumgarner, I think it's a toss up. I'm a Mets fan, too but I love the intensity Bumgarner brings in his starts. There's a guy on YouTube that does short video breakdowns on quirky MLB situations. One of them shows Bumgarner barking at the ump, and yelling at the batter. Emotions on the mound aren't always a good thing ( see Folty in Atlanta ) but in Bumgarner's case, I think it could rally the Yanks hitters. Regardless, Wheeler's stuff is dominant. He's one of a handful of SP's that can hit 100mph beyond the 5th inning, without over-stressing
  9. For those who are weak at 2B / MI, don't forget about Cano. Yea, he's a vet, less exciting than some of the young prospects on fire right now, but Cano can get hot and put up incredible numbers. He's had multiple hits in 4 straight games, and it'll take a slight adjustment to start putting those balls over the fence. I sense a big run coming from Cano, as long as he avoid injury. He looks VERY confident at the plate. He's the type of hitter that can effortlessly bat .300 with pop. Though he's basically non-existent in the SB category, he can offer Corey Seager-like stats at a very sh
  10. Still one of my favorite Buy-Low guys in MLB. With everyone struggling to solidify their SP rotation going into the playoffs, I'd give up a solid bat to add Wheeler if I didn't already own him. I've been saying this for a while now, and he hasn't completely turned it around, but Wheeler has top 10 "stuff", and can be nearly unhittable when he's on. I prefer guys like Wheeler that have experience pitching over 170 innings in previous years over some of the young talented SP's whose arms are more used to much lower innings totals per season. Considering just last year, when Whee
  11. He has half the at bats as other players who avoided injury, and receive regular playing time. With reg at bats he'd be close to the lead league in HR's. I wouldn't underestimate Sano, and if he's available in your league, scoop him. The Twins are being careful with him, and giving him more days off than we'd like, but I think their being careful to keep him healthy, get caught up with physical condition, and making him earn the playing time without treating him like a scrub. It wasn't long ago that Sano was a major young prospect, and had a ton of hype around him as a young big ti
  12. Agreed. With Corey Seager, and Tim Anderson both going down, there are team owners on the hunt for a serviceable SS. Willy Adames has some potential that could translate into production in the near future, missed out on a major asset, Lourdes Gurriel, while Garrett Hampson has obvious big upside plus opportunity in a great hitter's park, but a guy like Barreto could be a solution for some of us who need an across-the-board producing SS that will receive regular at bats for a relatively potent line up. I'm watching closely, and will jump on him if any evidence of his AAA stats
  13. Not true, Killa is right....Snell has been one of the least lucky SP's in baseball among the top talents. A member in the Noah Syndergaard thread broke down the stats. It's an interesting read that shows Blake Snell as the #1 unluckiest SP, with Syndergaard #2. I'm targeting Snell, and already acquired Noah a couple weeks ago. I'd recommend others do the same if they need pitching help. My team is pretty strong at SP, but it's crucial to have guys like Snell come the playoffs when most of the top SP's have found their groove mid-season, while many of the less established SP's
  14. That's a fact, for sure. I'm stating the obvious, I guess, in that the Phillies are one of the top 10 offenses when they're healthy, and not slumping. Segura is back to healthy, and Harper had his early season struggles. Hoskins should be even better in the 2nd half, and even JT's stats should see an increase if you look at his career production. They might make a move for another big bat for a playoff push, too. I'd like to see them get Pillar from the Giants. Nola is in a great position to rack up wins with an ERA under 3.4.
  15. I missed the start, but any information on how he looked would be greatly appreciated, boys.
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