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  1. Dedicating my 100th post to Ronald Acuña...... Acuña has a pre-season ranking on Yahoo at 9; it is not crazy to think that he is a legit 30/30 guy at all. Sometimes you have to take a risk and I think Acuña's floor makes him a less risky first rounder. I don't believe as we get closer to the season, you will see an ADP of 18 or higher as shown below in RTSSports and ESPN, this kid is going off first round right now in many platforms. ADP/Rankings Source Rank ADP - NFBC 8 Rankings - Composite
  2. Just try to study more about Montesi and saw this article in which they are comparing him to Jose Reyes career path. Reyes versus Mondesi—age 22 seasons Player BB% K% ISO wRC+ BsR Off Def WAR Jose Reyes 3.7% 10.6% 0.114 80 7.4 -11.2 4.7 1.7 Adalberto Mondesi 3.8% 26.5% 0.222 114 5.1 10.0
  3. I feel that he was pressing a bit last season with a new team and in front of much brighter spotlights...etc. He should rebound on the HR to 45+, but the BA will be more or less the same as his career avg. .268.
  4. Some have compared him to Greg Maddux in the sense that he is smart on the mound with great command. I am excited about what Soroka can bring to the table; and yes, it all depends on whether he will be on the rotation or not.
  5. Agree, he needs to work on 2-strike approach, based on this article I think he needs to be a bit more aggressive in 2 strike counts. I can't find his overall 2018 called strikeouts vs. swing and miss strikeouts, but in the article which was written back in June 2018, he had about 1/3 of his strikeouts came from called strikeouts. That's quite a bit, so not being as selective in 2 strike counts, plus also to improve on his contact rate, it should help reduce his K rate tremendously.
  6. It does look like he will bat 4th and with Markakis batting behind him, he should be running A LOT! I feel that the Braves lineup with how it is currently constructed, 1-4 is more of a traditional get on base; move the runner/steal a base, a long ball or extra base power and score some run; from 5-9 will more like small ball game with Acuña set the table if he did not have an extra base hit and Markakis moving him over to the next base. LOL. you will probably find me drafting him in late 1st/early 2nd in a redraft. Might not be the best strategy, and agree that could be risky, but
  7. It does look like per DOB that Snitker is leaning towards Inciarte batting first with Donny batting second, Freeman third and Acuña 4th. Yeah no more flashy move to the lineup and as it stands Markakis will bat behind Acuña; now THAT's a knock on Acuña's value if Markakis is "protecting" him....
  8. Great post. I agree in general term that where you bat in the lineup will affect the SB number. However, there is always exceptions, using Goldschmidt as an example, in 2018, he stole more bases (albeit not his usual total SB number), batting 3rd, than batting any others spot in the lineup. So not saying you are wrong, because you are spot on the theory; but just there is always exceptions. Paul Goldschmidt batting order 2018 Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR
  9. Where did you see the under .100 BA vs. LHP? I see .176 (not much better) against LHP and .211 against RHP( also not much better). I think all in all, last year's second half was a big learning curve for Bauers. I have not seen any reports, but I'm sure the Indians are working with him to improve from 2018. Pitch recognition, how to hit breaking balls...etc.
  10. Depends on how many keepers you can keep and how many of them on your roster is ahead of him. I do feel that 2019, we will see some good improvement (not necessary a breakout) to his 2018 numbers. He did request for the coaches for some extra time to work on his issues during offseason, so there is that going for him.
  11. With him able to play both corner OF and 1B, even in a platoon situation, I think he will amass more than his share. 400 + AB shouldn't be out of reach. The whiffing in the second half is a concern, and a lot has to do with pitchers adjusting to him. He is a smart player with very good plate discipline, saw him played in Durham and right away traded for him.
  12. I stumbled upon this article about Bauers and definitely got me more optimistic about his 2019 season. 15+ SB is real possibility; his HR power could go up as a lefty at Progressive Field. I will be more than happy to get something like 90/20/90/15 and a .250 BA from him this year as a 1B. With SB being scarce these days, that's value. Thoughts?
  13. Interesting read latest on Austin; it sounds like they are just getting him be more versatile, which it can only help his chance for 2019. Based on the article, I truly believe the Braves still see him as the future 3B, but with ability to play OF as needed. Austin Riley focusing on improvement, adding versatility.
  14. So on average, he seems to be a top 50 player; I am sure many people inflated his stats from last year, which I learned the hard way, not to. I took him from waiver last year in one of my leagues and will have the right of him this year too; so at least the risk is minimum. In the redraft league if he is available in 5 round (at least 12 teams) or later, I will feel more comfortable on taking him. The secondary stats just scares me some.
  15. What are your thoughts on Marquez? Is his K/9 rate for real or fluke? Went all the way form 8.2 to 10.6. Not really a big K guy in the minors; did he figure something out? His FIP is a bit lower than his ERA; so it means his success was not base off luck and as a matter of fact, he was just a bit unlucky. Lowest HR/9 in his young MLB career in '18. So thoughts?
  16. Maybe true. But I was speaking from the standpoint of traditional 3 OF leagues.
  17. Speaking strictly from fantasy POV. Hampson's value will sure go down some if he is switched to OF; I mean a 2B with double digit HR and 40+ SB is a lot more valuable than the same stats but an OF.... Not comparing here, just that the situation is similar; but few years back I drafted Betts as my future 2B only to see the Sox switch him to OF full time in '15. Mookie was 18HR and 21SB in '15 and those stats would have been awesome for a 2B, but just considered really good as an OF. Also, I seem to remember reading somewhere that Hampson is considered future gold glover at 2B.
  18. Fine by me, I need him to be versatile. Maybe not the super utility type, which is even better, that means he plays more.
  19. Hampson is an exciting player with elite speed and with Coors being home, he could be hitting some double digit HR. I agree that Hampson should be ahead of McMahon; but since they are loaded with 2B and Rockies being Rockies, they may go that route. After all, he did play all three positions I've mentioned both in the minors and majors (albeit only three innings in MLB and didn't had a chance to field).
  20. Could they make Hampson the super utility (2B/SS/OF) player type until they sort the players out?
  21. I hope you are right though, I have him on my dynasty, so definitely need him to provide both power and speed.
  22. I think a lot has to do with his projections into 2019. First the SB, he will more likely around 10 SB than 20. Since August, he only had 2 SB and 6 CS. Then it's the BA, his career average is .267, so a regression is more likely in place for him. The power is legit, but by taken away 20+ SB potential and an average likely around .275, that would probably make him a low end second round. If I were in a redraft league and pick in the middle of the second round, I would grab him for sure.
  23. I've got Betts and Benny on my dynasty league; so yeah this stupid rule REALLY HURT! Maybe instead of focusing on accelerating the game that has no positive impact, Manfred needs to get rid of this stupid rule.
  24. AF25

    AJ Reed - 1B HOU

    Out of the three, I wish for Baltimore; his left handed swing can be very sweet in that ballpark as well as at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park.
  25. AF25

    AJ Reed - 1B HOU

    Thx for your reply. I get that he is a property owned by the team and they can do whatever they want with him; but Reed strike me as the type of player who needs some consistency AB once he is acclaimed to his new surrounding. His shares of "opportunities" came in one season only and that was 2016, which was his first taste of MLB and some players don't just become a regular MLB player right off the bat. In 2017 he's got 6AB and this year so far, 3AB and he's just got optioned today. Guess just have to hope that my wish will come true before July 31st that he will be traded to a t
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