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  1. Barnes has obviously been a hot mess recently, and even when he was pitching well his usage by manager Alex Cora was not conducive to giving him save opportunities. Barnes was often brought in in the 7th or 8th to face opposing teams' best hitters instead of purely the 9th to close it out. The play on Crick would be if Vazquez gets traded by the Pirates, which has been rumored. The thing is, Pitt is still in contention and Vazquez is signed through like 2022 or 2023, meaning they will want a lot for him if they deal him at all. Any thoughts on sticking with Barnes v. taking the sho
  2. What's crazy about Bauer is that his BABIP is very low, but his walk rate and HR rate are much higher. the BABIP should come up a fair amount and his FIP supports him showing an even worse ERA... I'd try to trade for someone else. Please check out my post here:
  3. I like pitcherlist.com --> they have in-depth treatments of hitters, pitchers, prospects, etc. and update their ROS lists every week Please take a look at my post here:
  4. I have Wacha in a fairly deep 14-team league, but the guy is nowhere near last year's #s and his BABIP isnt even that high at .306. He's killing me. Thinking of dropping him, potentially to take a flyer on Chase Anderson to see if he continues to post strong peripherals. Is this short-sighted? Anyone see Wacha turning it around this season?
  5. Bumping up this guy as he's on a tear right now - since July 13th (admittedly an arbitrary start date), he's had a hit in every game, is batting 0.436 with 4 HRs, 5 BBs and 12 Ks (for a 20% k-rate, below his ~25% season rate). Fangraphs page here. Overall he's batting 0.288 / 0.355 / 0.519 / 0.874 with 17 HRs across 415 PAs as a 19 year old in High-A. His walk rate (8%) and k-rate (24.6%) are both materially improved over his 2017 #s. I've also read in a few different analyst chats that his defense has improved to the point where - while he will never be a gold-glover - he's lik
  6. I sadly dont have the time or technical skills to do this, but it would be cool if someone built a website where prospect rankings were crowd-sourced. Something like you have to rank-order 25-30 prospects in order to see the compiled results.
  7. 2 for 4 last night with a double. How long until we can call him the Sheriff of Nottingham?
  8. Nottingham was called up today as Manny Pina went on the DL. Erik Kratz is starting at C today for the Crew, but I feel like this could be a good chance for Nottingham to show what he can do. Pina is 31 - not too old - but has a sub-.700 OPS and only 78 wRC. Kratz is 38 and is hitting about the same as Pina. I could see a world in which Nottingham comes in and hits and forces the Brewers into a tough decision.
  9. He’s fairly old for his level. Until he shows he can do this in AA I don’t think he will make any Top 100s, but could be a good guy to gamble on right now.
  10. Any chance we see them turn to Will Smith? He's been the only truly consistent / dominant reliever throughout the season
  11. He reminds me a bit of Freddy Peralta. It would be ridiculous to expect that Lopez has the same kind of immediate success that Peralta has had so far, but I think if he performs well he should be able to hold down a longer-term position in the rotation. With Caleb Smith out and the rest of the team sucking, a rotation spot is his to win. His initial foray into AAA was modest (3.38 ERA over 4 starts [one aborted after 1.2 scoreless IPs due to the call up] but a 5.40 FIP), but I followed some of his starts and he seemed to show good poise by pitching out of some jams and coming ba
  12. Looks like he's coming up for a start this weekend against the Mets if anyone needs a starter...
  13. Looks like he was removed from the game after fouling a ball of his leg. "San Francisco Giants infielder Alen Hanson fouled a ball off his left knee in the first inning Wednesday and went down immediately in pain. He remained there for several minutes until trainers helped him off the field." http://www.sfexaminer.com/san-francisco-giants-alen-hanson-goes-lower-leg-injury/ Unclear how serious it is, but the linked article makes it sound like he could be out for a bit.
  14. As a Alonso owner in dynasty i want to see him as much as anyone else, but I dont think injuries will get him up this year. The Mets are currently using Bruce and Cespedes outages to try Smith in LF and Flores at IB. An additional injury to one of those two could lead to Alonso's call as an emergency backfill, but on the other end of the coin when either Bruce or Cespedes come back Smith and Flores will be used in a platoon at 1B. Absent a structural change to the Mets 25-man roster or extreme injuries, I don't think we'll see him this year. That being said, he should be in li
  15. Anyone have any advice on whether or not to cut bait on Dexter Fowler in deep leagues? I'm in a 12-team NL-only, and if he was hitting something close to his prior 3 years he'd be a tremendously valuable asset with CF eligibility. Right now, he's a complete waste of a roster spot. His BABIP suggests that he's been unlucky and that some reversion to the mean is in store, but it seems he's lost his oppty for regular at bats with Harison Bader gaining favor with the Cards. I'm not really sure who I'd pick up, so it's more of an "in a vacuum" kind of question. I could likely easily
  16. As a PH today he's 2/3 with 2 2Bs...replaced Longoria after he got HBP. He definitely deserves more regular ABs, but he's also playing himself into the pinch-hit extraordinaire role...hopefully he doesnt get typecast as that.
  17. ...and he just gave up a 3-run HR in the first...if only I had waited 15 minutes let's see how it plays out though...still worth monitoring considering the Marlins' current staff situation and his past performance
  18. Since the original post 10 days ago he's been promoted to AAA where he fired off 6 IP / 2 ER / 4K / 6H / 1BB / 3.00 ERA / 1.17 WHIP. Not a bad line for a 22 year old making his debut in AAA. While the AAA line was good (but not great), what excites me about him is that he has a lively fastball and is on the 40-man roster...all things that F@ndemonium mentioned. Taking a look at the Marlins' current MLB staff, there are a few guys on notice: - Straily - 4.08 ERA / 1.49 WHIP / 5.57 FIP - Chen - 6.12 ERA / 1.64 WHIP / 5.90 FIP - Urena - 4.59 ERA / 1.22 WHIP
  19. Well...let's just say it was more of an Eric Lauer type first start as opposed to a Freddy Peralta type first start. He was pretty awful, and he actually had a fairly poor outing in his last AAA outing before getting the call, so I should've warned you all against starting him. I think he's pretty clearly destined to go back down at this point...probably worth seeing how he fares in a few more starts at AAA before making a call on him (he's only had 2 starts there so far). Hopefully he gets back to his historically dominant ways, and he's still very young, but his last two star
  20. He's been crushing since he's returned in a PH-only role, with a 2R HR just now. He's earning more playing time, and there should be opportunities to work him into the lineup more. That being said, he could get the dreaded "pinch hitter extraordinaire" label which would be a huge let down. SF has no investment in him and he's a FA after this year, so they have no embedded organizational loyalty to use him in any way that doesnt serve their own best interest. All he can do is make them feel that it's in their best interest to give him more ABs, and he's doing just that.
  21. Bumping up this thread to see if anyone has any updates on him. Coming into the season, he was in most of the major Top 100s. In his age 19 season, he dominated Low-A to the tune of a 2.60 ERA and 10+ Ks / 9 over 130 IPs. Fangraphs page here. At this point, he hasn't pitched since May 11th, when he gave up 5 ERs over 1.2 IPs. He hasn't landed on the minor league DL from what I've seen. Here's what I've found so far: From some website called outfieldflyrule (link to quote 1 here, link to quote 2 here): Quote 1: Wentz has not made a start since 5/11 de
  22. Well, he's out of options so he can't be sent back to AAA without going through the waiver process, and he would undoubtedly be selected by another team (and then SF could either work out a trade for him or withdraw him from waivers and put him back on the MLB squad). However, your sentiment is spot on. He's not going to develop by only getting the odd pinch hit and spot start here and there. He's on a 1-year FA deal, so SF probably thinks that any value they can get from him at the MLB level is gravy and that they dont necessarily owe him anything. With everyone healthy, I coul
  23. Yeah, it's Meso's job to lose. He'll get 4 out of 5 games, especially if he keeps hitting. Their opportunity cost of starting him is low
  24. OK, this guy got tuned up for 5 ERs in 2.1 IPs against the AAA-like Marlins...at home in the spacious, pitcher-friendly San Diego ballpark... I think it's safe to say he's done...he was lifted in the third for Robbie Erlin, who, despite having only a league-average ERA, would be a logical person to replace Lauer in the rotation. San Diego has said they're going to stick with Lauer and let him figure things out, but his performance has been so bad that I think they yank him relatively soon. He's had 2 good starts and 5 terrible starts. He probably needs some more time in AAA to f
  25. I've been watching this guy for a bit and thought it was worth starting up a new thread. His name is Caleb Ferguson, and his game is making hitters look foolish. He began last year in the notoriously hitter-friendly High-A California League and led the league in most categories (probably should've won pitcher of the year), including ERA where he had a 2.87 ERA and 10.3 Ks / 9 (the next closest qualifying pitcher in terms of ERA had like a 3.5 ERA, which gives you a sense of Ferguson's performance relative to the league). This year, he crushed AA to the tune of a 1.38 ERA over 39
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