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  1. The league has figured out that if you don't throw him fastballs, then he is only a moderately above average MLB hitter as opposed to a no-doubt Hall of Famer. The walk rate's still excellent but he's getting a crash course in hitting Major League breaking pitches and, truth be told, handling himself very admirably for a 20-year-old. This year was always going to be about him figuring out his approach when pitchers stopped throwing him fastballs to hammer.
  2. Forget where I heard it but I've also heard it pointed out he's not pulling the ball much, which the team might view as a concern that as he moves up the ladder, he'll get chewed up by higher velocities and that might be why they haven't been more aggressive with him, yet, this year. There are reasons for optimism, but also for caution.
  3. .222 BABIP and a .392 OBP currently. His BABIP last year was .352, so who knows what that OBP ends up at if the plate discipline gains are real?
  4. With the consensus here; stick with Soto or get more for him.
  5. Seems pretty even; I'll give Dahl/Bregman the slight advantage; Bergman's younger, plays on the infield, and Dahl gets Coors. Mine:
  6. In a keep forever, I was offered: Kris Bryant + Bryce Harper FOR MY Ronald Acuna + Royce Lewis + Brent Honeywell I could use a third baseman and right fielder. Would you guys take it?
  7. The funny thing is the peripherals all screamed "small sample size" while that was happening. His BABIP was terrible and his strike zone judgement actually seemed better than last year. You could only mistake that for a slump if you looked at batting average and absolutely nothing else.
  8. I'd think you're either keeping Yelich or taking that deal; Soto in a keeper has a ton of value. I don't know how much better you'd do.
  9. On Yahoo, it's three starts and five relief appearances to qualify at those positions.
  10. We use holds and I'm always surprised by the outings that qualify. I've seen guys give up four runs in an inning and still get one. Jalen Beeks at least once last year came in with a lead and pitched multiple strong innings and got neither a win or a hold. Really, wins, quality starts, holds, and saves are all terribly flawed but we sort of have to deal with them. IP K WHIP and ERA are the best measures of a pitching staff, in my book.
  11. Very small sample size but it's interesting that his O-swing% is down around league average and his contact rate has skyrocketed. There's not many walks to show for what he's doing so far, but those will always be hard to come by when your contact rate is up near 90%.
  12. Fangraphs released ZiPS 3-year projections today; it has Soto overtaking Trout in OPS starting next year. Soto .959-1.042-1.081 (2019-2020-2021) Trout 1.023-1.020-1.009 https://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=20123&position=OF
  13. Yup, you can go to Players -> Position Eligibility and do a search for him; he needs two more games started or seven more games played (at least on Yahoo).
  14. Garcia was also significantly better than Mondesi by almost any measure in their age 18 High-A year. He struck out at a far better clip and put up a significantly better OPS. Fangraphs has his A+ wRC+ at 112 whereas Mondesi's was 69. He absolutely has the tools to be a top prospect, which is why most every site considers him a top prospect. The hit tool is expected to be at least plus with a chance for more, and then there's speed, a solid arm, and the ability to play middle infield.
  15. Oscar Taveras, for one. I get it; he PROBABLY could have made more money waiting. I also understand not taking the chance.
  16. Our H2H league has a transaction limit on the season and we lock rosters during playoff matchups. There are ways to stop streaming in a H2H.
  17. Lol he would've needed roughly a 22.5 SO9 for that in his 71.1 innings.
  18. Yeah, I was more bouncing off of your comment than agreeing or disagreeing with you, myself. I don't know if he's a huge power guy or gets a ton of stolen bases, which may limit his value in some leagues. I'd still estimate 15-20 HR's with a good number of doubles and triples and a high batting average.
  19. He definitely wasn't hyped but this is a textbook "launch angle breakout" in my book. He had a career K-rate in the minors under 10% and busted out in 2018 after two years of health issues and a swing change. I'm super-optimistic and think people are really late on him.
  20. A drop in spring velocity doesn't concern me here. He's 36 and as established of an ace as exists in baseball; he doesn't need to show that he can throw 100 in March. Sure, the age will catch up to him eventually, but he has room to decline and still be an excellent starter. His spring results look fine and there's a report that he's improved his changeup. I'm not anywhere remotely close to worried at this point. https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/03/12/justin-verlander-houston-astros-changeup
  21. Yes... unless it's different than hockey, and I don't know why it would be. I'd anticipate roster changes on each Monday. You can actually check by moving the calendar ahead to each Monday in question and seeing if the roster is editable. Edit: Um, I may have misunderstood what "roster moves" was referring to. I think the add/drop limits reset after the matchup and not every Monday.
  22. I believe it's the opposite, actually. At least in Yahoo! hockey, where we have a weekly league, you can change rosters on Mondays during extended weeks. I double-checked.
  23. If we could say with certainty you'd get first half Severino, he'd be going much much higher.
  24. Is this the new flagship thread for over-reacting to spring training stats? I like the guy, too, but he hasn't proven he's ready yet and you don't rush a guy just because the guy holding his position in the majors isn't a world-beater.
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