Don’t cha love how the Rays are one of the best teams in the major leagues and their minor league system is stacked and no one cares? I’d say that the Rays have more pure baseball fans than any other club, but we all know pure baseball fans live in K.C., eat BBQ and listen to jazz. They don’t go to Tampa to watch the Rays play in a terrible stadium. More people outside of Tampa know about the Rays than people in the city. Okay, that point’s belabored enough. Jeremy Hellickson has the goods, young sir. Control? Check! Strikeouts? Check-check! A bit too many fly balls? Yeah, but whatever. The Rays outfield is quick to the point to the point no fakin’. I want to wrap Hellickson up in a lavash, top him with spicy hummus and rename him Baba Gotnastystuff. So what can we expect of Jeremy Hellickson in 2011 fantasy baseball?Please, blog, may I have some more?
I was in no rush to review the signing of Victor Martinez by the Detroit Tigers. No, it wasn’t all the tryptophan. Players going to a new club that won’t change their fantasy value doesn’t really float my boat. So let’s talk about what’s really on my mind, what a crock of shizz Paranormal Activity was. Hey, girlfriend, I have an idea, let’s put baby powder on the ground.Please, blog, may I have some more?
If you search for fantasy baseball, the first result is Yahoo Fantasy Baseball. (We’re first for fantasy baseball blog. Natch! Or natchurally, if you’re long-winded.) But this isn’t about Yahoo fantasy baseball. (Is Yahoo always with an exclamation mark? Yahoo has a volume problem, huh?) When people find us, they are not searching for Yahoo fantasy baseball, but what are they searching for when they find us? Since it’s a holiday, I decided to break away from the normal schedule of 2011 fantasy baseball rookies and look at exactly what people do search for when they find us. Last year, we had our biggest year. Over 5 million people found us. (I think about 4.9 million found us with the search query “What is SAGNOF?” Neverthehoo…) That’s a big Thanksgiving to you from all of us here at Razzball. Now here are 20 actual searches for people who found Razzball and my answers to their searches:
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Cincinnati Reds 2010 Minor League Review
Overall farm rankings via Baseball America (2010)
2010 (23) | 2009 (14) | 2008 (3) | 2007 (12) | 2006 (30) | 2005 (23) | 2004 (26)
Record of Major and Minor League Teams
MLB: [91 – 71] NL Central
AAA: [79 – 64] International League – Louisville
AA: [58 – 79] Southern League – Carolina
A+: [61 – 77] Florida League – Lynchburg
A: [53 – 85] Midwest League – Dayton
R: [38 – 37] Pioneer League – Billings
The Run Down
Grey just finished a fantastic fantasy outlook on one of the most dynamic arms in the majors in Aroldis Chapman and the BBWAA just voted Joey Votto NL MVP on Monday.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Let’s start with what I said a few months ago, “This year in the minors Domonic Brown had a line of 65/20/68/.327/17 and .391/.589/.980. Let’s recap, whoa/wow/nice/yum-yum/don’t mind if I do and yowsers/that’s lovely/yowsersthat’slovely. To break that down for the people who skimmed the first two sentences, he has 20/20 potential with plate discipline. It’s the fantasy baseball equivalent to: “I don’t think this glazed donut can get any better.” “How about we sprinkle bacon on it?” Drool. By my estimation (and Keith Law’s), he’s the number one prospect in the minors. (Desmond Jennings is a close 2nd in my book that was rejected by Simon & Schuster.)” And that’s me quoting me! First off, Jennings is now one, according to me, and Brown is two for 2011. Don’t ask me how it changed. It just did, okay? Well, actually, I’ll explain how it changed. Preemptive, you’re welcome. Speed translates easier than power. Power, on youngsters, doesn’t always immediately appear. Beyond 2011, I could see Brown leapfrogging Jennings to have more value in fantasy. Shoot, he can have more value in 2011, but he’s not safer. So what can we expect for Domonic Brown in 2011 fantasy baseball?Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’m not sure anyone can hit Aroldis Chapman. For a pitcher, that’s a pretty good thing. If you speak street, he be fire on Crunk Juice. He can throw the ball faster than Bob Feller on a motorcycle. Fidel Castro used to karaoke Sublime by singing, “I don’t practice Santeria, I can’t see Aroldis’ fastball.” It’s fast. We’ll leave it at that. There’s really no question. Let’s give some numbers now. In 26 IP of his rookie year, 25 Ks, 1.15 WHIP and a 2.42 ERA. Then in his sophomore year, his numbers were 160 2/3 IP, 130 Ks, 1.51 WHIP and a 4.82 ERA. His wildness really stopped him from being successful with 96 walks. There were definitely some flashes of brilliance, but almost completely unownable in fantasy. Wait, next year hasn’t happened yet.Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’m taking a break from telling you some obvious guys are keepers (Joey Votto is a keeper?! Get outta town, Grey!) to tell you Jhoulys Chacin is a keeper in some leagues. No, he’s not a keeper in 12 team mixed leagues if you’re choosing between him and Halladay (unless Halladay will cost you $75). At some point in January, I’m going to quote this article telling you how much I like Chacin in redraft leagues. Sleeper, anyone? At some point in March, I’ll probably post one of my teams and you’ll see Chacin on there. Not to mention, I have Chacin already on a keeper team of mine, so I’m pot committed. Yes, I’m holding Yo-lease tight. In his 2010 — rookie!Please, blog, may I have some more?
After realizing the 20% off Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon wasn’t redeemable for slugging 2nd basemen, the Marlins parted ways with Dan Uggla. Now the Marlins have cut loose all the major objectors to Hanley Ramirez’s lack of hustle. “Yo, I walk with a pimp limp so I can save my energy for when MTV Cribs visits my house.” <– Not actual Hanley quote. With the slashed payroll, Jeffrey Loria can get that seventeenth mansion he’s been eyeing. Good time to be a Marlins fan! Uggla is really one of those players whose value doesn’t change much with a trade. 30 homers — check! Not a great average without some luck — check! Owns douchey Ed Hardy clothing — check! If anything, Uggla moving to Atlanta will only help his value. He was better away from Whoever Will Pay The Most Money To Sponsor This Godforsaken Stadium down in Miami. Last year, he hit .308 in away games and .264 in home games. Also, he hit 19 of his 33 homers away from home. Plus, he will be hitting in a better lineup. For 2011, I see Uggla giving you a line of 90/32/100/.265/5. Anyway, let’s see what other moves happened recently with fantasy baseball repercussions:
Omar Infante – Heads to the Marlins where he’s sure to be revered by the smartest fans in baseball. (That’s why there’s only 20-something fans at each game. They’re smart to stay home.) Infante had a career year in 2010. I don’t see him repeating it in Whoever Will Pay The Most Money To Sponsor This Godforsaken Stadium. He’ll probably play 2nd base or 3rd base and be on and off your waivers all year. If you’re drafting Infante, you ain’t no friend of mine.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Los Angeles Dodgers 2010 Minor League Review
Overall farm ranking via Baseball America (2009)
2010 (24) | 2009 (23) | 2008 (6) | 2007 (6) | 2006 (2) | 2005 (2) | 2004 (2)
Record of Major and Minor League Teams
MLB: [80 – 82] NL West
AAA: [72 – 71] Pacific Coast League – Albuquerque
AA: [ 65 – 74] Southern League – Chattanooga
A+: [50 – 90] California League – Inland Empire
A: [90 – 49] Midwest League – Great Lakes
R: [44 – 31] Pioneer League – Odgen
R: [30 – 25] Arizona League
The Run Down
Quite a disappointing season for Dodger fans, and that’s without introducing the McCourt’s divorce into the picture.
For Freddie Freeman, let’s start with what Stephen had to say earlier this year, “Turning 21 in a little over a month, Freeman has consistently hit the ball well with his “sweet, fluid swing.” He currently displays doubles power, but scouts believe this gap power should, and will translate to more home runs (seems to be happening this year). He is an aggressive hitter but isn’t a free-swinger. Keith Law said before the season started that he doesn’t use his trunk well.” I know how Freeman feels. Sometimes I’ll go grocery shopping and pile everything into my passenger seat. Right side of brain, “It’s not that trunk, you moron.” Left side of brain, “Shut up.” In 2010, Freeman’s Triple-A numbers looked like this: 73/18/88/.319/6 in 461 ABs. Okay, this guy isn’t exciting me at all, so let’s get outta the intro paragraph and see what we can expect for Freddie Freeman in 2011 fantasy baseball?Please, blog, may I have some more?