Max Scherzer has been almost exactly the same pitcher the last three years. He pitches around a 3.75 xFIP then fights Nazis in the offseason. (He sure is limber for being thousands of years old, made of mud and having two different color eyes!) I say almost because his strikeout rate fell a tad in 2011, but nothing that I’m worried about. His velocity was fully populated with speedballs. Gas at 93 MPH on average. Sometimes turning the heat up to 98 just to confuse thermometers. Three years under his belt and he’s going to be 27 years old for half the season. Don’t think we’ve seen the best of what Scherzer has to offer. Can you tell my excitement. I can’t even make complete sentences. What’s got me even more excited for 2012? He cut his walk rate last year. To borrow a yokelism that no one says, that was the big junebug in his bonnet and he eradimacated it. So what can we expect of Max Scherzer for 2012 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Well, that took care of the hitters. They’re done. That cake is done. Unless you count Utility-only players, the Hall of Fame committee doesn’t count them, not sure why you do. Maybe you like players so unathletic that they can’t even play first. You deal with your own hang-ups, ‘kay? Now we look at the top 20 starters for 2012 fantasy baseball. Bee tee dubya, I’m still calling this year twelve after twenty. Hope you are too, hate to think I started a fad that only lasted for a minute or two right after midnight on January 1st. We’re gonna take this top 20 to a top 40 then a top 60 then a top 80. Sounds daunting to you?! Try being the one writing all this gobbledygook. I have a pretty off color joke for that last word, but you would’ve had to be in ‘Nam to appreciate it. You’re not going to find me drafting many of the top tier 20 starters unless they drop to the point where I feel they’re a bargain. Say two to three rounds past their average draft position. There’s just too many starters you can grab in the 5th to 7th rounds that are pretty safe to mess with the top, top guys. I do like to grab at least one starter from the following post, but we’ll get to that. As with the hitters, the projections are mine and I’ll list where I see tiers starting and stopping. Anyway, here’s the top 20 starters for 2012 fantasy baseball:
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Okay, the truth was bound to come out. I’m really Mike Scioscia. All of that self-deprecating crap — or self-decrapacating, if you like portmanteaus — was just to throw you off the scent. Ooh, I’m a Sciosciapath! Phooey on the hullabalooey! Ooh, I hate Mike Napoli, but have “Grey” tell you he likes him. C’mon, that’s the oldest trick in the book! Even older than the ol’ banana-in-the-tailpipe. And that has “ol’” in its name! I can’t believe no one picked up on it. Me and Arte derisively laugh at you. Before I, Mike Scioscia disguised as Grey, started touting Napoli, half of you schmohawks thought his name was Michael and were only impressed with him after you saw his mom’s nipples. I’ve been seeing her nipples for the last 12 years! I’m really Mike Napoli’s father. And he’s only 12 years old. Now, where’s Jeff Mathis? I wanna play him at first and bench Pujols. So why is Mike Napoli overrated for 2012 fantasy baseball?Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’m no Nostradumbass, but I’m telling you there’s not going to be a whole lot of greatness coming out of this post. We’re Cousteau deep right now. The first tier have some nice flyers that you may drop after a week or so and the other schmohawks in this post are, well, schmohawks. So all the 2012 fantasy baseball rankings are found under yonder and we’re moving onto pitchers next. That should excite you, you special person you. C’mon, let me pinch your cheeks. I didn’t say your face cheeks. Hey now! Anyway, here’s the top 80 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball:
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Brad Peacock isn’t even ranked in the top 150 starters for CBS. Then again they have Javier Vazquez ranked 47th overall and he retired, so there’s that. Here’s what I said when he was traded to the A’s, “Peacock had a great season in Double- and Triple-A last year, putting up a 2.39 ERA and a 177/47 K/BB line. The A’s basically got Gio Gonzalez back. I’m gonna be all about Peacock in 2012 like I just woke up from a nap after drinking seven glasses of water.” And that’s me quoting me! I obviously thought the acquisition of Peacock by Pitt was a great get. I wonder if skinny Jonah Hill is as good a baseball evaluator as fat Jonah Hill. I know he’s not as funny. He’s not even as easy to look at. Nothing worse than the nerd who gets the summer makeover and thinks he’s now cool. You’re still a nerd, embrace your Jew-fro. Don’t make me take off my mustache and smack you with it. Peacock is done with the minors. He has nothing left to prove, so I do think the understaffed A’s will show off their Peacock in their Opening Day rotation. So what can we expect of Brad Peacock for 2012 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?Please, blog, may I have some more?
With more outfielders than random hairs growing from my grandfather’s ear, we take it to the top 60 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball. And, just like your grandfather’s ear hair, a lot of these guys are gross. I don’t know what happened to the outfielders, they just went and got ugly. You look at Ryan Braun like he ruined your childhood by taking a performance-enhancing drug, but at least he’s trying to put some offense back into the modern-era of baseball. Now someone start manufacturing aluminum bats painted to look like a wooden bat. Thank you. As with the other 2012 fantasy baseball rankings, where tiers start and stop are mentioned and my projections. Anyway, here’s the top 60 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball:
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Traditionally, the backstop has been a bitter bane of the fantasy owner’s existence. Owners either spent mega-dollars on one of the heavy hitters at the position or contented themselves to spend the season with a Kurt-Suzuki–sized hole in their lineups. The mayhem came to a crescendo a few years back when Joe Mauer’s ADP crept into the 1st round.Please, blog, may I have some more?
After the top 20 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball, guess what we have here? The top something-something’s? Cute, random italicized voice. We have the top 40 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball. That’s right, Wonderful just gave birth to Awesome. Wanna hear something even awesomier? I’m going to turn this to 60 then 80. Hopefully I don’t blow my amp. The hardest part about writing these 2012 fantasy baseball rankings posts is writing this opening. Trying to make the clerical stuff sound less clerical, ya know? So I just copied the openings from previous years where applicable. As with other rankings, where I see tiers beginning and ending are mentioned along with my projections. Anyway, here’s the top 40 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball:
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Los Angeles Angels 2011 Minor League Review
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America:
2011 (15) | 2010 (26) | 2009 (25) | 2008 (11) | 2007 (4) | 2006 (4)
2011 Affiliate Records
MLB: [86-76] AL West
AAA: [62-82] Pacific Coast League – Salt Lake
AA: [68-69] Texas League – Arkansas
A+: [69-71] California League – Inland Empire
A: [61-68] Midwest League – Cedar Rapids
R: [46-30] Pioneer League – Orem
The Run Down
Unfortunately for the likes of Mike Trout and Garret Richards, the Angels spent big this offseason, and in turn, they seem to have clogged up any prospect throughways. Barring injury, I don’t see much opportunity in 2012 for this Los Angeles farm system. Trout is a top overall prospect and anyone drafting in keepers should definitely consider him. Richards will compete for the fifth starter role, and there are a handful of arms who could get a chance in the bullpen, but beyond that, there isn’t much fantasy relevance just yet. Looking a little further ahead, the Angels’ system could yield quite a bit of fantasy production, as Trout and Richards settle into regular roles along with Jean Segura and 2010 first-rounder, Kaleb Cowart.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The other day we went over the top 20 third basemen for 2012 fantasy baseball for our 2012 fantasy baseball rankings. Today, we turn our bejeweled eyeglasses to the top 20 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball. The top twenty outfielders will need to go to a top 40 then a top 60 then a top 80. Unfortunately, outfield is pretty shallow. Guess outfielders come in waves… much like sperm whales. Oofa! For five outfielder leagues, this really blows, which is only a positive if you’re a sperm whale. Zadow! As always, these top 20 outfielders are broken up into tiers with my projections. Anyway, here’s the top 20 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball:
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