As you probably know, we just went over the top 10 for 2012 fantasy baseball and today we give you… Hint: it’s in the title of the post. Oh, forget it. Here’s our top 20 for 2012 fantasy baseball. And by our top 20 for 2012 fantasy baseball, I mean mine, but ‘our’ sounds more official. Like when your girlfriend catches you cheating on her and she says let’s make our breakup official and then kicks you in the balls. The second round is the hardest to peg. That’s just the facts of life, Blair. There’s no way around it. I have a theory why this is, maybe it’s fodder for its own post, but here goes the short version. In the first round, it’s no-brainers. In the second round, you have to complement the first guy and you want a sure thing because it’s still way too early to reach. Also, there’s just more question marks. Next we’ll go over the top 20 catchers for 2012 fantasy baseball then top 20 1st basemen and so on and so forth as we do onto our 2012 fantasy baseball rankings as you would want them done onto you.Please, blog, may I have some more?
What time is it?! 8:25 AM! No, random italicized voice, it’s time for the 2012 Fantasy Baseball Rankings. Second guess. All the 2012 fantasy baseball rankings will live in that link. The one that reads 2012 fantasy baseball rankings. It’s also at the top of the page. No, not “Home.” To the left of the Fantasy Baseball Forum link. Now we’re cooking with gas! If you’re a completist, follow us on Twitter or Facebook. I don’t go to either site longer than 2 minutes a month, but, as I’ve told ex-girlfriends, sometimes all you need is two minutes. Hmm… Maybe that’s why they’re ex. Nah, if I were a selfish lover, I wouldn’t have a mustache. Now my expositional half insists I breakdown some generalizations about these 2012 fantasy baseball rankings. The 2012 fantasy baseball rankings will be an ever-evolving mass like the blob. This fantasy baseball top 10 for 2012 list is as of right now and could potentially change with a big injury or Miguel Cabrera breaking a tooth on his maple bat as he tries to extract hops. So while it is the 2012 fantasy baseball gospel, take it with a tablet of salt. Tomorrow we will cover the rest of the top twenty for 2012 fantasy baseball then we will go around the horn with a top 20 list for every position. Then for pitchers and outfielders, I’ll turn the dial to 80. Listed next to each player are my 2012 projections. Did I consult with whoever else does projections? It would be ignorant not to, but in the end they are my projections. Players need 10 games at a position to get included in the positional rankings. Finally, as with each list in the 2012 fantasy baseball rankings, I will be mentioning where I see tiers start and stop. I look at tiers like this, if Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols are in the same tier, it doesn’t matter if one guy is ranked 2nd and one guy is ranked 3rd, they’re both very close.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Yesterday around 7:45 Eastern Time, Twitter got a little extra crazy. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN tweeted that the Mariners were close to acquiring an “impact” bat. Rumors swirled, Adam Jones jokes were passed among Orioles fans (that’s all we have), but eventually the world focused on the New York Yankees because that’s where the universe usually focuses.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Madison Bumgarner will probably be on at least 75% of my teams this year. In the rankings, which start this upcoming Monday, I’ve ranked him way higher than any rational person so I’m bound to have him. You can’t even guess how high I have him. I mean, you can, but even if you’re right I’m not going to say like how you used to guess your Christmas gifts and your mom would say, “You’ll have to wait and see,” or “Only Santa knows for sure.” Last year, Bumgarner had an ERA of 3.21 and a K-rate of 8.40. Those are solid numbers, but they shouldn’t get me all goose-pimply. So what gives and what exactly can we expect of Madison Bumgarner for 2012 fantasy baseball and what makes him a keeper?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Boston Red Sox 2011 Minor League Review
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America:
2011 (17) | 2010 (5) | 2009 (13) | 2008 (2) | 2007 (9) | 2006 (8)
2011 Affiliate Records
MLB: [90-72] AL East
AAA: [81-61] International League – Pawtucket
AA: [59-83] Eastern League – Portland
A+: [64-75] Carolina League – Salem
A: [78-62] South Atlantic League – Greenville
A(ss): [29-45] New York Penn League – Lowell
The Run Down
The Red Sox pipeline, as usual, is flush with talent. And although its most exciting prospects (see Middlebrooks & Barnes) are probably a year away from arriving at Fenway, the system features a decent amount of MLB-ready talent. Unfortunately for those ready to make their marks with the big club, Boston’s MLB roster doesn’t seem primed for much turnover: The opening in right field will most certainly be filled with a free agent, and I’m thinking they’ll do the same to round out the rotation.Please, blog, may I have some more?
I, Albert Lang, have been a Kelly Johnson fan, for no real reason, for some time now. I seem to be the only one. ESPN has him in the 200s, and his ADP is at 253. Certainly his 2011 (.222/.304/.413) did nothing to engender him to fantasy players, but I think this just makes him a steal for 2012.Please, blog, may I have some more?
No, they don’t refer to these Nolan Reimold-types as being “Grey’s stubborn and unable to let go of past” sleepers. No, I’m not just recycling posts from 2009. Though how about that Garrett Atkins?! These players are post-hype sleepers, y’all! Catch the excitement! Don’t worry, I won’t push Carlos Quentin on you. Though he is reporting he’s fully healthy. (I’m joking; Quentin is never fully healthy. Padres might want to consider the Tijuana farmacias to cut back on Quentin’s overhead (and under-oblique.Please, blog, may I have some more?
This is ridiculous. Brandon Morrow has been a sleeper for me going on three years. I realize this. Hence my pointing-it-out’ing. Here’s what I have to ask myself. Is he just another Ricky Nolasco? A guy that consistently has an ERA higher than his xFIP and you should just ignore? Nolasco had a 5.06 ERA in 2009 and a 3.23 xFIP. Pegged by everyone and their monkey’s uncle to be a breakout candidate in 2010. Monkey’s Uncle, “Actually, I liked Mat Latos.” Then in 2010, Nolasco flopped again — 4.51 ERA vs.Please, blog, may I have some more?
For the first three months that Mike Moustakas was in the majors last year, he hit .232 with one home run through 250 ABs. Major league pitching looked all Greek to Moustakas. Hehe. Speaking of which, “hehe” is giggling like a schoolgirl, so shouldn’t it be sheshe? On a side side note, if I opened up a Greek restaurant I’d call it, You’re My Gyro. Or maybe The Greatest American Gyro. I have time to decide since I don’t have any plans to open a Greek restaurant. My suggestion to make Moustakas feel more comfortable last year was for the Royals to hand out bottles of tahini and have their fans squirt each other in the face after a home run. Don’t think they listened to me, but something put Moustakas at ease. In September, he hit .352 with 4 home runs. Looked like the guy who hit 10 homers in Triple-A in only 55 games and 36 homers between Double- and Triple-A the year before. If he would’ve hit only 2 homers in each of the other three months he was in the majors, he would’ve had 10 homers in half of a season and we’d be talking about how he could hit 25 next year. And if I had three legs I’d be unbeatable if the word “tripod” came up in charades. So obviously these hypotheticals aren’t doing us much good with Moustakas, but I just wanted to illustrate how quickly perception can change. So what can we expect of Mike Moustakas for 2012 fantasy baseball and what makes him a keeper?Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’ll give you a little insight into my writing these posts. I write the majority of them in October and November. Baseball’s slow then and it gives me time to backlog. I tell you this because I want to be clear that when I wrote this post Alex Presley was a sleeper with everyday playing time coming his way in five months. Whether that holds true through the offseason and Spring Training, me no psychic. Me no grammar smartie either. Any the hoo! Last year Presley was the top earning dead celebrity…*checking notes* That’s all wrong! Presley had 4 homers and 9 steals with a .298 average. Yay, maybe he can get a float in Pittsburgh’s St.Please, blog, may I have some more?