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Yesterday, Jacob deGrom threw 8 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks and 11 Ks, screaming at the top of his lungs that Metco will now be known as deGromercy Park, and if you missed deGame, then feast your eyes on deROM, because your underwear is now firmware after what he did to Wong — 2 Ks. Or if you’re Asian, then deNom-Nom-Nom, or into deRom-Com with meGrom Ryan and would be the deBomb dot gov. Okay, okay, deCalm down, deGrey, you sound like you’re trying to teach Gibberish to a foreigner. I was concerned about deGrom in the opening month, but he’s turned on the jets recently (sorry, Sharks). His K-rate is 8.7, walk rate is 2.1 and his xFIP is 3.26. That’s a little less than ace numbers, but not too far less. Solid number two, which is actually a good thing in this example. By the by, can someone get in touch with deGrom for me? I have a chapstick called deGrom Lip Balm and I need an endorsement. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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It is about that time…you’re checking Grey’s daily updates, dreaming about your draft position, and in need of those last minute tips. As high-profile fantasy leagues like Tout Wars and broadcasts begin to infuse OBP an advanced way to look at player productivity, this is an effort to provide you with more data for your OBP drafts this year. First, a few notes to consider while reading…

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Unlike roto leagues, most points leagues “kick you in the Jimmy” for strikeouts. In a roto league a strikeout is no different than a ground out, a fly out, a pop out, a line out, or making contact with one foot completely outside the batters box. It’s just another out. While it doesn’t help your batting average, there is no additional penalty for being sent down on strikes.

In points leagues, however, strikeouts can have quite the detrimental effect on the overall value of a hitter. And depending on the number of points deducted for a strikeout, that effect can easily shift a roto-stud to a points league dud. Most leagues usually subtract either half a point or a full point for a strikeout. In leagues that take the full point, you are going to have some frustrating weeks if you own any of the strikeout kings of the league.

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Alex Cobb left his start the other day with forearm tightness, but he’s not concerned. “Not concerned with forearm tightness” is now the number two reason for Tommy John surgery. Number one is “torn UCL.” The number three reason is “I feel great!” If we have one more pitcher say, “I feel great,” without someone else saying they’re “not concerned with forearm tightness,” then it will be a dead heat and could come down to Tanaka’s translator chiming in with how Masahiro feels. A pitcher and manager’s reporting on an arm issue is like reading a Yelp review written by the owner of the restaurant. “I didn’t know scalloped potatoes could be so sublime!” And I didn’t know I had to avoid every other starter in drafts, but here we are. Cobb says he should only miss his Opening Day start, but I’ve lowered Cobb way down in my top 400 and into my top 60 starters to a tier where I would not draft him. There’s enough to worry about when drafting a team, don’t get too cute with “Well, so-and-so fell so far I figured I’d give him a chance even though his arm is dangling at every joint.” Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

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Let’s head on over to our friends in the American League Central to see which position battles they have going on during Spring Training.

First, in Cleveland, Brandon Moss will bring his power bat to Jaco…I mean, Progressive Field.  Moss will look to prove his success in Oakland is who the real Moss is, not the one that Pirates’ fans dealt with.  I’m not bitter, I promise.

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Welcome to the 2015 Razzball Team Previews! You’ll find everything you need to know about each team to get yourself ready for the upcoming fantasy baseball season. And I mean everything folks. We’ve got line-ups, charts, Slurpee’s, lube, a guide for beginner electricians, and even a cactus! Oh, wait, yeah, like half of those things are actually what I have in front of me… But hey, what’s the point of lube and cacti if you can’t share? Truer words have never been written. We also have a very special guest…  Ed Carroll from Wahoos on First, to provide his take on what the team has in store this season. So without further ado (and plenty of lube and cacti), let’s check out the 2015 Cleveland Indians!

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Wanna know how dedicated I am to you? I have your name tattooed on my tramp stamp area. Yeah, your name. Wanna know how else I’m dedicated to you? I flipped guys in and out of this post, moved a few to the top 80 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball, moved some more to the top 60 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball, didn’t move any into the top 40 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball, but considered it and made sure everyone was ranked to the best of my ability in this post. You’re thinking, “I’d hope you’re making sure your rankings in this post are correct, these are you rankings after all.” True, You. But, honestly, most of the guys in the second half of this post are irrelevant outside of deeper leagues. It’s simple math. If you’re in a 12-team league with five outfielders, 60 outfielders are drafted, then twenty more guys are drafted that have multi-position eligibility, another ten for utility slots or for some schmohawks that draft a bench outfielder and, add up all of that, and it equals Frank Ocean. Okay, the math is off there. It should’ve equaled, “About 90 outfielders drafted.” And everyone knows the fifth outfielder drafted doesn’t last long on your team. Sure, maybe Josh Hamilton bounces back (doubtful), or maybe Carl Crawford becomes the latest Zombino (more doubtful), but in most mixed leagues these guys aren’t even being drafted. In one mock draft I did for a magazine (they still make these? Where do you buy them?), Josh Reddick wasn’t even drafted and he’s ranked higher than all the guys here. Never the hoo! All the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings are under that linkie-ma-whosie. Anyway, here’s the top 100 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball:

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A.J. Achter
A.J. Burnett
A.J. Cole
A.J. Ellis
A.J. Griffin
A.J. Murray
A.J. Pierzynski
A.J. Pollock
A.J. Ramos
Aaron Altherr
Aaron Barrett
Aaron Bates
Aaron Blair
Aaron Boone
Aaron Brooks
Aaron Cook
Aaron Crow
Aaron Cunningham
Aaron Dudley
Aaron Harang
Aaron Heilman
Aaron Hicks
Aaron Hill
Aaron Judge
Aaron Laffey
Aaron Loup
Aaron Luna
Aaron Mathews
Aaron Miles
Aaron Northcraft
Aaron Poreda
Aaron Rowand
Aaron Sanchez
Aaron Sele
Aaron Thompson
Aaron Westlake
Abel Nieves
Abraham Almonte
Abraham Nunez
Adalberto Mejia
Adalberto Mendez
Adalberto Santos
Adam Bostick II
Adam Calderone
Adam Carr
Adam Conley
Adam Donachie
Adam Dunn
Adam Duvall
Adam Eaton
Adam Eaton
Adam Everett
Adam Greenberg
Adam Heether
Adam Jones
Adam Kennedy
Adam Kolarek
Adam LaRoche
Adam Liberatore
Adam Lind
Adam Loewen
Adam Melhuse
Adam Melker
Adam Miller
Adam Milligan
Adam Mills
Adam Moore
Adam Morgan
Adam Ottavino
Adam Pettyjohn
Adam Reifer
Adam Rosales
Adam Russell
Adam Stern
Adam Wainwright
Adam Warren
Adam Weisenburger
Adam Wilk
Addison Maruszak
Addison Reed
Addison Russell
Adeiny Hechavarria
Aderlin Rodriguez
Adonis Garcia
Adrian Beltre
Adrian Cardenas
Adrian Gonzalez
Adrian Nieto
Adrian Rosario
Adrian Salcedo
Adrian Sampson
Adron Chambers
Adys Portillo
Akinori Iwamura
Akinori Otsuka
Al Alburquerque
Al Quintana
Al Reyes
Alan Embree
Alan Farina
Alan Johnson
Albert Almora
Albert Cartwright
Albert Pujols
Albert Suarez
Alberto Arias
Alberto Cabrera
Alberto Callaspo
Alberto Castillo
Alberto Gonzalez
Alberto Rosario
Alcides Escobar
Alden Carrithers
Alec Asher
Aledmys Diaz
Alejandro De Aza
Alejandro Machado
Alen Hanson
Alex Avila
Alex Burnett
Alex Castellanos
Alex Cintron
Alex Claudio
Alex Cobb
Alex Colome
Alex Cora
Alex Dickerson
Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gordon
Alex Guerrero
Alex Hassan
Alex Hinshaw
Alex Liddi
Alex Meyer
Alex Periard
Alex Presley
Alex Rios
Alex Rodriguez
Alex Romero
Alex Sanabia
Alex Serrano
Alex Torres
Alex White
Alex Wilson
Alex Wood
Alex Yarbrough
Alexander Concepcion
Alexander Smit
Alexei Ramirez
Alexi Amarista
Alexi Casilla
Alexi Ogando
Alfonso Soriano
Alfredo Aceves
Alfredo Amezaga
Alfredo Figaro
Alfredo Lopez
Alfredo Marte
Alfredo Silverio
Alfredo Simon
Ali Solis
Allan de San Miguel
Allan Dykstra
Allen Craig
Allen Webster
Alvin Colina
Amauri Sanit
Amaury Cazana
Amaury Rivas
Anderson Delarosa
Anderson Hernandez
Andre Ethier
Andre Rienzo
Andrelton Simmons
Andres Blanco
Andres Torres
Andrew Albers
Andrew Aplin
Andrew Bailey
Andrew Baldwin
Andrew Bellatti
Andrew Bouchie
Andrew Brackman
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
Andrew Burns
Andrew Carignan
Andrew Carpenter
Andrew Carraway
Andrew Cashner
Andrew Chafin
Andrew Dobies
Andrew Dominguez
Andrew Graham
Andrew Gribbin
Andrew Heaney
Andrew Johnston
Andrew Kown
Andrew Lambo
Andrew Locke
Andrew Maggi
Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McKirahan
Andrew Miller
Andrew Oliver
Andrew Romine
Andrew Schugel
Andrew Susac
Andrew Taylor
Andrew Thompson
Andrew Werner
Andruw Jones
Andy Cannizaro
Andy Dirks
Andy Gonzalez
Andy Green
Andy LaRoche
Andy Marte
Andy Mitchell
Andy Parrino
Andy Pettitte
Andy Phillips
Andy Sisco
Andy Sonnanstine
Andy Tracy
Andy Van Hekken
Andy Vasquez
Andy Wilkins
Anel De Los Santos
Aneury Rodriguez
Angel Berroa
Angel Castillo
Angel Castro
Angel Chavez
Angel Guzman
Angel Nesbitt
Angel Pagan
Angel Salome
Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez
Angel Villalona
Angelo Songco
Angelys Nina
Anibal Sanchez
Anthony Bass
Anthony Carter
Anthony Claggett
Anthony DeSclafani
Anthony Fernandez
Anthony Gose
Anthony Hewitt
Anthony Huttenlocker
Anthony Lerew
Anthony Norman
Anthony Ortega
Anthony Phillips
Anthony Ranaudo
Anthony Recker
Anthony Rendon
Anthony Reyes
Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Seratelli
Anthony Shawler
Anthony Slama
Anthony Swarzak
Anthony Thomas
Anthony Varvaro
Anthony Vasquez
Antoan Richardson
Antonio Alfonseca
Antonio Bastardo
Antonio DeJesus
Antonio Jimenez
Aquilino Lopez
Aramis Ramirez
Arcenio Leon
Archie Bradley
Argenis Diaz
Argenis Reyes
Ariel Pena
Arismendy Alcantara
Armando Benitez
Armando David Zerpa
Armando Gabino
Armando Galarraga
Armando Reynoso
Armando Rivero
Armando Rodriguez
Arnold Leon
Arodys Vizcaino
Aroldis Chapman
Arquimedes Caminero
Arthur Rhodes
Arturo Lopez
Arturo Reyes
Asdrubal Cabrera
Asher Wojciechowski
Atahualpa Severino
Aubrey Huff
Audry Perez
Audy Ciriaco
Augie Ojeda
Austin Adams
Austin Barnes
Austin Bibens-Dirkx
Austin Fleet
Austin Green
Austin Hedges
Austin Hubbard
Austin Hyatt
Austin Jackson
Austin Kearns
Austin Krum
Austin Nola
Austin Romine
Austin Wates
Austin Wood
Avery Barnes
Avisail Garcia
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Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2014 (18) | 2013 (20) | 2012 (29) | 2011 (7) | 2010 (3)

2014 Affiliate Records
MLB: [85-77] AL Central
AAA: [79-65] International League – Columbus
AA: [73-69] Eastern League – Akron
A+: [62-74] Carolina League – Carolina (2015: Lynchburg)
A: [65-74] Midwest League – Lake County
A(ss): [33-42] New York-Penn League – Mahoning Valley

Graduated Prospects
Trevor Bauer, RHP | T.J. House, LHP | Jose Ramirez, SS | Roberto Perez, C

The Gist
Several of Cleveland’s younger players made waves during the 2014 season. Corey Kluber pitched his way to a Cy Young award, Michael Brantley broke out in a big way (h/t Grey), and Carlos Carrasco rode a down and up season that included a trip to the bullpen. He ended up as one of fantasy’s best starters over the final two months. You could even throw Jose Ramirez into the mix, who held his own at shortstop for the Tribe down the stretch. Looking ahead, this is a system headlined by top prospect Francisco Lindor, who should be in Cleveland at some point in 2015. Beyond Lindor, it’s a farm that is strong “up the middle” (catcher/middle infield/center field) and there is plenty of impact talent lurking in the low minors. It’s worth noting that two of the top five prospects were 2014 draftees.

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Every year we get together in a Schenectady Sheraton to give away fantasy baseball awards for the past season. I’m your host, Grey Albright and I’m joined by Random Italicized Voice — What’s up, guys and four girls?” On the red carpet for everyone’s arrival is the Comatose Rangers Fan, “Let’s get started, I need to get home to see my Rangers face the Tigers!” Joining us up on the balcony is Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department, “I’m high above the crowd, in more ways than one!” Today’s very special musical guest opening the show is…Counting Crows! Coming straight from opening for Pink! Not playing on stage prior to her performing, but literally opening a door for her. They now work as doormen. At hotels. It’s very sad. Anyway, here’s the 2014 Razzball Year End Awards:

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