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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. Patrick’s Day parade with fellow Pittsburgh celebrities Porky Chedwick and Dan Cortese.  Wait, before we call Porky and Dan, Presley’s stats were only in 215 ABs.  Hmm, maybe he can get his own float.  Prior to his call-up, Presley had a solid half-season in Triple-A too — 8 homers, 22 steals in only 342 ABs.  Now I see why I was writing a sleeper post about this doode.  Grey does it again!  That’s the title of the first single off my album, “Touch of Grey (Don’t Sue Me, Jerry Garcia’s Estate).”  So what can we expect of Alex Presley for 2012 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

I have this feeling in my loins that he’s going to be a cheap Victorino.  (You ever notice how much I compare players to Victorino?  Will stink when comparing players to Victorino will actually be a negative, which could happen as early as next year the way his career is going.  Wait, why am I talking so much about Victorino?  Victorino and I should get a room!)  Presley’s light power didn’t just appear last year.  In 2010, he had 12 homers split between Double- and Triple-A.  His speed looks like it’ll max out at 22 steals, but there’s always hope for more.  Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.  The one major drawback is his lack of taking a walk.  Okay, there’s two drawbacks.  Playing time is key.  He needs to get it.  That’s why I opened this post with saying he was slotted to start when I wrote this.  If he gets 500 ABs, a line of 80/10/60/.270/20 isn’t out of the question with upside for more.  That’s a great deep league guy to draft very late or on the cheap.  If he’s platooning with some schmohawks, then he’s waiver wire fodder in most mixed leagues.

  1. based donce says:
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    As a pirate fan, I’m confident that Presley will get the chance to play everyday. McClouth is the fourth outfielder/bench bat. If Presley struggles out of the gate I could see him losing a start here and there, but the bottom line is he’s a cost-controlled young player with some upside whereas McClouth is, well, McClouth. Presley is the kind of player the pirates will give every opportunity to succeed, while McClouth is there on a short-term deal as depth. Presley should be playing every day and hitting at the top of the order. I’m not overly excited about him because his minor league numbers prior to 2010 were pretty unimpressive, all of his success the last two years has been somewhat fueled by a high BABIP, and he’s somewhat old for a guy just breaking into the league, but I see him easily hitting your projection with upside for more.

  2. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    REPOST FROM YOUR LAST ENTRY:

    @Grey: @Steve: Going in for surgery on the 9th, actually. This will probably be the last entry I follow until late next week.

    Is getting rid of Zambrano the best move Epstein has made thus far with the Cubbies? Only semi-rhetorical.

    I was practically floored when I found out recently that Pabst is now a “cool” beer to drink. I’ve been drinking it since middle school, when I heard Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet proclaim, “Heineken? F*ck that sh!t! Pabst Blue Ribbon!” I won’t let the hipsters ruin it for me, though… PBR4Life.

  3. polczek5 says:
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    which side do you like better (keeper league):
    Greinke and Stanton vs. Lincecum and Pence

  4. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Isn’t it amazing that the Pirates have such great Outfielders and they don’t make a move to help their other weaknesses?

    Tabata, McCutchen, Presley in the majors with McLouth as a 4th. They have Starling Marte who is sure to break into the majors this year if he continues his current pace. Add in Josh Bell (switch hitting OF prospect), who they drafted in the 2nd round and threw a $5M signing bonus.

    I can’t see why they wouldn’t package 2 of these guys for a blue chipper… just my thoughts.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @based donce: Yeah, I think so too… Hope we’re both right.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Definitely best move Epstein’s made. All the best with your surgery. Sure it’ll be fine. re: Pabst — You’re obviously so hip you don’t even know what other hip people drink.

    @polczek5: Stanton…It’s fair.

    @The Talented Mr. Dope Man: Pitching’s always been a sore spot, but they have some arms in the minors that might change that. Bedard won’t, that’s for sure.

  6. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    @Grey: I know, it’s a shame. I went to PNC park last year when i was in Pittsburgh for business. The park is UNBELIEVABLE… I walked up to the place and bought a ticket in the first row for $10 from a scalper. There was like no one there, it felt like a AAA game… It’s a shame. they have a nice ballpark. Owner’s like that should be forced to sell.

  7. Wake Up says:
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    I don’t even think they are called scalpers at Pirates games. They are hair extensions…

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @The Talented Mr. Dope Man: Sounds like a spring training game.

    @Wake Up: Ha…When scalpers are selling tickets for $10, they should reevaluate their chosen occupation. “Momma, I always wanted to scalp tickets!” “But, Jimmy, you can’t. It’s the Pirates!”

  9. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    @Wake Up: @Grey: I was thinking the same thing when i walked up… Me being the “negotiator” that i am. I tried talking him into just giving me the tickets for free first… he continued to insist for his $30. We then agreed on $10…

    Wish i could get 1st row seats at Comiskey for $10. Although, with the trades the Sox are making, that might be a possibility in the near future.

  10. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: It seems being hip in inescapable. I tried being square, but Huey Lewis (and those d-bags The News) ruined that, too. On a side note, it always bothered me that it wasn’t either “Hewie Lewis” or “Heuy Leuys” regardless of how odd they both look.

    Thanks for the good wishes. I’m doing my best to not sweat it, despite the reports I’m getting from our friend who had a similar procedure. Me, “I have a different surgeon and I’m younger/healthier. My recovery will be almost pain free and super quick!” Da Nile isn’t just a river in Canada. My high school geography teacher, “It’s actually in Egypt.” Whatevs. Me, “These narcotics are opening up all sorts of odd inner dialogue.” You, “Stop vomiting your inner dialogue all over my website.” Sorry…

    Not much going on in TV land… except for the premier of a new Project Runway tonight! Yeah, I admit that I’m gay as a choir boy for PR, and this season being of the reunion “All-Star” variety will have me lisping and sipping Cosmos all night! Ironically, it gets my wife sort of hot when she gets to spend an hour with her “gay husband,” as she puts it. One day I’ll have the spine to make use of that desire… literally.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: I was always hoping for Houie Louis, weird. I’m big time pumped for the PR All-Stars too and I’m man enough to admit that I watch it even without a wife. Though I do have large unattractive woman friends… Hey, wait a second!

  12. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: Over/Under on how many episodes it takes Kenley to start crying?

  13. royce! says:
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    Just did a mock on MDC for shizz and gizzards and was amazed how shallow SS is this year. Seems shallower than last year, which is nuts. I ended up with Hardy, whom I picked a lot earlier than I thought was merited, but knew there was very little after him. Cozart could come in handy this year, as you’ve explained, especially in deep leagues.

    The draft was kind of a silly exercise, considering how weird their rankings are so far.

  14. chata says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus:
    @Grey:

    you big dummies .

    so , i just blurted out to my wife that project runway was all-star , this week , eh(?) .
    she jumps up out of her chair and proclaims “And it’s on tonight !! How did you know that ?”

    you guys can imagine how i answered her .

    she’ just , now , gone up-stairs to take a shower and get into her comfy jammies to get ready for the show …..(bet you guys know THAT feeling) .

    me ?
    am gonna lie back , do some more drugs , and try figure out how i got weasled into another season of this bullshizz

    nothing personal …. you freakin’ maroons ,
    but next time , i’m coming up with my own answer .

  15. royce! says:
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    @chata: Ha! Brilliant tirade!

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Yeah, I’ve done most of the rankings already. Shortstop is ugly. Catcher looks better than it, incredibly.

    @chata: Oh, you know you love it. “You freakin’ maroons” could be the title of one episode where the challenge is to use only maroons.

  17. royce! says:
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    @Grey: yeah, catcher seems to have a lot of late guys like Ianetta, Mesoraco, Perez, etc., all of whom you could grab while “punting” catcher. Not so with SS. Escobar(s)? Furcal? Crizzazy crizzap.

  18. So, in a 14 teamer, would you keep A-Prez as a 20th rounder? I just might.

  19. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: @chata: T-shirt idea:

    “Not all straight men watch Project Runway… just those who know how to please a lady.”

  20. chata says:
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    @Grey:
    @royce!:

    14 teams …. keep 6 .

    every year i keep :
    cano , a-gon , hamilton ,
    kershaw , king felix , & , tommy hanson

    and , every year , i take elvis with my 7th pick .

    this year , due to finishing 3rd , i will have the 12th draft slot , and am worried that elvis won’t make it back to me .

    the kid seems to always string together a bunch of 0 for 4′s … and is so
    yawnstipating , at times , that i have sat him on occasion , just to save the 4 AB’s .
    still , i finished 3rd … even with hanson’s bust of a season .

    next year , (2013) our keepers will jump to 10 , and i’d like to keep both .
    so , this year’s draft is crucial .

    i’m leaning towards keeping elvis , and hoping hanson comes back to me .
    what do you guys think ?

  21. chata says:
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    @chata:

    also , no restrictions .
    keep a guy forever , if you wish .

  22. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Looks like Howard may be close to being ‘ready’ near start of season. Wouldn’t expect him to light it up right off the bat, but … His current MDC ADP is 172 (clearly due to injury). If he continues to show progress to be close to start of season, where do you expect him to be drafted? Are you a buyer?

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Fman99: Depends on other factors, but sure…

    @Awesomus Maximus: I like it, but some wise asses might be like, “Yeah, please a lady with conversation about who was sent home last night.”

    @chata: I could see keeping Elvis. You already have two big pitchers.

    @simply fred: At 172, I’m a buyer. At 100, I’m a buyer.

  24. pubscout says:
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    grey – granderson/ackley v. bossman jr/gallardo. which side do you like? thanks.

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