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You may have noticed a pattern thus far with the fantasy baseball rookie posts, they’re mostly hitters.  This is done on purpose.  Hitters give you nothing and it’s a 3-for-50 line and you move on.  A pitcher gives you nothing in the way of 5 IP, 10 ER and a 2.00 WHIP line and you wanna crawl into a ball in the corner of your shower and cry like you just figured out Einhorn is Finkle and Finkle is Einhorn.  Rookies and Craigslist ads that read, “5′ 7″, 120 lbs., fitness model who loves cooking and cleaning and sex” are often very similar.  Expectations and reality don’t always run hand in hand.  When looking at rookies, you should expect nothing.  Actually, expect to drop them by May.  With that said, Brian Matusz has electric stuff and deserves his own post.  So what can we expect of Brian Matusz for 2010 fantasy baseball?

In NCAA play, Matusz flat-out dominated with an 88-92 MPH fastball and two plus off-speed pitches.  In the minors, it was more of the same — 113 IP, 1.91 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 121 Ks.  He gets the short end of the stick when people speak of the Double Stuff Orioles (Chris Tillman and Matusz).  Truthfully, I would’ve done a rookie post on Tillman first too, if he were still a rookie.  And if you’re rooting for Matusz over Tillman, you might secretly be a Mariners fan.  Matusz doesn’t project to be the ace that Tillman does, but he can be a solid number two.  Definitely will be exciting when he does reach his ceiling.  For 2010 fantasy baseball, I’d broach Matusz with caution.  Think a very up and down 3.75 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 145 Ks in 150 innings. Ownable, but at times you’ll need some Milk of Magnesia.

23 Responses

  1. Tony says:
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    New mini-donkey goes when in a 12 teamer? ADP? What do you guesstimate grey?

    Why did i read so many of your posts last year on How Reynolds was basically Chris Davis, then what did i go and do? Not draft reynolds! Thank god davis was hyped so much someone “sniped/saved” me from taking him…. instead i got votto/tulo back to back in the 5th and 6th….

    I hope Stewart pans out. Mini-Donkey style.

  2. Justin says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the help on my trade ?’s throughout the year. got another one:

    I give: Verlander/Mccann
    I get: Lincecum/Montero

    16 team, 16 keepers. Is the risk of Montero worth the upgrade from Verlander to Lincecum? What do you think?

  3. Tony says:
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    uggla could potentially go to BAL and move to 3B? interesting

  4. GopherDay says:
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    Pudge signs a 2 year 6 Mil deal with the Nationals.

    Shoot, I wanted him to come back to Houston!

  5. GopherDay says:
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    The Braves also inadvertantly ended up with one of the best bull pens in the Majors. They signed Wagner and Saito, then Soriano accepted arbitration. Time to trade Soriano, or have a great 1-2-3 punch.

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: I took Stewart 95th overall last night in a mock. He probably would’ve went another 5 to 10 picks, but he wasn’t coming back to me 22 picks later.

    @Justin: I’d take the Lincecum side.

    @Tony: Interesting on Uggla. He’s gotta go somewhere.

    @GopherDay: Pudge – blech. Saw that on the Braves, that’s awesome. They inadvertently loaded up their bullpen. Their bullpen budget is around what the Pirates pay to everyone.

  7. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I doubt Soriano was in their budget. They were hoping for some cheap draft picks. It is hilarious though! I’m sure the braves will make up for it by trading Soriano though.

  8. Tony says:
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    @Grey: man 10th round ish for Stewart sounds high…. i was hoping to get him in the 13th ish…. on.

    I’m just thinking about last year I took wainwright and Bruce in the 9th and 10th. Sure if Stewart is the next mini donkey its worth it, but sounds kinda early.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: In most drafts, I assume you would be able to get him in the 10th of a 12 team draft. So around 120th overall. That’s not too bad.

  10. Tony says:
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    @Grey: I just have a feeling he’ll be there later in my league and most. Its a 12 teamer, H2H, very competitive, but i still can’t see him in the 10th.

    I dont think 25/70 .228 over 425 AB’s is going to get too many people going buckwild.

    Razzballers, now thats a different case. I’ll have to wait and see how mocks are shaking out later on, the preranks are reallyyyy goofing up the ADP right now.

  11. Tony says:
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    turn that into 30/85 and 10SBs this year and get that average up to at least .250, then maybe we’re talking….

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: Before Reynolds crazy year, that’s around what his projections were.

  13. Tony says:
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    @Grey: gotya…. probably the best thing about stewart is where he’s eligible to play.

    I’ll own him. I’m just hoping to wait to at least the 12th round.

  14. T-BZA says:
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    Does Granderson become a keeper (i.e. top 70 pick) in a deep 12-team league with a trade to the short-porch in the Bronx?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @T-BZA: He would.

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @T-BZA: Wow, that would be huge. Will have to do a post about that.

  17. black love says:
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    that granderson deal i think is all about locked up. you think the yanks will try to move damon now?

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @black love: I think Damon’s gone if it is indeed through.

  19. Tony says:
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    @Grey: rototimes says its basically a done deal as long as physicals go thru… Such a joke, the yankees get a big time OF’er for ian kennedy and …. some prospects.

    JOKE, makes me sick. The rich get richer.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *******THERE’S A NEW POST TALKING ABOUT GRANDY AND JACKSON.****

  21. bill says:
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    Not considering position eligibility, who do you like more, Chris Davis or Ian Stewart?

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bill: Stewart because of position eligibility; Davis without it.

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