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?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Check out the catcher pool as it deepens. First, Wieters. Then Jesus Montero (I don’t plan on covering him. The Yankees are not the type of organization to turn over catching duties to a rookie enough to make an impact out of the starting gates in 2010.), Carlos Santana and Buster Posey. What’s next, a fourth Molina brother, W.Please, blog, may I have some more?
I know what you were thinking when you saw the name Logan Morrison. Whatever happened to Nook Logan? Glad you asked. After he was named in the Mitchell Report under the sub-section, “Steroids Don’t Always Work,” he opened the “Change The Game Athletic Performance Enhancement, Motivational Speaking & Consulting.” (Center?Please, blog, may I have some more?
I had a whole lot to say about Ian Desmond when he was first called up. I rambled for a few sentences about Bowden on a Segway and how old youngster, Esmailyn Gonzalez really is. He’s a Latin 20-something. He’s also known as Carlos Lugo now. This is brilliant. How cool would it be if at least once a year a retired player tried to make a comeback under an alias? Have you seen this new Dominican prospect for the Braves?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Excitement froth from my mouth last year when I wrote, “Jason Heyward, besides having the surname of a 1930s matinee idol, has the mitts of a Yeti and the sturdies (<– that’s legs) of Frank Thomas. His man gams are 117% oak. Heyward just saved your life and you didn’t even know you were in danger. Look over your left shoulder — quickly! See that shadow shrinking out of the room? That was Heyward. He’s now going to Ireland to sing harmony with that Once guy. So being a globetrotting, harmonizing, crime fighting love child of a Yeti and Frank Thomas is all well-and-good, but can the the Braves outfield prospect, Jason Heyward, help you in fantasy baseball leagues in 2009?Please, blog, may I have some more?
In our ongoing 2010 fantasy baseball rookie look, we bring you a name I went over as recently as August in a Neftali Feliz keeper post. Thank you for reading from The Department of Redundancy Department! Because he still falls in the rookie category (under 50 innings pitched), I must, I must increase my Neftali Feliz fuss. Feliz went to the Rangers from the Braves in the trade of Teixeira. (Also included in that trade was Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison and Jarrod Saltymochachino. This was the last major move by Schuerholz. It’s like when your boss at El Pollo Loco tells you in the morning that today is your last day, then you replace the shredded cheese with your pubic hair and rob the cash register, leaving a note that says, “It was the new guy.” Schuerholz left that note for Frank Wren.) Feliz proceeded to cruise through the minors — in 276 innings, he had 325 Ks and a 3.03 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Then he dominated in the majors — in 31 innings, 39 Ks, 1.74 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP. What’s next? The moon! Gravity’s for junk ball throwers! But, first, let’s look at what we can expect from Neftali Feliz in 2010 fantasy baseball.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Carlos Santana is getting a 2010 fantasy baseball rookie post because I know people will ask about him. See, I’m psychic. BTW, I wouldn’t bring in the mail today. Just a bunch of bills and a 20% off coupon for Bed, Bath and Beyond. Carlos Santana is the catcher prospect the Dodgers traded to the Indians for Casey Blake. TMZ reported Jamie McCourt did the aforementioned trade because Carlos Santana looks eerily similar to Edward James Olmos, who was Frank McCourt’s reason for watching “every single, goddamn Miami Vice rerun.” Only later did Mrs.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Last year, Brandon Allen treaded his six-two, two-hundred and thirty-five pound man-gams through Double- and Triple-A before hitting the majors in August. And by hitting the majors, I don’t mean hitting in the majors. As Lil Jon once said in grade school, I come correct with my prepositions, okaaaay!!!!! In the minors in 2009, Allen slashed .298/.373/.503 with 20 homers, cutting his strikeout rate for the 2nd year in a row. However, that didn’t carry over to the majors, whiffing 40 times in 104 at-bats. Though, that was a small sample size… that’s what she said!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Last year, Desmond Jennings won the Rays Minor League Player of the Year honors. In Double and Triple-A in 2009, Desmond Jennings had a slash line of .305/.391/.457 while chucking in 11 homers. You might be thinking it was a slow year in the Rays organization. Yeah, the opposite is true here, friend. Jennings stole 52 bases. (His minor league ups and downs were broken down further in a Scouting the Unknown in June.) To recap, 11 homers and 52 steals. HAVE MY CHILDREN! Whoa, Mr.Please, blog, may I have some more?
First, I looked for anecdotal evidence on Mr. Stanton. I found in 2007 the Red Sox offered to trade Manny to the Marlins, while paying his salary, for Mike Stanton. The Marlins obviously refused. Interesting, but the last time Marlins traded a prospect for a big name was exactly never. Still, the Marlins (along with others) saw something in the then 17-year-old. At 18, Stanton didn’t disappoint. In Single-A, he hit 39 homers while slashing .293/.381/.611. There’s light tower power in his man-frame of 6’5″, 210 lbs.Please, blog, may I have some more?