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I’ll be honest here, I had no idea that Shelley Duncan was still playing. Not only is he playing, he’s, um, well, I’m supposed to put something he’s doing well here to make the play of words work. But that’s not really possible. Oh, he does have two homeruns. Does that help? With a career slash of 230/306/427, I think I’ve actually found a worse outfielder than Don Kelly. What’s next, stigmata? If given regular at-bats, 260/330/480 represents the very high end, and I could foresee 10 homers and 50 RBI’s if he play’s for 50% of the season’s games.

Selected in the Rule V Draft by the Astros, Nate Freiman, formerly of the Padres, is now getting at-bats with the Athletics. And hopefully some frequent flyer miles. His best skill seems to be running into ceiling fans. Standing at 6-7, he obviously has power, but is quite old for a prospect. If you hadn’t noticed, the Padres aren’t shy about starting very big men in leftfield, or in Kyle Blanks case, sorta big men with very big Afros to get some offense in the lineup. Yet, Freiman was never given a shot, so take that for what you will. He doesn’t really run so well, so his options are realistically limited to 1B or DH, but as long as the at-bats continue, the homeruns will as well. Just don’t count on any rate-stat help here. I could see a slash of 230/300/450 being possible.

Chris Getz has been around long enough for us to know what he is and what he does. Which is run a bit and, well, actually, that’s about it. Does a 260/310/320 guy do anything for you? If you answered yes, congratulations, you are in a league that is similar to the ones I’m in. Which makes us insta-drinking buddies. There are worse things to have on your bench as a MI hedge, but if you need quick speed, he should be available. Don’t expect any more power, as he already has one homerun this year. The next one should come around August… of 2017. His BA won’t hurt you, but the lack of anything else might. In limited action, 10 SB’s is possible though, so if you have a need for speed…

Drafted as a 2009 International Free Agent, Jae-Hoon Ha is formerly a catcher now moved to the outfield. He’s showed respectable numbers between the Cubs high-A and double-A affiliates, even improving his BB% from 4.5 to 9.5 in 2012. He’s already gotten off to a good start, hitting 349/429/419 in double-A, but is repeating the level. Ha makes good contact, and can play all three outfield positions, which may best profile him as a fourth outfielder. But he’s still young and might have an outside shot of being an average regular that doesn’t do anything particularly well, but doesn’t do anything badly either. Think David DeJesus.

As promised last week, I reveal to you another baseball player with an awesome name. Zebulon Sneed, also appearing in several Dr. Seuss books, is a tall 6-5 with a mid-90’s fastball and an interesting split-finger. He has very little control at this point and is considered a project. He can already get up to 97 MPH, and has a good frame and plenty of projection. Right now, he’s working on a cutter and change-up and has an easy path to become an elite bullpen piece. However, if he is able to refine his control and harness his power repertoire, its not that hard to imagine a 2/3 starter. But, admittedly, that’s dreaming big.

After missing the 2010 season from Tommy John, Junichi Tazawa is picking up where he left off from 2012 as a fairly under-the-radar dominant reliever. Sporting a nifty 9.20 K/9 to go with a fantastically low 1.02 BB/9 last season, he is continuing the trend in his first 8.0 innings pitched this so far this year. While both Andrew Bailey and Koji Uehara are ahead of him on the closer depth chart, he could vulture some wins, get some holds, and give you some strikeouts in the RP slot.

A 14th round pick in 2012, Nick Tepesch has been flying under the radar for the past few years in the Texas system. He relies on a low-90’s fastball with a cutter, changeup, and curveball. Mostly projected to be back of the rotation starter, Tepesch could be more if he’s able to continue getting good groundball rates in the dangerous fly-ball environment in Arlington. I will mention though, that Ron Washington seems to really like the kid from the quotes I’ve read, which immediately causes alarms in my head to go off. Anything Washington ever says or does runs shivers down my secret spidey baseball sense. Its a give that Tepesch will give up his share of hits and runs, but if he continues starting, the wins will be there. While unimpressive, he could still probably out-pitch the entire Twins rotation, so just keep that in mind.

  1. LordaMercy says:
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    Right near the beach, boyeeeeeee.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @LordaMercy: “I have killed. I have helped kill. I have killed part of myself. I cannot change this. I… I must seek Buddha. I must seek Christ.”

      • LordaMercy says:
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        @jaywrong: Love it. I could do this all day, but I probably shouldn’t. HE HAD SEX WITH MY MAMA!

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @LordaMercy: Haha, me too!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @jaywrong: You have both smoked yourself retarded!

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Sky: All we need is smokey to get in this quote party.

      • Jash says:
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        @jaywrong: you must seek therapy…

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Jash: But that’s just where I would go with that.

  2. LordaMercy says:
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    I was looking at Tazawa in my holds league. At this point, you have to take him over Benoit and/or Herrera, right? Thanks.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @LordaMercy: I would, though I’m still a huge Herrera fan.

  3. Reeeeth says:
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    Thoughts on BJ Upton? Buy low or avoid?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Reeeeth: buy low.

      • Steve says:
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        @jaywrong:

        I traded Cruz and Morales for him. I’m pretty happy with it.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Steve: That’s a fair trade.

  4. TheNewGuy says:
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    Wanted to ask Grey but cant be bothered to navigate through his 1000 comment thread. Is that a sin? Maybe thats how you get most of your commenters!

    Only kidding! (though Grey is usually my 1st choice… hey he is the head honcho around here!)

    Anyway cut to the chase. Offered up some deals in my keeper league desperate to offload some of my no3s for a legit ace. The dude accepted a Medlen and Kennedy for Price offer…Did the man (me) do good?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @TheNewGuy: he is totally the main man.

      I’d say you did quite well in that deal.

  5. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Love Tazawa….off topic, but when I had to DL Maybin and Viciedo, one of the guys I grabbed was Will Venable. Thought you’d like to know that I’m putting my eggs in JayWrong’s bold predictions basket…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: sup Mike! Yeah, he’s looking okay so far. I’ll faint if I get over 2 of them right.

  6. Ian says:
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    my outfield consists of J-up, heyward, beltran, cain and snider with cespedes currently on the DL. My catcher is jesus montero.. what do you think of trading beltran for either v-mart or napoli?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Ian: I’d go for Napoli, assuming you are going to slot Cain in.

  7. Parker says:
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    how much do you value samardjiza? would you trade him for a solid catcher like wieters or Mauer?

  8. Drew says:
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    Would you drop de Aza or Chris Carter for Lorenzo Cain in a 10 team h2h league?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Drew: Yes on Aza. No on Carter.

  9. Oppo Taco says:
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    just lost zimmerman to the DL, and have no other option at 3b, my league is cut throat so obviously someone has picked up Rendon already. I was offered Rendon and Greg Holland for Adam Eaton. Should i pull the trigger? We have two slots for RP and mine are Street and Cishek….not really enjoying Cishek’s role as a horrible teams closer, and I also have Michael bourn. Thanks!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Yeah, I would do that. No one can go from ‘feeling pain’ to ‘precautionary DL stint’ to ‘out till all-star break’ better than Zimmerman.

  10. ferris says:
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    didn’t keep wright because of intercostal strain — bought zimmerman instead — ugh — at least i was awake by 3pm to grab rendon

    what do you think we will get out of rendon?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @ferris: I like Rendon, I think he can be special if his body doesn’t fall apart.

      I think right now, 260/330/420 could be a realistic baseline. A poor man’s Martin Prado?

  11. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Would you be willing to say that Freiman is a poor man’s Chris Carter?

    Speaking of Carter…who do you like ROS, Chris Carter or Eric Hosmer? i’m in a roto league so Carter’s walks don’t help me. Would you trade Carter for Ike Davis?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Yes, you could say that. He doesn’t have 80 raw power like Carter does.

      I like Hosmer, eh, sorta. But Carter will hit more bombs.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @jaywrong: Cool, thanks for the reply.

        If Carter went against Freiman in a WWE style match, who would win?

        I’ve been playing Carter over Hosmer for a week now and they both have been sucking. Carter has more potential to have a big game though, so I keep playing him, hoping for a 2 hr game again. The day I decide to play Hosmer over him, he will hit 3 HRs.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: Yeah, I would agree.

          The day I drop Hosmer, he’ll hit 5 homerun’s and I’ll run into traffic.

  12. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Rendon was called up?

    Jeez, I get Headley back and then Zimmerman goes to the DL in my NL-only league. If Rendon is up and available I will grab him. If not, then I will have to get Dobbs back or some other bum to fill in at 3B (or CI, but I am lazy and will leave Headley in that spot).

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: Yeah, I love Zimmerman, but the guy is a wreck health wise.

      He’s always out longer then what they say too, so keep that in mind. Good luck with grabbing Rendon.

  13. Steve Stevenson says:
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    15 moves left this year–use one of them to drop J. Montero for V-Mart or Lucroy, or suck it up and hope Montero becomes passable?

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Yeah, I don’t believe in Montero and never really did. His skillset is always overrated. I’m not crazy about your other options either.

      I’d go with Vmart, as most of his troubles are BABIP related, though I think his days of 15+ HR are done.

  14. c0wfunk says:
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    Nice digging on this article..

    Panic starting to set in around the league a little: a guy offered me Hamilton and moustakas for my Stanton and Frazier. After I stopped scoffing I roundly rejected the offer.. Then he drops moustakas so I could get him for free… a few other notable drops in the league and ive got a floater spot..

    Would you pick up any of these guys: Espinosa, infante, moustakas, dunn, Alvarez? Pretty much just filling a Util spot

    Also would you be comfortable with Frazier at 3b for however long Zimmerman will be out? He’s been pretty badass so far so I’m not too concerned.

    12 team mixed h2h that includes obp and tb as well as the regular categories. Thanks!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @c0wfunk: Thanks.

      I would scoff at that trade too. I’m actually writing my next bear/bull post on Hambone.

      All those guys you list are suffering pretty badly. Since position doesn’t matter, I’d flip a coin on Moustakas and Dunn. I just flipped heads, which was Dunn, for what its worth.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @c0wfunk: And yes, you should be fine with Frazier there.

  15. Parker says:
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    rendons available in my league but I can’t decide if he’s worth dropping anyone for just to fill a utility or corner infielder position

    candidates to drop are: L. Cain (doubleheader tomorrow), homer bailey, Justin morneau, starling marte, Shelby miller, melky Cabrera….

    any insight?

    • hampton says:
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      @Parker:

      Also – and I want to thank you for fielding ridiculous fantasy question after ridiculous fantasy question. You’ve got heart – but also I’ve got three Top 5 closers (Chapman, Rivera and Kimbrel)

      I’m working on a trade that sends Melky Cabrera (other outfielders are Josh Hamilton, Shin soo Choo, Dex Fowler, Starling Marte, and Lorenzo Cain), Alex Avila (drafted Montero….ugh), and Chapman in return for Pierzinski, Paul Maholm and a third player that I will likely drop. Am I getting enough in return considering I have Rivera and Kimbrel as well? Should I wait on catcher and just swipe Ruiz when he comes back or wait for Zunino for the second half?

      this is a 12 team league that uses the most possible categories (21, includes holds and home runs given up, etc.) and is low on bench spots AND has like no regulations on adding and dropping. Very laissez-faire.

      Once again, can’t thank you, this site and the writers for putting together all the info and insight and making it interesting.

      Cheers.

      • Paker says:
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        @hampton:

        Whoops.

        Parker = hampton

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Paker: Then who is Paker? Heh.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @hampton: No problem. I enjoy it!

        I think you need more here on that trade. I would rather you keep Melky and try to sell high on Marte.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Parker: Yeah, actually I would hold for now. Though, what Morneau is doing now is what I expect Rendon *can* do, so I might switch them.

  16. Visionary1 says:
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    I’m all in a dither over Joe Mahoney. Do I need help?

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Visionary1: Yes, but no more than I do.

      He’s a little power and not much else. The BA will be a drain, as his minor league numbers were heavily BABIP driven. But if you need some HR’s, I wouldn’t mind in a deep league.

      I’m sure the Marlins have no problem giving him at-bats. I think they are already batting him clean-up.

  17. EK says:
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    Pls rank H2H pts:

    Vogelsong
    Corbin
    Villanueva
    J. Parker
    Quintana

    Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @EK: Parker (I still believe), Vogelsong, Quintana, Corbin, Villanueva… but these guys are all clumped together pretty close. You could probably come up with 18 different iterations of them and still be right.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @EK: a galaxy far far away.

  18. gareth says:
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    Hey jaywrong.

    I am going to start holland away against the angels and the twins.

    Who out of these guys do you like better to pair with him – vogelsong home to the DIAMONDBACKS And away to the PADRES. Or Estrada away to the PADRES.

    I don’t really care about the two start thing for the second pitcher I choose. I’m just looking to maximize my result.

    Who would you go for?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @gareth: Estrada.

  19. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Thanks for this weekly piece. Other deep league blogs routinely recommend picking up players who are long gone in my league that drafts 560 players. You get it.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @2 Giant rings: Thanks! I enjoy deep leagues the best, and while it may not attract a lot of readers, that’s not what I’m trying to do with this series. I’m trying to reach guys like you.

  20. aaron says:
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    I agree with 2 Giant rings up there, jaywrong gets it.

    Now for my question, Rendon is already taken in my league so is Lombardozzi a good pick up? Is he a candidate to be a 3B regular while RZimmerman is out?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @aaron: I can also get it wrong too! But thanks.

      Yes, he will get at-bats.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @aaron: Or, at least, more at-bats then he’s getting now.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @jaywrong: Good, ’cause I added Lombardozzi this morning. Rendon was picked up by someone else nine minutes prior to me showing up here yesterday.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Wallpaper Paterson: Yeah, there’s always someone quicker, at least in my experience.

  21. Mikey says:
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    Good Morning –

    H2H points league – Which side got the better player of this deal Sale For Willingham?

    Thanks.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mikey: Whomever got Sale. But I like that he got traded, he’s a ticking time bomb. But he should have netted a bit more.

  22. Steve Stevenson says:
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    12-team roto keeper, 5×5 w/ OBP and net steals instead of AVG and SB, roster restrictions mandate a few bench slots go to bats. Pick 3–Gyorko (backing up Lawrie and E. Cabrera), Rendon (may start until Lawrie or Gyprko starts hitting), B. Hamilton (backing up Tulo), Moss (1B/OF backup, slot in hen facing a righty and my starter has day off). None would likely be kept on my team, though could be trade bait if they hit.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d target Ross and Gyorko.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Moss.

      My phone thinks David Ross is still playing for some reason.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @jaywrong: I’d take David Ross over Jesus Montero right now.

  23. Razz says:
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    Weekly 5×5 league…

    Pick 2 of these 3 catchers for the upcoming week:

    7 games for Wieters
    6 games for Buck
    6 games for Gattis

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Razz: Wieters and Gattis.

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