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Richard… Fat guy in a little coat… Fat guy in a little coat…

Fantasy Baseballers… Small guy with a big bat… Small guy with a biiiiig baaaat…

Here’s my first ballsy projection for you guys this year: .283AVG-7HR-10SB-61R-63RBI (361OBP/.404SLG/.765OPS/.340wOBA).

But let me clarify… think of him as your 2014 version of the 2013 version of Anthony Rendon.

Razzball’s Scott Evans tagged La Stella as the #7 prospect in the Braves’ system. While he lacks notable tools (as we can see by his MiLB counting stats), he should have the biggest and best thing going his way… Opportunity, and by opportunity I mean Dan Uggla.

Uggla’s contact rate continues to drop off with a sense of urgency, and even with a rebound in BABIP, he’ll wind up under a .220 BA. Some may think he’s still an asset because of the HR rate, but while he backed up the 16.7% HR/FB with a top 30 HR & FB average distance, based on the two years prior in conbination with age, there’s a good chance the HR/FB drops off with a decrease in average distance. So we know he’s not usable for fantasy purposes anymore. The question is– do the Braves feel the same way?

I’ll tell you right now, in my opinion this should be the Braves’ Dustin Pedroia. Check out the contact and batted-ball related matrix first:

Season
Team Age G PA AB K% BB% BB/K HR/OFB GB/FB GB% FB% LD%
2006 AAA 22 111 493 423 5.50% 9.70% 1.78 3.5% 1.64 42.1 25.6 21.4
Season
Team Age G PA AB K% BB% BB/K HR/OFB GB/FB GB% FB% LD%
2013 AA 24 81 323 283 10.50% 11.50% 1.09 3.40% 1.86 47.6 25.6 21.6

And now the rate stats and runs produced:

Season
Team BABIP AVG OBP OPS SLG ISO AVG R RBI
2006 AAA 0.314 0.305 0.384 0.81 0.426 0.121 0.305 55 50
Season
Team BABIP AVG OBP OPS SLG ISO AVG R RBI
2013 AA 0.38 0.343 0.401 0.944 0.543 0.216 0.328 46 40

AAA = Dustin Pedroia and AA = Tommy La Stella, and really, this and age are the only things going against La Stella… he’s not yet had time at AAA and he’s two years older than Pedroia by the time he gets to the majors. There’s also a chance Uggla consumes time initially and who knows – maybe he rebounds enough to keep La Stella in AAA, but I’m for this not happening.

You can point to La Stella’s BABIP, and sure there was a bit of luck relative to his expected BABIP, but it’s obvious he has tremendous control of the strike zone and as a lefty, could beat out groundballs well.

Let’s see what value he could provide in fantasy terms (and assume Uggla consumes 60ish games). I have La Stella projected as follows:

Appearances: 105G/393PA/349AB

Discipline: 10.9K%/10.0BB%

Ball in play mix: 47.5GB%/32%FB/20.5%LD; 5.4%HR/FB = .310 xBABIP

5×5 Stats: .283BA-46R-5HR-9SB-48RBI (.361OBP/.404SLG/.765OPS/.340wOBA)

This would actually put him in “replacement value territory” for 2B’s. In 140 games he’d go something like: 7HR-12SB-61R-63RBI, which would make him a top 20 2B in Neil Walker/Omar Infante territory.

 

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  1. Nice work. Will have to keep an eye on this guy for sure.

  2. Jason says:
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    I’ve been seeing a lot more written about this guy lately. I’ve got a 20 tm draft coming up in which I’ll be looking to grab him in.

    • Dano

      dano says:
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      @Jason: nice. Yeah I’m in a 20 leaguer dynasty league w/ 15 round milb segment. So for reference I think I took him in 8. Thanks about the aviator. Wifey made it better for me so I’ll have to update it….it was either this or the more realistic chubby Kirby Puckett and his shirt off

  3. Jason says:
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    Btw great avatar. I have that card. I have the whole set. Some ridiculous poses!

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Jason: what set is it?

      • Jason says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson: there from score. I’m pretty sure it was line 90 or 91. I’m a lot older now and memory isn’t as sharp so I could be wrong. I always felt like it was their answer to donruss diamond kings.

        Alright change of plans… Get up in the attic and pull these bad boys down. Then think about how great it was back then. Then cry about how it is now….

        • Dano

          dano says:
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          @Jason: yeah ’91 score dream team…I should put my face on Puckett I know

  4. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I will probably be starting a RCL league this evening. Draft will be next Saturday or Sunday with a start time of probably noon eastern.

  5. Joseph says:
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    I just can’t imagine them paying Uggla $10M+ to ride the pine, especially when he’ll continue to hit 20 HR as a 2b.

  6. gareth says:
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    “LA STELLLAAAAAA!”

    -marlon brando

  7. Yescheese says:
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    Unless yanks trade for Uggla. Manna from heaven

    • Jason says:
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      @Yescheese: they’re already at their quota for hopeless 2nd baseman.

  8. Anthony says:
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    Hey man in a 12 team h2h league would you rather have Darvish and Prado or Choo and Gray? Thanks!!

    • Dano

      dano says:
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      @Anthony: hmm h2h makes it interesting…I like the ace and pos flex of prado tho. Even tho I believe in gray x 10, dervish is a stud h2h

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @dano: darvish and prado

  9. ryan says:
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    Can I get your opinion on a trade? In my 20 team dynasty league do I trade fielder phillips victorino for ellsbury domonic brown and rasmus? Good or bad move? I could use the speed and I like the fact of dealing my aging bats in phillips and victorino. What do you think?

    c evan gattis
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b brandon phillips
    3b evan longoria
    ss jurickson profar
    lf justin upton
    cf shane victorino
    rf michael cuddyer
    util prince fielder
    bn neil walker
    bn carl crawford/kris bryant/joc pederson/clint frazier

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    rp jose veras
    rp sean doolittle
    rp dan delarosa
    p zack wheeler
    p dan straily
    p tanner roark
    bn garrett richards
    Bn brian Wilson

    • Dano

      dano says:
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      @ryan: your pitchings orgazmo…I do trust brown if you like ellsbury to repeat last year and u still have miggy/longo

      • ryan says:
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        @dano: So I take it I should accept or is fielder’s durability/power upside too much to give up?

    • centerfield_ballhawk says:
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      @ryan: I would not make that move. Those aging bats still have plenty of life in them. I’m a Phillies fan but I’m not a Dom Brown believer.

  10. Yager says:
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    One hour until the draft in our RCL and we need 2 more teams. Who wants in?! League name: Shizz Happens, password: Giancarlo.

    • Yager says:
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      One more! @Yager:

  11. Scooterboy says:
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    Can I get an opinion on this team I just drafted. I usually try to draft 1B, OF in the first two rounds, but couldn’t pass up on Cano when he fell to 16. It’s an 10 team ESPN 5×5 league.

    C Wilson Ramos Rd 15/pick145
    1B Paul Goldschmidt Rd 1/ pick 5
    2B Robinson Cano Rd 2/pick 16
    3B Ryan Zimmerman Rd 6/pick 56
    SS Jean Segura Rd 7/pick 65
    MI Jedd Gyorko Rd 13/pick 125
    CI Anthony Rizzo Rd 12/pick 116
    OF Yasiel Puig Rd 3/ pick 25
    OF Jay Bruce Rd 4/pick 36
    OF Wil Myers Rd 8/pick 76
    OF Alex Gordon Rd 10/pick 96
    OF Alejandro De Aza Rd 17/pick 165
    U Corey Hart Rd 20/pick 196
    SP Jose Fernandez Rd 5/pick 45
    SP Alex Cobb Rd 9/pick 85
    SP Julio Teheran Rd 11/pick 105
    SP Michael Wacha Rd 14/pick 136
    SP Sonny Gray Rd 18/pick 176
    SP Rick Porcello Rd 22/pick 216
    RP David Robinson Rd 16/pick 156
    RP Houston Street Rd 19/pick 185
    RP Fernando Rodney Rd 21/pick 205

    • gareth says:
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      @Scooterboy: very nice team. Grey would be proud.

      • Dano

        dano says:
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        @gareth: um irrationally good I don’t believe it

        • Scooterboy says:
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          @dano: Just drafted this team today on ESPN. Sorry you don’t believe it. I thought it was to good too, when Cano fell to me at 16, I about pissed my pants. For the life of me, I can’t see how that happened. Was suprised Goldschmidt fell to me at five also. But this is the second draft that he has fallen to me with a mid first round pick.

        • Scooterboy says:
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          @dano: Believe it or not, this team actually finished seventh out of the ten teams, on the final standings following the draft, according to ESPN

    • phil says:
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      @phil: nevermind

      • Yager says:
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        @phil: definitely still need one more!

        • Yager says:
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          @Yager: ha just saw that it filled! Happy drafting!

  12. Boatsphinx says:
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    12 tm H2H dynasty lg question: trade Hamels for Brandon Moss and Yordano Ventura? This move would clear $20 in cap space. Also, I’m worried about his shoulder. Thanks!

    • Dano

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      @Boatsphinx: I mean do I like Ventura quite a bit…velocity with longterm groundball induction..and moss for cheap power + the savings…if u have enough pitching this year sure

  13. elipitt says:
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    Anyone else having trouble with the war room or is it on my end?

    Thanks.

  14. Luis says:
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    Someone just dropped Oswaldo Arcia in my 12 team, roto league. I have a weak OF (Beltran, Gardner, Swish, Rajai and Revere). Would you drop Jeter, Motte or Henderson? We only do saves in this league. I picked up Jeter thinking he might score a bunch of runs if he stays healthy. What do you think?

    • Dano

      dano says:
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      @Luis: if arcia is healthy it’s 65-25-75-260 …I’d take him over Jeter and motte

  15. Rags says:
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    I’m in a dynasty league that’s doing our auction in multiple parts.

    I feel like I might need a little cash for the final push, I’m thinking about dropping/trading Dahl and Wisler for a little cap space. I have them both at 5 (no salary increase until they get promoted). 8 MiLBers per team, and I already have Springer, Tavares and Odor. Wisler and Dahl at 5 are no great losses, right? Even if I can’t find a trade partner, is it worth dropping them for lower prospects just to clear $8 off my cap?

    Anyone’s thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Dano

      dano says:
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      @Rags: I like both Dahl & Wisler. Depends on who lower prospects are….if cap space needed for a win now approach I wouldn’t over stress it

  16. fausto says:
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    HELP ANYONE PLEASE!!! First time in a keeper league. I literally just inherited this team as of last night. Max salary is $270, 10 team roto. Trying to decide on keepers. Here are my options..
    - Jay Bruce ($28)
    - Edwin Encarnacion ($27)
    - Adrian Gonzalez ($28)
    - Ian Kinsler ($30)
    - Kendrys Morales ($5)
    - Dustin Pedroia ($30)
    - Carlos Santana ($17)
    - Alfonso Soriano ($7)
    - Grant Balfour ($10)
    - Cole Hamels ($28)
    - LaTroy Hawkins ($5)
    - Mike Leake ($5)
    - Jonathan Papelbon ($12)
    - Sergio Romo ($10)
    - Rafeal Soriano ($12)
    - Chris Tillman ($4)

    • Yescheese says:
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      @fausto: Bruce, I dislike e3 but I guess keep him, pedroia, leake and Tillman nice values,not a huge fan of the closers but all of their prices are OK, Santana if you believe in him, I think kinsler and Adrian are too pricey for what they give you but depends what else is out there

  17. Anthony says:
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    Another question for ya!! Would you rather have Matt Carpenter and Mike Moustakas or Prado and Evereth Cabrera?

    I’d be getting carpenter and have Castro and alexei as my other shortstops. I really don’t want Evereth but can’t afford to lose a keeper deal by a lot either. Much appreciated!

    • Dano

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      @Anthony: craps best player in deal but prob rather everth & prado

  18. Jeff Sullivan says:
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    Higher yahoo raniking at end of 2014 year : Pujols or Strasburg?

    • Dano

      dano says:
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      @Jeff Sullivan: strasburg…pujols trends started in ’11 & age…assumes enough health from Strasburg

      Ps if you’re the real Jeff Sullivan I love you

      • Jeff Sullivan says:
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        @dano:

        I am a real Jeff Sullivan and thanks for the advice. I put my money on Strasburg.

  19. Mike says:
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    Setting up a ESPN fantasy baseball league; it’s H2H points, as of now it’s 8 teams, waiting to hear back from the last two so it may be up to 10. I have a pitching limit set at 9 games started per matchup- have three starting pitching slots , and two relief pitcher slots (I can use a starting pitcher at the RP slot, last yr I had cashner & Shelby who were RP/SP eligible )

    My question is 9 games started for three starting pitchers fine?

    Here’s how roster would go

    Catcher-

    1 base

    2nd base

    3rd base

    SS

    Infielder Slot

    4 Outfielder Slots

    DH

    Utility

    4 bench spots

    1 DL slot

    Starting pitcher

    Starting pitcher

    Starting pitcher

    Relief pitcher

    Relief pitcher

    Which is better or is it all preference? Weekly lock leagues , or daily leagues?

    Thanks- mike!

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