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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. Caps Lock, get excited much?  YES!  Who are you, Desmond Jennings?  Carl Crawford?  They are both 6 ’2″.  They both play center field.  Both have teen power and 50 steal base potential.  Yes, I have thousands of pictures of Jennings ready to go up on my bedroom walls.  So Jennings is a slam dunk for 2010 fantasy baseball, right?

The similarities are both his pluses and minuses.  If Crawford is in left field and Upton is in center, does Jennings play short center?   Few things can happen, Crawford gets moved so Jennings can do exactly the same thing in his stead.  Jennings gets held back in the minors because there’s no room right now for him.  Or the Rays go with the All-Drool outfield of Upton, Crawford and Jennings; I’m sure this is the option Rays pitchers want.  Now things don’t always work out, remember I was caca-cuckoo for Cameron Maybin in the preseason last year.  If Jennings gets the call to start in the beginning of the year, I’d own him in ten team mixed leagues.  Shoot, I’m ready to take him in NL-Only leagues for s’s and g’s.  If he gets the every day job, this won’t be the last you’ve heard of him.  He’s exactly the kind of rookie that can have an immediate impact for 2010 fantasy baseball.  Quick, somebody make Crawford glue, I have pictures to paste!

  1. Tony says:
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    haha i like the sounds of this guy, i’m thinking if he makes the team outta spring ball everyone and their brother will know him by then… but i like the headstart….

  2. brett says:
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    I’m all over this bandwagon. Jennings also had 31 doubles and 10 triples this year. In his age 22 season. Is it unreasonable to put his power upside at 20+ HRs?

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: Maybe, but if that’s the case we may have to call him something else so no one knows who we’re talking about… Like Fred Lewis.

    @brett: No, it’s not unreasonable, but people were doing that for Crawford for five years and he never reached it. I’d be happy with 10 homers and 40 steals, especially if I can get him towards the end of a draft.

  4. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Maybe he will be crawford, except he reaches his power potential?? I’ll be all over him in my dynasty league!!

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Yeah, could be, but I wouldn’t expect it in 2010. Though I would be all over him in a dynasty league.

  6. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I’ll be trying to get the other owners onto the Heyward/Strasburg hype…hopefully I can get him. I have last waiver priority because I got first last year.

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: I would think people will probably grab them anyway. Also, I do like both of them too, especially Heyward, who will be getting his own post one of these days.

  8. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    it’s a stretch , but ,
    how about lamont , for his alias ?

    “you big dummy” .

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Ha! For one of my birthdays, Rudy bought me a shirt that has Redd on it that says, “You big dummy.”

  10. sean says:
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    I can’t believe Coghlan was named the NL ROY. His biggest attribute was the ability to hit the emptiest .321 from the leadoff spot in the modern era.

  11. Stephen says:
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    @Grey: I don’t think Jennings will have more than high teens power. However, this could be their lineup in 2010 with Jennings starting in RF:

    BJ Upton (assuming he resumes pre-2009 production)
    Crawford
    Longoria
    Pena
    Zobrist
    Jason Bartlett
    DH – Pat Burrell
    Dioner Navarro
    Jennings

    That line up would put together a nice defense, especially in the outfield. Kinda scary if you believe Bill James prediction of what Jennings will do next year (.281/.364 /.426). I think the homers are a bit off, but the rest of those numbers are nice. He doesn’t strikeout much (13.6% at Double-A and 13.2% at Triple-A) while getting on base at a 11.1% and 14.3% at double-A and Triple-A respectfully. I would compare him more to BJ Upton without the strikeouts. Just keep in mind that Jennings has a history of injuries.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sean: Wow, first I heard that. That is crazy. Coghlan? Should’ve gave it to Robot Jones or The Dread Pirate if they were just gonna give it to some random schlub.

    @Stephen: Yeah, saw James’s projections, he gets a little optimistic on people. That would be a sweet lineup. Love to see Jennings get the RF job or Crawford get moved.

  13. sean says:
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    A more understandable nod for Bailey in the AL. Though, I’ve always been hesitant to award pitchers ROY unless they are CY candidates. I’m doubly hesitant to award a rookie reliever. Once teams started to get more looks at Bailey in the second half, he was quite a bit less effective.

    If the donkey gets saves, I’ll let him lead me to the promised land though…

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sean: Think Bailey got it more because of the lack of better candidates. Ain’t giving it to Andrus or Porcello. I mean, Andrus was fine, good, whatever for fantasy but voters aren’t voting for him. And Porcello? Just whatever.

  15. sean says:
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    Yeah, all in all, I think these awards are a lesson that most rookies are often a heck of a lot more promise than production, especially in the fantasy sense.

    If only I applied the same lesson to women…

  16. GopherDay says:
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    @sean: First I had heard of the ROY…

    I would have chosen Tommy Hanson for the NL

  17. Mark says:
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    Do they have seeds for outfielders that can steal a lot of bases and hit a couple of home runs over there?

    I don’t think I’ll be buying unless it’s something like a 20 team league. So many steals options on the surface heading into next year and especially among the outfielders. I will say that I’m not going after Ellsbury in round3 with all that depth.

  18. GopherDay says:
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    @Mark: For the price you will probably pay, it could be worth it for the upside. Late round pick maybe? FA pickup?

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mark: Steals are definitely in abundance. It’s like the inverse of the steroids age.

  20. Steve says:
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    So, Grey – you’ve got 4th-and-2 on your own 28. Do you go for it?

  21. GopherDay says:
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    @Steve: If they had gotten it they would have looked brilliant…if not they would had looked dumb.

    The refs gave them a bad spot too. And this is coming from someone who wanted the colts to win!

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Nope…

    I just finished a 3 hour auction mock draft. Totally exhausting.

  23. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks – it’s official. Everyone in the known universe has now ventured an opinion on this thing.

    An auction mock? In mid-November? Aren’t you even the tiniest bit sick of fantasy baseball? How do you find the energy to project for next year?

  24. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Going to post your team?

  25. brett says:
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    If you don’t go for it, you’re putting the game in Manning’s hands with the two minute warning and two time outs. At least this way you’re *trying* not to let him beat you. For the first time in my life i feel bad for Bill Belichick.

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: It was for the Yahoo preseason magazine. Guess they needed it to go to the printers. Wasn’t my finest hour.

    @GopherDay: Think you might have to wait until it hits newstands.

  27. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Very corporate! Well, I guess you can’t go giving all your best stuff to those guys.

  28. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    tell me you didn’t draft guthrie …. HA !

  29. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    have you tried a restraining order ?
    so far , it’s worked for me and hank .

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: It was fine. Nothing embarrassing. Got caught price enforcing on Johan and Ellsbury, but it could be worse.

    @big o: Didn’t touch Guthrie. Though, towards the end of the draft, he pretended to be Wainwright and I almost drafted him.

  31. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Trying to bid people up? Like Hippo and his ‘friends’ did to me with Soto?

  32. Stephen says:
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    @Grey: So when I participate in my Yahoo Fantasy Baseball PLUS league your name will be in their preseason fantasy analysis?

  33. Steve says:
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    @Stephen: Oh I so want to see that too.

    And the mugshot.

  34. big o says:
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    @Stephen:
    are we hearing rumors that yahoo’s stat-tracker will be free this year ?
    something about espn and peer-pressure .

    hope so …. the product certainly isn’t getting any more of my money .

  35. Stephen says:
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    @Steve: The mug shot would be stellar, but I want his advice to stay here.

    @big o: That would be pretty sweet actually. $10 really isn’t much when you think that the average fan (who actually pays for this) uses it, lets assume, at least 5 times a week. So, 5 times per week from April until the end of September (six months – 24 weeks), that is a total of 120 times per season that one could check their real-time league stats. That’s $.083 per check. Of course for the more diligent fantasy player with multiple teams the lower the cost per usage (half that for for 2 teams, so on and so fourth). I would keep paying for it.

  36. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Ahh, I guess I will. Didn’t realize it wasn’t just for fun.

    @big o: I hope its free!

    @Stephen: Meh, I think I’ll still pass up on it. Lots of glitches it seems, not worth ten dollars to me.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, pretty much.

    @Stephen: Nah, I’m not going to be at their site. You know how they have a preseason magazine that they sell at newstands? The mock draft will be in there (actually two of them; one auction and one snake).

  38. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Do you know when it will be released?

    And I assume you did it with all the guys at Yahoo right?

  39. big o says:
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    @GopherDay:
    i’ll have you know that Grey got this job on his own merits .
    whether “he did it with all the guys at Yahoo” is just
    tabloid rumor mongering at it’s lowest .

  40. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    speaking of libelous statements ,
    anyone suing you for “complications”
    arising from all those free tacos that you were giving away ?

  41. GopherDay says:
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    @big o: Free tacos?

  42. big o says:
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    @GopherDay:
    not exactly free
    you had to perform above expectations

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Probably in January/February. Yeah, usual suspects and a couple of guys from Rotoworld.

    @big o: People eat the tacos at their own risk.

  44. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    hunter pence …. 35 + home runs this year ?
    (i want to believe) .

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Would be nice, seems a bit high.

  46. Stephen says:
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    @Grey: That is pretty nifty. I will look at it when it hits newsstands, but then I will put it down after I read what/how you did.

  47. Tony says:
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    I am hoping yahoo fantasy baseball is free. Basketball is free this year. I’ve been in a league running 8 or 9 years now using yahoo for baseball and basketball, basically we’re addicted to that interface and not going to use something else. They should go to free though because half the other sites are free and they’re going to lose more and more players if they dont!

  48. Isaac says:
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    Did you not know that Chris Coghlan had the highest batting average in the NL over the second half? Or that he hit for a 364 avg over the last 30 days? Or that he had the most multiple hit games? Or that he hits leadoff, two spots in front of Hanley? Or that he played 2nd throughout the minors and that when he was called up in late May he played OF for the first time, and succeeded? When you add it all up you have a deserving canidate for ROY and the player that won the award. What he accomplished merits the awards but I have no problem with someone perfering a player like Tommy Hanson. What I do have a problem with is when people say things like, ‘emptiest 321 average in the modern era’, well statements like that just show ignorance.

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