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Before I cover Adam Lind (with words, not a blanket), I want to clear something up about these Thursday keeper posts.  I like Lind, but between him and, say, Hanley, it’s no contest.  I’m talking about potentially marginal keepers here.  Not slam dunks.  I could see some people worrying that Lind may not be able to repeat his 2009 season.  Contraire, Robespierre.  Adam Lind took a while to get going in the majors, but he’s always had this pedigree.  In five seasons of the minors, he had a .380 OBP and a .318 average.  In his fist full season of the majors where he’s actually seemed to be comfortable, he’s headed for a 30/95/.300 season.  Next year, he’ll be 27 and should be able to take a slight step forward.  Think 35/110/.310.  Also, he’s been batting third a lot recently.  If he can get off to a hot start next year like he did this year, he could cement his place in the three hole for the better part of the season, which will help his counting stats.  Have You Lost Your Flippin’ Mind predictions for 2010:  100/35/120/.310.  No steals, which is a shame, and no great shakes on his eligibility, but those numbers aren’t far off from 2nd round-type numbers.  (BTW, you’re reading a fantasy baseball site that alludes to Linda Ronstadt.  Don’t you feel dirty?)  Anyway, here’s some more fantasy baseball keepers for 2010:

Aaron HillDo I smell a theme? No, that’s lunch.  I mean, the Blue Jays. Ah, yes.  They smell like rotisserie chicken. No, that really is lunch.  Hill will only be 28 at the start of the 2010 season.  As I’ve been saying just about the whole season, I don’t think the 30+ homers this year is a fluke.  At second base, you can do much worse.

Andrew McCutchen – The Dread Pirate has 15 homer power and 35 steal speed.  Shane Victorino just called and said he wants his stats back.

67 Responses

  1. Argh, Randy Wells, what are you trying to do to me, damn you.

  2. One Carlos Gonzalez is back at the top of the order this afternoon and I am positively crack happy.

  3. Who knew AE’s mom played Fantasy Baseball?

  4. @zombie:

    Oh, guess I should pick CarGo back up.

  5. Grey

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    @Elijah: Ethier’s Mom also heavily drinks. Lots you didn’t know. Oh, wait, that’s Joba’s mom.

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @zombie: Love the term crack happy, might have to use that.

  7. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    always “dancing to the beat of a different drum” .
    nice how you explain things to your stoned homies
    just in case they can’t see the forest from the trees .

    next year , assuming they get drafted in the same round ,
    are you taking ellsbury before crawford ??

  8. big o says:
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    edit *
    FOR the trees .

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Why? What did Crawford do this year? I mean, he tailed off a bit post-ASB, but it’s still a great season, no? As for what I’ll do? I won’t own either because of SAGNOF. I feel like I can grab some random schmohawk off waivers that will get me 30 steals. Now if they fell to me in a draft, I’d probably grab Ellsbury first.

  10. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Hill or Zobrist? (Zobrist adds some SB.)

  11. Simply Fred

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    @Simply Fred: Zobrist power more risky than Hill’s?

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Simply Fred: I’d go Hill by a hair, because I don’t fully trust Zobrist. But very close, and can’t argue about going either way.

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    chris davie,yes,get hot young man

  14. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Lind or N. Cruz?

  15. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Thanks Grey. You can tell that I am taking time along the way to align prospects for next year. As always, it’s a double-edged sword. Hate that you are giving all the secrets to the world!

  16. big o says:
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    i understand your concept of sagnof , but ellsbury will give you 60-70 sb’s …. you’ll need 3 schmohawks to give you that …. if you want to spend the 2 extra roster spots .

  17. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: Cruz

    @big o: Fair enough, but you also don’t need 70 SBs from one guy unless you have ten Thomes on your team.

  18. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: “ten Thomes”–touche.

  19. PhillyYorker says:
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    Keeper league: Werth or Carlos Pena?

  20. beisbol says:
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    Grey, Davis or LaRoche for these last few weeks?

  21. Grey

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    @PhillyYorker: Werth, but it’s close. Has to do with what else you keeping too.

    @beisbol: LaRoche, assuming it’s Chris Davis.

  22. vinko says:
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    Votto available on waivers, who should I part with, Reimold, T.Snider, or Robot Jones? Also, start Richard @Atlanta?
    Btw, really enjoyed the morning post!

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @vinko: Thanks! I wouldn’t start Richard, lose Reimold.

  24. Steve says:
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    Any one know why Car-Go left the game?

  25. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Apart from having blood pouring from an open wound in his hand, of course.

  26. Grey

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    @Steve: Ha! I’m not sure. Probably something to do with his hand though.

  27. Mini Donkey should be back tonite, just a heads up if anyone hadn’t heard.

  28. Grey

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    @Elijah: Thanks for the heads up! Good news!

  29. peter says:
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    @Steve: He tried to make a diving catch and hurt knife-wound. Knife-wound… so gangsta. Also gangsta? Mr. Vincent Scully repeatedly calling Eric Young, Jr. “EY” (eee-why).

  30. DrEasy says:
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    Grey, good call on starting Burnett and sitting De La Rosa! Unfortunately I forgot to make the change and ended up with Burnett on my bench and DLR starting, thus hurting my WHIP and losing quite a few Ks in the process.

  31. Grey

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    @DrEasy: Eh, it didn’t hurt you too much hopefully.

  32. Steve says:
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    Broxton just hit. That must have been quite a sight.

  33. peter says:
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    ******Turns out Nyjer Morgan broke his hand in today’s game. Could be out for the rest of the season…

  34. Grey

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    @peter: Thanks for the heads up!

  35. Razzin says:
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    Better stats rest of this season- Borbon or Rajai? (needing SB obviously, but could also use a load of runs and decent AVG)

  36. Steve says:
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    I don’t think anyone expected Ibanez to keep up his pre-ASB form, but a little glimpse of it every now and then in the second half wouldn’t hurt.

  37. Grey

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    @Steve: Yeah, tell me about it. Gotta think he’s still hurting a bit from his injury.

  38. PJtres says:
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    @ GREY:

    In a keeper league, should I make this trade?

    My longoria for his zimmerman AND a closer (and 6th round pick in next years draft)

    IF NOT, who should longo get me???
    reyes? kemp???

  39. Grey

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    @PJtres: I’d take Reyes or Kemp for Longoria. It can get you Zimmerman and a closer, if getting a closer helps you win this year. It’s pretty close. Longoria just has a bit higher ceiling than Zimmerman.

  40. Paulie Allnuts

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    @peter: Just read that. A disaster for my Yahoo squad. But it’s at the point: what more can go wrong. At any rate, he can play hearts with my Mets alumni on the DL, if he wishes to.

  41. Telemachus says:
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    Grey,

    I’m still torn…would you trade Bruce for Josh Johnson in a keeper league when you could really use Johnson’s 2 starts next week?

  42. Good Work Quentin, I needed that HR.

  43. PJtres says:
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    @grey:

    If longo could get you these guys, how would you order them (in a keeper league)

    fielder, teixeira, reyes, kemp, morneau, mauer

    THANKS!@

  44. Dad says:
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    @Grey: Hilarious first 10 words. Well played.

    If you were plus 30 innings would you start either Hanson @ Phi or Scherzer vs. Hou in a 12-team league?

  45. @Grey: Tim Hudson is scheduled to return Monday….need W’s bad, worth starting for a 2 start week? @FLA, CIN

    Thanks

  46. Curly Day says:
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    Damn, how do you replace Morgan from waivers? I’m lagging in Runs and SB – Nyjer helped so much. I picked up Castillo who seems hot the past 2 weeks to be in util. Would Lastings work better? Picked up Eric Young Jr. already. Raja is not an option. Julio Bourbon just got picked up.

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @PJtres: Tex, Fielder, Reyes, Kemp, Morneau…

    @Dad: Thanks! No, I wouldn’t start either.

    @matthole: Go for it.

    @Curly Day: I’d go with Castillo over Lastings.

  48. big o says:
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    jones takes happ deep to straight-away center … about 408′

  49. Curly Day says:
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    Thanks Grey and thanks for getting the football site – used that for my draft earlier this even.

  50. Curly Day says:
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    Thanks Grey and thanks for getting the football site – used that for my draft earlier this eve.

  51. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    any word on who put the claim on rich harden ?

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Jones is keeping his value a lot better than I thought he would. Stealing on a occasion and hitting homers. Haven’t heard on Harden.

    @Curly Day: No problem. The football site is all Doc.

  53. Steve says:
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    @Grey: What do you thnk of Fausto at Baltimore tomorrow?

    I’ve picked him up in my H2H league, but undecided about starting him. My ratios are great – but so are my opponent’s (I’m just ahead in Ks and up 2-1 in wins) and he has CC, Felix and Scherzer going tomorrow.

    I have Smoltz.

  54. Grey

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    @Steve: Are you going to make up starts on Saturday and Sunday? If not, then throw him.

  55. big o says:
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    39th

  56. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yes and no.

    Saturday I have Lowe @ Philly. He has Gallardo v Pit and maybe Feldman @ Min.

    Sunday I have Haren and Wandy against each other, Wainwright v Nats and Joba (blech). He has Jurrens and maybe B Anderson.

  57. Grey

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    @Steve: I’d start Carmona so you have the option to possibly sit Lowe.

  58. Grey

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    @big o: Mini-Donkey!

  59. Pequeno Burro says:
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    #39 made me think… how come nobody calls mini-donkey by his spanish name, “Burrito” (small donkey)?

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Pequeno Burro: I think people are already confused enough by why he’s mini-donkey, but calling burrito is funny.

  61. DrEasy says:
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    Got roofied by Tazawa. I will never learn.

  62. Dave S. says:
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    I’m in a 14-team, 10-category league. I can keep 3 of these guys:
    Justin Upton
    Adam Jones
    Andre Ethier
    Matt Wieters
    Tommy Hanson
    Neftali Feliz
    Clay Buchholz

    Who would you pick? Upton is a no-brainer. Probably Jones, too? Not sure about the rest. Hanson seems safe, but Feliz might have greater potential. Take a chance on Wieters developing more quickly? Others? Thanks in advance for any tips.

  63. Grey

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    @Dave S.: I’d go with Upton, Jones and Ethier. If you feel like you don’t want to keep three outfielders, then Wieters.

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