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When Scott, our prospect writer, gave out his awards for 2012, he gave Oscar Taveras the minor league break-out hitter award, saying this in September, “Taveras spent the entire year at Double-A Springfield after skipping the High-A level over the off-season.  The 20-year-old is being touted as the best pure hitter in the minors after hitting .321/.380/.572 and winning the Texas League batting title.  He’s ready for big league pitching now, but the Cardinals will hold off ’til next year to use him, perhaps right out of camp if the opportunity is there.  Now excuse me as I go walk my schnauzer that I named Grey.”  Hmm, didn’t remember reading that last part.  From what I’ve heard, Taveras’s biggest strike against him is he doesn’t see any strikes — turn of a phrase point!  He’s being compared to Vladimir Guerrero without having knees like Mama from Mama’s Family.  Taveras swings and hits everything.  Also, like Vlad, his swing is long, unwieldy and it looks like he could swing at pitches above his head and in the dirt on two consecutive pitches.  (Google video of Oscar Taveras if you don’t believe me; what, you don’t believe me?  My feelings are hurt.)  So, what can we expect of Oscar Taveras for 2013 fantasy baseball?

What wasn’t mentioned above, his stats also look like a young Vlad.  I will call you, Vladimir Guerrerito.  He can hit for power and steal bases.  At twenty years old, he hit 23 homers in 477 ABs last year with 11 steals.  Still, there’s no spot for Taveras out of camp, as of right now.  I wouldn’t gamble my 100-count box of Gregg Jefferies rookie cards on Jon Jay, Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran all making it to April healthy.  So, there could be a chance for Taveras, but my guess is we don’t see him until June, at the earliest.  With his loopy swing, he needs to show what he has in Triple-A.  Also, I don’t trust him to hit in the major leagues immediately.  That’s not to say, he won’t.  I just don’t trust it for fantasy.  Would I grab him off waivers?  Indubitably.  Would I draft him in keeper leagues?  Don’t make me link to that commercial again.  In most mixed leagues, I’m gonna wait to see how things shake out.  As of right now, I’m going to be very conservative and give him the line of 35/7/25/.275/9 in 220 at-bats, i.e., he’s not great for anything but the deepest of leagues.

  1. royce! says:
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    Gotta love a dude named Oscar. Wonder if he, like Gamble, also thinks that when he’s at bat, he’s in scoring position.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Cards have some old Jews in their prospects… Shelby, Oscar, Kolten…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, And Seth Maness! Though the ones you mentioned are better… I didn’t get a chance to watch Breaking Bad. More accurately, whenever I had a chance to watch it, I opted to go out with friends, which has left me with a terrible cold. So, lesson learned, I suppose.

        Did watch Top Chef, though. You get to that yet?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @royce!, Breaking Bad is the best show after The Wire… They might even be 1A and 1B… I’m actually shocked how good it gets once they get past the first five or so episodes…Not that they’re bad, but the show really starts to cook, pun noted… You seriously have to watch it… I watch Top Chef… Did you?

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey, Yep. Now I’m pissed because I liked Kuniko and she got the boot in part because Josie can’t cook. Thought it was hilarious how often Padma and others wished everyone a “Happy Thanksgiving,” as if it wasn’t totally obvious that the episode was shot months ago…apparently they thought that if they said it enough times, people would not notice that A. The show is not shot live one day into the future, and then delivered via time machine to be aired the day before Thanksgiving; and B. It was sunny in Seattle, which rarely occurs in November.

            Also found silly the new super fast spin shot that they use during the judges’ table. Made me dizzy, though it could have been the cough syrup (and scotch- gotta keep it classy).

            Overall, screw Josie. And despite that, it’s been a pretty entertaining season so far, and will only get better once The Most Hated Chef in Dallas gets serious and puts on his glasses.

            And damn I gotta start Breaking Bad.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh my God, the whip pans are so annoying… That’s new this year, and they’re not gonna win an Emmy with that shizz… Editor, “Heighten tension? Well, I have Emeril picking his nose and not sure where to fling it or I have whip pans…” I feel like Kuniko was the guinea pig of “Anyone can go home at any moment.” You might remember it from Trey in seasons past… They just did it much earlier this year, which means they’ll need another one… I like The Most Hated Chef in Dallas, but just hope he doesn’t call himself that ever again… 12 times in three episodes is enough… Josie is actually the most hated chef in America because she sucks…

  2. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Crispy Critters cereal…thanks for the odd and long forgotten memories Grey. Ah-cha-cha-cha…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Indubitably!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, It’s better than being addicted to crystal meth… Damn, Breaking Bad has now become my addiction…

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, “I have to set a lineup weekly! It’s making me stressed out! And then I am interested in more than my home team! It’s terrible!” Boo freaking hoo.

      I have felt exactly the same way about fantasy baseball, at least insofar as it can be stressful, time consuming, and drain my ability to be a normal fan (which in SD means staying home and not watching the games on TV…anyway! moving on…). But it’s hard to take the idea of addiction seriously when the most “rock-bottom” sort of story that the author could come up with was searching for a signal in order to set his lineup. Hardly “life-destroying cases of fantasy sports addiction.”

      An article like that just reminds me of how nebulous the line between addict and hobbyist is. And also makes me think other, meaner things…but anyway, how ’bout them Padres!

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, though perhaps the vehemence of my response is just a product of fantasy withdrawal…

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!, That’s what I put it down to ;-)

  3. Hats for Bats says:
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    100 pack of Gregg Jeffries rookie cards . . . I almost died laughing. That 88 SCORE card was one of my favorite cards. Is that sad?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, you sound like me…

  4. royce! says:
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    Madson is the new Angels closer. Also, Chapman will get a chance to start. Fun stuff this waiting for baseball to start up again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I just wrote a post for the news for tomorrow…

  5. royce! says:
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    And in connection with the Chapman thing, Broxton should be the Reds closer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, I.e., I’m giddy….

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Closer? Broxton couldn’t close his pants. Badoom-tish!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! Well played, Steve…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Hehe. If he closes I imagine I’ll probably end up owning him somewhere, but I won’t enjoy it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Steve, Oh, definitely… He’ll be Valverde miserable likely…

  6. Steve says:
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    Sounds like a deal between BJ Upton and the Braves is imminent.

    Pity it’s not the Cubs, cos then it would be BJ and the Bears.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, And it sounds like it’s done. Pending physical…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Steve, Ha! Yeah, definitely gonna have to add that to the roundup post tomorrow…

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