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His career as defensive replacement is cemented with his pre-game ritual of long-toss from foul pole to foul pole. Rob Neyer (Member him? I think he used to write for ESPN.) suggested Trevor Bauer could even make the Guinness Book of World Records if he could motivate one of those lazy Guinness record keepers off their butt and out to the field.  The current record is held by a Canadian minor leaguer, Glen Gorbous, from 1957. When the ball left his hand it was estimated at 120 MPH and landed 445 feet and 10 inches away.  A Canadian may hold the record, but it’s not measured in meters.  Natch!  During the spring, Bauer threw approximately 450-475 feet away.  I have a theory.  Glen Gorbous’s brother works for Guinness.  Here you can see where Bauer learned this long-toss drill.  (Re: that video, If you saw Alan Jaeger and Jim Vatcher in those outfits anywhere in the world, how long would it take you to realize they were baseball coaches? About four seconds? “Yo, Vatch, you see my sunglasses?” “Jaeg, they’re on your hat.  Like they always are.” If you’re caught outside of your house with sunglasses on your hat and don’t know at least seven baseball drills, you will get wedgied.) Okay, unless you have a category in your league for “Pre-game Rituals” all of that info gets you nowhere.  So, what can we expect of Trevor Bauer for 2013 fantasy baseball?

As of right now, Trevor Bauer is ranked fifth overall for all prospects by MLB.com. (One through four is Jurickson Profar, Dylan Bundy, Wil Myers, Taijuan Walker.)  That is, of course, for all baseball, not fantasy baseball. Our prospect writer, Scott, had Bauer ninth in the preseason for fantasy, and said at the All-Star break that Bauer was now the number one fantasy baseball pitching prospect.  I can get behind that.  He has the stuff for one, that’s for sure.  Everyone compares Bauer to Lincecum.  They meant that as a compliment.  Trevor Bauer is the Rich Little of Lincecum impersonators.  I mean, it’s right on.  The Diamondbacks will give him every opportunity to break camp with the club, and I think he does.  In Triple-A, he had a 10+ K-rate and near-four walk rate.  Final Triple-A numbers were 2.42 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 130.1 innings.  In the majors, the strikeouts will make up for the walks, but only so much.  He looks like another guy that came up in the Diamondbacks system –> Max Scherzer, and it took him four years to not use fantasy teams as his own personal toilet.  Bauer will have high Ks, crazy upside and might call crap on a table a Pu-Pu platter.  In 2013, I’ll give him the line of 6-7/3.85/1.38/168 in 160 innings, but because of the upside, I will be looking at him late in all leagues.

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  1. Jon says:
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    Right now I have AGon, Hosmer, Lawrie and Frazier to fill out my 1B, 3B, CI and DH spots.

    There’s a decent chance that I could add either EE (1B eligible only) or Headley via trade – who do you like better as a complement to that group above?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotta go with Edwin, even though I don’t like him…

  2. Elijah says:
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    Agreed here…I see Bauer giving his owners 50 lashes. It’s not going to be worth it even with the amazing stuff and K-rate. Still, there have been plenty SP’s that walked a lot of guys early in their career and went on to be all-stars. The long term looks very promising. High-K rate pitchers tend to do better in hitter’s parks than pitch to contact guys as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah, Yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes him two to three years, but by then he’ll be a top pitcher in the game… Hopefully the Diamondbacks don’t unload him like Scherzer…

  3. Elijah says:
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    Unfortunately that seems to be a possibility, he’s ‘stubborn’, in other words he wants to stick with what got him this far, aka the long toss routine etc. Dbacks front office seems eager to blame last season on the players so who knows. Considering how Scherzer never hit his stride til he left their system, I tend to agree with Bauer, as I question if they really know how to develop young pitchers. With the exception of Webb they haven’t done well in this area.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah, On a separate but related topic, are they really going to trade away Upton?

      • Elijah says:
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        @Grey,

        At this point, apparently not. I think they were very interested in say, Upton for Andrus + a pitcher/prospect. I believe they also liked Profar. Texas refused to part with either, reportedly countered with Olt, and the Dbacks said thanks but no thanks. But as you say, who knows if Texas changes their mind after they lose Hamilton.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I could see Andrus + someone or Profar, but, after the D-Backs spent the better part of 2012 saying they wanted to lose Upton, they’re not going to get market value… Doesn’t make sense when these clubs are so vocal about wanting to lose a guy then expecting a lot… I think Upton’s gonna have a huge year and they should hold him, fwiw…

          • Elijah says:
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            @Grey,

            Agreed.

  4. Steve says:
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    Awww, Figgy got DFA’d by the Mariners.

    That bastard has done me nothing but wrong in 10 years of playing fantasy baseball, yet I still feel bad for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Figgy, Figgy, can’t you see, nobody wants any part of thee… I’ll miss his SAGNOF of seven years ago (I’m guessing, it’s been a while since he was really solid)…

  5. Vacation says:
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    Grey,

    5×5 keeper league where each team keeps 6 players year to year. Very basic rosters, no MI, no CI, only 3 OFs and 1 UTIL.

    I have Cabrera and Longoria, both of whom will only qualify at 3rd next season. I’ve posted about this before. My other keepers are McCutch., Heyward, Nat Gio and I guess Freeman (Or Zobrist, Cruz or Rollins). I have some potential trade options and am wondering which you would choose:

    1. Don’t trade and play one of them in the Util slot.
    2. Trade Miggy for Kemp.*
    3. Trade Miggy for Braun.
    4. Trade Longoria for Adam Jones.
    5. Trade Miggy for Cano.

    *If I trade Miggy for Kemp I’m fairly certain I can then flip Kemp to another owner for J.Upton and Kimbrel.

    My least favorite option is swapping Miggy for Cano. The Braun owner is skeptical and that deal may not happen. I think I can make Kemp happen. Do I keep him or flip him for J.Upton/Kimbrel? Or, do I keep Miggy and swap Longo for A.Jones? Or, do I hold and keep Freeman?

    Thanks man, and happy Thanksgiving. Give my best to the cougar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cougar gives her best to you…Hey, what’s that all about? Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I’d do 3, 1 or 2, in that order… I wouldn’t then go to Upton and Kimbrel if I did Kemp… It’s fair though, but shouldn’t come to that since I’d do 2 as the second option…

  6. Jon says:
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    Choose 3 to keep from: Choo, Gordon, Jennings, Victorino, Ethier, Markakis, Aoki

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Jennings, Choo, Gordon… Last one is a toss up… (actually, last two…)

  7. Jon says:
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    Keep 3 from: Rollins, A.Cabrera, A.Escobar, Jeter, Aybar, Espinosa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Asdrubal, Rollins, Espinosa… Blech…

  8. Jon says:
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    Forsythe, Kendrick or Espinosa as a 2B keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Espinosa

  9. Jon says:
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    Have a good Thanksgiving, Grey. The holidays mean January is almost here! Huzzah!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, You too, man!

  10. royce! says:
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    Happy Thanksgiving! The day when people of all creeds and colors can gather around a table and thank their deity of choice for Mike Trout. Which, for some, would just mean thanking Trout for Trout.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Happy Thanksgiving! Today, I’m thankful for knowing not to draft Hosmer… On the complain tip, I’m at a house that doesn’t make stuffing and mashed potatoes… Huh? Who are these people? Is it rude to go to the store and buy both and bring them back?

      • nyydj2 says:
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        @Grey, wow, hope your in Hawaii and at a luau, otherwise get to the store, lol! You better hope the bird ain’t made with tofu!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I just made stuffing per Momma Albright’s recipe… Shizz is the bomb, yo!

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Look at you in the kitchen!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m still waiting to eat it though… I feel like we’re celebrating a mash-up of Thanksgiving and Yom Kippur…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, A rich and diverse ethnic background can be a tough cross to bear sometimes.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s a lot for one man, even a man such as myself… I sound like the movie I just came from, Lincoln…

  11. ThE sHiT says:
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    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. nyydj2 says:
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    Happy Turkey Day Grey, and many thanks for your advice, time and excellent write-ups that I look forward to throughout the year.

    • nyydj2 says:
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      @nyydj2, And of course a special shout out to Rudy for all of his work, as well as Paulie for some great stories and VinWins for the awesome job he does with the leagues! Happy T-Day!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @nyydj2, Thanks! You have a great day, too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, man! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  13. Prezii says:
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    Happy thanksgiving grey!! Almost forgot the thing im most thankful for! ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Thanksgiving, man!

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