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A quick preamble about the 2013 fantasy baseball rookie series that is coming all this month.  Rookies are picked through MLB eligibility requirements, less than 130 ABs or 50 IP.  That means no Manny Machado, no Anthony Gose and no Michael Fiers, though you couldn’t get him even if you guys were having sex.  Last year’s number one fantasy rookie post was Mike Trout.  That wasn’t an accident.  I said in the Mike Trout post that “he’s ranked number one for me.  Numero uno.  The Big Mahoff.  He’s the big Statue of Liberty in New York, not that girly one in Paris!”  This year, I gotta start the rookie posts with more of the same when it comes to wonderful, don’t I?  Not to answer, but to ruminate in that crock pot that’s sitting on top of your shoulders.  Eh, slow your juices on the thinking.  Of course, I have to go with the number one prospect for 2013 fantasy baseball.  This prospect isn’t no ordinary man, this is the prospect I be seeing in my sleep.  Wil Myers will be your number one rookie for next year– Wait, this just in.  The Royals wrote me a note about Myers.  They actually wrote the note about Myers in pencil because they said ink should only be used for special occasions.  Oh, man, they’re like a Third World Country with post-its written in unseasoned rice and they just ate the note.  If they can’t afford to write notes to fantasy bloggers in pen, can they afford to bring up their top prospect in April?  Better yet, what can we expect of Wil Myers for 2013 fantasy baseball?

Beginning of June.  That’s when we should expect to see Wil Myers.  That’s the important part of the equation.  If the Royals have him start the year with the club, they will shock the world with, uh, Wil.  Now the Royals will– Ugh.  Let’s try Wil will– That’s clunky.  How about:  The Royals might (though really will) talk about in the preseason how Myers will — doh! — get every opportunity to earn a big league job out of Spring Training.  Clubs always say this shizz.  They lie like Joe in Say Anything.  I put it at a 5% chance Myers actually breaks camp with the club.  I’m going on about this because it will — seriously, does his name have to be Wil? — inform our projections.  Last year, Myers dominated at Triple-A.  He doesn’t have the blazing speed like a Trout, so don’t think we’re getting another one of those.  Frankly, we might not see another Trout-type year from a rookie in the next 30 years, and don’t call me Frank Lee.  Myers is a power guy, a three-hole hitter.  A guy that will — oh, forget it — be startable in ten team mixed leagues that only employs 3 outfielders.  He struckout a bit more last year, but that’s because he was finding his power.  Wil won’t be a drain on average.  Wil will give a line of 40/18/50/.280/5, but at 22 years of age there’s considerable room for upside.  Wil’ll probably be launching 35 homers by as soon as his 24th birthday.  Will Wil be a 2nd round pick in all of fantasy in two years times?  Yeah, Wil will.  Stutterer!

  1. RambleOn says:
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    Thanks now I am picturing that hard on the eyes chick playing guitar singing “Joe lies, Joe lies when he cries…”…as far as Will goes, I traded him so reading all this was tough, if they only called him up like they should have he’d still be on my squad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but hopefully trading him away won’t really burn until 2014… Then it could scorch though…

  2. Van Hammersly says:
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    Grey, sent you a virtual daiquiri as a belated thanks for Razzball’s help during the 2012 season. Rudy and you do a great job with the content and the podcast was a welcome addition this year. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks so much!

  3. Vacation says:
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    Myers or Profar for most signifigant impact in 2013?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’ll depend if Andrus is moved this offseason… I think Myers, but that could change with an Andrus trade and Profar getting a full time job… What probably will happen is Profar will go to Triple-A until Kinsler gets hurt…

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    wow, this is the second mention of Myers in my life over the last week. The other was on Jay Mohr’s podcast interview of Rob Riggle discussing the Royals being idiots for not calling him up when they were out of it, which is an annual thing. It sounds like in the standard format of the call-up, June, is probably going to be wrong too. He is either going to be a late April call-up, the one time in the season they have a chance, or some random date in July that makes no sense at all, like most the other moves made by the Royals….Johnathan Sanchez…

    How is your off-season TV going?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jay Mohr as in Jay Mohr from Jerry Maguire? Discussing the Royals? Does he do a sports podcast? I think Myers will be up in July for “Royals are cheap” reasons… Things are going well, director and producer met with Sony on Friday about one of my scripts going into production in June… My mom was here this past weekend from New York and she was like, “Why aren’t you at the meeting?” Me, “Cause I’m the writer.” Mom, “But isn’t all they have now is a script?” Me, “Yup, but they don’t invite writers to meetings about their own scripts.”

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Your mother might have been better off staying with you. I hope she is safe – as are all other East Coast Razzballers…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          She actually had to leave a day early because on Wednesday I leave for Austin to visit Rudy… If she didn’t leave on Sunday, she wouldn’t have gotten out until Friday probably…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey,Its just an interview podcast but sports come up a lot. He actually has quite the sports knowledge, in the episode with Rob Riggle, who is a big KC fan, they started talking about Myers and the Royals for a minute.

        I like the Royals are cheep and we will only pay as little as possible, so July seems reasonable.

        Good to hear that your TV script might go somewhere. What I was actually talking about was you catching up on TV shows during your off-season. Not your real job.

        I wanted to share a funny reality show moment from Ink Masters the tattoo show. So this chick is doing a tattoo on another lady and mis-spelled the script on the tattoo. Talk about a permanent bone head moment.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What was the misspelling? I finished Boss, which wasn’t good but was only two seasons… I’m watching Voice, Survivor and Amazing Race… I haven’t started Breaking Bad yet, will when I return from Austin…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, Misspellings? not sure where that came from. I think you do need a little vacation. Going for some BBQ while in Austin? I was watching No Reservations a couple weeks bad and have been craving a good Brisket.

            Is your mom the half Jewish side or was that conversation with her a dramatization. That was hilarious.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You wrote that you wanted to share a misspelling on a tattoo story and was wondering what the misspelling was… The plan is to take in a lot of BBQ… Haven’t done Franklin’s yet, so that’s on the wish list… That wasn’t fro dramatization purposes… My mom’s Italian, dad’s Jewish…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, I grew up with a lot of transplant New Yorkers, i should of known better….It’s like reverse goodfellas.

                I was all into work and thinking like a 7 year old. She spelled Corinthians as Cortnthians, here is a link. what a dumb ass

                http://www.tvgasm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/out-and-in.jpg

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha… That’s awesome…

  5. Anthony says:
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    @GREY: Where can i start doing mock drafts ? Also do you have a top 50 prospects list coming for next season ? Im looking for some guys to keep my eyes on and some guys to maybe draft late in drafts in hopes they get called up at some point during the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Have you tried Mock Draft Central? Yeah, there will be a prospect list… Ask Scott on Wednesday in his post when it’s coming…

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @Anthony, mock draft season takes off around december… there’s usually someone in the comments starting a mock draft on couch managers or mockdraftcentral (i forgot their names)…

  6. Two things worry me a bit on Wil Myers…

    1) He only starting flashing power last year. His 2010/2011 HR rates are eh.

    2) He has over a 20% K rate in AA/AAA. He need a ton of HRs + a .349 BABIP in order to deliver a .304 AVG.

    I can see him hitting .250 with middling power. Wil(l) be interesting how much people reach for him because they regret not drafting Trout. I predict he’s drafted in every RCL league….

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Rudy Gamble, Good call, I remember reading somewhere that the power started coming on this year. I’m also thinking playing in KC will hurt his homerun potential. If he was in Cincy that would be a different story, but he’s not.

    • Lucretius says:
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      @Rudy Gamble, while I agree that the 2011 numbers are a bit of a concern, he was dealing with an injured/infected knee for most of the season. From the AFL on, he’s been absolutely on fire. Also, the guy played half of 2010 at age 19 in Wilmington. Wilmington’s park factor for RHH HR’s has hovered around the 55-60 range over the past couple years (http://statcorner.com/team2.php?team=426&year=2012) and his power stats were more than respectable in single-A, especially for a guy straight out of high school. In fact, they compare favorably to those of Mike Trout, who was also playing in the MWL at age 19 that year. It should also be said that his walk rates–a great indicator of future productivity at the plate–were out of this world in 2010, when he was playing young and absurdly young for A and A+, respectively.

  7. beardcrabs says:
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    I’m not really all in on Wil as well… I’ll probably let someone else draft him… I don’t have faith in Royal prospects, per Gordon, Hosmer…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @beardcrabs, Yeah, the Royals worry me in general… He looks better than Gordon, but Hosmer was looking something special this time last year…

  8. Royals Fan says:
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    I’ve watched him a few times last season and think he’s a Billy Butler type Project with less pop.I’d love to see him succeed in KC, but I think if we could use him for as a trade piece for a solid #1 or #2 Starter I’d pull the trigger on that route and try to keep this core of bats together thats in the big leagues right now.

    Perez behind the plate a full season will be a huge boost also, also Hosmer I think will be better without everyone trying to change his hitting approach that got him to the big leagues to begin with

    The Royals also will have Rookie Pitcher Jake Odorizzi who might be a 12-15 game winner with his stuff. Although it’s my prediction as its hard to predict Stats for Rookies these days.

    So I think the Royals with adding atleast one or 2 more solid SP upgrades will be in good shape in 2013 season after the trade with the Angels yesterday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think you’re totally off saying any of that, I don’t see any way they trade him though…

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