Last year, Brad Miller hit 20 homers and stole 11 bases while hitting over .300.  Right now, you’re thinking how is this guy even a sleeper?  He should be a top five guy at shortstop.  I know what you’re thinking because I’m sitting in your head.  Sorry about that whole spilling my Jamba Juice on your medulla oblongata.  My bad!  There’s one little problem with that 20 homers, 11 steals, .300+ average stat line.  That’s adding together his minor and major league numbers.  That’s wrong.  Or as they say in North Korea, that’s un-Jongy.  In 102 games between Triple-A and the majors, Miller had 14 homers and 7 steals.  Still not really bad.  Unless bad is not bad but bad is good–Scratch that, if bad is good then it’s still not really bad.  It’s solid, better than decent — or becent to be more portmanteauy.  Fortunately for us, Miller only had 8 homers and 5 steals in the majors.  That’s not going to raise too many eyebrows about drafting this guy.  Then you throw in that going after a Mariner hitter not named Cano is about as appealing as Carol Channing sans makeup, and people shouldn’t be that crazy excited about Miller, so that makes him a sleeper, but what can we expect of Brad Miller for 2014 fantasy baseball?

His power not only looks like it’ll play in Safeco, but it looks like it can still blossom some more.  At 24 years of age, he’s hit for power every step of the way.  11 homers in only 97 games in High-A, 6 homers in only 42 games at Double-A, 6 homers in only 26 games in Triple-A, 8 homers in only 76 games in the majors.  Everywhere he’s gone, he’s hitting the ball out of the yard.  He’s got Dustin Pedroia-like power.  It’s just not as cutesy because he’s not five-six in heels.  He also has Pedroia like speed.  He’s not going to explode for 25+ steals one of these days, but he can average between 14-17 steals for the next five years.  My biggest concern is his walk rate dropped in the majors by a lot from his minor league days (12-ish% to 7.2%).  It might not be totally out of the realm of possibility for the M’s to drop Miller to the bottom of the order, which would hurt his counting stats.  Wouldn’t be shocked to see him hit a bit all over the place in the lineup with the majority of his at-bats coming from the leadoff spot.  So, you’re looking at a guy that could go 17/17 with a .280 average, but more likely you’ll see 69/14/62/.272/13.  At your middle infield spot that’s not un-Jongy.

 
  1. Wish I could vote for HOF says:
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    Who do you think has a better year Franklin or Miller? Also what makes Avisail Garcia a keeper? His minor league numbers didn’t jump off the page a you. between 08-12 his highest ops was .810… Last year though he did have great numbers before getting called up and we all know what he did when he got called up. There does seem to have 20/20 potential in him. He is only 22. Is there something else I should know about? I am very intrigued.

  2. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Nailed it as usual Grey. Great balanced MI to snag later in the drafts. Now get your feet off of my visual cortex!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Ha! Thanks, man…

  3. JoeyBelle says:
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    Which is a better keeper, if any: 5×5, mixed. Alex Gordon at 16$ or Brett Lawrie (qualifies at 2b and 3b) at 11$? Thanks

  4. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    Me likey those numbers!
    So Nick Franklin appears to be totally out of the equation now in Seattle…?

  5. Dkohn says:
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    Un-Jongy?!?! Grey, you fantastic SOB, you’re good you. I’ve already received two “Haha”s from stealing that.

    In other news, yesterday I got into a heated argument with my friend over the question of whether or not you could be an actual Major League Baseball scout.

    As it stands right now me and him are no longer friends, and I have been sending your resume around the league. The Cougs knows how to tie a tie right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dkohn: Ha, thanks! re: tying tie — Two hyphenated words for you: clip-on.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: clip-ons rule. usually cheaper too.

  6. PSmith says:
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    Please keep three:
    Adam Jones 2nd
    Yu Darvish 5th
    Hanley Ramirez 9th
    Chris Davis 12th
    Yaisel Puig 21st
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PSmith: Hanley, Davis, Puig

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I would think having Jones healthy consistency would be better than the Hanley Healthhy/Unhealthy show

        • Carnac says:
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          Healthy/unhealthy in the 9th is worth it. Jones in the 2nd is pretty much at-cost.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What Carnac said…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: with his consistency I will take at cost. Too many risks all over the place

            • Carnac says:
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              That’s cool. You’re the guy who walks into a Toyota dealership and pays sticker price for a Camry. Meanwhile, Grey and I just got a new Porsche for $100 and it broke down around the corner. Wait, that’s not how this comment was supposed to go.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha… But we’re the coolest mothers pushing a Porsche around the neighborhood…

                • Carnac says:
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                  We don’t need it to work. We just need it to look good parked in front of the Jamba Juice. Dirt Nasty who?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    For the ladies, it looks even better if you’re rich enough to make payments on a car that doesn’t run…We got money to blow!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Carnac: I only drive cars with V8’s, So lets say Jones is a Cadillac and Hanley is a Porsche that breaks down, then it doesn’t matter because someone will steal my cadillac because my outfield has too many and i end up buying your sexy, yet unreliable Porsche and now I’m in front of jamba Juice staring at yoga pants with a car that may or may not run, wait…damn it! now I get taken for my Caddy

        • Simply Fred

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          @J-FOH: I buy into Grey’s statement that he wouldn’t own Davis this year (expecting a fall off). Not sure myself if that came about, the impact on Jones’ production. What do you think?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @simply fred: If i’m understanding your question, I think the O’s were bad ass last year offensively. Even before last year Jones was putting up similar numbers sans about 20 RBI’s. I would view them independently of each other. I owned Davis last year but won’t pay his price this year. You never know,he could be a Reynolds ala 2009 or he could Bautista or Encarnacion us all but that’s a risk i will let someone else take.

            • Simply Fred

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              @J-FOH: So, a return to 2012 levels for Davis fair? That’s a drop of 26 rbi. That’s enough that I don’t want to overpay for him this year.

              The harder part for me is the ‘consistency’. I have traditionally reached for upside and it bites me you know where. It’s tough for me to take slightly less upside for pretty much proven, solid performance. Sounds like you have gotten past the upside stage,,,?

              • Simply Fred

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                @simply fred: edit, the drop in rbi was for Jones.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @simply fred: I draft good floor with a chance for upside early and play the upside card later in the MI and 5th OF/Util. I also f**k it up every year and pull something good from the FA pool. As much as I hated Matt Holiday with the cards, i wish I would of drafted him many times when I didn’t

                • Simply Fred

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                  @J-FOH: I KNOW that is the proper way to play. I suck at PATIENCE.

                  Ha! I vowed to play that way last year. Drafted Holliday for consistency and then traded him when he got off to slow start. :-(

                  Thanks for weighing in!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @PSmith: Jones, Davis, Puig

  7. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Does Nick Franklin end up a platoon player and have the M’s given up on Ackley? Or do both these schmucks end up in the outfield? I got questions y’all!

    Speaking of North Korea, I saw Dennis Rodman in South Beach last week. That man is a world class drunk….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: HA! Nice… Franklin’s not in the picture right now, starts the year in the minors or is traded…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: Still pulls world class tail. I’m not sure how, he’s so greasy you could fill fry-o-laters with the pockets of oil on his face. Plus the whole drunk wing man of the twisted dictator of a country that hates us thing but what do I know…

        Ackley and Franklin for Brett Gardner, come on Yank’s make this happen. It can’t work out worse than the Montero for Pineda trade can it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s dead for over a year and still pulling much tail…. Agreed on the Gardner trade, that would be solid for both teams…

  8. J-FOH says:
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    Discussing Pence and his over rated-ness, are we getting an over rated post on him. I went in being conservative and left being Snarklbright

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snarklbright? Is that like Greynado? I don’t know where Pence is going to be drafted, but I doubt he’s too overrated… I think most know who he is…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I wouldn’t take him 3rd/4th round

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t think he’ll go that high, but if he does he’ll be overrated, definitely…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Yes, it is like Graynado. It’s for when I put on my Albright snark cap and start jacking fools up with snark

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Gangstas can’t hang with my snark!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: You talkin to me fantasywantabebaseballers?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… I think ‘Wanna B Ballers’ was a track off of Allen Iverson’s last album…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: are you referencing another sport *covers ears, waits for Razzball to explode*

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA… My bad!

  9. J-FOH says:
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    Back on Pence, no not like that Prezzi, I didn’t realize he had a Tuloesque saving September where he went 23/11/32….in a f**king month! I went back and took his season averages, minus september and then added them to his season totals, minus september, and was not amazed that he should be who he is. 81/20/86/.280, now in the real world we can’t predict when guys will have amazing months to boost them out of this world. But in fantasy we should draft in the assumption of who they are, especially after the age of 30. Unless they have a giant head and then you know he likesa the sauce!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: I’m all too familiar with that Sept bud…it happened vs me in the ol’ H2H keeper…kinda think he did it just to piss me off too…don’t ask me how he caught winda the fact that he was owned by the guy that I was playing against…but he went off, that’s for sure…he almost beat me too…almost!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: it’s Ok if he’s not a fan of your music but to take it out on your fantasy playoffs just to spite you is down right Jack Full of Hatish

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: hmmm…now I’m Hunter Pensive…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A giant, bulbous nose is an easy indicator of a saucer, no? Yeah, Pence is a steady producer but he’s not what he was last year, agreed…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: you leave Torre’s gin blossom out of this…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! I saw Paul Sorvino the other day in a supermarket and was like, “Hey, Torre, Scott Proctor still can’t lift his arm!”

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Hahaha…his doppelgangsta…was shaving garlic in anticipation…how is ol’ spaghetti arms Proctor nowadays?…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Proctor applied for a job at Pike Place in Seattle and threw a salmon two feet and walked home…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Proctor is now a semi-professional midget high-fiver…

                • Grey

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                  Haha… He was fired from his part-time job in an Italian restaurant throwing a piece of pasta from boiling water onto a wall…

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Grey: you must’ve had a very good week Wake Up to still win in your H2H the “week that Pence went off”. I had 2nd best stats of all playoff teams in that league that week and still lost to Pence owner in first damn round.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Don’t even get me started on his 22 steals in 2013 when he only totaled 13 in 2011 and 2012 combined!

        Unless he can get him where he belongs, which you won’t, then don’t draft him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fine, I won’t! Wait, I wasn’t going to anyway…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I’m messing with heads y’all

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Grey: @J-FOH: 8th round sound about right?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Sounds a tad low… Around 6th prolly…

                • Wake Up says:
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                  @Grey: my meaning…if he’s still there in the 8th…you take him…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Oh, yeah, definitely…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Or are you???? No, you are, aren’t you?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: now your messing in my head, if your going to make scrambled eggs then at least don’t do it on high heat.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s a line from John Lennon’s autobiography…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: mine or yours?

                    • Wake Up says:
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                      @Grey: @J-FOH: the key to good scrambled eggs is…you gotta keep em moving around…like not staying in the same hotel room all the time…or Jodie Foster doing jumping jacks top-less…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Scrambled eggs is the walrus…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yours or ‘mine’ in your multiple choice question…

  10. JustMatt says:
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    January Grey is my favorite.

    I’m still not sure how you spend your New Year’s, that you give us a Frazier sleeper on 1/2/2013 AND 1/1/2014….

    …BUT…last year from 1/3 – 1/8 you gave us Marte (1/3), Segura (1/4) and Harvey (1/8). Even if someone drafted Middlebrooks (1/7) as well, they’d be smiling in September and thanking you.

    So, I’m tempted to take another plunge with Frazier and I’ve already got Kalhoun and Miller penciled into several line-ups. Keep the goodness coming.

    Also, can we assume that 1/13/2014 is 2014 Top 10 day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! 1/13 is the day…

      • AP says:
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        @Grey: I definitely drafted Middlebrooks! Still won though, so it’s cool!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  11. Al lydon says:
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    Got anything coming soon on who’s SP-RP eligible for this year ? I love having 2or 3 of these guys if possible on all my teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I don’t do a post on that…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: Grey, do you know the date in the preseason (may have already happened, hope so) that espn and yahoo change their Position eligibility lists? Fantrax did theirs a few weeks back.

        • Grey

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          No idea

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Al lydon: which league type do you want this done in al lydon? yahoo/fantrax/espn?

  12. stynyr says:
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    Hey Grey,

    10-team, H2H, 5×5

    Definite keepers include: CarGo, Kershaw, Longoria

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