So, DJ LeMahieu is given his walking papers and Brendan Rodgers is called up to start out of Spring Training as the Rockies’ Opening Day 2nd baseman.  Easy peasy, hair so greasy.  No problem at all!  No probleMahieu even!  That’s totally gonna happen.  The Rockies just love playing rookies.  Wait, hold on, my intern is telling me I’m looking at “the history of the Rockies playing rookies” in the mirror, and I’ve actually reversed it.  Damn.  That was short-lived, huh?  So, one quick word on why I’m writing a post on Brendan Rodgers.  Prospector Mike told me to!  Okay, okay, it’s not all his fault.  OR WAS IT?!  No, but, okay, yes.  I asked Prospector Mike to give me about ten prospect names of guys who could be relevant this year.  To read about fantasy baseball prospects’ prospects (stutterer!), check out Prospector Mike’s posts.  I’m focusing on redraft prospects.  These are guys that are supposed to be relevant this year, and Prospector Mike gave me Brendan Rodgers.  I don’t fault, PM (entirely).  Brendan Rodgers should be up with the Rockies this year.  Will he?  Does Crazy Rich Asians perpetuate a stereotype while also being good for a minority?  See what I mean, piña colada jelly bean?  Shizz is complicated.  Anyway, what can we expect from Brendan Rodgers for 2019 fantasy baseball?

Last year Brendan Rodgers saw 357 ABs in Double-A and hit 17 HRs with 12 SBs and a .275 average.  He did diddly-squat (which is a good name for a catcher) in Triple-A, but it was only in 19 games.  That he was called up to Triple-A in itself is a positive.  You don’t go from Triple-A to Double-A, nah’mean?  (You can go from the majors to Single-A though, but that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms, Miguel Sano.)  Watching him for a bit in online videos makes me think I’m surprised he even hit .275 in Double-A.  Obviously, this is the end of his development and Coors won’t hurt anything to do with his offense, but, well, here look for yourself:

He’s an uppercutting machine.  I will call him Robo Blastoff 5000.  He showed a bit more patience in Double-A (which went out the window in Triple-A, but small sample yadda3).  Don’t think that’s ever going to be a part of his game.  However, he might hit .280+ just because of Coors.  Feels more like a .260 hitter, plus or minus .15 in most seasons.  There were other clips where he slapped the ball the other way, and blooped shizz in the outfield, but less exciting for a clip.  “Yo, you see that clip of a bloop single!  That was amazing!” exclaimed no one ever.  The speed makes him even more interesting.  He’s not a burner, but if he can add ten steals to an already decent batting line, well, think how 27/10 is more exciting than 27/zippo, ya feel me?  Great, now stop touching me.  Of course, all of this is moot when the Rockies randomly sign Brian Dozier or someone like that.  For now, I will consider Brendan Rodgers an option to be called up in June, and project him for 32/12/41/.268/5 in 289 ABs, but there’s a chance here he doesn’t even see time until September, due to the Rockies dopiness.  Let’s just say I’ve been burned before *cough* Ryan McMahon *cough*

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great fantasy write-up. More for the write-up than how hot Rodgers is, so that makes your write-up (the written part) even BETTER!!

    a. So, lemme get this straight. First, there was a decision as to whether there would be a hard Brexit or a soft Brexit. So glad the decision was made for a hard Brexit (totally not glad, have no clue on the real difference). Not sure what’s going to happen now. A lot of possibilities exist.

    1. There could be 48 letters written to make Premier May force to resign.
    2. A second referendum could take place and they can reject Brexit and stay in the EU. Don’t really think that’s a feasible option.
    3. If Ireland goes to Gaelic (no relation to me, please don’t dwell on how similar my surname is to the word Gaelic. I got that all through high school.), then English will no longer be an official language of the EU!!! How ’bout them apples?
    4. The biggest problem is the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland!

    b. Mark Twain quote of the day for November 15

    What is it which swells a man’s breast with pride above which any other experience can bring to him – DISCOVERY. To give birth to an idea, to invent a new hinge, to find a way to make the lightnings carry your messages. These are the things which confer a pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. Hard Brexit is brittle with very little bend, soft Brexit is malleable, but not good for sex

      4. That’s been a problem for so long! Why doesn’t one of them relocate?

      B. Nice!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Theresa May’s approval rating=31%. That is really low. If you can buy some British pound right now, it would be a good idea. Tomorrow or after she announced she’s resigning her post it will take a major plunge.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure if the pound has bottomed out yet, sadly

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Ante Galic:
          The fall of the United Kingdom Empire!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        4. get out the Big saw and cut NI from us and tow it to the top of Scotland.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @American Troutfisher: American Troutfisher!!

        Thanks so much for the intel, man! Will definitely follow that up. Thanks.

        Cheers,
        Ante

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice! That interests me too!

        I just remembered I saw a stage play about Mark Twain where Val Kilmer played him

  2. David Niven says:
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    Mark Twain obviously never tried extasy.

    • knucks says:
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      @David Niven: Sadly, Sam left us 2 years before MDMA was invented in 1912.

      • David Niven says:
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        @knucks: (bumping fist on chest) Ruspec!

  3. Big Ticket says:
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    Thanks Grey! Meant to ask you a question on Eloy but then forgot. In OBP, keep forever, would you rather have Adalberto or Eloy? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Ticket: Oh, man, that’s tough… I think I’d go Eloy, but could see regretting that

      • Big Ticket says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I feel torn. What would you think about McNeil and two top 100 overall picks for Eloy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No way

          • Big Ticket says:
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            @Grey: So that means I’m way off haha. I’m trying to formulate a good offer for him. Would you give Bryant for Eloy, Vlad Jr, and G Cole?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh! You’re trying to get Eloy? Sorry, thought you had him… Yes, I’d give McNeil and two top 100 picks for Eloy in a second

              • Big Ticket says:
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                @Grey: bingo! Thanks

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  4. Darren says:
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    He’s also competing with Hampson for PT. Steamer gives Hampson the starting gig right now.
    Battle to watch closely in ST, assuming they don’t sign a FA.

    • Matt says:
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      @Darren: What I was coming here to say. It’s assumed that Hampson has the job. And he seems tto be the more fantasy relevant option of the two anywho. And he seems like someone Grey will love. Even that clown Gray will love him. Is Hampson on the list of prospects to cover?

      • Grey

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        @Matt: Not yet, but I like Hampson a lot if he does get the job… He’s more of a fantasy first guy though, that’s why I wonder if he’ll get the job

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Darren: I’d be a little shocked if they don’t sign someone like Dozier, or even bring back DJ

  5. knucks says:
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    Today’s Reply All about Gritty was absolute fuego, def check it out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Definitely, I like their show… I have a few new ones for you… Believed by NPR about Larry Nassar, Broken Record by Gladwell and The Dream about MLMs

  6. Matty says:
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    Am I wrong to think of Rodgers as Story 2.0?

    Hopefully it just takes a vacancy and not a Jose Reyes situation to get him into the lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, don’t disagree… Think he can special, but have same pitfalls we saw with Story and the uppercut swing

  7. Dave D says:
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    Ok, I pulled the trigger and entered a NFBC DC league that will likely start drafting today. I couldn’t resist the urge to try it and compare with drafts done in a “normal” time. There are pro’s and con’s but I’m hoping to get ahead of ADP on some guys. It should be an interesting experiment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m kinda glad you did so I can hear how it goes… What pick you got?

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        Not assigned yet. I set preferences something like: 1,2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 6, 7, 4, 5, 14, 15. Different from last year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sweet, let me know what spot you get

  8. Harley Earl says:
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    I usually don’t disagree with you posts but this one I totally don’t see.

    Rodgers struggled in his cup of coffee at Triple A last year. Unless he comes out of the gates gangbusters, I fully expect the Rockies to keep him down until August or September. The reasons being that he continues to develop and there’s a guy by the name of Garrett Hampson already in Colorado that has first dibs on the opening at 2B. Hampson has proven a very worthy hitter, at all levels, and in his time with the MLB club. I think he gets first shot and he may even keep it. That allows the Rockies to slow play Rodgers, who moves to third in 2020 and takes Arrenado’s spot after Arrenado cashes in through free agency.

    I saw this coming with Trevor Story three years ago when nobody even knew who Trevor Story is. I have Story on every fantasy team I own. This seems like the more logical path for Rodgers right now. Of course, if Hampson struggles or flames out, it’s a moot point. You’ll be right. I just don’t see Hampson doing everything he’s done to this point to be a bust. Hampson also is very much in the mold of LeMiehuea with about 40 more steal potential.

    You want to talk about sleepers? Hampson might be THE guy to own this year. I believe this site’s projectionater thing has him as the top rookie for 2019. I don’t think that will be the case, but I do think he could be a steal come draft time. (Steal pun intended).

    • Darren says:
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      @Harley Earl:

      If Hampson gets the job full time, his fantasy stock will skyrocket. I have him on a few dynasty/ keeper teams and keeping my fingers crossed.

      Steamer has him at 60/8/44/,291/25 in 486 ABs.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah Hampson’s projections in our Prospectonator were insane for Hampson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be, will be interesting to see what the Rockies do… I like Hamspon a lot as I said above… Just a matter as to who gets playing time

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: I admit that my opinion may be slightly skewed by the fact that I own one share of Hampson in a dynasty league. HaHa! However, I follow the Rockies very closely and I do believe Hampson is the more likely path the Rockies take at 2B in 2019.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As I said, I wouldn’t mind it

          • Harley Earl says:
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            @Grey: just curious, do you agree that Arrenado walks in free agency looking for a bigger pay day? or do you think he signs back wit the Rocks?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If he knows what’s good for him, he stays put, and I think he likely does

              • Harley Earl says:
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                @Grey: Agree. I don’t see why any hitter ever leaves Colorado. The pitchers, yeah, I’d get outta Dodge. But if I’m a hitter, I’m staying put as long as possible.

  9. The Curly W's says:
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    Fourth year dynasty league looking for two replacement managers.

    Think you can beat Ralph Lifshitz and a bunch of other highly active and competitive baseball addicts? Our league is heading into its fourth year and has had three separate champions. Both of the teams that are available are teams that are in the rebuilding phase with strong potential for relatively short turnarounds.

    16 team Fantrax roto league, 6×6 stats include R, RBI, Net SB, AVG, OBP, SLG, QS, K, Net Sv, HLD, ERA, WHIP. Please note that this in not a HR league, but HR help you in other stats that we count.

    Rosters are 41 men including C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, UTIL, 12 P as the active positions. 5 MiLB slots must be filled with eligible players at any given time.

    It’s 100% keeper with a two round annual draft for which the MLB draft and international signees are reserved each year.

    We want active and competitive owners only who communicate reliably. You will have a lot of freedom in this league as far as trades (never been a veto) and how you decide to set up your roster and strategy.

    If you are interested, contact dynastygurufantrax at geemayul dawt cawm, and answer the following questions:

    1) What is your full name
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    3) Why should we pick you for our league?
    4) What are your fantasy pet peeves?
    5) What team do you want? Would you take the other team?
    6) What would you do with your team on day 1?

    Here are the available teams:

    TEAM 1

    Joey Gallo
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