It is true that I’ve called two different Orioles sleepers.  We know I haven’t completely lost my mind because they’re not pitchers.  Is Ubaldo still pitching for them?  No, okay, who cares.  Finding value on discarded teams is no exact science, unless you have a BS from the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston.  Why I tend to like late-round gambles from garbage teams is they have nothing to play for.  If you’re not sure what I mean, check out how many games Freddy Galvis has played in the last few years.  If collecting garbage at-bats was an art, Galvis would be in the MOMA with a statue of David made out of reclaimed coat hangers.  My hope is Cedric Mullins can do a series of water lilies with secondhand Hypercolor t-shirts from Goodwill — call it Goodwillies.  Anyway, what can we expect from Cedric Mullins for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

He’s your high floor type , like the 17th floor in a 30-floor building.  Maybe 18th floor, but only if he steals a shizzton.  One fatal flaw of his game is he’s a switch hitter who doesn’t seem like he can hit lefties.  At least not yet.  In 2017, he hit .208 vs. lefties, then .222 in 2018 (both minor league numbers), finally, he hit .156 vs. lefties in the majors.  Like a tree falling in the woods with no one around, if you can’t hit lefties while a righty, are you really a switch hitter?  There’s no answer for that, don’t wrack your brain too much.  Because of these splits are shizz, it’s why he won’t hit .285 or higher, while still maintaining great strikeout and walk rates.  In Triple-A, he had 5 HRs and 12 SBs in 59 games.  He does walk and doesn’t strike out much.  He’s the type who could be 18/25/.270 in 2019 and be extremely interesting or 8/17/.260 and completely forgettable.  (Sounds like every preseason conversation ever about Kevin Kiermaier.)  Steamer is expecting 17/17/.257, which, if you didn’t know, is almost exactly the projections for Kiermaier.  However, let’s remember — I’m your fantasy baseball ginkgo biloba! — if Kiermaier could stay on the field, we’d all be more than happy about drafting him.  Of course, Mullins is only 24 years old, and could fix his splits or just steal a bunch of bases because the O’s are short for O-man-gross.  Not to mention, I see no reason why Mullins won’t be a top three hitter for the O’s (they really are that bad).  Essentially, he’s a guy who can get into 15 homers, steal 25+ bases but might hit .250 or lower.  If he gets into a groove, he’s Starling Marte about 25 rounds later.  For 2019, I’ll give Cedric Mullins the projections of 74/15/49/.249/22 in 544 ABs with a chance for more.

  1. jose H. says:
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    Grey,
    Please give me a forecast for Harrison Bader, i just picked him up. I needed a young CF to go with my corners OF the future Franmil Reyes and Eloy Jimenez. Thanks.

    • Packers says:
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      @jose H.:
      Jose, Click on rankings above, scroll down to sleepers, click that, then scroll down thru the post on page 2 you’ll find a sleeper post on Bader.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks, Packers!

      • Father Baseball says:
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        @Shill Team 6:

        Could you spoonfeedJose as well? I think he’s getting hungry too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Father Baseball, you don’t have time for all the sons of baseball?

          • Father BASEball says:
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            @Grey:

            No, I am too busy making the balls spin and the bats crack. Plus I play favorites and do my best to delegate menial tasks to others. I do like burping however.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’ve forgotten your love for scratching yourself on the couch, when you think no one is looking, but everyone is looking.

              • Father Baseball says:
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                @Grey:

                Alexa is always watching. But what does she touch?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hey, Siri, please tell Father Baseball to start blaming Oscar, the Griffon, for his farts.

                  • Father Baseball says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Haha!

                    “Dear Alexa, who would win in a celebrity death match between you and Siri?”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Siri, Alexa’s talking crap about you.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks, Shill!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What everyone else said

  2. DonnieB says:
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    For a 5th OF: Kepler,Mancini, Grichuk, ot Palka? Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grichuk or Palka, rankings come out in a few weeks

      • DonnieB says:
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        I took Grichuk. Thanks for confirming.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  3. Gary Mack says:
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    So on a “sleeper scale” who would you rather own for 2019, Mullins or Laureano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rankings come out in a few weeks… I think Laureano

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        A few weeks? Jeez.
        The season starts in 82 days!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Holy schnikes!

  4. bigbear says:
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    One of the pillars of a late round flyer kicking the tires on the top of the lineup hitters on crappy/small market/overlooked teams. Both Mullins and Villar fit the bill from that perspective. And moreso from a HR/SB perspective. Not much else on the O’s roster (other than a SAGNOF closer).

    I wonder if the new O’s management (and an analytics approach) will steer Mullins away from “switch-hitting” to hitting lefties as a righty? I’d think there’s only upside with giving that a go.

    The threat is if they’ll go platoony with:
    Rickard (MLB – .284/.328 vs. LHP) – Not sure he’ll get much play because I’d assume they will want the young guys playing as much as possible to see what they have.
    Stewart (MiLB – .264/.377 vs. LHP in AAA in 18 and .291/.350 in AA in 17)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If the O’s go to Rickard or Stewart, they are a super sad organization… Especially Rickard… The O’s need to look at future potential, which is why I hope they know they should give Mullins a chance… As for his switch hitting, I hear ya, maybe he’ll get lucky vs. lefties… At least it’s lefties…

  5. Paul Lamb says:
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    Which side? 12 team 5×5 roto keeper

    Edwin Diaz and Altuve
    Or
    Haniger and Baez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez, but close

      • Paul Lamb says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  6. Chad says:
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    Hey Grey – A little off topic but having a tough time “Mullins”-this-over. HA! It could give me the chance to flier on this guy tho. Full dynasty – lots of OF depth and lower on SPs. You have helped me build and could use one last guidance for 2018. Have Betts, DrPepper, OZUNA, Puig, Polanco, etc and Eloy and Robles coming up along with Mazara. He is getting lots of love from other owners. Starters are needed. Do I move Nomar for Corbin (no yrs or $ format w/ 25 cats_13/12). Could get a throw in closer or OF if I try. Thoughts on that for ’19 and beyond? Happy New Year dude!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Yes, take Corbin, grab a throw-in if you can, sure… Happy New Year!

      • Chad says:
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        @Grey: Cheers to that! Was looking and Minter (could use closer even if a year out) or could try for Renfro’ since he has offered him in other deals. THX

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t mind Renfroe or Minter, would prolly take Renfroe first, but depends on team

  7. Mike says:
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    Grey, can’t wait for your top 100, when’s that due?

    Don’t want to step on it, but how would you rank Bryant, Story, and Baez as dynasty keepers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rankings start in about two weeks — Baez, Story, Bryant

  8. Dynasty leaguer says:
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    Yo G

    How much better is O Albies than S Kingery long term?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      100 times better? Not sure how to answer, but much better

  9. Tom says:
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    Grey can you find any love in your heart for a third Oriole sleeper in DJ Stewart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heavens no!

  10. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great SleeperS report!!!

    Love Mullins a million. He and Niko could be sneaky good.

    Back from my day trip to visit my wife’s friend from high school (Diana). It was nice. Funniest quote? Diana’s husband (Maurice) says: ‘Ok, we’re all caught up! See y’all in 15 years!’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goodrum! Haha, that’s awesome, glad you cleared that from your schedule until late-2033

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Thanks, man! I felt like ’95 Antonio Banderas or ’99 Wesley Snipes – your pick.

        Is there another Niko worth mentioning?? No way, only Goodrum and smooth sailing ahead!

        Happy New Year if I don’t see you ’til then.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Was there a chance at all of sending someone else to visit your friend and pretending it was you, and him not knowing bc it had been so long? If so, you dropped the ball!

  11. Dave D says:
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    Grey,

    It looks like they added two DC Express drafts (55 second picks) for the afternoon/evenings of 12/31and 1/1. The thought of drafting 50 rounds on New Years is intriguing. Hmmn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You know they might not be the best people or you might get some drunk people bc of the date…

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        Good point. There seems to be a small pool of people insane enough to do it. I would do sober from my phone while with family so maybe an advantage. The good thing this year is you can set queues specfic to each 50 rounds of draft. It’s entirely possible to actually autodraft even and do quite well if you set all picks in advance. Theoretically one could pass out after X amount of liquor mid-draft and still have a decent team.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d love to be in a draft with autodrafting teams… No matter how well you set your autodraft lists, I can’t believe it’s as good as actually being there

          • Dave D says:
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            @Grey:

            i’m old school. I go to the draft with detailed paper notes, index cards, written down in case I have technical glitches.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, same, I don’t trust autodrafting at all

  12. Crime Dog says:
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    These posts are getting me pumped Grey!

    Keeper question for you. I can keep only 2 players next year and I have to give up that rounds pick this year. I’ve listed 3 players with their corresponding round I’d forgo a pick in this year, which 2 would you keep?

    I was originally thinking lindor and acuna but the value on Baez and acuna is crazy.

    Lindor- 2nd round
    Acuna- 7th round
    Baez- 11th round

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Baez and Acuna, think you gotta

  13. DonnieB says:
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    You like Mullins over Palka? We will get your ratings out of you one question at a time—smile. Thanks a lot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I think I like Mullins more, I’m still doing my rankings… They’re close

  14. Dubs23 says:
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    Suarez and Marquez for Snell? Thoughts anyone…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Man, tough call, but Snell side

      • Dubs23 says:
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        @Grey: Would your opinion change if it was Bellinger and Marquez for Snell?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Cody

  15. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Love Mullins as a sleeper, potential leadoff guy and will play a ton. I’d guarantee at least 12 HRs 20 SB for dirt cheap.

    Question for a 12 team AL only Keeper league.

    I trade E Rosario $32(2yrs), Castellanos $24(1yr), Shane Greene $10, Charlie Morton $8(1yr),Kole Calhoun $10, Brent Rooker $1 & Taylor Hearn $1 for Judge $16(3 yrs). I gotta pull the trigger on this right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you have to do it, yeah

  16. Random Collmenter says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Am I crazy to be considering trading away $43 Arenado for $7 Andujar, $7 Bichette, and $5 Felipe Vasquez? 6×6 roto w/ 10 keepers with OPS and QS. 12 teams. I want to free up some funds for the draft, as my players are expense. Here is who I’m keeping:

    Freeman
    Springer
    Correa
    Khrush
    deGrom
    Devers
    Taillon
    Eloy
    Tatis

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think it’s crazy, how many teams?

      • Random Collmenter says:
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        @Grey:

        12-teamer. Guys can be kept forever.

        Only had $40 for the auction last year which derailed my season from the get-go.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, figured 12 teamer

  17. nightpandas says:
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    Mornin Grey,

    If my keepers are: Senzel, Devers, Vlad, GTorres, Eloy, Springer, Meadows, Othani (the bat), Adell, Urias, Sheffield…..

    Should I trade my Eloy for his Greinke?

    15 team keep 11, obp & QS league, I also have 6 picks in the first round (Round 12)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

  18. DonnieB says:
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    Who would prefer at corner between Peter Alonso and Brandon Belt? Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt unless Alonso has job

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Belt is puke…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That is true… But if Alonso’s not playing, he’s not worth anything…

  19. thatguy says:
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    When is the DeShizz sleeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, shut it!

  20. thank you says:
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    Grey, Congrats on the new house and Happy 2019!

    Which side in a dynasty league

    Jose Berrios 4 years & Lance McCullers 3 years & Royce Lewis 6 years
    or
    Fernando Tatis 6 yrs & Kyle Tucker 6 years

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, thank you! Tatis side

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