No one will come close to ranking this guy as high as I’m going to (assuming the Phils don’t do anything stupid and trade for a prospblock).  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cody Asche not ranked at all on some sites.  Last year, ESPN didn’t rank Hyun-Jin Ryu, barely ranked Jean Segura and ignored Starling Marte, to name just a few of the guys that I highlighted around this time last year. No one is going to be on all fours getting Asche-y knees like me.  Ideally, the Phils stop using Old Spice as their go-to cologne, and move Rollins or Revere or Utley or Howard or Byrd down in the lineup while pushing Asche up, so he finds himself somewhere in the top four slots.  I kinda don’t want that to happen until the day after the season starts, I say mischievously.  If it happens in March, then suddenly people are going to start asking the question, “Yo, Grey, your mustache reminds me a bit of the Sistine Chapel, only holier, but in other news, who is this guy Cody Asche that the Phils are saying will hit in the top of their lineup?”  We don’t need those Johnny Come Latelies clogging up our draft strategy with their newfound enthusiasm.  Johnny Come Lately, go show up tardy somewhere else!  I hear Machado is aiming to be ready for Opening Day, go look at him, JCL.  Go, now, your name reminds me too much of JC Chasez.  Okay, now that we rid ourselves of those schmohawks, what can we expect from Cody Asche for 2014 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

Here’s what I said towards the end of last year, “Asche is like a modern day Eric Hosmer, if Eric Hosmer weren’t already modern day.  I’m remixing The Game for this Outkast and Asche’s to Asche’s, ah ha, don’t make me hush this fuss!   Why do I love him for 2014 fantasy baseball?  The Phillies need to move towards the future, and Asche will have a starting job, and get drafted in the late 200’s in most mixed leagues, but has the upside of a 70/17/82/.285/10 player.  Yes, I just gave you my first 2014 projection.  Cody Asche, you make me excited, let’s cuddle.”  And that’s me quoting me!  What we learned from 2013 is if he gets those stats, he’s a top ten 3rd baseman.  Yes, it’s pathetic that those stats get him in the top ten, but don’t shoot the messenger — unless the messenger is Bugs Bunny and it’s wabbit season.  Last year, David Wright finished tenth overall with 63/18/58/.307/17.  My Asche projections put him around the same level.  Sad, but true, boo.  As I said in the opening that was about 367 words ago, the only thing stopping Asche is the Phils doing something stupid with their 3rd base slot, and no one is going to rank Asche high, so he’ll come at a great discount on draft day, which makes him a terrific sleeper.  Seriously, I want to cuddle.  Now.

2020 Draft Kit
 
  1. Dan Johnson says:
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    I’m in a 12 team deep league with 20 keepers and I have been offered the following trade..

    His King Felix for
    My C Archer Pineda B Anderson Yoenis

    Do you think I would be giving up to many players to get Felix? Yoenis is my only keeper of the 4.

      • Frank White says:
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        m

    • Homer at the Bat says:
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      @Dan Johnson: If the only keeper you’re giving up is Yoenis, it’s really a 1-for-1 trade for you (although you give up the possibility of including Archer/Pineda/Anderson).

      If you’d trade Yoenis for King Felix, and I’m guess you and everyone else here would, go ahead and do the deal – now!

      • Dan Johnson says:
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        @Homer at the Bat: thanks grey and homer,
        I took the deal and was then able to pick up Noah Syndergaard to stash as a possible keeper.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  2. Doug says:
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    Seems like more of a comment on the current state of third base than an endorsement. I just don’t see any real upside in power or speed that makes him more than an afterthought in mixed leagues. Admittedly haven’t seen him play much. Is there power potential that hasn’t shown itself yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doug: It is a comment on 3rd base, but the projections I gave him would sneak him into the top 12 at the position…

  3. Guancous says:
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    Grey, are you worried Makiel Franco will get called up and take his spot in June?

    • Grey

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      @Guancous: Don’t think we see him in any big way until 2015

  4. fri-guy says:
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    On draft day I’m looking forward to tappin that asche. I dumped r zimmerrmmann to wait on damp in my keeper league and asche will do nicely til he arrives.

    • fri-guy says:
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      @fri-guy: oops, damn auto correct. Damp = Sano

      • Andy says:
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        @fri-guy: Sano injured his UCL in winter ball and has been shut down. You may be waiting a while so go for Asche.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @fri-guy: tapping that Asche great team name, but also too much of a tip off. I’ll wait till after the draft….I know you needed to hear that.

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @fri-guy: I’m drafting Damp in the first round

  5. Tigres says:
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    Awesome. Asche is such a sleeper, I forgot he was even starting…

    Keeper league, 2nd pick- McCutch, Cano or Giancarlo? I assume Miggy goes first, Trout and Goldy will be kept. Counting the days until 2014 rankings!

    • ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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      @Tigres: I think I’d take Cutch

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Tigres: how is cutch NOT being kept?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: or swiggy!?

  6. Yeshcheese says:
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    Phils are building up Asche, Pettibone and Ruf as a new core, check it

  7. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    Cody Asche feels like the pair of mismatched socks I got from my aunt every year for Christmas for 10 years straight. Ew. Hope you’re right though Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: Don’t underestimate your lesbian aunt… Those socks will keep you warm…

  8. ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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    Hmm in a 12team dynasty, keep 17, think Asche is worth the final keeper spot over a guy like Tyson Ross?

    Also same league Strasburg/Jon Singleton for Encarnacion/Rendon which side you got?

    Thanks!

  9. millenball says:
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    Who do you like more this season, arenado or asche?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @millenball: I WILL have one of these before christmas. He will be mine, oh yes….

  10. Wake Up says:
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    I don’t want to rain on your parade…it’s just that I enjoy peeing off of the balcony…

    “Grey must be on crack if he thinks Asche is gonna hit those numbers batting at the bottom of that Brewer lineup”…

    modern day Eric Hosmer…HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Ha… You stealing Rudy’s thunder?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: definitely alluding to the much maligned screenshot!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

  11. Wake Up says:
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    I could be condemned to hell for every sin
    but litterin’…

    yep, still good with Indian fans…

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Wake Up: I have a difficult time following 90% of your comments on this blog. If that’s what you’re going for – cheers to you Wake Up!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @SwaggerJackers: I’ll drink to that!

        • SwaggerJackers says:
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          @Wake Up: Ha!

  12. jim says:
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    Hope Cody doesn’t Rutledge me.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @jim: You’re not Eaton the Kool-Aid?

  13. Wake Up says:
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    Butler maybe to Toronto…

    mmm… Moobs smothered in a dual layer of poutine and bbq sauce…your welcome anyone who was planning on either eating or engaging in intercourse at any point today!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: That sounds sexy to me!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: stop it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mea culpa

  14. Wake Up says:
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    catz…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: wish me luck…on in 1.5hrs!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good luck!

  15. Ralph Lifshitz

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    So the Yankees rejected a Brandon Phillips for Brett Gardner deal. Any truth to the rumors that Cashman told Jocketty that the 2004 AllStar team was the 2013 Yankees and that this year is the ” Year of the Outfielder”?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: Oy Vey, I’m creating Free Gardner shirts for my Spring 2014 collection

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll take one

  16. ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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    Katz’s?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @ReleasetheMcCracken: just another manic Friday…wish it was…no, actually I’m pretty OK with it being Friday…

  17. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    League that counts OBP, XBH, NSB, HR, RBI, R, QS, SVHD, K, K/BB, ERA, WHIP. Get to keep 5 players with no round penalty. Options are:

    Miggy
    Crush Davis
    JUpton
    Cutch
    Puig
    Heyward
    Kemp
    JoFer
    Scherzer

    Thoughts? Too early?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom Thumb: Miggy, Davis, Upton, Cutch, Puig

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        surprised me .
        thought you would have gone heyward over puig .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I’m liking Puig…

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Grey:

            you left-coasters are such trend-setters .

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We don’t preoccupy ourselves with news and current events…

    • Sammyllenas says:
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      @Grey:@Tom Thumb: Miggy / Davis / Puig / Cutch / JFer. I know Grey said Upton, but JFer seems to have the biggest upside of all the SP’s not named Kershaw and you are already keeping 2 OF within only 5 keepers.

  18. Whatever says:
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    Working on a deal in my Mixed league keeper.

    Trading away Kimbrel at 12 (cant keep anyway) and Desmond Jennings ($4) for Jose Bautista at $13.

    Can keep 9 keepers as i won my league:
    Miggy $47, Beltre $20, Everth Cabrera $10, Yadier $1, Jennings $4, Adam Jones $29, Yu Darvish $7, Anibal Sanchez $6 and Kenley Jensen $6

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Fully agree. Now he is trying to replace a $13 Bautista with a $21 Jay Bruce. i would rather take Bautista for 8 dollars less.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • Whatever says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, Grey. By the way, just bought you a couple of Daiquiri’s. Thanks a lot for your help during the season. Helped me win my mixed league keeper. And your pitching matrix was a key tool that helped me put together a pretty good staff.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  19. Alan says:
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    What is your thoughts on Maikel Franco? Even Ruben Amaro mentioned that it could be a good competition in spring.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alan: Not coming up until September to pinch hit at the earliest…

  20. Jay says:
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    who like for a keeper Justin Upton or Braun?

    would go with Kershaw, Cano, Votto, Stanton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton…Really a toss up though

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: That’s where I’m at with it. either could be studly or dudly.

        but my otehr choices aren;t much better
        Trumbo
        Carlos Santana
        billy hamilton
        Anthony rizzo
        Starlin Castro
        Crawford
        Gordon

        Trumbo interests me some because the league scores XBH as well.but Upton kinda looks like my best bet huh?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Really is a toss up… I’m gonna rank them nearly next to each other…

  21. Xerxes says:
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    Which would you rather have for 2014 In a H2H kpr pts lg, andrus or morrow and Wilson Ramos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Andrus

  22. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Cuddle time will arrive tomorrow around mid-day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m warming my hands under my farts for our first handshake…

      • J-FOH

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        @Grey: This is really cute with you two, are you sending the cougs away for 48 hours?

        To be honest, I can’t wait to be your escort/driver/security detail Saturday. I’ve been smashing middle age white guys in the face to prep.

        • Grey

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          If all goes well, you’ll end up in jail because of something I did…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: won’t be the first time

    • J-FOH

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      @Grey: @Sky: I hope Grey knows what he’s in for. That goodbye hug I got from you was a little too long.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Handshakes only for the mustachioed…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Grey: Just ask JFOH. It started as a simple handshake…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Sounds like the beginning of a Hallmark card… It started as a simple handshake…

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Or the start of a bromance comedy. Jason Lee will play me!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Finger cuffs!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Hey, I ALWAYS notice that bored look in her eyes.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: you guys are going to be in the back seat while I drive around, aren’t you? I’m hurt already but I can’t express myself monosyllabically enough for you to understand ’em all.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, you’re chauffeuring us, thank you.

                    • The G says:
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                      @Grey: what are you guys getting yourselves into this weekend in our wonderful city of angels? Wish I could tag along…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Got invited to the Playboy mansion and Sky’s coming down for it… Watch out now!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: I knew there was a reason for the quick invite…its high school all over again

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Someone’s gotta fight our battles and drive us around…

  23. Chin Music says:
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    If you don’t see Franco as having an impact until 2014, what do you see for Kris Bryant? You see any chance of Bryant getting to the Cubs before 2015? The bat might be ready now, but it sounds like he’s still a hot mess in the field. Kinda weird how 3Bs Sano, Franco & Bryant are all within spitting distance, yet 1B is a prospect wasteland by comparison

    I’m looking forward to seeing your take on Tanaka, assuming he gets posted. If Olney can be believed, the other teams in his league are so anxious to get him out of their league they are willing to pass around the collection plate to make up for the change in posting fee $$. Tanaka will be one of the better guys available in my keeper league draft, so I’m curious to see where you think he stacks up against young guys like Walker, Bradley, Wheeler, Salazar, and veterans like Lester, Garza, CJ Wilson, Medlen, etc. (all those guys I mentioned should be available in my draft). I don’t expect another Darvish, but I’m hoping he’ll be better than Kuroda and A LOT better than Dice-K.

    • Grey

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      Bryant’s a year away from a real impact too… Tanaka looks like Oswalt in his early days… Definite #2, maybe #1 upside… Lester in a good year seems about right…

      • Chin Music says:
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        I had Lester on my team as a keeper when he was a 220+ K guy with an ERA around 3.50. I’m not very interested in the guy from the last few years who’s a 160K guy with an ERA closer to 3.80 (while average MLB ERA had gone down). I’ll assume you meant the old version.

        • Grey

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          Yup, old version…