Rock Master Scott from Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three, famous for the song, The Roof is on Fire, was vacationing with his family in Pompeii, Italy in the early 1980s, when he saw the ruins in the volcanic ash.  He passed his Minolta camera to his grandma, so it wouldn’t bang into anything, and laid on the ground, mimicking a victim from 79 AD.  Then, he started screaming the chorus to his now famous song, only since his family was there, he screamed, “Let the motherfudger burn.  Burn, motherfudger, burn.”  This is a little known fact, similar to the little known rookie prospect, Dalton Pompey.  He was barely inside the top 20 for Jays prospects coming into this year.  Some people ranked Kevin Pillar above him.  The same Kevin Pillar who is followed on Twitter by the Sons of Pam Porn for his conversations with Jason Paritek and Curt Pilling.  The same Pillar who is a platoon outfielder at best.  The problem with the rankings of others is they are ranking for real baseball value.  A center fielder like Pompey, who can hit .250 and steal 30 bases, doesn’t exactly fly the pants flag when it comes to real world prospects.  To illustrate, let’s go into the Fantasy Time Machine.  In 2007, the Giants received a marginal prospect from the Pirates.  A hitter that was ranked the 27th best prospect on the Pirates at the time, in a system that was awful.  Baseball Prospectus said at the time, “The Giants didn’t trade much and got less in return with Rajai.”  Another article called Rajai, “a non-prospect.”  A third article says, “Rajai Davis, the main player the Giants acquired in the deal, presents low upside.”  All Rajai had was speed.  Rajai hasn’t stolen less than 34 bases in any year since 2009 and has three years above 40 steals while also being crowned The King of SAGNOF.  Last year alone, Rajai was the 35th ranked outfielder in fantasy.  A) No one knows anything about what a player will do.  They’re all guessing.  B) The one thing you can count on translating from the minor leagues to the majors is speed.  C) There’s no C.  Anyway, what can we expect of Dalton Pompey for 2015 fantasy baseball?

SAGNOF, dur.  I’m not saying Pompey is anything that special.  He’s fast.  He seems like the kind of guy that a team could bat 9th for 400 ABs and watch him collect 35 steals and be the 2nd table setter.  What the fork?!  That’s what irritable table setters say.  The Jays have a spot for him too.  Gose has already left, Melky is exploring website design jobs with other teams and Colby Rasmus is headed off to try his post-post-post-post-POST-post-prospect status elsewhere (maybe him and Logan Morrison can get together and hashtag things).  Center field for the Jays will be filled with a free agent acquisition this offseason, Pillar in a platoon with Pompey or just Pompey.  Some have mentioned Pompey could have the inside track since he’s Canadian.  I, honestly, can’t tell if those people are joking or how that matters.  Pompey’s campaigning to run down balls in the outfield, not to run for office.  Besides, he doesn’t smoke enough crack for public office in Toronto.  Pompey could have the inside track because he plays solid defense.  Pompey may be bumped out for someone else because he’s very young (21) and didn’t impress in September like he could’ve.  For now, I’m gonna give him the projections of 42/3/28/.253/22 in 350 ABs, which is useless outside of AL-Only leagues, but I’ll be watching him like a cyclops with a monocle to see if he gets the starting job because he could easily be a 5-HR, 30-plus steals player.

 
  1. sam says:
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    totally random, but saw this on my twitter feed so my mind went back to baseball.

    this past season was my 1st fantasy baseball yr and talked to you a few times and won 1 title finished 2nd other leauge (5-5 champ week lost by era tie break!)

    none of the pitchers that mattered were drafted – i mean i had kluber arieta degrom mchugh the dude in richards, keuchel

    only guy i drafted in both teams that was a diff maker was cueto!

    so seeing this does it make sense in fantasy baseball to just build the best offensive lineup possible bc there is never going to be a shortage of young dominant arms in this day and age of baseball and we havent even discussed closers come out of nowhere and guys just blow up in middle relief like davis and betances.

    what is your team build template for fantasy baseball?

    thanks brother

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sam: Yeah, I’ve been saying for years to ignore top pitchers…

      • james says:
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        @Grey:

        Depends on a few things, like when you draft… as you get deeper into the season pitchers gain value (less injury risk).

        Personally, I take younger SP with upside starting in about the 10th round in 12 and 14 team leagues. Normally nabbing 5 SP and 2 lower end closers between rounds 10-20 (only taking hitters who fit a need, or for some reason fell like rocks in the draft)

  2. Alex says:
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    The Canadian thing seems silly but it’s a huge part of the marketing. This year, with the Martin signing I’m sure they will be doubling down on it. I expect pompey to start unless it’s a total shitshow. If they wanted pillar out there he would have had a shot long ago.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: I hope Pompey gets the shot because for fantasy he’s the most interesting… I don’t know about that Canadian thing, seems silly….

  3. Beastman says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m just here to vent my frustration over the Sox signing 31-year old, lucky to average 130 games, Hanley Ramirez to a 5 year deal. Awful.

    I feel better now.

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Beastman: They also just signed Sandoval.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Beastman: I like Hanley going to the AL, when Papi retires they have an in house DH, which is where he should be at this point of his “career”

    • @Beastman: MLB Network keeps posting the new Red Sox projected line-ups as:
      1. Victorino-RF
      2. Pedroia-2B
      3. Ortiz-DH
      4. Hanley-LF
      5. Sandoval-3B
      6. Napoli-1B
      7. Bogaerts-SS
      8. Rusney Castillo-CF
      9. Vazquez-C

      My question…well questions are these:
      -where in the heck is Cespedes
      -why are they trying to be the Yankees and get older when they have such good young talent to play
      -what is the over under on the number of games this lineup actually plays together?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Turd Ferguson: Supposedly, Red Sox front office doesn’t like Cespedes

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Grey: I think Cespedes gets dealt with prospects for a top of the rotation guy.

          My assumption is Hanley will play left and fill in at 3rd and SS when needed. I don’t like the terms but, it’s not my $.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, that sounds likely at this point (after I’ve read more from Red Sox people)…

  4. gareth says:
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    Are the Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez deals even confirmed yet?

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @gareth: I should have added. “Per ESPN.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: They sound done

  5. gareth says:
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    If they miss out on the big three free agent pitchers and fail to trade for a top starter, the Red Sox go into the season with Clay Buchholz as their ace.

    Pitching is the greater need for them. Sandoval is a nice fit at third but Hanley on top of that seems unnecessary and risky. Where do they play him when he’s healthy?

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @gareth: Surely Bogaerts gets the start at SS. Panda at third.

      • Fanthead says:
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        @Baezaworldseries: If Bosox sign Panda & H. Ramirez does Bogaerts go to outfield or is he traded? Baeza are you implying Ramirez goes to OF? I still think Bogaerts is a special talent deserving of reasonable patience.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Fanthead: I’d guess Bogaerts goes to the outfield, but maybe it’s Hanley…

  6. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Where does Mookie fit in with all this recent BoSox news?

    He was solid down the stretch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Without a job

  7. Big Magoo

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    The Sox have some interesting trade chips after the Hanley and Sandoval signings. Some combination of Cespedes, Napoli, Victorino, and Craig will probably be moved, unless they’re willing to part with Bogaerts, Betts, or some of their prospects to land an ace. Should be interesting over the next few weeks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, they have to trade pieces now which I wouldn’t think is a good seller’s position

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: Yeah, it might be tough for them to get max value in a trade now.

        On the fantasy side, Hanley was looking like a potential value pick in the 4th round area, but he’ll probably move up draft boards after this news. I have a feeling that you’ll provide some insight into these moves in the near future…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t trust Hanley…

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: Me neither. Just saying that as a late 4th / early 5th rounder, he might be an interesting option as an upside pick. As a 3rd rounder, not so much…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s exactly the kind of pick that could easily haunt you… You can’t drop him, but you could end up wishing you could

              • Big Magoo

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                @Grey: Exactly. I wouldn’t touch him in deep leagues for that reason, but in shallow leagues he’s worth taking a shot on at the right price.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  The one thing he’ll have going for him no matter what is name value so you can always trade him for a Kluber type that people may not believe in…

  8. nick the dick says:
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    Seager 7 year 100 mil extension. Bet Mariners next year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That still stings

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Ha, salt in the wound

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe… My eyes are watering, they’re not tears!

  9. FrankGrimes says:
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    bye bye Mr Panda (insert sad face emojis)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grimey! Pablo didn’t seem like the type to age gracefully, so Giants are better off without him….

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        that’s the excuse I used when I dumped my last girlfriend

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            you think Posey moves to third?
            I’m glad Hanley gone so now all my hate can goto that douchebag Puig.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Nah, Posey’s not going to 3rd for 2015…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @FrankGrimes: If Puig was on the Giants you all would love him. You seem to fall into the Giant fan base that would.

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @J-FOH:
                Not a chance.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @FrankGrimes: exactly the answer I was expecting.

  10. Ambreen says:
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    Grey, I appreciate the feedback.

    Dynasty roto league. RIos a good get for my Anibal?

    Gracias!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  11. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Syndergaard for Betts………..DO IT!!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: thats what she said

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that would make sense for both… Have you heard that?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Only in my head…but if it makes sense for the mets i doubt it happens

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, it totally makes sense

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Since the Red Sox appear to be going for it now maybe they would rather have Niese or Gee…plus a lesser prospect

            • J-FOH says:
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              @JeF With 1 F: teams like the sox are always going for it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that could be true, but I’d go Noah first, even if I were going for it now… Niese and Gee are lucky to get 120 IP this year…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: when does logic and baseball ever mix – see 2014 playoffs

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, true

  12. nick the dick says:
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    Yo Foh I need 12 points tonight, who’s more likely to get it for me Decker vs Buf or Torrey Smith vs NO?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: In standard scoring it’s a toss up. I slightly like Torey better but that can get thrown out the window if Keenan Lewis is covering him all night. Decker might be slightly better in PPR, depending on what the PPR points are. At the end of the day, Torey has better upside tonight

  13. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    damn, i’m gonna be out of town till the 27th morning, gonna miss the likely fireworks creeping up the buildings of my city haven. they’s bringing the verdict down tonight (they really should’ve planned this for the coldest night of the year so far (that would’ve been i believe just past Monday night)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Be safe!

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: you survived much worse environment (from what it sounded like).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh yeah

          • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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            @Grey: on one team i got pompey and guerrero. sounds like guerrero isn’t worth keeping in 20 teamers if we have other options

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Depends on those options

              • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                @Grey: damn yahoo’s locked out baseball for now. i know i kept waivered pompey over the TOR owner (he slept on him) when he came up. tried to needle him over it. then later waivered guerrero in H2H playoffs (during 3rd place game)

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