I wanna flap my gums about Monte Harrison all day, e’eryday. To me, he screams a guy who is much better for fantasy than he is in real life. I love those guys. Not coincidentally, I hate guys who are great in real life but terrible in fantasy. That’s nearly every catcher, which doesn’t help them. I’ve hated Buster Posey for nearly a decade thanks to the love he garners in real life. It’s so hard for me to not be contrarian that I almost immediately begin to dislike a guy when others start liking them. On the X-axis is my love and on the Y-axis is everyone’s love, and you can see when they overlap for just about everyone. Last year, around April, Gerrit Cole crossed streams. The top hitters run pretty much parallel along the Y-axis with my love and everyone else’s. Okay, legit way off course here, and veering back to Monte Harrison. These dart throws won’t exactly line up to their projections in my 2020 fantasy baseball rankings. Some of them aren’t even in my rankings; Monte is. He’s in the top 100 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball (barely), and he’s number 60 on Prospect Itch’s top 200 prospects for 2020 fantasy baseball. With these darts, I’m aiming for the ceiling. (Good for fantasy baseball, not great for actual darts.) If you want this in more plain English, I like these guys more than my rankings might show as last round sleepers in any league. Also, if we hear soon that baseball is returning for only 82 games vs. 100 games (as it is in my projections and rankings), I will make the necessary adjustments. My ear is to the ground, and baseball sounds like it’s getting close. What’s that, the ground has The Rona? How do I clean my ear now?! So, about Monte Harrison for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

Last year in Triple-A, Monte Harrison hit nine homers and stole 20 bags in 22 attempts while slashing .274/.357/.451. Guess in how many at-bats. What did you say, 400? Nope, way lower. No, not five at-bats! He hit nine homers! He did it in 56 games and 215 ABs. Zoinks! That’s roughly a 25/50 pace across a full season. Yo, you Hanley Ramirez? Actually, no he’s not. He might not even be Byron Buxton. Harrison’s strikeout rate is ugly as sin. 29.9% in Triple-A, needing a .373 BABIP to produce a decent average. He is fast, so the BABIP might be inflated, but .335-.350 BABIP feels generous, which means an average closer to .240. He is fast though, a 60-grade burner, which is also a Nokia flip phone for Bodie on The Wire. Hilariously appropriate, Monte’s daddy, Lewis Brinson, is in front of him on the depth charts, i.e., another guy who was previously a can’t miss prospect with five tools, but he’s only five tools now if he wears pants like a glove, and I wouldn’t project Brinson for five dongs. As mentioned with my Wander Franco fantasy, the minor leagues are gonna be nil and void this year, so Monte Harrison should be with the major league club, and, with Brinson burning out big time all his chances, even with the Marlins, Harrison could be the starting center fielder when this cluster gets un-fudged. Right now Monte Harrison has a five-homer, seven-steal line in about 25 games. If he gets 80 to 100 games? He’s basically Starling Marte with a crap average, and an excellent…*swinging by on a Bud Light pool table lamp*…DART THROW!

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Excellent dart throw report, Cameron Diaz ’96 excellent.

    a. Love all of these dart throws, damn you. Now I need to draft a team of just your dart throws.

    b. Still can’t believe that VP Pence has been sent to the showers. Sad for him that his best friend is giving him the cold shoulder.

    c. Excited about the potential for ANY SEASON so seeing the report that we might get 82 games (as you allude to above and that I saw late yesterday night on fantrax) makes me horny as hell.

    d. Been invited for an online interview (will learn soonest the technical aspect of the interview like whether it is audio or video or both.) for June 2. I googled how to ace your online interview so am looking at any of the small things (the intangibles) that people do if anyone is out there. Appreciate any inputs.

    e. MLB quote of the day for June 24, 1982

    ‘Every life lesson is on that baseball field.’

    Richard Michael ‘Goose’ Gossage, got his nickname after a friend didn’t like the sound of his then nickname (‘Goss’) and his neck looked like a goose when he pitched…ergo, ipso facto, GOOSE! Recorded the final out to clinch a division, league, or World Series title seven times. Trails only Hoyt Wilhelm for relief pitching strikeouts at 1502, he is the career leader in blown saves at 112 don’t think anyone will beat that dubious record.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      C. Yeah, I’d take it — better than nothing — it makes sense somewhere in the 82 to 100 game range — assuming everyone can be reassured of their issues

      D. That’s awesome! Fingers crossed for you — is it with Greenpeace?

      E. Nice!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!

        Thanks a lot, man.

        Yeah Gossage was a follow-up to yesterday’s Dale Murphy quote plus the crack cocaine reference from the patreon podcast. Who was the third person?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha…Hmm…Trying to remember…Bob Horner? Don’t think so

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            John Kruk! I think

            • galica says:
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              Grey!!!

              John Kruk, you have a great memory. I actually like John Kruk and he replied to a few of my tweets which I found heart-warming as a fan. Terrible what The Wild Thing did to his anatomy.

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                He did not do the post-career CC Sabathia diet, that’s for sure

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      If you are not used to online interviews i have been on both ends of them
      the biggest thing people not used to remote feed is they respond like a live conversation and their mic cuts in overriding the other speakers. In this format you have to wait to respond some times.

      Also minimize all the sound of background noise such as crinkling paper typing on a keyboard activates your microphone cutting the other person off. Headsets help with this

      If you have time and resources get a good set of noise cancelling headphone/microphone I did a lot of remote stuff prior to this and most people do not know when i’m remote or in the office. i have a Seinheiser MB Pro model headset that is pretty good. It is 3 yrs old so there may be better now. good luck

      • galica says:
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        Lenny!

        Thanks a million, man. Really useful intel.

        Hope you are well.

        Cheers,
        Ante

  2. dill says:
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    Love these dart throws. The content has been great, keep it up !

    What are your thoughts on Josh Naylor with a universal DH ?

    Thanks

  3. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    Sounds like baseball is doing a 3weeks on the road 3 weeks at home and 14 teams in the playoffs. I”m hearing on the radio but have not seen it in writing. Anybody know the latest?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What? I haven’t heard that at all

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        It must be pretty fresh they are talking about it on the radio but i could not find anything written up. Sounds like the info came from Trevor Ploufe.

        Also says players are now balking at the prorated salary and being on lock down just playing games and staying in hotels and no fans . Not sure i can fell sympathy for players it is pretty much what other essential workers are doing and what the military folks do all the time. They can suck it up a little for a couple months.

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            Good article there are points on both sides but it is hard to be sympathetic to either side of millionaires fighting over money.

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              Ha totally. We just want baseball.

              Btw how’s the slot?

              • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                The Slot?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I haven’t heard that yet…. Depends if they’re willing to do it… Impossible to say, I hope they do, but can understand if they don’t want to…If I were worth $20 million or more, I’m not sure I’d want to be bothered

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            They can always sit it out if they are apathetic or scared. I’m sure all the players on Grey’s Dart board are willing to play.

            Again hard to feel for them as the rest of us either have to go work or are not allowed to go to work. These guys at least a have some choice.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, my darts should be playing…and a majority of players might agree, but I’m just saying I could see push back from some vets and well-paid players who have nothing to prove

              • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                I could some feeling like that ……..but if they have nothing left to prove they should retire or sit the year out but don’t hold up others who want to play..

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, and some guys might sit out, could see it…Hard to say yet

  4. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    Test

  5. NUX says:
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    That entire draft crew from Bobby’s World is up for another, you in?

    This one is $10 2 Hour Clock- Top 3 Payout

    So payout will be:
    1st- $75
    2nd- $20
    3rd- $10 site credit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was the one suggesting we go again!

      • NUX says:
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        Righteous.

        I’ll create the league and get the other 11 of us in before sending you think link here. And just like last time, you’ll be #12 and then the draft will start 15 mins after you join… and get first peck somehow… for the 3rd draft in a row.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BTW, I’ve never got 1st pick before in like 7 years

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            And yes let me know here

          • baby seal says:
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            Didn’t you have 1st pick last year somewhere and draft Trout…no?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ooh, good memory, you’re right…That was 1st time in a while (I think) — never on back to back drafts tho, that’s for sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As I always say, if you want to get in shape, quit sports and start podcasting

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        LOL how funny is it that he waited until after retiring. I need to pitch 30+ games on a 160 game schedule.. meh, give me another Big Mac

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No longer needs the best of baseball training, which is eating a lot of fast food

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          Yeah you would think it would be the other way around …lol

  6. brett says:
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    Grey, I hope you are doing well! If we have an 82 game season how do you value starters? In my keeper league my last spot comes down to bieber $9 for this year and next vs Baez at 13 only this year. I’m trying to determine if I go for a better option for next year even though pitching maybe only gets 12-15 starters vs a hitter as this year could be very random with less time for team adjustments during the year. Curious your take.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching will be even more random in a short season — I want Baez

    • baby seal says:
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      Bieber! He has one of the better distance metrics among starters, so he should be going about as deep as anyone this year… it’s all relative. You’re going to need pitching one way or another.

      Bieber can anchor your staff while you throw darts at everyone else. Hard to find a good, young, stud arm like that. I wouldn’t toss him away over a half season… good luck!

  7. Star Man says:
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    If you don’t need steals and take that category out of the comparison, who would you rather have in your lineup for just this year in a standard Roto redraft league – JD who has been a consistent and reliable big producer or Bellinger who so far in his career has been inconsistent? Bellinger is streaky and dropped off a lot after June. If you choose Bellinger, what’s your primary reason you favor him over JD?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s better than JD in every way

    • baby seal says:
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      Bellinger and it’s not really close. Also he plays first, which is yuuuuuge

  8. Mark says:
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    Like many mentioned, some players might choose to sit due to the virus this year. I think there will be a season, but so much is still in flux, it could just be cancelled at this point rather than go through the hassle.

    Shame is some players will lose development time. Not really service, but missing a year is big in terms of development.

    I was getting excited to see if Brinson finally found his pedigree. Shame that him and Broxton were so highly regarded and are almost trash thus far. Shows how volitile Baseball Prospects are.

    I enjoy finding MiLB breakouts as part of my keeper league minors and that fun aspect to me is dead in the water this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe, too early to say

  9. NUX says:
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    Need a 12th man for another NFBC Bestball $10 Slow Draft (2 Hours)

    It’s Points (Bestball) and only 2 OF and 4 P slots that start each week

    C- 1
    1B- 1
    2B – 1
    3B- 1
    SS- 1
    OF- 2
    UTIL- 1
    P- 4
    And then 20 bench slots (32 Rounds)

    1st place gets $75
    2nd gets $20
    3rd gets $10 (NFBC credit)

    If interested, DM me on the Tweet Deck : @NUX_34

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait, am I in?

      • NUX says:
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        Yup you in and I sent a note over to Knoche. We had one other guy in the group from the most recent one that has a busy work week this week and had to bail.

        Hoping to find someone today, so we can plan to start tomorrow in the AM! Was thinking that around 11:00 Eastern / 8:00 PST I’ll prob post the link for you to jump in tomorrow.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who bailed? Or should I say Zachary who?

          • NUX says:
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            Lol not ZacharyWho, he is a committed vet of the bestball grind. We’ll find someone I’m sure.

            @Grimey where you at?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Like Elon, we need Grimes!

  10. Harrison is a toolbox full of potential, a hitting coach’s dream. If the light comes on, watch out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Definitely, Smitty!

  11. LOLmets says:
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    I believe Terry francona is just being nice when he says Jordan coulda been a regular in pro baseball.

    A 200 hitter in the minors who relies on speed with a 260 slugging…? Ummm…

    It’s funny I’m debating my buddy and he says it’s impressive MJ could hit 200 in double a coming in cold.

    Oh really, what did Tim tebow hit for in the minors? And he’s flat footed compared to Jordan (speed for sure helped mj beat out a few cheap hits to boost his avg that’s why I mention it- and he still hit .200)

    Also it’s like what would have been unimpressive? What if Jordan hit for a 180 avg? Or 165? At what point are you not impressed. Is anything above striking out every single at bat impressive ? Where’s the bar?

    MJ is a great athlete no doubt. Doesn’t mean he coulda been a successful big league hitter. That I doubt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that was a joke….There’s no way Michael Jordan would’ve been a regular in MLB… He would’ve made Lewis Brinson look like Tony Gwynn

      • baby seal says:
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        ROFL hahahaha

  12. baby seal says:
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    Monte, Monte, Monte… Python?

    Yassss Queeeeen. All aboard the Monte train! I am the conductor of this hype train. Hop on!!!

    Here is the X-axis, here is the Y-axis, and as you can see, we are in La La Land (quite literally), AND NO LONGER ON THE CHART! WHEEEEE!!! Haha, that was great.

    Why all these cool power/speed prospect-types gotta have huge K%s? I guess we just gotta accept them for who they are–that’s what Momma always said!

    Back to being serious for a minute, seems like if a power/speed prospect is coming up w/ a near 30% K rate nowadays, then you just gotta shrug it off and say, meh. Whatever, welcome aboard, Monte! The baby seal lair is a great place to hang out. You will love it, I promise! Wi-Fi password is on the fridge.

    I think Monte was likely going to make the big club before all this anyways, right? Correct me if I’m wrong, but think a good comp for him is like a poor man’s Luis Robert?

    Assume you likely saw this thread from P365? https://twitter.com/Prospects365/status/1260000127617466369?s=20

    Pretty much agrees with what I was saying the other week on how I think this plays out for MiLB. Not as many prospects will get called up as many think (an opinion, not fact). Again, not saying none will, or that Pearson (lol) won’t – just think, as usual, there’s way too much prospecthusiasm.

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    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poor man’s Luis Robert sounds close enough…Call him Just About Bob…

      I thought you didn’t like average drains, glad to see you came around on Monte, I knew you would

      • baby seal says:
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        Well, you have that wrong, I don’t plan on taking Monte in the top-100 so we Gucci!

        I was always a Monte fan, puhleazzeee. Have him on at least 1 DC. Was super pumped when he was rocking in the Spring…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m glad I was able to turn you on to him!

          • baby seal says:
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            OMG lol…

            1) I liked Monte from the first time I ever read your blurb on him back in Jan/Feb!

            2) I’m totally fine w/ “average sinks” — just not in the top-100!

            3) There is no 3, other than repeating myself in a different way to get the same point across, *you are the one who got me on him in the first place* and I never left the Hype Train!!!!!!!

  13. krazyivan says:
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    Marlins might be a sneaky good offense this year.
    Thought I heard that rosters could be like 45-50 players. WTH is that about?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No minors…Everyone aboard!

    • baby seal says:
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      Patently absurd! Think about how many subs teams a team could use in a game… really helping speed of play, guys!

  14. krazyivan says:
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    Catcher plays one game. Is quarantined for 72 hours after because he was within 6 feet of a dozen people. No problem! We have 4 catchers on the roster!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, sounds like a platooney tunes nightmare

  15. Rick Brown says:
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    In Passan’s article that Grimey mentioned they’re talking about maybe a 26-30 man roster and a 20 player taxi squad made up of top prospects and other minor leaguers.
    Sounds like fun.
    RICK

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, been hearing that for a while

  16. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    16 teamer h2h, tons of cats added, steals %, OBP over AVG, OPS, total bases, hits, XBH, starter wins over wins, QS, net saves + holds (saves too by itself), K% (not K/9, actual K/batter faced, so K%), total bases against, inherited runners stranded. keep 4 at least year’s ADP prices (fantrax, so i get both otanis for price of one). slow draft going on in the 21st round.
    C vaz (16)
    1B bellinger (CF, 2, K)
    2B antana (1B, all OF, 9)
    SS correa (6)
    3B jd davis (LF, 10)
    MI wong (2B, 13)
    CI d.murphy (1B/2B 15)
    LF soto (K, 3)
    CF happ (2B/CF, 17)
    RF yelich (K, 1)
    OF ozuna (5)
    util (2): otani (K, 11)
    – hilliard (CF/RF 19)
    BN: have space to use 2 of these while still having 8 SP/6 RP and since hilliard (righty only), otani (off days when he pitches and day after) and maybe happ (maddoning gone finally but still no guarantee he’s every day starter till i see it, depth charts does indicate he would be though), possibly wong (no indications he’ll be benched against lefties, but he used to be)
    SP: otani (K, 11), woodruff (4), carrasco (7), yarbrough (14), wood (16), matz (21)
    RP: (max 6): r.iglesias (8), doolittle (12), d.castillo (20)

    so i got 3 more RP, 2-3 more SP and 1-2 more BN bats, since i have so many guys that get off days i’m probably best off with 2 of them. 35-72 min-max innings per week. so 1 streamer out of 8 makes sense. all my late round regs for these deep leagues as far as SP are still around (gibson/gausman/cueto).

    best 2 hitter options:
    -gardner/JBJ/kiermaier (CF backup for happ/hilliard, war room says i could use some speed)
    – dubon (speed and SS, as correa is my only one thusly)
    – hoerner (playing time issues)
    – profar (same as dubon but less speed, probably more HR’s)
    – simmons (probably safer OBP floor than dubon/profar, less upside, middle steals of the 3)
    – longo (just realized jd davis is my ONLY 3B elig, so eventually i’ll probably need a SS and/or 3B with these last 2 BN hitters)
    – camargo (has EXACTLY 3B/SS, which almost nobody has both of those)
    – h.kendrick (straight up backup in real life, great per game stats outside of steals, 1B-3B here)
    – asscab (a lesser kendrick but with 2B/3B/SS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…Camargo seems smart for your team and Profar

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        ok, thinking i’m ok on speed then already i guess. war room’s total’s don’t adjust for larger rosters, here i’ve input 16 team yahoo but it’s totals never go up from 143 (it’s showing my starters as having 103, but that’s with only giving hilliard 6 (and the war room totals were for a 162 game season, so 6 seems light compared to his +3.6 steals number on rudy’s OPS rater, which is tied with segura and peraza, so looking at that 6 in 162 games (even assuming he only plays vs righties) seems low). profar gets a 1.4, tied with of similar positions a.frazier (and gallo if comparing to OF’ers).

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