jungho

If you walk out that door, you’re going to miss a great comeback. Hunt Stevenson kicked ass. And even though he didn’t actually meet the goal of 15,000 cars So Yamamura was so impressed with Hunt’s efforts that he declared his team successful. Just another example of a great 1980’s movie. Modern technology be damned, the 80’s was awesome. Speaking of awesome, let’s talk about the third baseman you’re going to wish you stashed on your DL if you don’t own one of Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado or Josh Donaldson. I refer to them collectively as the “Big 3B”. And no, there is no “Big 3A”. There’s the “Big 3A-holes”. That would be Justin Upton.

Last year, which was his rookie season, in 126 games and 467 plate appearances Jung-ho Kang hit 15 home runs, scored 60 runs, drove in 58 and stole 5 bases. Extrapolating that across 162 games we are looking at 20 homers, 77 runs, 74 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Due to the fact that he was recovering knee/leg injury, Kang’s average draft position was about 172. That puts him well into the “late round flyer” category. Kang finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting behind Kris Bryant and Matt Duffy.

After missing the first 29 games of the season, Jung-ho has returned to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since returning he has started six games. He appeared in two additional games as a pinch hitter with a plate appearance in each. During his six games Kang already has four home runs. He’s batting .292 with 5 runs scored and 8 runs batted in. Six games is far from an adequate sample size, however, for shifts and giggles let’s expand those stats over 162 games. Doing so we end up with 108 home runs, 135 runs and 216 RBIs. Now obviously that’s just ridiculous. He’s not going to maintain said pace. But again, for ships and giggles, let’s try something else. The Pirates have 125 games remaining in the regular season. Let’s say Kang plays four out of every five games. That comes to 100 games. At his current pace Jung-ho will end the season with 70 homers, cross the plate 88 times and drive in 141. Once again, this is NOT going to happen.

What if Kang could achieve just half of those numbers. Do the math. Divide them by two. If he manages 35 home runs, 44 runs and 70 RBIs, that would be quite the season for a guy quite possibly picked up off the waiver wire. I don’t think he’ll hit 35 long balls, but 25 is certainly within reach. I’m pretty glad I stashed him. Byung-ho Park who? Sounds like the name of a stadium in South Korea. Kang has yet to steal a base, and I wouldn’t expect much from him in that department, but as the season moves on and perhaps he’s feeling a little frisky or pumped up from a fresh remix of Gangnam Style he will probably swipe a few bags. Oppa Kangnam Style! Eh, sexy Pirate…

What do get when Jung-ho teams up with RZA, GZA, Method Man and a few other artists? The Wu-Kang Clan!

What is Jung-ho’s favorite animal? The kangaroo!

Had enough? Ok, just one more. What do you get when Michael Keaton and Kang co-star in a movie from the 1980s about a car manufacturing factory? Jung Ho.

I’ve seen some posts on other less cool websites recently discussing the best DL stashes. Most of them include Yu Darvish, Michael Brantley and Carlos Carrasco. On what planet, let alone league, are those guys not already stashed. They were all drafted and they are all owned. Maybe in eight team leagues with rosters that include three players on the bench. But even then…

Here are some players that “might” be available that “might” be worth stashing. Do you like how I gave myself at least two outs in that last sentence with double usage of the word “might”. The inning is still alive with just two outs. Mike Moustakas (78%) , Logan Forsythe (68%), Devon Travis (22%), Hyun-Jin Ryu (13%), Brad Boxberger (37%) and David Peralta (77%). Another guy that I have some mild interest in is Alex Cobb (7%). He’s more of a long term stash with a lot less certainly surrounding him coming off of Tommy John surgery. There are definitely some other guys out there on the DL that could be worth a shot, but for today I will leave it at that.

 
  1. Jason Morgan says:
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    Who do you like better for this year? Carlos Rodon or Sonny Gray?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Carlos Rodon. I’m not a big fan of Gray and I am a big believer in Rodon. I own him just about everywhere…

  2. Vmemm says:
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    I currently have Moose and Forsythe on my DL, with Valencia and Schoop filling in.
    Who stays and who gets cut when they come off the DL?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Vmemm: What’s the format of the league?

      • Vmemm says:
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        @malamoney:
        H2H, 5×5,counting stats are H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG

        • Vmemm says:
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          @Vmemm:
          Throw Suarez into the mix as well(MI)

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Vmemm: I’m keeping Moose over Valencia and Valencia over Suarez. And if healthy, Forsythe over Schoop, unless you need HRs…

  3. attgig says:
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    I’d vote Wheeler as another DL stash guy.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @attgig: I can get behind that. Good call…

  4. Cool Baby says:
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    Drop Matt Duffy for Dietrich in a 12-teamer OBP H2H league?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Cool Baby: Sure. It’s super close, but Derek has nice position eligibility…

  5. WillisReid says:
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    Re:Kang I have him, Tulo and Franco on my bench. Wit an Odor suspension looming and Carrasco coming back which of the 3 would you feel comfortable enough to drop to to make space for a 6th SP or 2B?

    12 team H2H.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @WillisReid: So are you saying you need to drop one of Kang, Tulo, Franco and Odor?

      • WillisReid says:
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        Not dropping Odor. Was thinking one of Tulo or Franco since I have Kyle Seager and Xander and Kang has SS/3B eligibility.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @WillisReid: Can you try and make a trade. I’d hate to drop any of these players…

          • WillisReid says:
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            Yeah. Was thinking about trying to upgrade a SP spot by coupling Tulo with Smyly. Would be easier if their Stat line was a little prettier.

            • malamoney

              malamoney says:
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              @WillisReid: You should still be able to upgrade Smyly by packaging him with Tulo…

  6. JimmyJackJames says:
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    Jumbo Diaz just got called back up after dominating in Triple A – worth a stash as a possible closer candidate with that awful bullpen?

    Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @JimmyJackJames: AAAhhh. I’m not running to wire to grab him, but if you have bench spot it might be worth a small shot. But don’t break the bank over him…

      • JimmyJackJames says:
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        @malamoney: Thanks for the reply – I’d likely drop Nate Jones, who is my handcuff for Robertson. Saves are super-hard to come by in my league which is why I’m considering it – thoughts?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @JimmyJackJames: Unless Robertson gets injured, Diaz will have more opportunity than Jones…

  7. Darren says:
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    12 team Dynasty … Roto .. 10 keepers (+10 farm)

    I’ve been offered his Ryan McMahon for my Moustakas(whom I don’t really have a definite spot for when he returns)

    I’d hafta drop Ke’Bryan Hayes from my farm … Whatcha think?

    • malamoney

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      @Darren: I’m not your best bet for dynasty league questions, but here are my thoughts. If you don’t have a spot for Moose when he returns and can’t make a different deal that nets you more than McMahon, why not…

  8. Dan says:
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    Two questions for ya…

    Do you think Franco gets it together or this is pretty much what we’re going to expect from him the remainder of the year?

    Also, I recently dropped Ken Giles in a 12 team H2H standard league, but now of course that Gregerson has blown 3 out of 4, seems like there’s a chance Giles could get a shot at the 9th. Would you drop Urias to grab Giles?

    Much Appreciated.

    • malamoney

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      @Dan: Franco will be better than he is right now, but I wouldn’t expect a full 180.

      Is this a redraft league? If not, Urias has a lot of value and I’d be hesitant to drop him…

  9. We're Out Of Room says:
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    Should I continue to stash E-Rod and to a lesser extent Pollock on my DL? It’s a 12 team ESPN 4 keeper league with OBP and QS. Other DL eligible “talent” is as follows: D’Arnaud, Peralta, Ryu, Cobb, Wheeler and Minor.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @We’re Out Of Room: Would Pollock be a keeper? Do you need E-Rod? I think Peralta is your best bet on that list…

      • We're Out Of Room says:
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        @malamoney: Perhaps, he has a 6th round value associated with his keeper slot, dependds on his recovery I guess. ERod, likely not, but my staff is ok at best.

  10. FKA Ralph says:
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    Justin Upton might be heating up. Hits in his last four games including a couple doubles. Maybe. Maybe? Please?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @FKA Ralph: It’s sad when a couple of doubles out of Upton is potential cause of excitement…

  11. Spyre says:
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    khris davis or valencia ROS for my LF spot?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Spyre: Davis if your primary need is homers, otherwise Valencia…

  12. Ross Watson says:
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    Any opinions on Mike Minor as a DL stash?

    • malamoney

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      @Ross Watson: I have no idea what to expect out of him. He wasn’t very good in 2014 and he sat out last season. If you have a bench spot you are doing nothing with, you could give him a shot, but I wouldn’t count on him for much…

      • Matt says:
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        @malamoney: Grabbed a similar situation (SP who I’m honestly unsure what to expect) as a DL stash in hyun jin-ryu a week or 2 ago. He’s made his first rehab start and has 4 more until expected to join rotation.

        I always do this kind of stuff if I have open DL spots since it’s free roster spots. Monitor and decide later if he’s worth keeping on active roster…If one of active players gets hurt, I just drop the DL pickup. No risk move essentially, doesn’t even take up a roster spot.

        • malamoney

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          @Matt: It’s a smart move. Worst that happens is you have to drop that player. Although once you do, someone else in your league with an empty DL spot is likely to grab said player…

  13. Matt says:
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    Brett Lawrie dropped in my league. I have 1 move left for the week (weekly move limit).

    I have 0 closers. Which do I spend this last move on. 12 team 6×6 H2H, no batting average or wins, but with OBP/Slug% and QS/Kper9 as categories

    1) Drop Brock Holt for Brett Lawrie (serve as backup 2b and MI…..I got versatility at other IF positions but 2B—Jung-Ho included!)

    2) Drop Jesse Hahn for Will Harris (Dyson, Giles already have been snagged)

    Thanks.

    • Matt says:
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      @Matt: For clarity, I have Zobrist/Correa/Jake Lamb/Jonathon Villar/ Kang at my 2B/SS/3B/MI/CI positions so not a Huge need, but holt is all I got backing them up on bench.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Matt: I’m probably not making either of those moves…

  14. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Malamoney! Khris Davis or Holliday in head to head points league or would you wait for Peralta off of DL? Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jerry: In points leagues I am going with Holliday and then Peralta when healthy. Unless your league doesn’t penalize for strikeouts…

  15. Raymond says:
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    I was offered Yu for Brantley, who has better long term value this year?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Raymond: Depends on the league. Is it a keeper? Leaning Yu. I’m not sure we’re going to get much out of Brantley this year…

  16. Rondo says:
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    ROS – Beltre or Castellanos?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Rondo: Beltre this season, Castellanos moving forward…

  17. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    i’m sure those leagues exist that kang wasn’t drafted, but i haven’t seen them. i’d have rather drafted him than brantley for sure though (and i’d have said that, and did, back in march), not on a 1-1 basis, as brantley wasn’t nearly as cheap of course.

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