I didn’t drop the ball on the keeper posts, things took precedence during the season.  But, guess what?  Keepers are back every Friday, so let’s talk keepers, boo.  In fact, let’s talk Starlin Castro.  That commie bastage.  In 2011, his line looked like 91/10/66/.307/22.  That was hitting third or higher (mostly leadoff) for a Cubs team that found a bread-crumbed rat in its offensive fried chicken.  You can’t argue with those numbers.  I mean, you can, but then you’d be arguing with numbers and that makes you crazy.  You may as well be wearing a suit of someone else’s hair while ripping tags off of mattresses at a department store.  Seriously, write loco on your neck and tell the pretty girl to stop looking pretty because she’s making you uncomfortable with your Hantz tattoo that is hard to read even after you spell it out for people.  So what can we expect of Starlin Castro for next year, and what makes him a 2012 fantasy baseball keeper?

With a .344 BABIP, Castro hit .307, but he wasn’t necessarily lucky.  He tends to have a slightly bloated BABIP, if the past indicates the odd future.  He will give you a .300 average every day and twice on Muesday.  He opens a portal to another world where Syd Barrett is playing guitar and BABIPs are inflated.  Truth.  Face it.  At 21 years old, Castro had 207 hits.  I remember when that meant something.  Strangely enough, I don’t remember what it meant.  Probably that the hitter got a lot of plate appearances, which Castro did — 715 PAs, which is the same amount of PAs Michael Bay had on Pearl Harbor.  I do think the 10 homers is around Castro’s ceiling for the next year or two.  Mark him down for 7 to 12 HRs. His steals last year also look about peaked.  For 2012, you’re going to get around 18 to 25.  I’m not usually a big fan of this type of player.  The type that gives his value on average and counting stats.  If he has an unlucky year, a lot of his value could go out the window.  That window being metaphorical but lined with the loveliest curtains.  What it comes back to with Castro, you’re getting him for next year cheaper than his value will be because of where you drafted him last year.  It’s all about keepers, ya’ll!  For 2012, I’d put him down for 100/8/60/.315/24.  The runs and RBIs may tweak a little from now until March depending on what the Cubs do with their offense during the offseason, but that’s pretty close to what you’re getting.  So you got fidelity for Castro?  You best.

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Dude
Dude
10 years ago

Thanks for the reply, Grey. I need to check out that show myself.

Dude
Dude
10 years ago

Grey,
Do you have any recommendations for websites that give you a laugh? I need some humor to fill the void until Razzball baseball gears up again…

black_toshiba
black_toshiba
10 years ago

got another keeper question for u sir
12 team standard 5*5 roto
my keepers as of now are
Longo & Pedrioa
I need one more; here are my options
Cruz, Crawford, Pence & Harren
which would u roll with?
thanks

black_toshiba
black_toshiba
10 years ago

Stubbs
Maybin
Aybar
Choo
Ackley
Hardey
Romero
M Rivera
Storen
Which 3 would u keep?
Thanks

chata
chata
10 years ago

is eric karros that guy that causes havoc on those
insurance commercials ?
doppelganger ??

Black Beard
Black Beard
10 years ago

6×5 (plus OPS), ten team, 7 keeper:

Prince and A-Rod for Bautista and Andrus?

chata
chata
10 years ago

man …. those ranger slickers that the fans are wearing are
reminiscent of uglier times .

chata
chata
10 years ago

terry francona … moving on .

black_toshiba
black_toshiba
10 years ago

Who is the better keeper
Sandoval or Lawrie?
Thanks

boomer19
boomer19
10 years ago

Wow. I could have lost some big coin last night because I was sure Philly would win. That’s baseball.

On the keeper front, is it safe to say you would trade either Hosmer or Cain for Stanton? Or maybe both if they were on the keeper bubble?

Thanks yet again.

Peter
Peter
10 years ago

Did you… just make a Survivor reference? Grey watches Survivor? I love Survivor! Razzball needs to make a fantasy Survivor league.

chata
chata
10 years ago

sawx , yankees , phillies … major markets .

world series tv ratings will be down .
lots of football fans , now .

Steve
Steve
10 years ago

@chata: Marlins, wasn’t it?

chata
chata
10 years ago

which team was it , that nyjer morgan picked a fight with ?
was it the cards ??

chata
chata
10 years ago

watching the replay of ryan braun running the bases .
he is really fast .

Steve
Steve
10 years ago

Howard performed as if it were the fantasy playoffs.

chata
chata
10 years ago

nice game !

Steve
Steve
10 years ago

If the score stays like this I wonder if Murray Chass will call Halladay out for being unable to win the game for his team.

Simply Fred
simply fred
10 years ago

Used fangraphs recommended xbabip calculator. It projects Castro at .347. Supports that he should maintain the .344 BABIP he sported this year.

black_toshiba
black_toshiba
10 years ago

10 team h2h standard scoring(also QS cat)
Chris Carpenter
Jamie Hellickson
Matt latos
Who would u keep an why?
Thanks

royce!
royce!
10 years ago

Wow, T-Plush has a potty mouth.

Other than that, what a great finish.

TheNewGuy
TheNewGuy
10 years ago

There’s 10 teams, mixed roto keeper :) . Thanks!

Beastdog
Beastdog
10 years ago

Shine On You Grey-zy Diamond.

TheNewGuy
TheNewGuy
10 years ago

Final keeper Grey, almost there! Gio Gonzalez, another good year aside from a rocky month or so, and another good young arm who could become great? My options are 1yr ($8), 2yrs ($11), 3yrs ($13). Go 2 years same as Mad-Bum? Thanks man!

Boomer19
Boomer19
10 years ago

Any thoughts on this trade offer?

Votto/Lincecum for J-Upton/Verlander

Which side do you like?

Boomer19
Boomer19
10 years ago

@bonk: Thanks for the ideas (and of course yours Grey). I swing back and forth on these decisions. I guess that’s what the offseason is for! I can definitely get more value for Cain over Greinke now so it may be worth looking at. Any other thoughts? I’d love to package up for a high draft pick (big names like Pujols, Kemp, Verlander going back into the draft this year!) but I can’t see anyone giving one up.

Thanks again.

Seth
Seth
10 years ago

Long-time reader, first-time poster. We drafted our fairly standard H2H league as a keeper league for the first this year. I can keep four:

Votto
Fielder
Stanton
C.Santana
Assdribble
A.Gordon
Uggla
Strasberg
Lester
and…a bunch of losers I’ll never draft again…

Who would you keep? Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.

bonk
bonk
10 years ago

@Grey: Let me respectfully dissent from you re: Boomer19’s keeper…I’d keep Greinke, and trade Cain for another bat if necessary. Greinke led the majors in xFIP this year with a 2.56, and struck out 10.5 batters per 9 IP vs. just 2.36 BB/9, peripherals that compare favorably to his Cy Young year. I think he’s going to blow the league away next year.

bonk
bonk
10 years ago

I’m kind of disappointed: I was going to make a snarky comment about the Cubs needing another infielder hitting an empty .290 ohnowaittheyhavethemALL.ALL. But now it turns out that Castro had a not-terrible year, whereas Darwin Barney/Jeff Baker/Blake DeWitt couldn’t even keep up *that* crappy level of production. Feh.

However, if I date this comment back to the end of July (not coincidentally, when this Cubs fan basically stopped paying attention to the Cubs), it works pretty well…

Boomer19
Boomer19
10 years ago

I have a real mixed bag for my last keeper spot in my 14 team 5×5 roto(2 catcher..ugh) league. We keep six. My keepers are Tulo, J-Up, and Braun (final contract years) and probably Haren and Cain. I have to choose my sixth keeper out of Greinke, Feliz, Hosmer, Jordan Zimmerman, Ryan Roberts, Beachy, Alex Avila, Cuddyer, Trout. I have been actively trying to trade to upgrade for another bat but seems unlikely. I hate keeping three sp’s (we draft 5 sps and 5 rps) but is greinke the smart move?

Have a great weekend!

Frank the Rabbit
10 years ago

I really don’t have much else to back up this claim other than my eyes (I watch a decent amount of Cubs games), but I am going to guess at some point (not sure when) Castro is going to hit around 20 HRs/year.

He squares up so many pitches with hard hit line drives, I think that as time progresses a number of those will turn into HRs.

Now the increase in HRs might have an inverse linear relationship with SBs, so his value between those two categories may remain somewhat stagnant.

Kris
Kris
10 years ago

What the “odd future” mention referencing the LA hipster rap supergroup???
You would think Casro’s value will continue to climb with experience (2011- age 21 season!) stacking a couple (Fielder?, David Wright?) behind him would help…

Hardcore Midget
Hardcore Midget
10 years ago

Trying to decide between Castro or Jay Bruce for 2 more years as my final keeper. Also keeping Kemp, Votto, Lincecum and Desmond Jennings. Seeing as I already am keeping 2 OFs, I should keep Castro, right?

Awesomus Maximus
Awesomus Maximus
10 years ago

No keepers for me, so I’ll just share the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard on Baseball Tonight possibly ever. John Kruk claimed that A-Rod isn’t to blame for his postseason chokiness… that New York is to blame. His evidence? That A-Rod is relaxed and swings more free on the road, but tenses up and strangles the bat at home.

Silly me, I thought being able to handle pressure was something the professional athlete is responsible for. Maybe I just missed the introduction to the “Opposite Sketch” segment of the show. Or perhaps I’m expecting too much of John Kruk, and it’s my fault that his opinion is whack and he spits out garbage.

TheNewGuy
TheNewGuy
10 years ago

Hi Grey talking of keepers am coming down to my final keepers now.

Next one is Madison Bumgarner. Had a very nice year for me and I definately want to keep him. Do you think he could develop into a Cole Hamels type ace as a similar type pitcher, therefore be worth keeping longer?

My choices are 1yr ($9), 2yrs ($12), or 3yrs ($14). Which do you like the most.

Racehorse
Racehorse
10 years ago

Grey-ski

Always great to click on Razzball the moment you drop your post to the strains of ‘Shine on your Crazy Diamond’ Parts I thru IX. Doubly great to then see you included a Syd Barrett blurp. I’m a simple guy, and I luv stuff like that.

My dynasty league doesn’t wait for the end of the world series to start trading…. so what do you think about me trading Brandon Beachy for Danny Espinosa? Yes, no, or hold?