How did I come to this dart throw? Thanks for asking, Clunky Intro! I looked at NFBC’s ADP and, specifically, for who was being drafted after 300th overall, i.e., late eh-eff. I eye-spied Jonathan Schoop, and was like, “Ooh, is he that bad? I don’t think he is, but maybe I’m remembering things differently during my ninth month of the preseason. Am I seeing something that isn’t there? I can’t be. I’m so unbiased. Really, I am as impartial as human nature will allow. An even-keeled down-to-earth, extremely handsome, well-coiffed Fantasy Master Lothario.” Then I looked at Steamer projections for 2nd basemen (go to that page and type 2B into the column for positions), and saw something that knocked off my socks, and I was wearing stirrups to avoid such needlessly undressing of my feet. Look at these projections:  58/18/50/.240/2 in 316 ABs vs. 41/16/47/.262/1 in 318 ABs. The 2nd one is Jonathan Schoop. Obviously less runs, but way better average, which makes everything kinda equal there. Yes, twenty points in average evens out the runs, and, while you might say average is fickle, so will runs in a shortened season. Those numbers just aren’t that different. The problem is the 1st guy is being drafted 69th overall and, as high as the top 25 (though, that’s silly). One guy goes top 70 and another guy being drafted after 300? That’s crazy. Any ideas who the 1st guy is? Yes, Max Muncy, well done. You win an imaginary pat on the back. So, what can we expect from Jonathan Schoop for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

Wait a second, I just told you what to expect from Jonathan Schoop and why he was a great dart throw. I mean, I guess I could figure out why he’s projected for that. Geez, the work I’m putting in over here. If you throw out his worst season (2018, when he battled oblique injuries and was traded during the year), he’s an easy .265 hitter, averaging 25 homers. If you want to talk shortened season, in 75 1st half games last year he hit .260 with 14 homers. Last year, his SLG was about the same as OZUNA and Au Shizz. What’s that, they weren’t good either? Yeah, well, Schoop is younger and does pretty much exactly what those two schmohawks are gonna do minus 250 draft picks. OZUNA is especially similar for batted ball profile:  35.2% FB rate vs. 36.8%; 22.1% HR/FB vs. 19.7% and they both pull everything. OZUNA does have a harder contact rate, but OZUNA is projected for 19 HRs, and .276. What’s the difference there? 3 HRs and .14 on average? Big whoop. Schoop is currently slotted into the five-hole in the lineup, but, since three righties Maybin, Miguel Cabrera and C.J. Cron, and one switch-hitter, Goodrum, are in front of him, he could easily move up in the lineup, which essentially eliminates all the difference in counting stats between him and Muncy. What seems to trip people up about Schoop is his lack of walks (.304 OBP), even though you’re not all in OBP leagues. Pointing at Schoop’s OBP while not being in an OBP league is like pointing at your neighbor’s Jason Mraz concert tee. Please, and I can’t emphasize this enough after this brief pause, stop worrying about things that don’t concern you. Your neighbor likes Jason Mraz and Schoop likes swinging at pitches. Before the cool done run out
Schoop be giving it his best-est, so make that dart throw.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome dart throw report, succinct and to the point just like we need it now in the aftermath of the lockdown!

    a. So Schoop isn’t all that bad. Plus he’s Dutch so that makes him doubly good! Do you like Schoop better than Kevin Cron? Am still waiting for your rankings of the dart throws. They are so out there sometimes then so right on at others.

    b. MLB quote of the day for April 29, 2017

    ‘I played with Willie Mays and against Hank Aaron. They were tremendous players, but they were no Josh Gibson.’

    Monte Irvin, I’ll get to him later. This one is for Josh Gibson, the black Babe Ruth or Ruth was the white Josh Gibson. We need to take a poll on this one.

    The organizers of the Negro Leagues decided to play fewer league games so that players could barnstorm and make cash playing against other leagues and semi-professional teams.
    For example, in 1934 Gibson hit 69 home runs in all games played but 11 home runs in 52 games in the league. His career batting average in the league was .384, best in the league. On his plaque it says almost hit 800 HRs in his 17-year career. Enough said! Gibson died young (35) so he could have hit way more HRs. He played for four years after being diagnosed with a brain tumor and died of a stroke.

    An opera based on his life (The Summer King), composed by Daniel Sonenberg, premiered on April 29, 2017. Here’s a clip from Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT_CDZFQs0M).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. I think he is better than Cron, yeah… I forgot he’s Dutch…Always splitting the check, this guy!

      B. Great quote…I had either forgotten or never knew he died that young, wow…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Also, good stuff about the opera, I hadn’t heard about that — need Lin Manuel to do a musical about him, because, let’s be honest, opera is a struggle

        • galica says:
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          Grey!!

          Agreed. Let’s be honest. Opera is tough love. A musical is warranted. I watched the first 5 seconds of the YouTube excerpt of the opera and regretted it. Could not imagine like 2 hours of that. I like operas but modern opera, is that mean of me? I guess I’m going to hell where the 5-second excerpt I listened to will be constantly in a loop.

          Cheers,
          Ante

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’ve never seen more than a few seconds of an opera and I don’t think I could

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And I am a tolerate man!

              • galica says:
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                Grey!!

                On another but similar note, I couldn’t have been more embarrassed as a North American to watch Uncut Gems. After like 5 minutes, my wife goes this movie is BS I’m going to iron the laundry. I’m like Noooooooooo. Have some respect, it’s Adam MF Sandler, the Sandman! But, man! What a terrible movie!! Wood Allen was watching and said that movie is an accident looking for somewhere to happen. If that’s the last movie KG does, that would be one sad swan song. Terrible role for him too.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Agreed, and I’m not sure if you heard, but some people actually love that film — I’m not joking

                  • galica says:
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                    Grey!!!

                    What? Come on, it’s the Sandman yes! KG, yes! Denouement, yes! I had originally put it in a folder with Parasite as current good movies, but have since moved it away. Parasite is another one that could be tough love for some audiences. Not saying it’s a slam dunk, it’s a good movie, the story, the acting but it’s very Korean in the morale part. I could see some people not liking it just like I could see some people liking Uncut Gems. Full circle!

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I loved Parasite, had no problem with that…I think it’s pretty universal in its themes…Uncut Gems was a complete mess

  2. William Hung says:
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    With the way the MLB negotiations are shaping up, [Insert Player Name] Dart Throw will eventually be a thing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, trying to keep it to guys after 250 overall who are more interesting now, but yeah…

  3. NUX says:
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    You are on the clock for picks #12 and #13!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Got ’em, thanks!

      • Jolt In Flow says:
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        Who’d you take?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Had 12/13 — Soto/Trea

          • Jolt In Flow says:
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            That’s a pretty good combo! You just got all the steals you need and a guy who hits bombs while maintaining a great average.

            If you combined the 2, you’d get the perfect baseball hitter.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yup!

          • Bam!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, he’s from Mechanicsville (I think)!

      Thanks, Truss!

  4. Mister A to Z says:
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    Win some or learn some. That means that every loss is an opportunity for skibbity bobbitty dibbity gibbity growth. That was just rood dood.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Mister A to Z says:
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        To tell you the truth I am so sick of the Blacks. You know what else? I hate the Whites too. But maybe my least favorite race, by the way Mister RazztoBall what is your least favorite race? Mine would definitely be the Coldies. I just wish that all of the Freezer people would just go back to Greenland. Also I’m interested in doing the pod to promote my song about this.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can I hear a little more of your “you hate cold people” song?

          • Mister A to Z says:
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            Well you do run run when the Jews steal your ice cubes
            You can wear cool hats when you’re in the middle of a snow storm
            And the Blacks won’t bother you when it’s cold
            my dude

            Still a bit of a work in progress but you get the idea. Peace and one love.

            • Grey

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              You need to work on the bridge, and chorus, and opening

  5. .293 with 32/105 as recently as 2017, Shoop is an everyday guy that will give you some pop, and is a steal, just like Toronto taking Austin Martin with the 5th pick in the MLB draft. Absolute robbery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup!

  6. Cram It says:
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    I was so drunk last night that I Irish Goodbyed my weekly live Zoom poker game while I was up money. Just got up from the laptop and crawled into bed, apparently. That’s my story.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, 2020 is so lit!

      • Cram It says:
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        Nothing matters anymore!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We’re all living in an existential nightmare

  7. Cram It says:
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    I don’t know where in California you live, but I was just reading an article involving Kevin Youkilis, and he owns a brewpub called Loma in Los Gatos. I know you don’t drink beer, but I would definitely stop by sometime if I was anywhere close!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I would! It’s nowhere near me tho, about a 7-hour drive

      • Cram It says:
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        Ah. I guess it’s not far from San Fran? Maybe if you’re ever there for a Giants game…or Oysterfest.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, my dad actually lives right outside Los Gatos

  8. Keith says:
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    In a 10 team keeper roto. Keep 15. Would you rather have
    Corbin / Clevinger / JRam or
    Flaherty / Peasrson / Bregman

    Looking past this season to next. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…Close, but I’d go Flaherty side, but it’s riskier

      • Keith says:
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        Anything change if Fried replaces Pearson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, Fried is kinda meh

  9. NUX says:
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    Ping-A-ling

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Appreciate it!

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