Robin Williams GIF, “What year is it?” Here’s a guy we’ve (I’ve) only covered for what, the last four years? Each year expecting him to debut. Oh my, I just realized something… Josh Jung — Carl Jung — Carl Jung — Josh Jung! Carl Jung who famously said, “The powers of my depths are predetermination and pleasure. Predetermination or fore-thinking is Prometheus, who, without determined thoughts, brings the chaotic to form and definition, who digs the channels and holds the object before pleasure.” You know what that means, don’t you? You do? Can you explain to me? I think what he’s saying is Josh Jung was held, due to forethinking about how good he was going to be, so putting the horse before the pleasure, and it withheld its true pleasures. Or Jung is just saying I shouldn’t have bothered covering Josh Jung for the past three or so years, and I am very dumb. Thanks a lot, Carl! Geez, what a bummer Carl Jung was, huh? Or am I projecting. Crap, Rudy’s going to sue me, projecting is his thing. So, what can we expect from Josh Jung for 2023 fantasy baseball?

So, here’s Josh Jung doing what you want from him:

Here is he doing what you’re gonna be paying money for:

It’s all pretty purdy, indeedy deed. I don’t just toss around the boomstick tag, but that looks like a boomstick. Not saying he could play Quidditch, that’s a broomstick. This is a boomstick.

Okay, it’s gonna be a bit long, but, as B. Real once said, how do you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been, so here’s what Itch and I have said previously, as condensed as I can make, “Unlike most prospects, Josh Jung wasn’t kept in the minors simply for service time reasons. Josh Jung was ticketed for the majors this past preseason until he got hurt. Jung, man, no need to be bruised. Here’s what Prospect Itch said previously, “The best Texas prospect since Gallo, Josh Jung brings full-field power, plate discipline, and a plus hit tool along with functional defense at the hot corner. I’m trying to acquire him in my 20-team OBP league and suggest anyone seeking potentially affordable third base help consider the same in their leagues. Speaking of affordable, anyone know a reasonably priced hitman to take out Grey?” Okay, that’s not cool. Hold on one second, are you telling me the Rangers have a decent prospect? I call BS. This is the Rangers just trying to sneak Michael Young back out at 3rd base, and spelling his name differently. Jung, you’re nothing but a Freud! Our former podcaster Geoff told me the other day, he thinks Jung is a 25-homer, 3-steal, .280 hitter.” And that’s me quoting me, Itch and Geoff! In 23 Triple-A games this past year, Josh Jung hit 6 HRs and .273. Then, after being promoted to the majors, in 26 games or 98 ABs, he hit five homers, stole two bags and hit .204 with a 38.2% strikeout rate.

Let’s talk about that strikeout rate. That’s wildly bad. That’s almost twice as much as his strikeout rate prior to last year. He didn’t recognize anything in kind of a hilariously bad way: his 60.3% pitches swung at inside the zone would’ve been near the bottom of the league, and his pitches swung at outside the zone (33.7%) is below average. Not swinging at strikes, and swinging at balls is a good way to have a 38.4% strikeout rate. Prolly just a slump, but it is there.

I’ve been here before, obviously. Numerous times, even. To give you a super random comparison, Jung could be Ty France. Jung, the France man. Call him Josh-Jung Sartre. Though, Jung should have more power, and maybe a hair less average. Hmm, maybe that comparison isn’t great, except how else was I getting to call him, Josh-Jung Sartre? For 2022, I’ll give Josh Jung projections of 64/24/75/.242/4 in 538 ABs with a chance for more power, and less average if his tendencies from last year carry over.

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Stosh
Stosh
21 days ago

I already own Josh Jung and can’t wait to draft Jace Jung in the prospect draft so I can re-name my team The Jung Ones.

VinWins
VinWins
21 days ago

Teoscar to Seattle. Too bad. I liked him on the Jays.

lolmets
lolmets
Reply to  Grey
19 days ago

they’re looking for nimmo

Karlos
Karlos
Reply to  Grey
15 days ago

Jays arms got run through, need quality guys in the pen imagine squandering 8 runs

Doc John
Doc John
21 days ago

Great article

Jeff Burroughs
Jeff Burroughs
21 days ago

What kind of stats do you think Jung puts up in his prime?

toolshed
toolshed
22 days ago

I stashed Jung for longer than i care to admit thinking he’d get called up much earlier. It was a small sample, but the power looked legit. You mentioned the k rate. He had 4 walks in 102 PA’s and swung at everything. That is concerning for a guy who was supposed to have good plate discipline.

Show Me the Money
Show Me the Money
22 days ago

I have Jung in a roto keeper league at $10. Total draft budget is $300. Without considering other keepers, would you be happy keeping him at that price. Thank you. Rankings in two weeks? Woohoo!

Show Me the Money
Show Me the Money
Reply to  Grey
22 days ago

12 team if it matters.

C.J.
C.J.
22 days ago

Shaking the snow globe up here in Minnesota! Enjoying the Vikes run but dynasty baseball has the priority it seems! Quick thanks too for your expertise and input in the past. 2nd last year has hope running high.

3b and Jung article has this on mind. KB in COL was blaa. Had to ride Rojas az and Wilmer- they held it down but I went Roldolfo in the final. I know I know… and I have Elly DLC who I hope shifts over. Not winning shit w that anytime I feel.

Do I trade for Jung and give a OF like Greene or Vaughn? Or do I try for Bregman and offer an Eloy? For OF I have Yordan, Betts (shift him to 2b?), Soto, Eloy Greene, AV, Grish, BLowe, and Milb BDavis, James Wood and Druw Jones…

I hate to throw that all out in your face but atleast you don’t have 5000 comments to reply on!!!

Thanks as always Grey! Cheers!!

C.J.
C.J.
Reply to  Grey
22 days ago

I hear that! I think the Jung owner will do it – I got Greene as throw in with his W Smith C for my Ozuna before he lost it and snapped. Bitter for him of course but I will throw in a SP if needed and he would be down I think…. ‘Preciate ya!

Ok ok. I know you prob hate the add on’s but 2b quick I have BLowe (movable but no one wants him), India, Gorman and Betts now (I think it all comes down to India and BLowe right for Mookie staying in the OF???). And Rodolfo – will be a spotlight for you ? J/k but worth holding?

That it all today fine sir! Thx

C.J.
C.J.
Reply to  Grey
22 days ago

Hahaha! So that means no Outlook ???
Take care and have a great Thxgivn

leon
leon
22 days ago

dynasty question. SV/HD league. Got offered MY seranthony dominguez for his Kahlil watson. my rp for next year are clase, seranthony, fairbanks, minter, acevedo, feiryerson.

leon
leon
Reply to  leon
22 days ago

you think dominguez is the closer next year? or you think i have enough without him

The Itch
Reply to  leon
22 days ago

I didn’t see this was a SV/HD league when you asked me, fwiw.

I’d get Watson in that case.

Charlie
Charlie
22 days ago

Grey,

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!! With Thanksgiving being almost a week a way, I think it’s only fitting that I get a head start on thanking you for your continued amazing work that you produce every single day. Truly the best in the business and my go to guy for all things fantasy baseball related! Lol I’ve recommended you and Razzball to everyone I know…except my 9 leaguemates bc f those guys. They don’t deserve your amazing content. Lol besides, I don’t want to make my life more difficult.

1) as I start planning/deciding on my keepers for this season, who would you keep between Michael Harris or Spencer Strider?

2) when will your rankings go live on your Patreon page? Lol I’m already going through withdrawals and I need more Grey content. Specifically, rankings.

Thanks!

Charlie
Charlie
Reply to  Grey
22 days ago

Of course. You are by far and away the absolute best in the biz and it’s not even remotely close.

1) Ok cool. Thanks! That eliminates one possible logjam. Lol I have a solid 8-9 keeper options and have to whittle them down to 7. Potentially next on the chopping block is Trout and Olson.

2) Ohh the first week of December! Happy Hanukkah to me!! I’ll be really curious to see where some guys fall in your rankings. Especially Trout and Olson (see above).

Thank you!!

Charlie
Charlie
Reply to  Grey
22 days ago

Awesome! Thanks, Grey!!

Bbboaton
Bbboaton
22 days ago

Grey,

For next year,
Who do you like better?

Jung or Miranda?

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
22 days ago

If Geoff is in on Jung, then I’m not going to be old!

galica1234
galica1234
22 days ago

Grey!!!!!

Awesome!!!

a. Jung will be awesome! Enjoyed reading! Had him rostered down the stretch I hope he’ll be better than that on the BA side.

b. George Carlin quote of the day for November 15, 2022

‘I wonder, I wonder which came first, skilled workers or unskilled, and who decided? I figure originally all we had was workers, and then they decided, this is hard. And they called themselves skilled. And someone else came along they couldn’t do it, poor unskilled son of a bitch. They moved right past his ass, man, when he was just in the landing area.’

AGAIN!* (1978)

Cheers,
Ante