When Kennys Vargas first arrived on the major league baseball scene, people were like, “Is he a switch hitter or are there two of them?”  Then when it turned out there were multiple Kennys, people started gossiping like they were in a sewing circle, “Is it fair if there’s more than one Kenny in the batter’s box at once?”  To those people I submit, it could be worse, they could’ve stayed Siamese twins.  Did you know both Kennys got in a fight when a reporter asked them if they’d seen their slash line lately?  They pointed to their Siamese twins separation scar and said they see it every day.  (I’m just going by what I saw on the latest Ken Burns documentary.  If Kennys is one person and was never a Siamese twin, I sincerely apologize.  By the by, never trust anyone who says they sincerely apologize.  They’re trying too hard to be believable.  I saw that on another documentary.  Netflix’s motto, “We Prove People Will Watch Documentaries.”)  Last year, Kenny/Kenny hit 9 homers and .274 in 53 games.  Crown Kenny-slash-Kenny the new Babe Ruth and name multiple candy bars after them.  “I’m Heath and I’m Skor, and we’re the same but separate.”  That’s the Kennys in a commercial.  Okay, so 9 homers in 53 games isn’t exactly the meow’s cat, until… Oh, no, here comes The Prorater!  Run, it’s The Prorater!  Four women and children first!  The Prorater tells me that Kennys would’ve had 27 homers in a full season, and that would’ve just about led the league.  Damn, that last part didn’t sound like The Prorater but more like Hyperbole Man.  So, what can we expect of Kennys Vargas for 2015 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

Well, dur, he’s not being drafted until the last rounds.  That goes a long way to being a sleeper.  If he can stop swinging at everything, that would also go a long way to helping him.  For players with 230 plate appearances last year, he had the 25th highest swinging strike rate.  Having a high swinging strike rate is a good way to have a shizzy average.  C’mon, Kennys, get it together — that’s not another Siamese twin crack.  Swinging at balls outside the strike zone can also hurt, and he does that too.  Adam Jones, Jose Abreu, Carlos Gomez were as equally ‘bad’ as Kennys.  Though, those (almost stutterer!) guys do make better contact with pitches outside the strike zone.  (Hit a ball outside the strike zone and it’s not usually hard contact, but at least you’re hitting it.)  His ability to make contact with balls inside the strike zone is just above league average, but, when he hits it, the ball goes a long way.  The good news is at one point he had contact issues in the minors too.  In Rookie ball, he had a 26.2% strikeout percentage, then the next year he had 22% then 20.2% and finally in Double-A it was 16.8%.  That’s right, he never even played in Triple-A, so it’s understandable he struggled in the majors.  Oh, and as mentioned in the intro paragraph, he didn’t struggle that much; he did hit .274 (though with a high BABIP).  You didn’t hear much about Kennys before his call-up, because he’s not that exciting in real baseball terms.  He’s got the agility of a drunk sloth, and is slated to DH.  In fact, he won’t have 1st base eligibility in ESPN leagues, because he only played there 13 games last year.  He could get it during the year — who knows what will happen with Joe Mauer — but he’s just a UTIL bat in leagues that need 20 games played at a position.  Since his power is real and beautiful, I definitely like the late-round gamble on him.  For 2015, I’ll give him 74/25/83/.251 with upside from there.  Just don’t ask him about his slash line.

 
  1. Nimrod says:
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    Happy Holidays to you Grey and Cougs. During the coarse of the pre-season, could you do a blog about the strategy on drafting for a start two at each position (C,1B,2B 3B,SS) five outfielder league format. We draft 15 position players and 10 pitchers plus 4 reserves in a weekly format. It’s a competitive high stakes 12 team money league with standard scoring plus OPS. With pitching wins and net wins as two of the pitching cats I adhere to your thoughts that pitching is deep and draft hitters for the 1st 4- 5 rounds. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nimrod: Thanks, Nimrod, you too! I’ll see what I can do since you asked so nicely…

  2. Lville Jim says:
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    Had some trouble connecting to the Razzball site earlier this morning. Thought maybe you had made some disparaging remarks about Kim Jong Un recently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lville Jim: Haha… Yeah, there was some issues but now it’s resolved…

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Lville Jim: it was out for a few hours there starting in the middle of night hours (maybe somewhere around 2 central is started)

  3. El cuñado says:
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    Grey, others, hello! I can keep two of Trout, Rizzo, Jones, Rendon. I’m considering NOT keeping Jones for Rizzo. That crazy?

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @El cuñado: First base is thin. If you keep 2, the draft should be loaded with OF. I would keep Rizzo.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @El cuñado: Im keeping Trout and Rizzo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El cuñado: Trout, Rizzo sounds fine,, you can’t go wrong with Trout and any of them…

      • El cuñado says:
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        @Grey: Thanks gents!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  4. nick the dick says:
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    I’ve been saying it for years and i’ll say it again…Heath bar doesn’t hold a candle to Skor bar. It’s hardly even close.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: heath bar!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Skor!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I skored a heath bar?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              On the grill?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: with a knife

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: You heard me. I stand by it til death.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why the love?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Top 5 chocolate candy bar. Write it down, take a picture I dont give a fuuuuu!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, wow, passionate on that… I won’t even mention Almond Roca…

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Dont you dare! Haha… stunts, blunts, and skor bars!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              ‘Skor’ is Swedish for ‘shoes’. Just sayin…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Mmm…Toffee feet…

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  C’mon Grey, portmanteau dat!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Sky: big missed opportunity

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I need the ‘factual’ and ‘accurate portmanteau – Facturate – to become more heavily used.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Oh, my bad!

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Sky: everyone loves hand made things, why not feet made?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  I’ll take my wine grapes pressed that way. Not sure I want any extra flavors in my chocolate.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @nick the dick: they both suck

      • nick the dick says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: You’re way off. Way way off.

  5. nick the dick says:
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    Upton to the Padres now too, holy moly

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @nick the dick: Who will play center?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Baezaworldseries: Probably put Myers in left and put both Kemp and Upton in right and just pitch to the corners

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @nick the dick: wow ATL really going all the way with punting this year, huh? they still haven’t moved c.johnson yet though.

  6. gareth says:
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    Padres on record to say they are happy with starting either Kemp or Myers in center field. Yikes!

    I just read a rumor that the Padres could flip Myers for Profar.

    Padres and A’s are transaction crazy this offseason!

  7. Challenge Guy says:
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    Wow crickets on a Twins topic. Shocking. Whatever, Kenny Squared has a pretty clear path to a lot of ABs either at DH or 1B for the inevitable “its too taxing for Mauer to play the field” stage of the season. K2 is a beast; slow and probably won’t age well but shows enough power to get over at Target Field. Definitely on my radar.

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Challenge Guy: Twins topic is where I got this shirt. You can’t see it, but it is overly aggressive with shiny stuff.

  8. Baezaworldseries says:
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    It has been a great week for Padres fans. Do they still have those?

    • @Baezaworldseries: Based on my 10 years in SD: No, they really don’t have “traditional” fans as most of the residents there that follow baseball are transplants. But…if there gonna actually be good, people might start going again.

  9. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Well now i wont be touching J.Upton this year

    • KB says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: I was planning on keeping or trading him this offseason but now his value has plummeted.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @KB: why, BP has SD park factors (3 year) only slightly below ATL’s. And now SD’s lineup is at least as good as ATL’s (remember them being 2nd worst to SD in runs last year). Biggest difference is that there’s 2 good stadiums for road games COL/ARI vs only one in divisional games for ATL (PHI). I’m going from BP 2014 obv, since 2015 isn’t out yet. NYM/WAS/ATL/MIA are awful parks for offense in general. SD is only slightly worse than ATL and COL/ARI are a lot better than all the others except PHI. PHI is quite a bit ranked higher than ARI by these metrics though.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yeah i dont think hell be bad…just not what i was hoping for.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Would have loved him at METCO instead of PETCO

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mets are gonna get Tulo and watch as him and Wright are injured half the year… I’ll never understand the Mets…

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Oh God NOOOO

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hehe

  10. Sky

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    No one talked about him, eh? My recollection of me says different! I had him as a deep league talk with Nick around the All-Star break. It’s probably an unfair comparison, but many were talking about how his swing reminded them of David Ortiz in the organization. So if that’s true, he’ll have a couple of so-so years with them and then go onto a team that actually wants to win and he’ll start hitting 30+ bombs a year while simultaneously starting to look like Florida Evans. Fun times!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: I meant no prospect hounds talked about him in the prospects… Cause he does nothing but hit the ball far… I.e., he’s more of a fantasy guy than real baseball…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Ah gotcha. Big boys with big bats also mature slower typically. Might be that people don’t consider him worthy of interest until he’s closer to his prime years.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that could be…

  11. royce! says:
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    Now there’s talk of the Padres sending Hanigan to BOS for Middlebrooks…This is turning out to be the most exciting Padres off season ever. I half (er, maybe wholly) expected them to call it a day after obtaining Barmes. I don’t even think I give a crap about whether all of the trades will prove to be wise, and it appears that the term Hodgepadre might not see much use this summer, but who cares, because I might even try to pay attention to the game when I go to Petco!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!: What’s got into your Padres?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: It’s highly suspicious…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And exciting for you, Padre-heads!

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: I prefer to call Padres fans Pad People, a la Invasion of the Body Snatchers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, yeah, that works…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @royce!: new ownership trying to make a splash and wn back fans is nothing new. Enjoy the excitement and pray they bring back the brown and mustard

      • royce! says:
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        @J-FOH: It’s something new for the Padres, I assure you…I think the last time they did something like this was trading for Kevin Brown prior to the 1998 season.

      • royce! says:
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        @J-FOH: And I fully support bringing back the brown…not sure if the mustard is necessary, but at least the brown

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @royce!: your right ..it would be nice if all of the moves worked out but even if they dont, they are a far more interesting team now.

  12. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Grey,

    Would Upton to SD make you reevaluate keeping him? Here’s my list of keepable players. 10 team 6×6 H2H (obp and avg.) league, keep 5 forever.

    Upton
    Adam Jones
    Carlos Gomez
    E5
    Altuve
    Kluber
    Soler
    Machado

    I could also keep fewer than 5 and get extra picks at beginning of draft. Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I’d still keep him

      • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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        Thanks Grey. Would you consider keeping 4 in order to go for Kris Bryant with what would effectively be the the 50th pick? No guarantee he’d be there…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  13. Bye Felicia says:
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    How about them Padres!
    Lol, I’m really impressed that they all of the sudden grew balls. Starting to like a semi contender out west. Now if they can move in the fences, staff stays healthy for a season, they can possibly stay relevant next year.