Material on Razzball about Lane Thomas is scant to say the least, also scant is to say the least, coincidentally. When you search all mentions of Lane Thomas here, you see me, Prospect Mike, JKJ, Prospect Ralph, and Big Magoo all mentioning him once. And barely. The largest entry of all three is from Prospect Mike saying, “Thomas put up outstanding numbers AA and AAA in 2018 – 27 homers, 17 steals. The damper is that this power burst came out of the clear blue sky and most reports still have him pegged as a fourth outfielder in the big leagues. Another glitch is his health history – which isn’t exactly…healthy. He’s on the 40-man and could see some action this summer in St. Louis, and Grey is a total loser.” Wow, what did I ever do? Prospect Mike was talking about Lane Thomas for last year too, by the by, so he was right. About Thomas seeing some action, not about me! C’mon! Last year in a small sample, he hit 4 HRs, stole one bag and hit .316 with only a .308 BABIP, which was in 38 ABs. That was after a 10/11/.268 year in Triple-A in 265 ABs. He fractured his wrist in August, which cut his breakout short, so Mike was right about his health history too. Being about 11 months since that wrist injury, he should be totally fine. So, what should we expect from Lane Thomas for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

I briefly mentioned Big Magoo in the opening, but, I trust his opinion, and he’s the impetus for this post, if I’m being honest. He likes Lane Thomas more than anyone I know, so it made me want to dig in on him (Lane, not Magoo — though, I dug in on Magoo too and found some very interesting–okay, kidding). I thought initially Lane Thomas was a clothing store for plus-size women. Turns out he has nothing to do with plus-sized women (that I know of, but to each his own and one love), he does have plus-defense though, so that could take him into the lineup if there’s a NL DH that moves Carpenter or Fowler out of there, and the NL DH seems like a foregone conclusion at this point. At 24 years old, Thomas has roughly a 55/55 grade power and speed, which could mean *on tippy-toes* 20/20 in a full season, which obviously has value. Watching some video of him, he doesn’t have big-time power, but he was able to muscle an inside pitch that jammed him out of the park for a grand slam last year, and another one (his first career homer) that he didn’t seem to get all of, but hit it out to the opposite field. Those made me think he could sneak into 12 homers in a shortened season. In 100 games, Steamer sees roughly a 12/10/.245 season from him. One interesting note, Thomas has moved in the right direction with what you want to see:  more walks, less Ks. At one point in the Jays’ organization, he was striking out more than 30% of the time and walking barely 8% of the time. With the Cards, that went over 10% of the time on walks and only 18.2% of the time with the Cards last year, and regularly around 23% strikeout rate in Cards’ minor league organization. While batting average can be fluky based on luck, a .245 average seems to be selling him short. So, to recap, he hits the ball hard enough for power, has begun taking walks, cutting down on swings and misses and, oh yeah, he can steal bases. Could see him getting regular at-bats and surprising the world with a 15/15/.270 line in 2020. That is likely his ceiling for a shortened season, but well within the realm of excellent dart throws.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Excellent dart throw report on Lame Thomas!!

    a. Think he could be really good and had him in parts of 2019 and 2018.

    b. Hopefully there’s a deal by Friday!

    c. MLB quote of the day for June 10, 1900

    ‘I don’t make speeches. I just let my bat speak for me in the summertime.’

    Johannes Peter ‘Honus’ Wagner, aka ‘The Flying Dutchman’ and sometimes ‘Hans’ Wagner. Bill James ranks him the second best ball player after Babe Ruth. His accolades are many and his baseball cards are rare (only 57 cards in existence of his T206 card, designed by the American Tobacco Company). His 1900 season (his rookie season) was good but his 1908 season was even better.

    1900 – .381/.434/.573. 41BB/17Ks, 4HR, 22 3B, 45 2B, 100 RBIs, 107 R, 38 SB and 302 TB
    1908 – .354/.415/.542. 54BB/22Ks, 10HR, 19 3B, 39 2B, 109 RBIs, 100 R, 53 SB and 308 TB.

    All in all, pretty damn good baseball player.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Cram It says:
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      I was obsessed with turn of the century baseball as a kid. These guys were more myth than reality to me. Their names certainly had something to do with it…Nap Lajoie, Cap Anson, Kid Nichols, Elmer Flick, Ed Delahanty, Rube Waddell, Wee Willie Keeler, Addie Joss. But I had a baseball encyclopedia called Total Baseball, that included biographies about them that brought them to life.

      It felt like they were the last remaining outlaws of the Wild West who happened to play baseball to stay out of trouble.

        • Cram It says:
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          Ha. They were certainly more dapper and stately looking.

          • krazyivan says:
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            Speaking of wild west, there was a professional team called the Kansas City Cowboys. Billy Hamilton played for them ’88 and ’89.

            Hamilton could come around to score better then anyone who has ever played. In 1894 as a member of the Phillies- 192/87/4/.404/98 in 129 games.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              So wild his name was Billy Hamilton and he was a steals-forward guy too

            • Cram It says:
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              Oh yeah, dude remains 3rd on the all-time steals list.

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            Seems like a micro-aggression that would stem from privilege

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA, That guy’s mustache is glorious!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Funny how you can get obsessed with something like that just bc you have a book — and with no internet to distract you — I’m sounding old now

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Never heard of it — I haven’t read a baseball book in prolly 15 years, and I try to read about a book per month

            • krazyivan says:
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              Ever read any books by John Irving?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Years ago I read Garp, Owen Meaney and Cider House

        • Cram It says:
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          It’s interesting how some books I’ve read before the internet was a thing, are burned in my brain, and I can’t even remember an online article I read a few days ago. Too much constant information I guess.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, yes, same, 100% — I can’t stop thinking about Baseball Hall of Shame books and Steve Lyons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yup!

      B. I hope so!

      C. Similarly, Ty Cobb once said, “I don’t make peaches, how’d I get this dumb nickname?”

  2. Cram It says:
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    I don’t know, with a bunch of states reporting considerable COVID spikes and record hospitalizations, I’m leaning towards a season not happening, considering how adamant the players have been about the risk.

    Anywho! Did you see the Bruce Lee 30 for 30?

    Have you seen “Too Funny to Fail”? Documentary about the Dana Carvey Show….

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      with all the riots and protests going on you wou,d expect further increases. may 26 is when is started heaviest activities the last two weekends. if is doesn’t spike sigificantly next week i think we will be good.

      • Cram It says:
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        It’s already spiked significantly in states that reopened two weeks ago. Surely the protest gatherings won’t help. But the spike is happening as we speak. Like Arizona is calling for an emergency plan due to increased COVID hospitalizations. Their daily highs have doubled in the last few days.

        It just doesn’t feel like things are going to get back to normal, even though we’re acting like it is. Hopefully I’m wrong.

        • William Hung says:
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          Speaking only in the Northeast Tri-state area – this is def a concern, but to mitigate the risks, they are prioritizing testing for those protesting and since then, they’ve observed so far a roughly 1% rate in transmission so that’s some good news. NJ is so low in terms of transmission that they are optimistically projecting allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 500 people by July 3rd, which isn’t at all a coincidence…

          At the end of the day, as long as hospitals and healthcare workers aren’t overwhelmed, we should be good.

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          If the limited opening truly made a difference the mass riots and protesting will have to prove things out one way or the other. They two are not even close in scale.

          The openings were small and contacts were insignificant compared to the riots.

          • Cram It says:
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            Well, that you keep calling them riots, tells me enough.

            • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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              some where riots, some were protest

              if you call burning targets, churches, post offices protests, that tells me enough

              • Cram It says:
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                No, the overwhelming majority are protestors. The outliers were rioters. But you want to focus on the negative.

                I don’t call the entire clergy pedophiles because some of them are.

              • NUX says:
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                Lenny, your takes are so opposite of how I see the world that I’m starting to think that your nick is less ironic/cheeky and more likely how you truly feel

          • Cram It says:
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            The openings are not insignificant. In many states, face masks are optional inside public businesses.

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        Even with those 2 things taken care of though, I think there is just so much bad blood between the owners and players. Plus even if the league starts up, what will rosters look like if players like Snell are considering sitting out?

        I’m sure the NBA negotiations weren’t as peachy as things appeared to be, but damn, I’d have to say they got everyone on the same page real fast and now they are ready to roll in July

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          I think the NBA seems less contentious because they were so far into the season already, they basically just need to figure out a playoff schedule. Not sure how much contracts and payment were a factor.

          • William Hung says:
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            They even managed to get 8 teams to not partake with the rest of the season and they are flat out losing money. The relationship between the commish, owners, and players appears to me to be very strong. I feel like if the MLB were in the same position, you’d have 8 teams def not willing to sit out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t watched the Bruce Lee 30 for 30 yet, was it good?

      Too Funny To Fail was solid, yeah

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! I’m reading Susan Orlean’s book about libraries right now — it’s excellent, but, as you can imagine, no baseball

      • Cram It says:
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        It was an extremely interesting watch, to observe Lee’s depth and the way he was treated by Hollywood.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Definitely will check it out, it’s right up my alley — I didn’t love the Lance Armstrong 30 for 30, fwiw

          • Cram It says:
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            I am so repulsed by that POS, I won’t watch it. Same goes for the Jeffrey Epstein doc. Although I did watch the Robert Durst one, but mostly because I didn’t really know anything about the man or the story. Besides, murder is more palatable to me than child sex-trafficking.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I love all that nonsense…Epstein doc was good, but, yeah, it is what you think it is

              • Cram It says:
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                You must have seen these, but the Fyre festival docs? I like the Netflix one better, but those together, was my favorite doc watching in recent memory. Mind-blowing shenanigans.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, oh yeah, Ja Rule and Billy on another level of shenanigans… Watched True Justice doc on HBO the other night, extremely good, heavy subject

                  • Cram It says:
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                    Cool, I will check that out then. Currently reading The New Jim Crow. Obviously it’s heavy, but powerful, and coincidentally enough, I started it before the uprising.

                    • Grey

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                      Nice, sounds like something I’d check out — Was mentioning above, but I’m reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean and it’s great

                    • Dr. Shelby Steele, is a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. Wondering if you (Cram) can watch this and keep an open mind. People like Dr. Steele are true leaders and excellent examples of what is possible. People like Sharpton are not.

                      https://video.foxnews.com/v/6162853990001#sp=show-clips

                    • Cram It says:
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                      Well there’s a lot to unpack there. Sounds like just a take down of Joe Biden. Which is fine, he’s not the answer to race relations. Sharpton is a kook. I know white guilt exists. Breakdown of families, that’s the problem across all of America lately.

                      What concept am I supposed to have an aha movement with?

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                    Nice, I’ll need something a little lighter reading after this one. I’ll put it on my list, thanks, brah.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, of course

      • 183414 says:
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        Meh !!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      An RCL league drafting in June, what a weird time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Thanks, Grimey! So, I’m guessing it’s good? Vahalla Murders is not good, I watched 2 eps and turned it off last night

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        Thanks, man! S01e01 looked but the subs were not good, so we dropped it ’til I found the subs. But now this new revelation saves me the space, I’ll just Shift+Delete and Frank Voila something new. Wisting is good.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yes…Things sound better today for a baseball season, fwiw

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        I haven’t seen it yet. I don’t have the mhz thingy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, okay, gotcha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Told my mom about it, who is Italian and loves Gomorrah after telling her to watch, and she said, “No, the kids show got bad reviews”

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    “I thought initially Lane Thomas was a clothing store for plus-size women.”

    This the kind of content that gets me through the day when there are no baseball games being played.

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, No problem

  4. Jaysfordays says:
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    5×5 obp keeper league,

    Yelich and Castillo or acuna and sonny grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…Close, I’d go Acuna

  5. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    Springer and Muncy or Springer and Olson a fair offer for Yelich?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer/Olson is fair if getting the two players

  6. William Hung says:
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    USA Today’s Bob Nightengale writes that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred “may have no choice but to implement” a regular-season schedule of around 50 games.

    :( :( :(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, it will be different, that’s for sure

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    Saw the covid spike in Texas this morning and thought much of the same. Not encouraging, as far as a season goes. But they’re not even making reference to that on all of the MLB outlets. Shamelessly watched a Yankee replay of the third game of last years June (I think) inconsequential Oriole series. Reminded me of how bad Happ started and dropped him further in my SP rankings. Pathetic. Yet, I too have turned to alternate programming. “Sour Grapes” doc. was worthwhile, if you drink a da wine. Short, harmless, well done. & rewatching the “What They Do In The Shadows” series. Perfectly twisted and absurd departure from reality for 1/2 hour stints.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sour Grapes was great, such a scam artist — Somm is good too (and I don’t drink wine, but good movie)…I still haven’t watched What They Do In The Shadows

      Sounds like we might get a 50-game season — so crazy

    • Cram It says:
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      …In the shadows is so good. The movie and the show.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This is it? Aw, man! Guess I’m gonna have to

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m in and ready to bring my breadth of knowledge to a format I don’t understand at all

      • NUX says:
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        You’ve had 4 or so drafts with this format!!! I think you get it well enough. We never have to look at it again, which is my fav part. I’m hitting up Knoche now. If he wants in, this thing will start shortly

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Please ping me here if it starts… I kinda want to draft Best Ball leagues non-stop always — when do 2021 best ball open?

          • NUX says:
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            Hah, yup I will ping

      • Ha!

  8. NUX says:
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    Draft slots have been assigned about 30 mins ago

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