Hani-ger! Hani-ger! Hani-ger! Is how I chant the Mariner outfielder’s name, reminiscent to another breakout in history. But, was it really a breakout? I mean… he was healthy. Yay! But, the numbers themselves were exactly the same. Is this real life? Oh is it ever! And we have some juicy nuggets to share with you that’ll make you walk around chanting Hani-ger! Hani-ger! Hani-ger! yourself. Watch, learn, comment, discuss. Then go watch another one of these little camera experiments we’ve been throwing together, only go watch another player. (They’re listed below to make life extremely easy on you).

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You know what makes me upright?  Ew, gross!  I’m talking about sitting up in my chair and taking notice!  Anyway, I get upright, when a guy ups his K/9 and lowers his walk rate.  To make me even more erect — Again, in my seat!  Geez. — a guy who had an already elite K-rate and wasn’t that miserable with his command.  Eduardo Rodriguez had a 9.8 K/9 and 3.3 in 2017, and bested both numbers last year with a 10.1 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9.  That makes me pitch a tent!  A tent in my backyard that I’ve labeled “Pitchers I like.”  C’mon, you perv!  Eduardo Rodriguez had the 20th best K/9 last year.  Wow, I am so horny!  Horny as in bullish on Eduardo Rodriguez!  What is wrong with you?  Anyway, what can we expect from Eduardo Rodriguez for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

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What is in the Houston water? More specifically, what is in the water in the Astros’ clubhouse that the pitchers have been drinking? It’s really more about what they’re spinning, than drinking, and this opening is starting to sound like I’m drinking when I’m trying to spin. Whatevs. The 2019 Fantasy Baseball Video Draft Guide continues with a look at Astros’ new toy, Josh James. Check it out, leave us a comment, and check out the others (if you’ve missed any to this point. See below.)

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While casually scrolling through pitchers from last year who should be better this year, I saw Andrew Heaney.  My first thought was, “RIP Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan.”  Then, I Googled “professional wrestlers who have prematurely died,” and, five weeks later, when I was done reading the results, I returned to Andrew Heaney.  Am I suddenly more optimistic about the Angels now that they have the new manager, Brad Ausmus?  Well, no, not necessarily.  He is devilishly handsome — between Ausmus and Gabe Kapler, can a Jewish grandmother get some grandkids up in here?! — and Ausmus can’t be worse than The Sciosciapath.  At least he won’t have to make out the lineup card with a pencil in his mouth, because he’s wearing a straitjacket.  How much will Ausmus do for the Angels’ starters?  Meh, he finished under .500 as the Tigers’ manager after four seasons, and seems to fail sideways.  His bullpen management was goofy at best, and he thinks catchers, who are pitch framers, should go work at Aaron Brothers, the national chain of picture framers, not Rex Brothers’ brother (stutterer!).  Luckily, I don’t think Ausmus has any bearing on Heaney, there’s too much going in his favor, which I will now tackle, after this clunky segue:  So, what can we expect from Andrew Heaney for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

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I’m going to drop the Toronto Blue Jays minor league report on Wednesday. They’ve got this dude Vladimir Guerrero Jr. that seems pretty hot to trot. Since we’re ahead of schedule on the previews, I decided to pull on the reins and stop and think about what makes Vlad Jr. so good. I think it will be helpful. It will explain how guys like me and you who have day job(s) and families evaluate prospects without actually getting to see them in person. We’ve got videos, stats, and real scouting reports to go by…and that’s about it. So how come Vlad is such a consensus top prospect? According to NFBC, he’s getting drafted 37th overall…as high as 17th. That’s pretty remarkable. It’s right after Anthony Rizzo and a few picks before the likes of Carlos Carrasco, Khris Davis, and dare I say it Adalberto Mondesi. Ya know, guys who have actually played in the majors. So let’s do it. Let’s break down Vlad Jr. and in turn pull back the curtain on how I (try to) break down prospects in general.

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It’s been a long two weeks. Gifts were purchased, wrapped, and un-wrapped. Traveling was done, and merry times were had by all. Unfortunately the by product of this joyous season is my co-host Lance Brozdowski is in high demand. As my better half traveled back to Chicago, I did what any philandering husband would do. I called my man Eddy Almaguer and we recorded a podcast behind Lance’s back. It’s all good though, Eddy’s part of the PL Team, and just so happens to be our in house Yusei Kikuchi expert. So of course we dig into our expectations for the Japanese lefty in 2019, the best place to draft him in mixed league redraft, and where we might pluck him in a Dynasty First Year Player Draft. After that we talk some ETAs for 2019 (Alonso, Tatis, etc.), before diving into ten players squarely on our radar going into 2019 dynasty drafts. It’s the Razzball Prospect Podcast powered by ProspectsLive.com. 

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Got at-bats? Mullins does. Or, at least he should. Is that alone enough to make you want him? I mean really, really want him? The Baseball Show’s 2019 Fantasy Baseball Video Draft Guide continues right here on Razzball with a look at one of the Orioles new building blocks. He is the first player so far this year that Ralph and Andy are torn on. So, you be the tiebreaker. Who’s side are you taking?  We know what side Grey’s on, Cedric Mullins sleeper.

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Go ahead, allow yourself a ten-minute cackle sesh after seeing Nick Pivetta listed as a sleeper.  I’ll allow it this one time, then we’re going to get down to business, and no more cackling at what an awful season Nick Pivetta had last year.  No more talk about his 4.77 ERA.  No talk of his 5.05 ERA in the 2nd half.  No talk about how his batting average against, slugging percentage against and wOBA against were all nearly identical from the first half to the 2nd half and none of them were particularly good.  No talk about how lefties hit him like he was a dumpster Fiers.  No talk about how Pivetta made you cry and crawl up into a ball every time he took the ball.  No talk about any of that!  No negative talk anymore after that ten-minute cackle.  Okay, done?  You have another 15 seconds of cackling?  Then get it over with, would ya?!  So, what can we expect from Nick Pivetta for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

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Fantasy Baseball can be a fickle sport. The general impression of players who serve as Pitchers in the Rocky Mountains is not a good one. But rules are made to be broken. Norms are made to be changed (or served a mug of beer, immediately upon entering a bar). Meet German Marquez, aka the ‘Rockies Rejuvenator’. As in, the guy to make you rethink how you view pitchers who call Coors home.

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So many things went through my mind for the Joey Lucchesi sleeper.  For the first time in a long time, I actually contemplated not writing this post, because I didn’t want to tip off other sites, i.e., competitors.  The last time I felt that urge it was 2016 and Delino DeShields was still a Jr., and we were pen pals who shared numerous correspondences.  In the end, I realized that I need to be true to you, Dear Reader, and your prematurely balding head and theory about how sweatpants are formal attire.  I also, for longer than I care to admit, searched for talk about how Lucchesi of the Bucatini Crime Family was recovering from shoulder, elbow or arm injuries of any sort.  He’s not, but I assumed I must be overlooking something and that’s why he’s being drafted so late.  He threw 139 IP in 2017, and 136 2/3 IP last year, so there was no overuse of his arm.  There’s no injury.  There’s no news about the Padres moving in their fences 175 feet.  What am I missing?  I have to missing something.  There’s no way Joey Lucchesi is healthy, not overworked, has the numbers he has and is being drafted as low as he has been, right?  Am I a part of a Black Mirror episode that I don’t know about and Joey Lucchesi is Italian for “technology will help you at first then end being your demise?”  No?  Then what gives?  Nothing?  Wow, then, without further ado…Anyway, what can we expect from Joey Lucchesi for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

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