Talk about a guy who could be completely off radars next year, and be huge.  I’m hummna-hummna’ing before I even start.  Let’s talk team sitch first.  You’re gonna need a seatbelt for this one, because I’m going neck deep fast like a snake coming up a toilet drain.  Ramon Laureano takes a walk, and not just at 8 AM with a senior at a mall going to get lunch.  He might sneak into a .370 OBP, and, if I’ve learned anything from Fat Jonah and Billy Beane on a treadmill in Moneyball, a solid OBP guy means he’s going to hit leadoff for the A’s.  The A’s who last year scored the fourth most runs in the league and were sorely missing a leadoff man.  They tried Marcus Semien for 292 ABs, saying, “Let’s give Semien a shot!  Hey…that’s not mud in my eye.”  They gave Martini a shot at leadoff for 120 ABs and, like a bad episode of Sex in the City, Martini is what led to Semien, so we know how well that worked out.  Unless they trade for someone else this offseason, and I see no reason why they would, who else is leading off in Oakland?  Piscotty?  Olson?  Chapman?  They shouldn’t be, and, Billy Beane pulling the strings on that giant puppet-shaped Bob Melvin willing, they won’t.  Nomar backwards will.  If they can do a surgery on a grape, Laureano can be the A’s leadoff hitter for 400+ ABs.  So, what can we expect from Ramon Laureano for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

In 64 games in Triple-A, Ramon Laureano had 14 HRs, 11 SBs and hit .297, then, in the majs (they call it that, right?), he went 5/7/.288 in 48 games and 156 ABs.  To go back further before we venture forward, he had a 11/24 season in Double-A for the Astros.  He only hit .227 there because he’s a Marla Gibbs fan and he had a low BABIP for him.  His K-rate of 28.4% and .388 BABIP from last year in the majs (they do call it that, no?) spells a little bit of trouble, but not nearly as much trouble as you might think.  His strikeouts should come down this year, if we follow his minor league numbers, and he is fast, so the BABIP might be all right. I don’t want to get caca cuckoo with myself, but I really think he could be a 17/30/.275 guy with a chance for more.  *puts handkerchief to forehead, faints, falls on beanbag that wears a Giancarlo jersey*  Oh, Giancarlo Beanbag, I just had the craziest dream.  I dreamt Ramon Laureano was going to be a top 50 player in 2019.  He was only caught once in eight attempts last year, and is a 30-steal guy just waiting to happen.  He averaged 403 feet on his five homers last year, and is a 15-homer hitter about to put a sippy cup on 20 homers and suck off that teat!  He’s a .260 hitter waiting to hit maybe .250 or .240 or .270 or .280.  Okay, hard to tell on that, but I’m not betting against anyone who makes only 13.9% soft contact (would be top 30 in the league) with his speed.  For 2019, I’ll give Ramon Laureano projections of 81/16/51/.264/28 in 542 ABs with a chance for more.  Giddy up, you mothersuckers!

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Loved the write-up!!

    a. Happy Blue Monday to you! Hope you had a nice weekend. If not, hope you have a nice week.

    b. Had Laureano last year. He will be lightning in a bottle for sure for 2019.

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for December 10

    1. [On gaining Langdon’s approval to marry Olivia]I am so happy, I want to scalp somebody.

    2. [to Livy] I do not know of anything I could refuse to do if you wanted it done. I am reasonably afraid that you’ll stop me from smoking some day. But if ever you do, you will do it with such happy grace that I shall be swindled into the notion that I didn’t want to smoke any more any how.

    3. Behold I have at the moment the only sweetheart I ever loved, and bless her old heart she is lying asleep upstairs in a bed I sleep in every night. And for 4 whole days, she has been Mrs Samuel L. Clements.

    4. [After he moved to Hartford CT, then the most prosperous city in America] Of all the beautiful towns it has been my fortune to see, Hartford is the chief. It is a city of 40000 inhabitants and seems to be composed entirely of dwelling houses scattered along the broad straight streets. Everywhere the eye turns it is blessed with a vision of refreshing green. You do not know what beauty is if you have not been here.

    5. Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God. And over these ideals, they dispute and cannot unite. But they all worship money.

    6. I have been bully ragged all day by the builder, by his foreman, by the architect, by the tapestry devil who is to upholster the furniture, by the idiot who is putting down the carpets, by the scoundrel who is setting up the billiards table and has left the balls in New York, by a book agent whose body is in the backyard and the coroner notified. Just think of this going on the whole day long and I am a man who loathes details with all my heart. But I haven’t lost my temper.

    7. [When telling a bed time story for his daughters every night] I had to start always with the cat and finish with Emmaline. I was never allowed the refreshment of change, end for end. It was not permissible to introduce an ornament into the story out of its place in the procession. These bric-a-bracs never allowed a peaceful day. They knew no existence but a monotonous career of violence and bloodshed.

    8. Worcester, MA
    Livy darling,
    I’m just in from the lecture, just in from talking to 1700 of the staidest puritanical people you ever saw. One of the hardest gangs to move that ever was. I’m going to bed, disgusted. I do hate lecturing and I shall try hard to have as little as possible of it to do hereafter.

    9. Columbus, OH
    Livy darling,
    Rode all day in a smoking car yesterday, stopping every 30 yards. Arrived here in a rain storm, jumped into evening dress in a dreadful hurry. And came before a full opera house of the handsomest people you ever saw, and made them shout and tore them all to pieces ’til half past ten.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. It was good, moved into my new house! B. Yup C. Haha, I like how #9 looks like it was signed by you

  2. Big Ticket says:
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    Thanks, Grey! I’ve already added him to my watch list. I’m not super familiar with him – what’s the downside/risk for him? A’s decide to not give him AB’s? And those projections look like I’d be snagging him somewhere in the 130-150 range, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Ticket: He hits .240 or lower, and gets platooned and is never heard from again — Yeah, likely around Bader area

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        Or Dustin Fowler figures it out, which seems unlikely

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, you’re pulling out an oldie but goodie… Yeah, I think Fowler’s now behind a few guys, but I guess ya never know…

          • Dave D says:
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            @Grey:

            AAA 2018 (age 23) in 55 games 37/4/27/.341/13h

            I agree he’s a flop to this point but can’t count him out entirely going into age 24 season

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              @Dave D: 13sb

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Might need a change of scenario

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agreed, he does feel like he’s fallen back further in the depth charts tho

              • Dave D says:
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                @Grey:

                OAK is screwy, like you said it could easily become a platoon. This is the team, afterall, that gave Billy Burns a starting job a few years back (I think I got him in round 46). I think if you draft Laureano in a DC, I’d handcuff him with Fowler. Maybe they both play. Fowler is still younger though and you know they will play Canha too much. I like Laureano but drafting OAK OF’s to me is risky at a high ADP. Call me a wuss.

                • Grey

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                  That makes sense about handcuffing him in a DC, anyone after round 40 or so as a flyer backup is not a bad bet at all — these are after all sleepers, not sure things

  3. Gonzo says:
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    Nice article! I dig Laureano, he made for a solid 3rd OF in my AL-only championship run last year.

    For keeper the next two years, who do you prefer? Eddie Rosario for $17 or Raffy Devers for $12?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gonzo: Nice! Devers

  4. Wally Gizzard says:
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    Kepler, Franmil, Mazara, Dahl, Winker. What order do you take these guys in a 2019 points league draft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl, Mazara, Winker

  5. DonnieB says:
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    Congrats on the new house! Who do you like for this year: K Seager,Yuli or Franco?
    And between Semien and Cesar Hernandez?
    I just picked Dozier in round 11 in a 15 team. Seem like a good bounce back—or is he finished?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Think I’m gonna like Maikel out of them, but Phils may still get Machado — Semien over Cesar — Depends who signs Dozier

      • DonnieB says:
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        Thanks Grey…..Couple more. Would you take Moncada over Semien? How do you compare either to McNeil or Hampson?
        Do you think Glasnow can be a SP4 this year? Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Semien over Moncada — McNeil — Yes on Glasnow

  6. Marq Felt says:
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    DUDE

    My dynasty draft is on Sunday and there’s at least two other people in my league that read your stuff and YOU KEEP NAMING ALL MY GUYS.

    TAKE IT EASY, BIG FELLA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My b!

  7. Jason says:
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    Grey, dynasty H2H would you trade Kershaw for JA Happ and FYPD (and 2018 international signees) 1.08?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      FYPD?

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry…..first year player draft. Gorman, Bart, etc.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha… I’d want Kershaw still

          • Jason says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks Grey!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  8. Biff Malibu says:
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    Very insightful, as usual (ain’t expectations a b/tch), but I’m gonna push for piscotty. As lead off hitter, piscotty makes sense. Routinely sees lots of pitches per AB, makes solid contact, has track record in minors to back up this n doesn’t over do it by swinging for fences. May not be ideal leading off but the development of Matt & Matt, could see a move a top order. Thoughts??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty feels more like a middle of the order bat to me… He hit mostly 6th last year, and could see him there or 5th

      • Biff Malibu says:
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        Uh oh it seems there’s a new player in talks. DJ now being discussed. Now he could lead off…piscotty can take a walk n I think he’s smart base runner

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take questions to my newest post so I can easily follow thread, thank you

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