“Wonder Twins power activate! In the form of a string bean!” That’s what goes through my mind every time I see Triston McKenzie. If Triston McKenzie and Deivi Garcia were ever on a seesaw, they’d both be in the air with their legs dangling. Triston McKenzie doing indoor skydiving is just him pinned against the ceiling until the wind is shut off. Triston McKenzie was in his high school play, which was an adaptation of Forrest Gump, and McKenzie played the part of the feather. Once Triston McKenzie forgot his house keys and slipped in through the mail slot. Okay, get out all your shizzes and giggles. Triston McKenzie is skinny eh eff. He’s listed as 160 pounds, which is normal-ish. Dot dot dot. For a man a foot shorter than him! He’s six-five! Haha, dubya tee eff. Instead of chewing gum, chew bacon! Instead of using toothpaste, use milkshakes! (I’m not exactly Mr. Quote-The-Simpsons, but that line never gets old for me.) Okay, now that I spent one word for every pound on how much Stretch McKenzie weighs, can we talk about how he had the stats this year in the majors that we wanted from Sixto Sanchez? Acksually, McKenzie had the stats we wanted from Max Scherzer. McKenzie had a 11.3 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 in 33 1/3 IP, and now I swoon like the audience mesmerized by his feather portrayal. To step back a little further to catch you up, before we go into his 2021 projections. Prospect Mike (member him?) said two years ago, “(Triston) does have a plus fastball and curve with decent control, so don’t put me down as a hater. His 2018 was spent in Double-A, where he whiffed 87 batters in 90 innings with a 2.68 ERA, and I’d like to kick Grey in the balls.” What the eff? So, the reason I went back two years is Triston McKenzie didn’t throw last year. More on that in a bit. So, what can we expect from Triston McKenzie for 2021 fantasy baseball?

We had some laughs at Triston McKenzie rocking a Kate Moss figurine, but it’s actually an issue. Not to get all Tony Little on his ass, but he needs to build up muscle. In 2019, he had an upper back injury that was supposed to be a six-weeks-long thing and ended up causing him to not throw a pitch in a game in 2019. Upper back is code for shoulder, by the way. Gumby is thicc compared to Stretch McKenzie, and if he has no muscle mass he’s going to struggle to throw hard for long period times. Case in point:  His fastball velocity fell this season from his debut of 95 MPH to 93 MPH in the matter of one month. Over the course of a full season, Stretch Armweak is going to need to stand next to a pitching machine and mime throwing. He could show up at camp in 2021 with more stamina, but as of right now I’ve never started a post with more enthusiasm only to get to the middle and want to start looking at a different pitcher. On the flip side (though with McKenzie there is no flip side, it’s just a long line that is transparent), McKenzie was able to throw 143 IP in 2017, and maybe he was just injured in 2019, and is beyond that now. Plus, Cleveland craps out top-notch starters like it craps out women who think Drew Carey is handsome. Stretch Armweak might be a guy who dominates for the first two months of the season then fades, which has value in redraft leagues. In conclusion, if he shows up with more muscle mass than a cracker and doesn’t make me want to call him Triscuit McKenzie, then I might go all-in on him, but, for now, I’m super hesitant he has enough stamina for a six-month season. For 2021, I’ll give Triston McKenzie projections of 7-3/3.76/1.12/98 in 84 IP.

 
  1. SlickMick says:
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    I’m getting Carl Edwards Jr vibes with this one….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That ain’t a bad comp, unfortunately

  2. Smitty says:
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    Took the kid in our early DC last year, FB has some kiddy-up touches 97, elevates well, sits 92-94. Slider is effective but change is not yet. Clean delivery at 6’5″ 165 creates some whip with some armside run, but I’m with you on the prospect of him going a full season. Seems a little fragile. Tempering expectations now that he will be going up against better teams than the Tigers and Royals. You are on the money with McKenzie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Appreciate you, Smitty!

  3. JayJ says:
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    Can frankie montas 2020 be ignored. you still in?
    Also, thoughts on caleb smith?
    Jesus aguilar worth pursuing in dynasty?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you can ignore most of Montas’s 2020

      Caleb Smith didn’t really have a 2020

      No on Aguilar

  4. Hernan says:
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    lol, when asked for the number of innings he’s targeting for next year, he went.., “I am Groot…., although it seems the Indians find all kinds of great pitching in their system, top prospects or fringe guys, most of them do great in majors….he’s probably gonna end up known ( in Fantasy Baseball Circles) as the “wrong mcKenzie”…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I hope not…I think we could be okay, and I like Groot, but he needs like 30 pounds on his frame

  5. Dave D says:
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    Not sure where I left off, I had a crazy Friday in the office:

    Round 29
    R29-15
    11/13 1:00 PM
    Pat Valaika2B(A)
    R29-14
    11/13 12:00 PM
    Edward OlivaresOF(A)
    R29-13
    11/13 11:00 AM
    Alec MillsP
    R29-12
    11/13 10:52 AM
    Hunter RenfroeOF
    R29-11
    11/13 10:52 AM
    Miguel AndujarOF
    R29-10
    11/13 10:51 AM
    Adbert AlzolayP(A)
    R29-9
    11/13 10:51 AM
    J.A. HappP
    R29-8
    11/13 10:49 AM
    Scott BarlowP(A)
    R29-7
    11/13 10:49 AM
    Jonathan HernandezP(A)
    R29-6
    11/13 9:49 AM
    Niko GoodrumSS
    R29-5
    11/13 8:43 PM
    Mike Brosseau3B(A)
    R29-4
    11/13 9:43 AM
    Gregory PolancoOF(A)
    R29-3
    11/13 9:43 AM
    Cristian PacheOF
    R29-2
    11/13 9:42 AM
    Zack BrittonP
    R29-1
    11/13 9:30 AM
    Garrett CrochetP
    Round 28
    R28-15
    11/13 9:30 AM
    Jared OlivaOF
    R28-14
    11/13 9:25 AM
    Hunter HarveyP
    R28-13
    11/13 9:14 AM
    Tyler O`NeillOF(A)
    R28-12
    11/13 9:14 AM
    Franchy CorderoOF(A)
    R28-11
    11/13 9:57 AM
    Kyle WrightP(A)
    R28-10
    11/13 8:14 AM
    J.P. CrawfordSS
    R28-9
    11/13 8:08 AM
    Jason HeywardOF
    R28-8
    11/13 7:37 AM
    Luke WeaverP(A)
    R28-7
    11/13 7:37 AM
    Trevor MayP
    R28-6
    11/13 6:41 AM
    Carter Kieboom3B
    R28-5
    11/13 1:40 AM
    Blake TreinenP(A)
    R28-4
    11/13 1:40 AM
    Clarke SchmidtP(A)
    R28-3
    11/13 11:33 PM
    Martin MaldonadoC(A)
    R28-2
    11/13 1:40 AM
    Jacob StallingsC
    R28-1
    11/13 1:24 AM
    Taylor TrammellOF(A)
    Round 27
    R27-15
    11/13 1:24 AM
    Robbie GrossmanOF(A)
    R27-14
    11/13 12:24 AM
    Garrett RichardsP
    R27-13
    11/13 12:23 AM
    Jose IglesiasSS
    R27-12
    11/13 12:14 AM
    Luis Garcia2B
    R27-11
    11/13 12:12 AM
    Tejay AntoneP(A)
    R27-10
    11/13 12:12 AM
    Kevin KiermaierOF(A)
    R27-9
    11/13 12:12 AM
    Nate Lowe1B(A)
    R27-8
    11/13 12:12 AM
    Omar NarvaezC(A)
    R27-7
    11/13 12:12 AM
    Joey Votto1B(A)
    R27-6
    11/13 12:12 AM
    Victor CaratiniC(A)
    R27-5
    11/13 12:12 AM
    Emmanuel ClaseP
    R27-4
    11/13 12:03 AM
    Mike MinorP(A)
    R27-3
    11/13 12:03 AM
    Adley RutschmanC(A)
    R27-2
    11/13 12:02 AM
    Matt ManningP(A)
    R27-1
    11/12 11:02 PM
    Luis UriasSS
    Round 26
    R26-15
    11/12 11:01 PM
    Jazz ChisholmSS
    R26-14
    11/12 10:51 PM
    Bryan GarciaP(A)
    R26-13
    11/12 10:51 PM
    Luis Arraez2B
    R26-12
    11/12 10:12 PM
    Adam WainwrightP(A)
    R26-11
    11/13 9:57 AM
    Brusdar GraterolP
    R26-10
    11/12 10:07 PM
    Joc PedersonOF
    R26-9
    11/12 9:51 PM
    Evan Longoria3B
    R26-8
    11/12 9:45 PM
    Jordan HicksP(A)
    R26-7
    11/12 9:45 PM
    Nick AhmedSS
    R26-6
    11/12 9:43 PM
    Freddy PeraltaP
    R26-5
    11/12 9:39 PM
    Wilson RamosC
    R26-4
    11/12 9:38 PM
    Carlos MartinezP
    R26-3
    11/12 9:29 PM
    Noah SyndergaardP
    R26-2
    11/12 9:21 PM
    Josh Fuentes1B
    R26-1
    11/12 9:21 PM
    Miguel RojasSS
    Round 25
    R25-15
    11/12 9:20 PM
    Tanner HouckP
    R25-14
    11/12 9:19 PM
    Edwin Rios3B
    R25-13
    11/12 9:06 PM
    Aaron BummerP
    R25-12
    11/12 9:05 PM
    Josh NaylorOF
    R25-11
    11/12 8:57 PM
    Michael ChavisOF
    R25-10
    11/12 8:56 PM
    Alex DickersonOF(A)
    R25-9
    11/12 8:55 PM
    JaCoby JonesOF
    R25-8
    11/12 8:47 PM
    Sam HilliardOF
    R25-7
    11/12 8:28 PM
    Josh LindblomP
    R25-6
    11/12 8:21 PM
    Daniel Ponce de LeonP
    R25-5
    11/12 8:20 PM
    Andrew StevensonOF
    R25-4
    11/12 8:19 PM
    Yan GomesC(A)
    R25-3
    11/12 8:19 PM
    Yandy Diaz3B
    R25-2
    11/13 3:21 PM
    Greg HollandP
    R25-1
    11/12 8:12 PM
    Diego CastilloP
    Round 24
    R24-15
    11/12 8:12 PM
    Tom MurphyC
    R24-14
    11/12 7:49 PM
    Rougned Odor2B
    R24-13
    11/12 7:46 PM
    Brandon Belt1B
    R24-12
    11/12 7:45 PM
    Evan White1B
    R24-11
    11/12 7:29 PM
    David PetersonP
    R24-10
    11/12 7:19 PM
    Amed RosarioSS
    R24-9
    11/12 6:54 PM
    Kolten Wong2B(A)
    R24-8
    11/12 6:54 PM
    Justin UptonOF
    R24-7
    11/12 6:10 PM
    Shogo AkiyamaOF
    R24-6
    11/12 5:43 PM
    Adam EatonOF
    R24-5
    11/12 5:26 PM
    Corey DickersonOF
    R24-4
    11/12 5:24 PM
    Madison BumgarnerP
    R24-3
    11/12 5:21 PM
    Willie CalhounOF(A)
    R24-2
    11/12 5:21 PM
    Tanner RaineyP
    R24-1
    11/12 5:20 PM
    Jackie Bradley Jr.OF
    Round 23
    R23-15
    11/12 5:20 PM
    Hanser Alberto2B
    R23-14
    11/12 5:19 PM
    Garrett Cooper1B
    R23-13
    11/13 11:33 PM
    Joey BartC(A)
    R23-12
    11/12 5:17 PM
    Mauricio DubonOF
    R23-11
    11/12 5:02 PM
    Jonathan Schoop2B
    R23-10
    11/12 5:00 PM
    Carlos Santana1B
    R23-9
    11/12 4:20 PM
    Eduardo Escobar3B
    R23-8
    11/12 4:14 PM
    Cal QuantrillP
    R23-7
    11/12 3:24 PM
    Yusei KikuchiP
    R23-6
    11/12 3:08 PM
    Alex ReyesP
    R23-5
    11/12 8:20 PM
    Oscar MercadoOF
    R23-4
    11/12 2:23 PM
    Elvis AndrusSS
    R23-3
    11/12 2:22 PM
    Raimel TapiaOF
    R23-2
    11/12 2:22 PM
    Tyler StephensonC
    R23-1
    11/12 2:16 PM
    Drew PomeranzP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No one wants Garrett Cooper, but I’d take him…Hard to argue with the value on Joey Bart too or Carlos Santana or Escobar or Freddy Peralta — wow, he’s cheap…Don’t love a ton of the arms in here, but some decent bats

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, he’s fine. I took a flyer on Tyler Stephenson in round 23 as my #2 C. Maybe some upside. I backed him up with Barnhart. Maybe it’s just me, but I see Odor and Solano as incredible values at 2B. If you can abosrb his potential .210 AVG, that could be a cheap 90/30/80/10 guy.

        • Dave D says:
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          well, maybe not 90R but 75R

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            True

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Solano is one that really jumps out… I kinda want to write a sleeper post on him but I fear he’s so deep for the main audience here he won’t be drafted in 12 teamers…I might write it anyway

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah, Solano is a very cheap source of AVG. I dont know why he’s going over one hundred pucks after Arraez, who has less pop and less PT. I’ll gladly take him round 30!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Solano over Arraez all day!

  6. Dave D says:
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    More….

    Round 35
    R35-13
    11/14 11:13 AM
    Ji-Man Choi1B
    R35-12
    11/14 11:03 AM
    Mike TauchmanOF
    R35-11
    11/14 10:31 AM
    Matt Carpenter3B
    R35-10
    11/14 10:25 AM
    Yoshi TsutsugoOF
    R35-9
    11/14 10:20 AM
    Austin BarnesC(A)
    R35-8
    11/14 10:20 AM
    Orlando ArciaSS(A)
    R35-7
    11/14 9:20 AM
    Danny DuffyP
    R35-6
    11/14 9:00 AM
    Nick WittgrenP
    R35-5
    11/14 9:00 AM
    Francisco MejiaC(A)
    R35-4
    11/14 6:32 AM
    Khris DavisUT(A)
    R35-3
    11/14 6:32 AM
    Brendan McKayP(A)
    R35-2
    11/14 6:32 AM
    Luis GarciaP
    R35-1
    11/14 5:17 AM
    Ross StriplingP
    Round 34
    R34-15
    11/14 5:17 AM
    Monte HarrisonOF
    R34-14
    11/14 4:28 AM
    Aristides AquinoOF
    R34-13
    11/14 1:56 AM
    Chad GreenP(A)
    R34-12
    11/14 12:56 AM
    Jon GrayP(A)
    R34-11
    11/13 11:56 PM
    Jose LeclercP
    R34-10
    11/13 11:50 PM
    Rick PorcelloP
    R34-9
    11/13 11:40 PM
    Jose QuintanaP
    R34-8
    11/13 11:35 PM
    Joe JimenezP
    R34-7
    11/13 11:04 PM
    Adrian HouserP(A)
    R34-6
    11/13 11:04 PM
    Brendan Rodgers2B
    R34-5
    11/13 11:02 PM
    Tyler DuffeyP
    R34-4
    11/13 10:56 PM
    Gregory SotoP(A)
    R34-3
    11/13 10:56 PM
    Pete FairbanksP
    R34-2
    11/13 10:51 PM
    Anderson TejedaSS(A)
    R34-1
    11/13 10:51 PM
    Leury GarciaSS(A)
    Round 33
    R33-15
    11/13 10:51 PM
    Kyle HigashiokaC(A)
    R33-14
    11/13 9:51 PM
    Lucas SimsP
    R33-13
    11/13 9:51 PM
    Stephen PiscottyOF
    R33-12
    11/13 9:14 PM
    Roberto PerezC(A)
    R33-11
    11/13 9:14 PM
    Josh StaumontP
    R33-10
    11/13 9:12 PM
    Rowan WickP
    R33-9
    11/13 9:08 PM
    Chad Pinder2B
    R33-8
    11/13 9:03 PM
    Mallex SmithOF(A)
    R33-7
    11/13 9:03 PM
    Chris MartinP
    R33-6
    11/13 8:54 PM
    Ryan HelsleyP
    R33-5
    11/13 8:41 PM
    Reyes MorontaP
    R33-4
    11/13 8:30 PM
    Nomar MazaraOF
    R33-3
    11/13 7:43 PM
    Victor GonzalezP(A)
    R33-2
    11/13 7:43 PM
    Lewis BrinsonOF
    R33-1
    11/13 7:40 PM
    Codi HeuerP
    Round 32
    R32-15
    11/13 7:40 PM
    Roberto OsunaP
    R32-14
    11/13 7:39 PM
    Tucker BarnhartC
    R32-13
    11/13 7:37 PM
    Andrew KniznerC(A)
    R32-12
    11/13 7:37 PM
    Rich HillP(A)
    R32-11
    11/13 7:37 PM
    Archie BradleyP
    R32-10
    11/13 7:26 PM
    Julio RodriguezOF
    R32-9
    11/13 7:13 PM
    Daniel LynchP
    R32-8
    11/13 7:00 PM
    Shin-Soo ChooOF
    R32-7
    11/13 6:46 PM
    Harrison BaderOF
    R32-6
    11/13 6:43 PM
    Rio Ruiz3B
    R32-5
    11/13 6:33 PM
    Andrelton SimmonsSS
    R32-4
    11/13 6:33 PM
    Edwin EncarnacionUT
    R32-3
    11/13 6:30 PM
    Trevor RogersP
    R32-2
    11/13 6:08 PM
    Dean KremerP(A)
    R32-1
    11/13 6:08 PM
    Spencer Torkelson3B
    Round 31
    R31-15
    11/13 6:07 PM
    A.J. PukP
    R31-14
    11/13 6:07 PM
    Yimi GarciaP(A)
    R31-13
    11/13 5:07 PM
    Colin Moran1B
    R31-12
    11/13 5:06 PM
    Bryse WilsonP
    R31-11
    11/13 5:02 PM
    Matt ShoemakerP
    R31-10
    11/13 5:02 PM
    Jeter DownsSS
    R31-9
    11/13 4:44 PM
    Miles MikolasP
    R31-8
    11/13 4:43 PM
    Kevin Newman2B(A)
    R31-7
    11/13 3:43 PM
    Adam Frazier2B(A)
    R31-6
    11/13 3:43 PM
    Alex WoodP
    R31-5
    11/13 3:30 PM
    Logan GilbertP
    R31-4
    11/13 3:27 PM
    Miguel CabreraUT
    R31-3
    11/13 3:18 PM
    Luis PatinoP(A)
    R31-2
    11/13 3:18 PM
    Asdrubal Cabrera3B
    R31-1
    11/13 3:13 PM
    Kris BubicP
    Round 30
    R30-15
    11/13 3:13 PM
    Nick PivettaP
    R30-14
    11/13 3:08 PM
    Donovan Solano2B
    R30-13
    11/13 3:00 PM
    Rafael DolisP(A)
    R30-12
    11/13 2:59 PM
    Travis Shaw3B(A)
    R30-11
    11/13 8:43 PM
    Jose GarciaSS
    R30-10
    11/13 2:52 PM
    Jose TrevinoC
    R30-9
    11/13 2:19 PM
    Austin GomberP(A)
    R30-8
    11/13 2:19 PM
    Spencer HowardP
    R30-7
    11/13 1:58 PM
    Luis TorrensC(A)
    R30-6
    11/13 1:58 PM
    Adrian MorejonP
    R30-5
    11/13 1:06 PM
    Roman QuinnOF(A)
    R30-4
    11/13 1:06 PM
    Nico Hoerner2B
    R30-3
    11/13 1:01 PM
    DJ StewartOF
    R30-2
    11/13 1:00 PM
    Chance SiscoC(A)
    R30-1
    11/13 1:00 PM
    Justin DunnP

    • Grey

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      Weird how I see better arms here than the last group…Still quite a few that just feel like throwing away picks like some of these older arms like Pivetta, but I guess it’s super cheap flyers…I love Trevor Rogers for that price tho, and Puk and Bryse

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, I took Puk in 1st DC but passed this one because I took Manning. Good flyer IMO, too.

        • Grey

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          Manning’s decent…better than some of these picks

          • Dave D says:
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            I also grabbed Luis Garcia-HOU. He has a pretty live arm. Have you seen any of him. If he cuts down on walks he could be pretty good I think.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, actually just looked at him yesterday…I liked what I saw but I do t know if he gets in the rotation… decent flyer tho…

  7. jayj says:
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    ($19)Trevor bauer or ($0)Luis robert dynasty 16 man. thanks.

    • Grey

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      Robert

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