Jameson Taillon threw 104 IP last year and had a 3.38 ERA with a microscopic 1.5 BB/9 and an it’ll-play 7.4 K/9 coming off his 94 MPH fastball.  I love Taillon.  I can’t wait to draft him on every 2017 fantasy baseball team.  Oh, the days will be fun when I can, said Grey sipping Cognac from a Pirate helmet snifter.  Yet, said with a megaphone, I CAN’T FIND ANYONE THAT DOESN’T THINK TYLER GLASNOW IS MUCH BETTER.  Like Taillon is a three, maybe two — it’s very hard to be a ten with a flat curve — and Glasnow is a bona fide ace.  Together they do sound like a wrestling team Rowdy Roddy Piper (RIP) tried to get over, saying they were from Scotland.  “Glasnow is close to Glasgow and Jameson Taillon doesn’t need any work to sell.  I mean, Taillon is the chain hanging the metal medallion from a kilt and Jameson’s whiskey.  Nuff said.”  That was McMahon pitching the idea to Roddy in the 80s.  On last midseason’s top 100 prospects by Prospector Ralph, Glasnow was 2nd overall.  Prospector Ralph once took an 8×10 of Andrew Benintendi into a hot tub and asked his wife to give him ten minutes.  And PR put Glasnow above Benintendi!  Prospector Ralph once wore a Red Sox eye patch for a week, walking around saying, “My name is Yoan Moncada, you killed my father, prepare to die.”  And Glasnow is above Moncada!  So, maybe ETAs played into that ranking a tad bit — by the way, Tad Bit wanted to be a porn actor, but didn’t have the stuff — but Glasnow is obviously well-loved.  Other places you look, Glasnow has similar fervor.  Or, if Peggy Lee is reading, you give me fervor.  Anyway, what can we expect from Tyler Glasnow for 2017 fantasy baseball?

Um, I don’t know.  Imagine I ended it there.  That lead up and pay off would’ve been like a Tad Bit sex scene.  “Hey, Tad, can you move your pinkie finger from the shot.  That’s not your pinkie?!  Okay, who hired this guy?”  I say I don’t know, because I see a very risky pitcher.  Okay, I don’t know for 2017.  I can see the stuff, and he does look like he can eventually be an ace.  That means nothing until he harnesses his control.  Yes, as of right now, at 23 years of age, he can walk out onto a major league mound and strikeout 9+ hitters in nine innings.  Of course, it may take him three starts to get to nine innings because his control is so wonky.  I see mentions throughout his prospect reports that he can control his pitches in the strike zone, but allow me to give you some numbers — you like numbers, don’t you?  In Single-A in 2013, he had a 4.93 BB/9.  In Rookie Ball in 2014, a 5.59 BB/9.  In 2014 and High A, 4.1 BB/9.  In 2015 and Triple-A, 4.8 BB/9.  Finally, in 2016 in Triple-A, a 5 BB/9, and a 5 BB/9 in 23 1/3 IP in the majors last year.  At some point, I don’t know, maybe I’m being silly, but I’d like to see actual control and not just talk about how he can control his pitches.  Of course, the stuff is there.  He can hit 99 MPH and strike out 9, maybe 10, guys per nine, so there’s huge upside here, and maybe his control will suddenly click and he’ll be a top 30 starter in 2017.  There’s also downside here too, and he could be unownable, roofie’ing you right out from under your left and right kidneys.  For 2017, I’ll give him the projections of 9-11/3.87/1.39/134 in 125 IP with much upside and downside from there.

 
  1. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Now, if President Elect ‘The Donald’ decides to export any illegal Irish back to Ireland we should deport anyone with an Americany sounding name..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: All names are American, says my Ford F-150 bumper sticker

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Yasiel Puig?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would’ve also accepted racist Puig!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: or Daniel Murphy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Isn’t he just homophobic?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: I was trying to cover the gambit of bigots and such. Truthfully I couldn’t figure out anything puny with a players name and Islamophobia.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Allahcarlo Stanton

  2. Scott says:
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    Jake Arrieta would rather export celebrities!

  3. Whit says:
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    Grey if Otani gets posted, any idea if there will be a way to benefit from his bat and pitching? How high would he be ranked if he could count towards 8 or 9 categories?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Whit: Crazy, right? Tanaka plus 20 homers… Fantasy doesn’t count pitchers for hitters and vice versa

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Whit: The talk was teams might sign him as a closer/outfielder. I don’t think the bat is strong to stop teams from pushing him to start. That said he’ll still hit in the NL, and an AL team could DH him in starts.

      The closer/outfielder thing has been discussed though.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: *strong enough

    • Stoned Vegans says:
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      @Whit: If he was able to benefit from all those categories, he’d be the New Otani.

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up!!!

    a. Mega props to my man Count de Monet Ball and his twin-brother Count de Manet Ball!!! Your blogs, questions and insight (and of course beautifully cropped photo) are what make me coming back to razzball among others!

    b. Glasnow, will love him! I think the upside will be really worth it. Taillon too!

    c. Prepping for the Ambassadors’ meeting.

    d. On ‘The Donald’s’ victory, well….Kudos to his campaign manager who let others think about the ‘Battleground states’ and focused on literally everything else – from Idaho to Louisiana! The most damning blow must be the loss in Arkansas!!! Bill’s home state!!! Also, kudos to Paul Ryan who told people to vote for their constituents on not necessarily for the Donald. Overall, it was Hillary’s defeat.

    e. SNAFU happening as we speak, gtg!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Thanks, Ante! You’re a good egg too B. Agreed, I like him, hopefully this year C. Nice D. Agreed, Hillary inspired no one and nothing…Even now it’s ‘against Trump excitement.’ No one is protesting for her E. Good luck!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. More SNAFU. Can’t even explain it, it’s painful.

        b. There was the minor protest in CA and OR, but the liberal mainstream media didn’t cover it! We’re in trouble, man!

        c. I hope The Donald won’t interfere with fantasy baseball. Can see no reason why he would, but if he does there will be a protest!

        d. Was watching CNN with an eight-member panel – four on one side, four on the other – with the host/moderator around 7 hours to the closing of election day. Some key faux pas made.

        1. The Latino vote will decide who will win this election (she was confident it would be Hillary). Another fun fact, she pronounced every single word in the proper vernacular like a true American would EXCEPT for the word Latino!!! How (Doug) Strange, right?

        2. There was an African-American Trump supporter on the panel. Everyone laughed at him (including the impartial moderator) when he said that Trump would most certainly win. The other African-American on the panel almost called him an Uncle Tom, almost.

        3. They had an American East-Indian guy on the panel. He had like a 1% stake of the total conversation held.

        4. No one believed Trump would win except the 2 die-hard panel members and they were stifled with giddy laughter.

        e. Great, now I have to suffer another indignity in Chad. ‘See, Monsieur Ante! We told you that NOBODY would vote for a woman!’ I just have to grin and bear it (just like that Baseball America cover with Hendu and McGwire) and say ‘yes, yes. you were right!’

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. Ouch B. It was covered here, they shut down a major freeway.. it’s all fun and games until you cause traffic D. Haha, yeah, actually saw the same panel… tell them people did vote for Hillary, more actually than Trump but due to an arcane rule Trump is prez

  5. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    All this Bucco love is making me Raise It!

    I was randomly watching the third season of 30 Rock last night (haven’t seen 1 or 2). Within the first 3 episodes there was a misogynist political joke, a racists run the government joke, and an actors only tell you how to vote joke. Seemed like a brand new episode, freaked me out.

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Scott: No shit, kind of depressing. And rather scary.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Jolly Roger, I presume… Ha, I was enjoying 30 Rock when binging last XMas at my mom’s but never went back to it after

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: I’ve probably seen 10 or so episodes from my girl watching it but have no idea which seasons they were from. I like it too, just never sat down and watched them.

        My girl makes fun of me and my Razzball fantasy baseball friends, but she wanted me to ask if you or anyone has ever listened to the My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, is it good? I’ve really started getting into podcasts, but all drama ones… Started listening to Generation Why

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Yeah I’ve listened to 2 podcast episodes ever and they involved Jose Canseco and B-Real. I don’t have a long commute so I never know where to listen to a podcast, ha.

            I’ve never heard her laugh so hard before so it must be good. It’s this British guy whose father wrote a terribly cheesy romantic/sexual novel. They just read it and laugh I think.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: Your Red Sox conversion therapy will be completed Saturday following the release of the Red Sox edition of the Razzball podcast.

            From that point forward you will crave “large regula coffees from Dunkins”, and “totally love Mark Wahlberg movies”.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I must admit, I saw a Dunkin Donuts in downtown LA and I got a little excited for a Coolatta

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: Seriously! Before you know it you’ll be saying things like “Wahlberg was awesome in the Lovely Bones.” and asking Cougs if she “can run to the packie for a 30 rack of Bud heavies?”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  We’re going to New Hampshire on Sunday to get beer

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @Grey: Hahaha liquors stores are open on Sunday’s now. #progress

                    You go to NH now to buy cheaper cartons of cigarettes. “I save a wicked ton of dollas kid”

                    • Grey

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                      Oh wow, shows you how long since I’ve been in Mass

  6. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Does Dickey in Atlanta have any value outside a depth guy in deeper (16+ team) quality start leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamer, that’s about it

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: So he’s Tinder Dickey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t swipe right or left on Dickey

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: You’d just stare and compare?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hopefully the Atlanta Journal Constitution doesn’t go with the headline, “Sizing up Dickey”

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: “Braves insert Dickey into A-Town rotation”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  “Jane Fonda Says, ‘Not First Dickey I’ve Seen In Atlanta.'”

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: Pre-order the new book “Cox to Dickey: The History of the Atlanta Braves”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA! Nice…. “Cox to Dickey, Bream Get on Top!”

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Grey: when he pitches will they be doing the Tomacock Chop?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hahaha

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

                      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                      @Big Odio: ZING!!!

  7. Matt says:
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    Speaking of Taillon, would you deal him for Aledmys Diaz in dynasty rebuild?
    Thanks

    • Grey

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      I’d take Diaz, but it’s pretty fair

  8. Alan says:
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    Would you deal Bryant for Correa in dynasty? To be fair, I have no SS for next season and loaded at 3B

    Have a good night

    • Grey

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      I’d prefer Bryant, I’d trade a different 3B for a lesser SS

  9. CMUTimmah says:
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    The interesting thing to think about here with Glasnow is: Does he have 9+ K/9 upside BECAUSE he doesn’t throw strikes, or in spite of the fact that he doesn’t throw strikes.

    For instance, many of the great strikeout pitchers with high walks end up sacrificing WHIP and ERA when they cut down the walks. Others have stuff good enough to play over the dish.

    Glasnow looks like a guy that can live over the plate based on pitch movement, speed, and (being the big guy he is) pitching angle. But I agree with the comments above, I’m not taking a risk on him this year. I wonder if he even starts the season in the rotation. Taillon is a pitcher at this point, Glasnow is a thrower. In a keeper league, I’m all over him, but in a keeper league where you keep few minor leaguers, I’m probably looking more towards higher upside hitters rather than banking on Glasnow becoming a pitcher…

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