I forgot I included Vidal Brujan in my top 100 2nd half rankings, and, honestly, that made me laugh a lot. Hey, he sucked me in like he was Myles of Straw. No shame in that, I’d do it again if I had the chance. At the backend of the top 100 for the 2nd half, you gotta go risky ishkabibble vs. safe whose-he-whatsies. Vidal Brujan was called up right before the break last year, so I figured we were about to see a prince and I was the Kingmaker. I wasn’t even playing checkers, and still missed. C’est la vie, as Ty France says. It was kinda weird how the Rays played Brujan this year. Called him up out of seemingly nowhere, then they let him rot on the bench and demoted him almost as quickly as they promoted him. Though, this reminds me of what I said in my Shane Baz fantasy, the Rays have no problem promoting rookies, they just don’t retain them when they have to pay them. So, what can we expect from Vidal Brujan for 2022 fantasy baseball?

Have you seen Vidal Brujan’s Triple-A numbers? I mean, holy el oh el’s, Batman. Or should I say Brujman? Brujan Wayne? Meh, we’ll figure it out later! He went 77/12/56/.262/44 in 389 ABs. That is honestly hilarious. Did he win the Triple-A MVP, because he should’ve. Actually, is there a Triple-A MVP award? Meh, ya know what, don’t answer, I have enough in my brain. My Brubrain? Hey, forget the portmanteaus, Grey! Those stats are so sexy, no wonder I had Brujan as a lead buy this year one week in July. Here’s what I said, “The big takeaway from my fantasy take on Brujan is what Prospect Itch said about him, “It’s rare enough for a 40-steal player to enter our game. Even rarer to find one who hits enough to earn himself regular playing time. Rarer still to find one who speaks five languages. I mention this last piece because language learning requires the same determination needed for the grind of baseball. You’re going to make mistakes. Might look like an idiot. Might often feel dumb. But you have to keep putting yourself out there. And as long as you stay positive and focus on the long term, you can improve a little bit every day. In 2014, Tampa signed Brujan out of the Dominican Republic for $15,000. He was illiterate at the time. Now: five languages. Grey can’t speak one.” And that’s me quoting me quoting Prospect Itch! By the way, we’re so lucky to have guys like Itch, aren’t we? Makes my nightmares where he’s stalking me through dark alleys well worth it!

40 steals is rare, as Itch said, and it’s even rarer from someone in Triple-A. Because no one in Triple-A should be in Triple-A long enough to steal 40 bags! Never the hoo! That’s not on the Rays so much in this case, because they did give him an opportunity while Margot was hurt, and he *raspberries lips*. So, why should we expect different in 2022? Are you effing with me? I’m not going to quote back at you all the superstars who have come before who failed in their first run in the majors, but they are plentiful. Hall of Famers amongst them. Guys don’t always click the first go-around. Brujan had a 30.8% strikeout rate in his 10-game trial run in the majors, and he might have a strikeout rate that’s half of that when he’s fully comfortable. He’s not a “struggle with contact” guy. Who knows when it will click for Brujan at the major league level, but he could absolutely be an everyday starter for the Rays out of camp and on the short list for Rookie of the Year. Dot dot dot. Or hit .180 in spring and need a change of scenery by July with a trade to the Rockies, where he’s considered a backup for the next eight years until he signs on to coach in the KBO. For 2022, I’ll give Vidal Brujan projections of 51/6/43/.238/18 in 387 ABs with a chance for way more or way less. Stamp him highly risky bet and take the gamble or not. Your choice!

  1. galica123 says:
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    Grey!!!

    (Until further notice…) Awesome!

    a. Love Brujan. Prepping for my MiLB draft. Questions.

    1. In a 4×4, dynasty, 12-team league where 180 MiLB players will be drafted and owned is my top 10 correct having the scoring system in mind? (OBP, SB, RC, TB) X (WHIP, K/9, SVH, QS)

    Oneil Cruz (He’s going to be an OBP drain)
    Brujan
    Josh Lowe (You don’t like him too much and this concerns me a lot.)
    Tork
    J-Rod
    CorbinC
    Witt Jr
    Addley
    Abrams
    Grayson Rodriguez

    2. Here’s 10 more guys (my 11-20). Could you re-arrange my top 20 for me with the scoring system in mind?

    Jung
    Casas
    Barrero
    Walker (STL 3B)
    Jasson Dominguez
    Luis Matos
    Camilo Doval
    Emerson Hancock
    Riley Greene
    Miranda

    b. In the same league, I added hitters and pitchers off waivers using the fact that some players I drafted are status injured right now. What’s your top 3 DO NOT DROP in the same scoring system (in 1.a. above)?

    SP
    Taijuan Walker
    Bumgarner
    Brady Singer

    RP
    Kittredge (2022 is year 2 of his contract and the Rays have 2 more years’ club options and he’s the closer until 2024!)

    Hitters
    Owen Miller
    Garrett Cooper

    c. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for Wake for November 23, 2021

    ‘Well more bad news for Governor-elect Pataki. An audit revealed that due to years of lax security, New York’s reservoirs are 90% urine.’

    d. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for November 23, 2021

    ‘Well, you gotta hand it to Dan Quayle – he finally changed his image. You used to look at him and think potato spelled with an ‘e’. Now you look at him and think – ‘blood clot’.

    e. Marx Brothers quote of the day for November 23, 2021

    Hotel Manager: ‘Suppose some crook tried to sneak out of here without paying his bill?’

    Groucho: ‘You mean, instead of trying to sneak in?’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Looks good, I’d prolly go Riley Greene over Josh Lowe

      B. Which 3 guys would I not drop of those 6? Walker, KIttredge, Singer

      C. Haha

      E. Ha, nice

  2. Sport says:
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    There is just something about Brujan. Maybe part of it is the cool name, but mostly the thought of having a 12HR/40SB guy. I really, really don’t want to be the guy half way through the year wishing I had gambled on him and regretting it. And I really wouldn’t call it a gamble. We are talking being able to grab him around 200 correct?

    All these rookies are going to be fun to follow! A couple of second year guys (Kelenic/Vaughn) are going to be fun as well.

    P.S.
    After reading your final line, I can’t get Kenny Rogers out of my head now. “You gotta know when to hold em”

    P.S. 2
    Castellanos, O’Niell, Muncy, Baez Winker all top 80 guys in your opinion?

    P.S.3
    Turkey is like top tier Starting Pitchers. Over rated. The stuffing. That’s my sleeper.

    Thank you!

    • Grey

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      Yeah, if you can grab him cheap, I would…May as well!

      Muncy might not be, but he’s close…The others I believe are all in the top 80

      Stuffing is a top 5 pick!

  3. RoarOf84 says:
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    Any idea what his position eligibility will be? He only played in 10 games with TB and really bounced around when he did (4 appearances at 2B and 4 in the OF).

    With him being a rookie, will sites just give him the position designation that TB does? Or is he going to start off as U only?

    • Sport says:
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      Looks like 2B is going to be the most common. That’s where he is on fantrax, accept one of the leagues I’m in has very minimal requirements for position eligibilty and he is 2B,OF. He started 4 games at 2B, started 2 games in OF, but played 4 games there.

  4. Harley Earl says:
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    I really don’t think Brujan is that high risk of a bet. The Rays know what they’re doing. Best organization in baseball. He’ll make the adjustments, just like Willy Adames did. DOH!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice

  5. Toolshed says:
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    I’ve been waiting for brujan in a dynasty format. He didn’t get much of a chance last year. But the real question is where does he play? Their inf is still is a logjam (lowe, wendle, franco, walls). Their OF too is crowed with Josh lowe in the picture too (Meadows, arozarena, and a few others). I am sure they’ll figure it out, but everyday AB’s will take some injuries and/or roster tweaks imo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, as I kinda alluded to in the post…He could get anywhere from 150 ABs to 450 ABs

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Do you think they’d be open to trading him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, and if they do trade him then there’s some real question marks here that we don’t know about

          • Harley Earl says:
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            Yeah, I agree. It just seems he’s blocked at almost every angle. I guess injuries typically open doors though.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, agreed

  6. Smitty says:
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    Hoping to see Vidal SaSooon! Jeez, talk about post/post hype, seems like he’s been on the cusp forever. Thinkin he just needs some love, and an everyday role. Bounced around the OF a bit, and versatility will be key with B. Lowe anchoring 2B. If he gets his shot could be a force, providing those hard to come by bags. Let him play! Thanks Grey, have a great weekend!

    • Smitty says:
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      *weekend = Thanksgiving!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed…Brujan could click at any point…You too!

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    You know I love me some Vidal! The predicament I’m in is that, in my 12 team keep 8 league (7 bench spots), I can keep him for $3 . . . or toss him back to the FA pool and hope I get him for $3 or less in draft. (Obviously if they announce he’s breaking camp I’d keep.)

    What would you do? Vidal would be competing against people like a $9 Kelenic, $4 Clevinger, $22 Tim Anderson (love Timmy but I think that’s his draft price in this league)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $3 seems like an easy keep on his own…Instead of Kelenic, Clevinger or Anderson? No way

  8. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    You know I love me some Vidal! The predicament I’m in is that, in my 12 team keep 8 league (7 bench spots), I can keep him for $3 . . . or toss him back to the FA pool and hope I get him for $3 or less in draft. (Obviously if they announce he’s breaking camp I’d keep.)

    What would you do? Vidal would be competing against people like a $9 Kelenic, $4 Clevinger, $22 Tim Anderson (love Timmy but I think that’s his draft price in this league)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $3 seems like an easy keep on his own…Instead of Kelenic, Clevinger or Anderson? No way

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d prolly put them Kelenic, Clevinger, Anderson, Vidal

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          Thanks! That’s actually how I have them too. I’m already keeping a $4 Sale, so I sort of like the idea of having a Sale/Clev combo (assuming health) and saving the $50 it would take me in this league to get any remotely top tier SP at auction (Ryu went for $29 last yr for reference)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, then take the $50 and get some hitters

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