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Fantasy Baseball Effects of The Rich Hill / Orioles Trade

Posted by on Feb 5, 2009 in Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 2 comments

The Baltimore Orioles have been fairly busy in the trade market this offseason. Earlier this week, they were at it again, dealing for the Chicago Cubs’ Rich Hill. The Cubs will get a player to be named later in the deal. Hill was once thought to be one of the more promising young starters in the majors. In 2007, his second full season in the majors, he went 11-8 with a 3.92 ERA behind a good curveball. Unfortunately for Hill, 2008 was a tremendous disappointment. The lefty slipped so far that he appeared in Single-A ball and at the Rookie ball level. He also pitched some for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Overall, Hill was 4-7 in the minors in 2008. He only made five major-league starts, going 1-0 with a 4.12 ERA. He walked 18 batters in 19.1 innings. For his career, Hill...

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2009 Minor League Infield Prospects, Vol. 1

Posted by on Jan 26, 2009 in Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

After taking a look last week at some prospects in the outfield that could be great late-round fantasy draft selections, we’ll move to the infield to look at some youngsters who will burst onto the scene in 2009. Depending on how savvy the owners in your league are, you may still be able to swing Elvis Andrus as a late-round sleeper. More realistically, though, many already know of the 20-year-old future Rangers’ shortstop (because they read our Andrus article a few weeks back). Of course, there are other sleeper prospects out there. Allow us to introduce you to a few of them in the infield. Alcides Escobar, Shortstop, Milwaukee Brewers Escobar is another speedster on the fast track to the majors. He did see some action with Milwaukee in September after spending all summer with the Double-A Huntsville Stars....

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Fantasy Baseball Effects Of The Felix Pie / Orioles Trade

Posted by on Jan 22, 2009 in Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 1 comment

The Baltimore Orioles added youth to their outfield by acquiring Felix Pie from the Cubs on Sunday. The Cubs get lefty Garrett Olson and minor-league pitcher Henry Williamson. Pie, who turns 24 next month, has probably earned more print for a certain nether region injury than for an on-field exploits. A career .223 hitter who has not yet established himself as an everyday player, Pie has very little power, but he has some speed. In 130 major league games, Pie has three homers and 30 RBIs. He has stolen 11 bases and scored 35 runs. Pie is likely to get that everyday gig in Baltimore, although Lou Montanez could offer some resistance in left field. Pie is not worth drafting in fantasy leagues. If he can light a spark at the top of the Oriole lineup, then fantasy owners can...

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2009 Minor League Outfield Prospects

Posted by on Jan 14, 2009 in Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 2 comments

Like any season, a number of players will be making their big-league debuts in 2009 or getting their first extended shot at legitimate playing time. Keep an eye on some of these fantasy baseball outfielders who could be worthwhile to your team immediately. Fantasy Baseball Dugout’s “Dashing Dan” continues his series of profiles on the top fantasy baseball prospects for 2009. Prospects make great late-round fliers in fantasy baseball. Here are four outfielders to watch next year. Matt LaPorta, Cleveland Indians LaPorta made a big splash when the Cleveland Indians traded for him in their deal for C.C. Sabathia. LaPorta spent the entire year with the Double-A systems in Cleveland and Milwaukee, hitting 22 homers. He only played in 101 minor-league games last year because of his stint on the U.S. Olympic team. Still, he combined to hit .279...

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Cubs Trade Hottest Baseball Wife (Plus Husband) To The Cleveland Indians

Posted by on Jan 3, 2009 in Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Tips, Hottest Baseball Wives | 0 comments

The fans in Cleveland have to be ecstatic about the Tribe’s trade this past week. Heidi DeRosa, winner of Fantasy Baseball Dugout’s 2008 Hottest Wives in Baseball Contest, will be in attendance at many of the home games watching her husband Mark, recently acquired in a trade with the Indians. The Cubs traded infielder Mark DeRosa to Cleveland in exchange for minor leaguers Jeff Stevens, Chris Archer and John Gaub. DeRosa is a nice fantasy commodity, and that will not change in Cleveland. After becoming a full-time player in 2006, DeRosa has developed into a pretty good hitter. In 2008, he had career-highs of 21 home runs, 87 RBIs, 103 runs scored and six steals. He also hit a respectable .285. DeRosa has taken the field in a number of positions, having played 20 or more games at second,...

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