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2013’s Top 5 American League Rookie of the Year Candidates

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in 2013 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Rankings | 0 comments

American League Rookie of the Year candidates will be plentiful for the 2013 season. Several young prospects saw brief looks with their major league clubs late last season while others look to make their mark in the big leagues starting this spring. Here are five names to watch out for who could be vying for Rookie of the Year Award honors at the end of the season. 1. Danny Hultzen: Seattle Mariners Selected by the Mariners with the second overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen made a strong debut in his first professional season. He posted a 3.05 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A and Triple-A ball last year, striking out 136 batters in 124 innings. Hultzen will be vying for the final spot in Seattle’s starting rotation this spring. With a high-90s fastball...

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Miami Massacre

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Baseball News, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

Two weeks ago, the Florida Marlins sent seemingly every starter it had on the roster to the Toronto Blue Jays in a blockbuster trade for a package of prospects that has left many Marlins fans wondering what has happened to this franchise that was going to be an annual contender thanks to the snappy new stadium in the Little Havana section of Miami.  Commissioner Bud Selig approved the trade that sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto for Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechevaria, Jeff Mathis, and Henderson Alvarez and a bunch of guys you’ve probably never heard of. What the Marlins Got in the Blue Jays Trade Escobar, 30, will make $5 million next year.  He struggled at the plate last season with a .253 batting average and 8 homers in 608 AB’s. ...

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Grandal Pushing for PT as Pads’ Backstop

Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Prospects | 0 comments

It’s time for interleague play and that means a need for an extra bat coming off the bench.  The Padres made a move on Friday in an effort to add some additional punch to its lineup by calling up Yasmani Grandal from Triple-A Tucson and designating veteran pitcher Jeff Suppan for assignment. The Cuban born Grandal was hitting .317 with a .421 on base percentage at Tucson.  Grandal had 4 homeruns and 23 RBI in 120 AB’s.  A switch hitter, Grandal appears to be much more comfortable swinging from the left side; all 4 of his dingers have come left-handed and he’s hitting .345 as a lefty versus just .242 as a righty. Grandal was one of the four prospects sent from the Reds in the December deal that sent Mat Latos to Cincinnati.  He was the #3 ranked...

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5 Prospects To Watch In The 2012 MLB Draft

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Baseball News, Fantasy Baseball Prospects | 0 comments

Every year since 1965, Major League Baseball has conducted its annual amateur draft, selecting players from both the high school and college ranks who have the potential to develop into stars in MLB. While drafting is certainly not an exact science, millions of dollars are spent each year in scouting and development, with the hope that the young players of today will be the franchise players of tomorrow. In early June 2012, once again all eyes will be focused on the MLB Draft. Here are five players that are worth watching.  5. Tom Murphy: Catcher, University of Buffalo Nowadays, finding a catcher that can hit as well as field his position is a rare commodity. Tom Murphy just may be one of those rare breeds of player. As a sophomore in 2011, Murphy was the Mid-American Conference Player of...

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Phenom Comparison: Bryce Harper vs. Mike Trout

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects | 0 comments

Most fantasy baseball experts will tell you to go with veteran players over newcomers as top rookies are often more hype than players that will lead you to a fantasy baseball league championship. Moreover, picking up a 19-year-old player, no matter how good he appears to be, has historically not been a great decision.  Justin Upton was the top pick in 2005 and in his 19-year-old debut, Upton hit .221 in 140 at bats with 2 homers and 11 RBI.  Then, there’s Andruw Jones, who at age 19 was already a minor league player of the year on two occasions.  Jones’ 1996 mark was a .217 average in 106 AB’s with 5 homers and 13 RBI.  The only 19-year-old phenom to make a significant impact was Ken Griffey Jr.  Griffey Jr. was the first pick of the 1987 draft...

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BallparkBob’s Top Sleepers for 2012

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy baseball designated hitters, Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Games, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

We all love value picks.  We all love sleepers.  Who will be this season’s Lance Berkman, Joel Hanrahan, or Ian Kennedy? BallparkBob reviews his top sleepers at each position for the 2012 season.   Catcher — Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals Wilson Ramos is best known as the guy who got kidnapped in Venezuela this off-season before a daring rescue saved him.  But, he may be quite more well-known in 2012 now that Pudge Rodriguez is gone.  The 24-year-old’s ability to hit for power and average makes him an enticing sleeper for 2012.  In just 389 at bats, Ramos hit .267 with 15 homers, 52 RBIs and 48 runs scored.  He will not be pushed by backup Jesus Flores and should get the vast majority of the playing time.  Based on his 2011 season, Ramos is capable of a .270...

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