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Carlos Santana Fantasy Baseball Impact Player

Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers | 1 comment

Seldom do fantasy baseball managers keep extra catchers stockpiled on their minor league rosters.  Get an injury or two and you’re in need of a replacement. The replacement we have in mind is music to your ears: Carlos Santana. Santana has spent the year at Triple-A Columbus and is simply tearing up the International League.  Carlos Santana leads the league with 10 homeruns, an on base percentage of .447, and 35 walks.  He’s third in sluging at .573, fourth in RBI with 40.  Santana’s batting average is a robust .313.  Not bad for a catcher. Cleveland’s situation behind the plate is in desperate need of assistance.  Lou Marson, acquired in the Cliff Lee deal from the Phillies, went 2 for 3 last night with a double and 3 runs scored.  But, Marson, 23, has struggled and his hot night just...

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Week 7 MLB Power Rankings

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Baseball News, Baseball Power Rankings | 0 comments

Fantasy Baseball Dugout is proud to have one of the six voting spots in Yardbarker’s Blogger Poll for MLB Power Rankings 2010. In addition to providing our insight on ranking each MLB team 1-30, we also monitor the AL West NL East (props to Lady Loves Pinstripes for taking over the AL West beat) each week and drop a little insight on each team. See below for our rankings for MLB Week 7. Since it is our responsibility to provide analysis of each AL West NL East team, I’ve sprinkled that throughout the post below, too. De Rays and Da Yanks have been neck-in-neck for weeks as the league’s best team, but the Phillies have moved into the top two this week as the Yanks have gone 4-6 in their last 10. The Diamondbacks and Braves are the biggest...

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Week 6 MLB Power Rankings

Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Baseball News, Baseball Power Rankings | 0 comments

Fantasy Baseball Dugout is proud to have one of the six voting spots in Yardbarker’s Blogger Poll for MLB Power Rankings 2010. In addition to providing our insight on ranking each MLB team 1-30, we also monitor the AL West each week and drop a little insight on each team. See below for our rankings for MLB Week 6. Since it is our responsibility to provide analysis of each AL West team, I’ve sprinkled that throughout the post below, too. Since the last time we published the rankings here on FBD (MLB Week 1), several things have changed – but the top is still very similar. De Rays and Da Yanks have been neck-in-neck for weeks as the league’s best team, and the Phillies are right behind them to round out the top three. Below, in ( ), you...

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Strasburg, Chapman Debut

Posted by on Apr 12, 2010 in Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

Sunday marked the debut of two future fantasy baseball superstars. Stephen Strasburg made his long awaited debut for the Harrisburg Senators in front of a standing-room only crowd of 7,877 in Altoona.  Strasburg pitched 5 innings and struckout 8 Curve hitters (I wonder if they swung at “curves”?).  Strasburg also gave up 4 hits, walked 2, and had 1 earned run and 4 runs allowed. Strasburg started slow, but then began to dominate.  At one point, he retired 7 straight Altoona hitters; 5 were by strikeout.  His second inning was 8 pitches–all strikes.  One of his sliders caused a Curve hitter to back out of the box, only to see the pitch nip the corner and an embarrassing third strike. Strasburg, who signed for $7.5 million plus 4 years at $15.1 million during the off-season out of San Diego State,...

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Final Spring Training Cheat Sheet

Posted by on Apr 3, 2010 in Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

Below is our fourth and final review of the top three hitters and pitchers in each standard 5×5 fantasy baseball category during 2010 Spring Training. Judging a hitter or pitcher on Spring Training performance is difficult because both hitters and hurlers tend to face some competition that won’t make an Opening Day roster. Spring Training stats can be useful in discovering who might breakout in the upcoming season or which rookies can make an impact when they are called up later in the year. In the case of sluggers like Mark Teixeira or Ryan Howard, Spring Training numbers just reinforce the notion that they are warm weather superstars – guys who dominate during the summer months and are notorious slow starters because they play in a four-season climate. Any thoughts on how spring training can positively or negatively affect...

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