The Newest Astro: Carlos Pena

On Monday the Houston Astros signed Carlos Pena to a one-year contract, and he'll likely serve as the club's primary designated hitter while also seeing time at first base this year. Pena struggled last year, hitting under .200, and striking out at his highest rate since 2005. A low batting average and strikeouts have always […]

Trade Impact: Wil Myers and Trevor Bauer

The baseball hot stove is heating up, and it's not simply the result of free agent signings. This week we saw two blue chip prospects dealt. The Royals sent Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard to the Rays for James Shields and Wade Davis on Sunday. On Tuesday, the Indians were busy […]

2013 Red Sox Projections: Mike Napoli

The winter meetings are certainly here and a few of the free agents have already found new homes. The Red Sox made one of the bigger winter meeting moves thus far, signing C/1B Mike Napoli to a three-year deal. How does going from Texas to Boston affect Napoli's fantasy value? Mike Napoli – C/1B – […]

2013 Phillies Projections: Carlos Ruiz

Yesterday, Phillies star catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended for use of amphetamines. I wrote a quick article for The Outside Corner once the news broke, in which I noted: "Also career highs in 2012 were Ruiz's BABIP (.339) and HR/FB rate (15.1 percent), which shot up drastically from 4.4 percent in 2011 with a previous career high […]

2013 Cubs Projections: Rizzo, Barney, DeJesus

Our 2013 Cubs projections continue with a young up-and-coming first baseman, a defensive minded second baseman and a solid veteran outfielder. Anthony Rizzo 2013 Age: 23 – Splits: Struggles vs LHP 2013 Projection: 596 AB, .283/.346/.488. 27 HR, 91 RBI, 86 R, 6 SB Notes: Rizzo's ceiling will be determined by one thing: how he hits […]

2013 Cubs Projections: Soriano, Castro

Our 2013 projections turn to the north side of Chicago where we examine two Cubs with plate discipline issues, but also significant upside. Can Alfonso Soriano stave off a regression at his age? Can Starlin Castro make a big progression at his age? Alfonso Soriano 2013 Age: 37 – Splits: Slight vs RHP 2013 Projection: 502 […]

2013 Blue Jays Projections: Melky Cabrera

In somewhat of a surprise move, the Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly inked outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16M deal. Now finished with his 50-game suspension for PED use, questions remain about his performance going forward, but it's skill related stats — not questions about strenght/endurance — that keep me optimistic. Melky Cabrera – […]

2013 Astros Projections: Norris, Harrell, Lyles

Fantasy owners won't be looking at any of these pitchers early in 2013 drafts, but is there any hidden value here, or is staying away the best decision?   Bud Norris – SP – HOU 2013 Age: 28 2013 Projection: 189 IP, 8 W, 4.09 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 183 K, 72 BB Notes: Huge potential due […]

Keeper League Trading and Why I Don’t Seem to Do Much of It

  The World Series is over and for the standard redraft roto GMs out there, the season has been over for even longer. However, the end of the fall classic brings about an entirely different roto beast: The Keeper Leaguers! Deciding on who to keep, what values can you get in trades, what positions do […]

2013 Astros Projections: Dominguez, Wallace, Castro, Martinez, Paredes

We continue on with our 2012 Astros projections (see part one here). Warning: Astros fans may want to turn their heads. Key: SSS = Small Sample Size (too small of a big league sample to make a judgement)   Matt Dominguez – 3B – HOU 2013 Age: 23 – Splits: SSS 2013 Projection: 487 AB, .224/.293/.393, […]

2013 Projections: Lowrie, Maxwell, Altuve

This offseason I'm going to focus on my projections above anything else. I'll be working my way through team-by-team, worst regular season record to best record. So that means we start with the newest addition to the American League, the Houston Astros. Jed Lowrie – SS – HOU 2013 Age: 29 – Splits: Better as RHB […]

AFL Update: November 1

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) has announced the rosters for the Rising Stars game. The game will be played on Saturday night, and televised on MLB Network starting at 8 p.m. ET. In advance of the game, I'll be highlighting a few prospects from each team below.   Jarred Cosart (Astros) has been named the […]

Looking Back at Rankings and Projections Part 6

Picking up where we left off…   Tommy Hanson – 2012 Projection;  14 Wins 3.10 ERA, 180 K's, 1.20 WHIP in 180 innings Actual;  13 W, 4.48 ERA, 161 K, 1.45 WHIP, 174.2 Innings.   Hanson did not meet expectations this year which shouldn’t be surprising considering his injury history. A Disastrous July and August […]

AFL Update: October 26

Now just over two weeks into the Arizona Fall League (AFL) season, the cream of the prospect crop is rising to the top of the statistical leader board, right? Well, not exactly. Jason Parks, of Baseball Prospectus, looked at some of the hitting leaders that he's received questions about. As he points out, the environment […]

AFL Update: October 17

The Arizona Fall League got under way just over a week ago, and there is on-field and off-field news to report. The AFL isn't the only league in which prospects are participating, as there are a number of prospects competing in Carribean winter leagues as well. Let's see how some of these players are fairing. […]