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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 […]

AFL Preview: Surprise Saguaros

The Arizona Fall League kicked off today, and while I’m a little late with submitting this “preview,” the Saguaros deserve their moment in the sun. Of all the rosters I’ve reviewed, this one appears to have the least star potential. They do have a trio of interesting prospects that stand out, though. *Rosters can be […]

AFL Preview: Salt River Rafters

After reading about Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Peoria, you probably think you’ve got these previews figured out. Not so fast. Salt River provided me with a dilemma, and because I’m making the rules up to these previews as I go, I responded by offering you, the readers, a twist. * Full rosters can be found […]

AFL Preview: Peoria Javelinas

Half the teams in the Arizona Fall League have been highlighted, and next up on the preview list is the Peoria Javelinas. The Javelinas roster includes a southpaw that strikes out batters at a high rate, the most exciting player in the AFL, and a candidate for best professional debut from the 2012 MLB Amateur […]

AFL Preview: Scottsdale Scorpions

Next up in the Arizona Fall League preview series is the Scottsdale Scorpions. This squad won’t be confused with last year’s that featured Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, but there are some interesting prospects worth keeping tabs on.   *Full rosters can be found by clicking on the hyperlink for the team.   Scottsdale Scorpions […]

AFL Preview: Phoenix Desert Dogs

Last week I previewed the Mesa Solar Sox here. Next up is the Phoenix Desert Dogs. The most intriguing pitching prospect represents an organization he joined at the trade deadline. Meanwhile, the outfield of the Desert Dogs is well represented in this preview.   *Full Rosters can be found by clicking on the hyperlink for […]

AFL Preview: Mesa Solar Sox

Postseason baseball is right around the corner. That’s not the only baseball that is right around the corner, though, as the Arizona Fall League (AFL) begins play on Tuesday October 9. Prospect enthusiasts will be delighted to know that there are a plethora of talented hitters littered throughout AFL teams. This is the norm for […]

Impact: The Boston/LA Mega Deal Pt.1

Yes, it’s been a while since our last post here. Real world things come up with jobs and family, etc. Working for a minor league baseball team means some long hours during home stands and the need to spend more time with family when the team is on the road. That being said, we’ll be […]

Impact: Ichiro in the Bronx

Apparently, the Yankees and Mariners both have ninjas for GMs, because the trade of Ichiro Suzuki to New York seemed to come out of nowhere. Ichiro still has a big name and a grand track record, but is he anything more than a defensive whiz at this point and can his move from spacious Safeco […]

Post-hype Hope: Travis Snider

It wasn’t long ago that Travis Snider was considered one of the top hitting prospects in all of baseball.  Hitting .248/.307/.423 in 877 plate appearances, as a corner outfielder that’s not considered an asset defensively, isn’t a good way to hold a starting job in the majors.  After losing a battle for the left field […]

Encarnacion Proves That We’re Wrong Until We’re Right

Edwin Encarnacion has been an absolute fantasy monster this season. Tonight, he connected for his 24th and 25th home runs of the season and he’s been flirting with a .300/.380/.550 line almost all year long. I’ve been touting EE for years now and wrote this about him in the offseason… “I’m a gluten for punishment […]

Second Half Breakouts and Busts

The all-star game is over and the unofficial second half is about to begin. This means that fantasy Gms have about half of a season to push their teams over the top, or make savvy long-term moves in keeper formats if they’re out of the playoff picture. Below are our picks for second half breakouts […]

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A Look at Bauer’s Debut

This past Thursday, Diamondbacks top prospect Trevor Bauer made his big league debut. Fantasy GMs across the land had been waiting intently for that moment, but in the end were disappointed with what transpired. Bauer lasted only four innings, surrendering two earned runs while walking three, beaning one and striking out three. While one game […]