The Tigers trade of 25-year old utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi for veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez has become a running joke on Twitter. Nobody understands why a player with perceived value was dealt for waiver wire fodder. In a vacuum, it makes perfect sense. A look around baseball at this time of year tells an entirely different story.
Indians Prospect Insider ranked left-hander Luis Lugo its 12th best prospect for 2014. It’s the second consecutive year the prospect has ranked in the organization’s top-25. Bob Usselman highlighted him as a player to watch for the 2014 Lake County Captains in a recent scouting preview, so let’s add some color to the outline. With Lake County being a home park for Midwest League baseball, look for updated on Lugo throughout the season via YOUscout.
Over the winter, team ROTOscouting took over a team in Tory Hernandez’ Reality Fantasy Baseball league. A start up company, he’s working to replicate Major League Baseball as a fantasy baseball league. As a writer who wrote at FanGraphs, a site considered to be full of smart guys, the ins and outs of Reality Fantasy Baseball have taught me how much still needs to be learned. The international free agent period was no exception.
The Atlanta Braves starting rotation is in shambles. Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy are out for the season with second Tommy John procedures. Their top starter, Mike Minor, Mike Minor is expected to miss a month with shoulder soreness. to replace the productivity of their wounded starters, the Braves will rely on recently signed free agent Ervin Santana, Alex Wood, David Hale and Gus Schlosser. What can the Braves expect from its trio of young starters to enter the season?
With Jurickson Profar injured, the Rangers find themselves in need of second base help with just days left to opening day. In recent years, Texas has been aggressive in the trade market, dealing infielders including Leury Garcia and Ian Kinsler to fill holes at other positions. The organization is a factory for middle infielders and boasts a pair of top-100 prospects in Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas. With journeyman Adam Rosales listed as the primary backup at second base, third base and shortstop, will the Rangers leverage minor league talent to secure an upgrade from outside the organization? Or, will they promote from within and see if a top prospect can fill the void?
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For years the New York Yankees have had the unfair distinct advantage of marching Mariano Rivera out in the 9th to close out games. However, after the all-time leader in saves decided to retire after the 2013 season, leaving green-as-grass David Robertson to fill the void. However the Yankees might consider the 6’8″, 260 lb. Dellin Betances’ closer experiment to fill the large shoes left by big Mo’ should Robertson falter.
The 2014 season officially began last month with college baseball’s opening weekend, but winter lingers in the North. Whilst I wait for more pleasant weather, I wanted to revisit one of the most interesting prospects that I saw in the New York-Penn League (NYPL) last year — Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder, Harold Ramirez.
If a fantasy baseball league uses FAAB (Free Agent Acquisition Budget) during the year to acquire free agents, an important ingredient to a team’s success is managing said budget. Each week FAAB Top Targets will identify five or six pitchers considered buying opportunities and owned in less than 50% of CBS, ESPN, and Yahoo fantasy leagues. The focus will be pitchers whose increased playing time or enhanced role can make a short and/or long term impact.. Bidding recommendations are based on a standard $100 FAAB. New to FAAB?, check out these resources to guide and learn the basics of bidding strategy.
Danny Salazar was not a top-100 prospect entering 2013, yet he racked up 1.2 WAR in only 52 MLB innings. Forgotten amongst fantasy baseball sleeper pitchers, Salazar showed a plus fastball, averaging 96.2 MPH and an above-average change-up and slider fueling 11.25 K/9. His pitch usage shows him relying on his change-up frequently, even against right-handers, which shows his confidence in the pitch.
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