Two months ago, I took a break from baseball writing to help relocate our family of six from Georgia to upstate New York. We sold and purchased a new home, packed eight U-Boxes without any help from movers and drove the 940 miles to a sleepy suburb outside of Rochester.
Between packing what seems like an endless number of boxes in anticipation of the big move to New York, Joel Henard and I were able to record a two part ROTOscouting baseball podcast. In episode 9, we talk postseason awards, whether or not they matter and if the right players won. From a highly contested American League Cy Young race between Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber to Clayton Kershaw winning both the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards, we cover them all.
Episode 8 of the ROTOscouting Baseball Podcast features Joel Henard and I breaking down the Jason Heyward/Shelby Miller trade from both the Cardinals and Braves perspective. Also, was the Russell Martin signing going to take the Blue Jays pitching staff to the next level? Can the Mets swing a deal for Starlin Castro? We even find time for a little craft beer talk. No interviews this week, but it allowed us to record back-to-back episodes and make up for lost time. Enjoy our 5-star rated podcast and share with a friend or 10.
Today, the Braves traded once franchise player Jason Heyward to the Cardinals for former first round pick Shelby Miller. Reliever Jordan Walden and volatile pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins also changed hands and helps frame the argument. Atlanta made a deal out of desperation while the Cardinals traded in an attempt to win the World Series in 2015.
It wouldn’t be a Cubs off-season without Starlin Castro trade rumors to the Mets. Last winter, the question was if Chicago would sell low to clear space for a plethora of near ready shortstop prospects. For New York, Zack Wheeler was the clear cut second fiddle to Matt Harvey and destined to become a star in his own right. 12 months later and every scenario discussed prior to the 2014 season has proven wildly misguided at best and sheer idiocy at worst.
Michael Cuddyer’s two year, 21 million dollar pact with the Mets was a surprise. Between the multi-year offer to a declining player and New York’s willingness to part with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 draft, one has to wonder if this is the first of a flurry of moves. Unfortunately, fantasy baseball owners are unable to sit with Sandy Alderson at the General Manager’s meetings and learn what other plans are in store. For now, we can only glean insight from what’s already happened.
The Boston Red Sox have a number of upper level minor leaguers capable of creating fantasy baseball value in 2015. Plus, the organization continues to identify and sign high ceiling talents, both from inside the United States and abroad. From Manuel Margot (ROTOscouting Report) to Matt Barnes (ROTOscouting Report), our picks will focus on “Fantasy Baseball Fueled By Baseball Scouting”. In living up to this, any and all future prospect and player lists published here will have a fantasy baseball slant. Other sites will release lists focusing on future MLB players, but leave readers to do the dynasty league guess work. Not us. We’ll focus on what’s important to the ROTO player.
In 2009, Anthony Gose (ROTOscouting Report) became a personal favorite as a member of the Phillies organization. Three years later, Roman Quinn (Scouting Report) made hearts flutter as a member of the Williamsport Crosscutters. No organization drafts tools as early and often as Philadelphia and they’ve been a must see when it comes to baseball scouting. Its been a focus for years, but few have graduated from high ceiling talent to MLB contributor.
This New York Yankees top-10 fantasy baseball prospects list is the first of 30. It’s a first attempt at off-season ranking for the site, so we wanted to do it a little differently. From Luis Severino to Aaron Judge, our picks will focus on “Fantasy Baseball Fueled By Baseball Scouting”. In living up to this, any and all future prospect and player lists published here will have a fantasy baseball slant. Other sites will release lists focusing on future MLB players, but leave readers to do the dynasty league guess work. Not us. We’ll focus on what’s important to the ROTO player.
Episode seven of the ROTOscouting Baseball Podcast is live and features Joel Henard and I talking World Series including next steps for both the Giants and Royals. Can San Francisco afford to let Pablo Sandoval walk? Do the Royals have the talent to make a repeat run without tweaking the formula? Later in the episode, former Los Angeles Angels executive Tory Hernandez joins us to discuss the Reality Fantasy Baseball World Series and next steps for the fantasy baseball start up before turning our attention to Major League Baseball. In this segment, Tory touches on the Oscar Taveras tragedy through his personal relationship with former prospect Nick Adenhart who was killed in a car accident after celebrating his first MLB win. It’s an informative baseball podcast in which ROTOscouting listeners are given a glimpse behind the thought process of a MLB franchise.
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