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Welcome (Back) to the Bigs, Kid: Domonic Brown

Posted on 02 August 2012 by T.J. McDonald

Tuesday, the day of the MLB trade deadline, the Philadelphia Phillies traded CF Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers fo reliever Josh Lindblom and Double-A pitcher Ethan Martin. In a separate deal also Tuesday, the Phillies then sent RF Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants for RF Nate Schierholtz, Double-A catcher Tommy Joseph and Class A pitcher Seth Rosin. After the trade dusts cleared the Phillies were left with two vacant starting outfield spots, leading to the call up Tuesday of a once heralded and once-top five prospect in all of baseball, Domonic Brown. Making this his third stint in the majors, I will now go on to profile this post hype prospect and his potential value for yearly and keeper/dynasty fantasy leagues.

Domonic Brown is a 24 year old right fielder drafted in the 20th round of the 2006 Major league draft out of Redan High School in Stone Mountain Georgia. Following the draft he planned to attend the University of Miami to play wide receiver on the football team but the the Phillies offered him a $200,000 signing bonus to choose baseball instead, which he ultimately did.  He was ranked as the 48th best prospect by Baseball America in 2009, #15 in 2010 and #4 in 2011.  Baseball America also had him ranked as the Phillies best prospect in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He initially made his major league debut on July 28th 2010 and had another stint in the majors in 2011. In 280 major league ABs he has not met expectations with a career line of .236 with 7 HRs and 32 RBIs.  However in 1989 minor ABs he hit a solid .296 with 58 HR, 106 SBs and a .343 OBP%. He has added left field and center field to his resume and Charlie Manuel said he could see time at all three outfield positions. The initial plan was to have him in the lineup Tuesday night, but a delayed flight out of Syracuse meant he did not arrive until game time. He ended up pinch-hitting, knocking a single up the middle in the eighth inning to improve his batting average to 1.000. He was in the starting lineup Wednesday batting 6th and playing left field. He went 0 for 4.

Now as for his fantasy value, I know a lot of yearly and even some keeper/dynasty league owners may have given up on this once heralded prospect.  However post sleepers come along more frequently than most think. A recent example being Alex Gordon and with Brown only being 24 he has the potential to be the next one. In yearly leagues he is a somewhat a debatable add due to his past disappointing performance at the major league level. However depending on your roster strength and teams needs, he could be a valuable piece to your team for the rest of the season. If you are looking for an outfielder with good speed potential and a high OBP% he is your guy. Due to the open spots left in the Phillies outfield by the departures of Pence and Victorino, Brown should get very solid playing time for the rest of the season. The Phillies will want to know if he is the player they thought they were getting when they drafted him in ’06 and if he fits into their long term plans.  This will lead to him being an everyday player and a possibly a valuable waiver wire add for the stretch run in yearly leagues.

Now for keeper and dynasty leagues, he is a must add.  While he has under performed in the past he will be given every chance to succeed this time around as the Phillies seem to be on the verge of rebuild mode. With everyday playing time and 5 or so weeks left in the fantasy year before playoffs start.  What better time to add Brown let him boost your teams OBP% and steal numbers as well as audition for a potential keeper spot on your team. He is only rostered in 4% of yahoo, 1% of ESPN &  19% of CBS leagues.  While he is still widely available in all leagues strike while the iron is hot. If he goes on a tear in the next week or two his availability will no longer be so widespread.

Will you be picking up Domonic Brown? I did. Or has this once top prospect bright future dimmed to much for your liking?  Let me know in the comments and, as always, follow me on Twitter @FantasyzrTJ for all your fantasy baseball needs.

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Presenting the Newest Buffalo Bison…Lucas Duda?

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Presenting the Newest Buffalo Bison…Lucas Duda?

Posted on 30 July 2012 by Trish Vignola

The excitement surrounding Matt Harvey’s stellar debut overshadowed another Mets debut last night. This one albeit it a dubious one. Kind of representative of the entire Mets season, huh?

I’m talking about Lucas Duda and his free fall from the starting line up of the big club in Queens. The same night Matt Harvey made his star making turn with the Mets, Duda made his debut as a Buffalo Bison. Lucas Duda started for Triple-A Buffalo Thursday night playing right field.

Mets manager Terry Collins insisted this was not a deviation from his initial plan. Nonetheless, Duda will play left field and first base as well. Collins told Buffalo manager Wally Backman that he didn’t really care where Duda played, as long as he resumed hitting.

As of right now… he’s barely hitting my weight and that’s not a gross exaggeration.

“It’s about Lucas Duda finding that stroke,” Collins said before Thursday’s game against Arizona. The organization felt Duda, who went 0-for-4 while leaving six men on base in his first game as a Bison, too often carried his defensive lapses with him to the plate. Translation? He’s a head case.

Duda was batting just .190 (19 for 100) with four extra-base hits in his past 29 games. He was New York’s starting right fielder entering the season. At the point of his demotion, he was batting .241 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs this year.

Duda’s defense in right has been subpar as well, contributing to the decision to send him down. Collins said the organization plans to move Duda back to his normal positions, first base and left field, during his stint in the minors.

The Mets really know how to collect them. Am I right?

To compensate for his fielding issues, Collins felt that Duda swung for the fences. When did that approach work for anyone? Where was anyone to notices this 20 some games ago. Over his last 20 games, Duda hit .157 with a .495 on base plus slugging percentage. Duda needs that trend to change in the minors.

The team is out of time.

With that in mind, Collins told Backman he didn’t mind Duda playing first base every now (especially if it helps to build his ego). Collins wants Duda to get his mind off his fielding every day.

“He’s got to be comfortable,” Collins said. “So when he gets in that batter’s box, that becomes the primary focus. So he can’t be worried about making a mistake defensively.”

The Mets will platoon a combination of Scott Hairston, Jordany Valdespin and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in right depending on who is swinging the bat well.

“We gotta go with the hot hand right now,” Collins said.

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DOs And DONTs: Minnesota Twins

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DOs And DONTs: Minnesota Twins

Posted on 28 February 2012 by Daniel Aubain

No team under-performed more than the Minnesota Twins in 2011 but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few valuable fantasy baseball assets on their 40-man roster heading into the 2012 season. Below is look at the players worth targeting, those probably worth avoiding and some with question marks which won’t be answered any time soon.

  • DO use caution when drafting C Joe Mauer as your primary catcher in any format. He played in a career-low 82 games in 2011 and and only 52 were at the catcher position. If healthy for the entire season, Mauer has the ability to win another batting title but with single-digit home run power (2009 was an anomaly). Expect to see the Twins use him at first base frequently to preserve his health and make up for the unknown status of Justin Morneau.
  • Speaking of Morneau, DON’T expect much out of him this season until he can prove the symptoms of his concussion are behind him and he can be counted on to be on the field contributing. You wish the guy the best but his fantasy value is an unknown at this point and you can’t afford to make a mistake at such a premium scoring position.
  • DO target OF Ben Revere as a late-round pick for his 30-40 Stolen Base potential, especially if he claims the leadoff spot in the batting order.
  • DON’T forget about Matt Capps as a closer target simply for Saves. He’s not going to help you (and may hurt you) in ERA, WHIP or provide big Strikeout numbers but should be available in the late rounds and on the cheap.
  • DO keep an ear out for what’s being said about OF Denard Span‘s recovery from concussion symptoms which wiped out a majority of his 2011 season. He was in camp early saying and doing all the right things but let’s wait and see what happens as the workouts intensify.
  • DON’T even say it. RP Joel Zumaya tore a ligament in his right elbow and is done for the year and may be at the end of his career. I told you not to say it.
  • DO know OF Josh Willingham has already been named the team’s starting right fielder. He’ll provide some power and an overall 5×5 line around .260/70/25/75/5. Expect him to be widely available on waivers throughout the season.
  • DON’T target any of the Twins’ starting pitchers unless you have a strong stomach. Carl Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn and Jason Marquis all project to be 9-11 game winners with ERA’s over 4.00 and not a ton of Strikeouts. I’d avoid them all and take a chance with a waiver claim if any prove worthy of owning after a few April starts.
  • DO take a shot on Ryan Doumit providing some positive offensive numbers out of the catcher position. He’s averaged 18 Home Runs and 71 RBI per 162 games with a .271 Batting Average and a .334 On-Base Percentage. He’ll also see some time in the mix at first base, the outfield and as their DH t o keep his bat in the lineup.
  • DON’T get stuck with 2B Alexi Casilla and/or SS Jamey Carroll as your primary option at either position. If you do, you’re doing fantasy baseball very wrong.

How are you feeling about the Twins’ chances heading into the 2012 season? It’s hard to be optimistic about a team with so many question marks due to lingering injury issues and who’ve lost three of their most popular and productive players (Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Joe Nathan) over the last few years.

Be sure to check out the entire series of DOs And DON’Ts articles covered by over staff to see how we did covering your favorite team, our opinions and recommendations while you’re getting ready to lock in your keeper league selections and to hopefully tell us all the things we are doing right to bring you quality fantasy baseball content.

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Why the A’s should trade for Ichiro Suzuki

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Why the A’s should trade for Ichiro Suzuki

Posted on 22 February 2012 by Graham Womack

Last year, Ichiro Suzuki had his worst season. The Seattle Mariners right fielder and future Hall of Famer hit .272, 54 points below his lifetime average. He also had an OPS+ of 84 and -0.4 WAR and failed to win a Gold Glove or top 200 hits for the first time in his career, the ageless wonder finally starting to look like a player pushing 40. The Mariners have been through this before with Ken Griffey Jr., and if past experience holds, this only gets worse for Seattle.

There are two options for the Mariners. They can hold onto Ichiro and keep paying him $17 million a season until the franchise icon retires– in fact, there’s talk of him hitting third for Seattle this year. But there’s a better option, one I wouldn’t hesitate on if I was the Mariners general manager. If I’m Jack Zduriencik, I call the Athletics and swing a deal.

Sounds impossible and illogical for Oakland, I’m sure, a team seemingly in a holding pattern while it awaits approval to move to San Jose. The A’s have a projected $38 million budget for Opening Day, little hope of contending with the Rangers and Angels this year in the American League West, and as a kicker, no less than seven outfielders that could see playing time. Then there’s Manny Ramirez who could join the A’s lineup as a 40-year-old designated hitter in late May after he serves a 50-game suspension for his second positive test for performance enhancing drugs. There’s a definite logjam in Oakland, but nothing’s set in stone, either. Nothing in Oakland ever is, really, with Billy Beane baseball’s version of that neighbor who manages to hold a garage sale every weekend.

Certainly, the A’s would need to clear roster space and make the dollars work in a trade for Ichiro, perhaps cribbing off the deal the Pittsburgh Pirates recently pulled to get A.J. Burnett and have the Yankees pay roughly 60 percent of the $31 million he’s owed. But there’s incentive for the A’s here. In the offensive wasteland that is Oakland Coliseum, Ichiro owns a .364 lifetime batting average in 418 at-bats, compared to .326 at Safeco Field in Seattle. Even last year in the midst of epic struggles, Ichiro hit .351 in Oakland while batting just .261 at home. Playing a full season with the A’s, Ichiro could be a .300 hitter for a team that’s had just two the past six years.

Then there are the fan implications. I attended an early season game in Oakland last year on Japanese Heritage Day (which happened to come against the Mariners, coincidentally.) The amount of Asian fans in the stands there to cheer A’s designated hitter Hideki Matsui was stark. Matsui was on and off with his play in his only year in Oakland, yet another left-handed power hitter not ideally suited for the vast confines of the Coliseum, and while it doesn’t make sense to bring him back, the A’s could use another drawing card. Enter Ichiro having a resurgent, All Star season. Depending on how much of Ichiro’s contract the Mariners are willing to eat for the right assortment of prospects, the A’s might even turn a profit in this arrangement.

Oakland could get a boost in the standings as well, perhaps enough to hang as a dark horse wild card contender. Even now, the team has more depth and talent than may be available at quick glance, with Brett Anderson, Dallas Braden, and Brandon McCarthy potential keys to an experienced, capable starting rotation, and Cliff Pennington and Jemille Weeks the core of perhaps the most underrated infield in baseball. Were Ichiro to start in right field, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to think that he, Coco Crisp, and Yoenis Cespedes might comprise one of the best outfields in the majors, at least defensively.

The question may arise why Seattle would be willing to part with Ichiro, potentially the first Hall of Famer to spend his entire career with the Mariners. Simply, it comes down to dollars and the logic, or lack thereof, of paying $17 million to a player who’s sub-replacement level at this point playing in Seattle. Everyone wins in this arrangement. The Mariners get something for a player they’d otherwise get nothing for, the A’s get a boost, and for Ichiro, there could be new life in Oakland. Left unsaid in all of this is that playing for the A’s, the man currently at 2,428 hits might have a shot at 3,000.

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A Full Spectrum Baseball-Hosted Fantasy Baseball League Opportunity

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A Full Spectrum Baseball-Hosted Fantasy Baseball League Opportunity

Posted on 17 February 2012 by Daniel Aubain

What good would a brand new fantasy baseball website be without a fantasy baseball league where the readers could test their skills against the majority of writers for the site? Well here’s your chance to find out. Full Spectrum Baseball is hosting a 16-team league and leaving many spots open for you, the readers, to make a case for occupying one of them to compete against our group of “experts”.

First off, the details of the league are as follows:

  • The league is FREE and will be hosted on ESPN with a live snake draft
  • Draft order will randomly be generated one hour prior to the draft by ESPN
  • A tentative date and time have been selected for the live draft but can be adjusted, if needed
  • The league is a 16-team head-to-head weekly category scoring league with daily changes allowed
  • Each team will have a 25-man roster made up of:
    • Catcher (1)
    • First Base (1)
    • Second Base (1)
    • Third Base (1)
    • Shortstop (1)
    • Infielder (1)
    • Left Fielder (1)
    • Center Fielder (1)
    • Right Fielder (1)
    • Outfielder (1)
    • Utility (1)
    • Starting Pitcher (5)
    • Relief Pitcher (3)
    • Pitcher (2)
    • Bench (4)
    • DL Slots (2)
  • That’s 400 players to be drafted! You’d better do your homework to compete at this level.
  • Scoring will be based on a 10×10 format made up of the following statistics:
    • Batting
      • Batting Average
      • Runs
      • Home Runs
      • RBI
      • Stolen Bases
      • Walks
      • Total Bases
      • Extra Base Hits
      • Runs Created
      • OPS (OBP + SLG)
    • Pitching
      • Wins
      • ERA
      • WHIP
      • Quality Starts
      • K/9
      • K/BB
      • Holds
      • Saves
      • Batting Average Against
      • On Base % Against
  • One point will be awarded for each category won during the weekly match up for a possible 20-0-0 record
  • There will be an 8-team playoff to determine the league winner

So that is the gist of the league. Now to the part where you tell us why you deserve one of the eight or so spots expected to be available. Step one: “Like us” on Facebook. Step two: Tell us what makes you the ideal candidate to compete against our knowledgeable staff of writers. Here’s your chance to brag so don’t hold back. Lastly: Help spread the word about Full Spectrum Baseball by stalking our article comments sections, engaging us (and our staff of writers) on Twitter and following all that we are doing on Facebook. I’ll be the commissioner of this league, so extra sucking up to me on Twitter @DJAubain can’t hurt your chances either. And in a fantasy baseball league at least half full of staff writers, you can expect plenty of articles throughout the season chronicling the goings-ons of the league.

Did I mention there’s prizes? Any reader who finishes higher than our highest placed writer will be rewarded with some type of baseball swag provided by own our Bill Ivie. What’s not to love about that?

Any questions? Let me know. I’ve given you plenty of places (and reasons) to contact me.

Good luck,


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