2008-03-28T18:46:36.451-04:00I was about to sit down to do this this weekend but decided to do a google search first and found the best put together prospect resource I've seen. Figured I should pass it on.
2007-12-27T14:07:53.376-05:00Got this note from the Baseball HQ newsletter that I hope everyone stopping by here is already subscribed to. If not, here's the info:
ENTRY DEADLINE: JANUARY 4, 2008
Looking for one person with the fantasy savvy, obsessionand determination to
compete in TOUT WARS as part of a featurefilm fantasy baseball documentary,
inspired by Sam Walker's bookFantasyland.
In 2006, Sam Walker, of the Wall St Journal took on fantasybaseball's best of the best, competing for one season in theultimate league, Tout Wars. Sam's journey was documented in hisNew York Times best-seller, Fantasyland.
The 2008 Tout Wars season is going to be filmed as part of afeature film documentary, produced by Wonderland Sound andVision, and Sound Pictures. They are looking for one person totake over where Sam Walker left off. You will compete against theTout Wars American League experts and have your entire seasoncaptured on film.
They are looking for someone who is a veteran of fantasybaseball, is obsessed with the game and has followed Tout Wars.They are looking for someone who is interested in not justplaying by the numbers but wants to go out and talk to scouts,players and general managers to help in their decision making.
They are looking for someone between the ages of 30-50 who willbe willing to provide complete access into their life during thefantasy baseball season. There will be some travel involved,including attending spring training. You must be available forthe Tout Wars draft in New York City the weekend of March 21-23. If you are interested and available for this experience, pleaserespond to the following questions.
Please cut and paste thequestions into an email, respond and send to email@example.com by January 4, 2008.
Where are you located?
How many years have you been playing fantasy baseball?
What attracted you to fantasy baseball?
How does fantasy baseball dominate your life?
Give us a sense ofthe amount of hours you spend playing, along with stories thatillustrate your obsession in action.
What was your greatest fantasy baseball trade?
What was a decision that you will haunt you forever?
What do you know about Tout Wars and what would it mean to you to be
able to compete in this league?
How does fantasy baseball affect your home life? Your work life?
Which person in Tout Wars would you be most excited to competeagainst and beat? How do you think you would do if given a chance to compete inTout?
Have you read the book Fantasyland by Sam Walker?
What did you think of the way Sam Walker played fantasy baseball(contacting players, scouts,etc)?
Please tell us about your life outside of fantasy baseball: job,relationship, etc.
2007-06-24T12:31:52.581-04:00Ken Rosenthal's latest column mentions trade rumors around Troy Glaus, Mark Buehrle and Adam Dunn.
2007-06-11T21:15:07.183-04:00Ken Rosenthal's latest column is up at FoxSports.com. Interesting notes on trade rumors around Adam Dunn, Michael Barrett, Eric Gagne and Brad Lidge.
2007-06-07T20:48:43.042-04:00Jeff Ackerman at Fantistics has a nice look at some power hitters to buy low on. Take a look.
2007-06-03T11:40:48.397-04:00If you don't have the money to subscribe to Baseball HQ or don't want to spend the money you can still access some free content from Ron Shandler and his crew via Baseball HQ Radio. I listen to the show every week and I highly recommend it to any fantasy baseball fan. I use tools that Baseball HQ recommends to evaluate players so if you like the content I post here then you will be interested in the HQ podcast as well.
2007-06-02T12:29:09.365-04:00Tyler Yates looks like a reliever that could be of some help in NL only leagues. Take a look at these numbers through Friday:
Chris Constancio has an interesting little article over at FirstInning.com regarding the use of K% and BB% instead of K/9 and BB/9 for measuring pitcher effectiveness. The reason it is important:
"Pitchers who do surrender many hits or walk a lot of batters have inflated K/9 rates because they face more batters per inning and therefore have more opportunities to record strikeouts."
2007-05-29T16:09:56.615-04:00Travis Denker is a prospect that most fantasy owners have probably never heard of. I first caught wind of Denker's name in David Luciani's 2006 Top 100 Prospect list at BaseballNotebook.com. Denker has been compared to Marcus Giles because of his smallish size and hard working nature. He's been projected by some as a utility player and others as a potential starting 2B/3B. What the future holds is up in the air but Denker is clearly becoming a prospect to watch as he nears a promotion to Double-A.
2007-05-26T09:21:12.094-04:00Anthony Reyes has gotten off to a rough start to the season thus far. He's 0-8 with a 6.08 ERA and a 39/18 K/BB ratio in 50.1 innings. However, a deeper look into his numbers reveals a pitcher we should be paying attention to rather than ignoring.
The positives: Good dominance, hit rate is normal, strand rate is probably going to go up
The negatives: Command, control and hr/f are not exactly where we want to see them but not exactly terrible either
The xERA of 4.23 tells us that Reyes should be performing better than what his current stats show. He's had five starts this year where he has allowed three runs or less yet he has no wins to show for those performances. That can be partially blamed on the St. Louis offense and partially on Reyes' inability to work more than five innings in three of those outings.
I think Reyes is a good buy low candidate in NL only and deeper mixed leagues. He's likely on the waiver wire in shallow leagues so there is no rush to pick him up. However, he can probably be of use in shallow mixed leagues at some point this season so if your pitching staff is weak or you have an open bench spot it wouldn't be a terrible idea to stash Reyes away for a bit.
2007-05-25T08:19:48.974-04:00The Brewers promoted Ryan Braun, their top hitting prospect, late Thursday. He should be grabbed immediately in NL only leagues and likely in all mixed leagues as well. The 23-year-old Braun was hitting .348/.429/.713 with 10 home runs, 12 doubles and four stolen bases at Triple-A Nashville. He swiped a total of 26 bags last season so he does like to run. That speed/power combination could make him one of the top fantasy third basemen in coming seasons.
2007-05-24T07:31:22.050-04:00The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday that the Reds are going to promote Jay Bruce to Double-A Chattanooga before or at the All-Star break. Bruce is hitting .344 with nine home runs, 15 doubles and a .401 on-base percentage in 180 at-bats at High-A Sarasota. That is some solid production and it's even better when you realize that Bruce is only 20-years-old.
2007-05-23T09:34:02.565-04:00The Miami Herlad reported that Kevin Gregg is going to remain the Marlins' closer even when Henry Owens, who is eligible to come off the disabled list this week, returns to the team.
2007-05-22T11:26:16.637-04:00Following up on my post from the weekend regarding Cubs closer Ryan Dempster. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, Dempster is now supposed to mentor Angel Guzman to become the Cubs' next closer. As I pointed out this weekend, Dempster doesn't deserve to lose his job at the moment as he's been pitching fairly well this season. Manager Lou Pinella seems to be losing his mind.
2007-05-21T18:17:08.281-04:00I always recommend reading Ken Rosenthal's weekly column for good trade/player rumors. Some of the info in his columns can be helpful for fantasy leaguers. He actually has two good columns worth reading today.
2007-05-20T22:52:12.850-04:00Manager Lou Pinella is starting to get sick of Ryan Dempster and almost made a change to the back of his bullpen this weekend. According to the Associated Press in a report Sunday evening, Dempster was told he would be moving back to the rotation but before long he was told that he would remain the Cubs' closer.
2007-05-19T21:09:08.451-04:00Well, it has been a while since I posted. My personal life has been a bit busy which has left me with less time on the fantasy circuit this year. I am still in a couple leagues so I have been keeping tabs on things. I just haven't been able to help other out along the way.
Penny's 2007 performance is good and most of the numbers here are fine. However, he is lacking a bit in dominance (K/9), command (K/BB) and control (BB/9). These numbers are all just slighty worse than what you want out of a starter on your squad according to the baselines outlined by Ron Shandler at Baseball HQ. I use these metrics to measure the performance of my players in a file I created that can easily calculate these rates for me.
Right now I would label Penny as a pitcher you should be trying to sell but I also wouldn't worry if you can't move him immediately. Penny says he is reinventing himself this year as his approach will rely more on pitching to contact and less on striking batters out (outside of that 14 K performance against the Marlins). Penny has posted a 2.68 GB/FB rate thus far this season and if he can keep his ratio around there with his current K/9, K/BB, BB/9 he should remain effective this season. The question is, can he keep up the favorable ground ball rate?
Note: I didn't mention the HR rate but obviously that isn't sustainable. Expect his ERA to rise a bit even if he maintains his performance accross the board everywhere else.
2007-04-27T09:51:48.383-04:00Got my Fantasy Baseball HQ newsletter today and saw this interesting post from Shandler
RON SHANDLER'S MASTER NOTES
HQ at the Ballpark
Last week, my column at BaseballHQ.com described how that the evolution of our industry is spawning social isolationism. Fantasy sports was designed to be a social activity. With online gaming, not only do we not need to be in the same room anymore, we don't even have to use our real names.
In the column, I suggested that we all get out from behind our computer monitors and start connecting to the others in our leagues. We should share phone numbers, engage in live trade negotiations rather than email. If you recognize a familiar area code, you should hop into your car and meet a league-mate over a few beers.
This column generated some spirited discussion on our message boards as well last week. One of the other ideas floated out there was for us to arrange some ballpark outings. Sure, what better way to connect than at a game?
So I am going to do this. I am planning an outing this summer at either RFK Stadium or Camden Yards – I'm still trying to work out my schedule. I'll report back here in a few weeks. If you would like to spearhead an outing for Baseball HQ Friday readers at your home ballpark, drop me a note. Send it to me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer, we're going to fight back against the aspects of this hobby that isolate us.
2007-02-23T14:02:50.054-05:00Greetings ~My name is Julia Jenkins and I am a casting producer for ABC familieshit reality show 'Wife Swap.'We are currently casting for our third season and we are looking forFAMILIES THAT LOVE TO PLAY FANTASY SPORTS.
2007-01-30T21:43:57.651-05:00Been a while since I posted - check out the new blog at BaseballNotebook.com for lots of good information.
2006-07-01T14:45:40.526-04:00Built specifically with the NFBC Mid-Season leagues in mind, CREATiVESPORTS.com’s Mid-Season MLB Report, now in its second year, will soon be ready to ship.
2006-04-06T14:06:12.793-04:00This site, while not the prettiest, is pretty damn funny for any of you that might have collected baseball cards in the late 80's to early 90's.
2006-03-17T10:23:32.983-05:00A look at the closing situation in the ATL.
2006-03-17T10:23:26.956-05:00A look at the closing situation in the ATL.
2006-03-05T10:26:09.536-05:00I've been busy lately and haven't had much time to dedicate to this blog. Here are my three columns that I've posted for Creativesports this month and last: