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07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Yankees Get a Proper Infield
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Daniel Rathman, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Sam Miller

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: If You've Got Asdrubal...
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Craig Goldstein and Rob McQuown

07-30

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Dynasty Dynamics: Who We're Selling at the Deadline
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-26

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep: 24: Enya Is Our Safe Word
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-23

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Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-22

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 23: Prosecco McGee
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Buy or Sell: Chris Davis
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Craig Goldstein

07-16

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Dynasty Dynamics: Top 50 Jumpers
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: What to Expect From Jimmy Nelson
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Craig Goldstein

07-09

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The Call-Up: Arismendy Alcantara
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Mauricio Rubio and Craig Goldstein

07-09

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part Two
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-08

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): EP 22: Baseball Prospectus' Jesus Aguilar
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Rick Porcello: Buy or Sell?
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Craig Goldstein

06-29

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 21: AI Simulation
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

06-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Veterans With Value
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Craig Goldstein

06-25

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Dynasty Dynamics: Futures Team Meet and Greet: USA
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Craig Goldstein

06-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Catcher Fetish and Derek Norris
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Craig Goldstein

06-18

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: MLB Edition
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

06-14

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 20: Mediocrity
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

06-11

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

06-05

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The Call-Up: Eddie Butler
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Craig Goldstein and Ron Shah

06-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Profiling Alex Reyes
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Craig Goldstein

06-04

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Singleton
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Chris Rodriguez and Craig Goldstein

06-03

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Dynasty Dynamics: Ideal Dynasty-Style Mock Draft
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

05-29

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 19: Elbow Boo Boo
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

05-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: Will Carlos Santana Heat Up?
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Craig Goldstein

05-27

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Dynasty Dynamics: The U25 Top 150, Part Three
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

05-23

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 18: That's Way Too Much Ear
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

05-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Dallas Keuchel: Sell-High Candidate?
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Craig Goldstein

05-20

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Dynasty Dynamics: The U25 Top 150, Part Two
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

05-16

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 17 - Mookie Hungry
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

05-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Nathan Eovaldi: Great or Just Hot?
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Craig Goldstein

05-13

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The Call-Up: Rafael Montero
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

05-13

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Dynasty Dynamics: The U25 Top 150, Part One
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

05-10

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 16 -- Just So Much #Dad
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Bret Sayre, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

05-09

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The Call-Up: Rougned Odor
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Chris Rodriguez and Craig Goldstein

05-06

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Dynasty Dynamics: AL East U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

05-03

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 15: A Coconut Crab With Darwin Barney's Glove
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

05-01

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The Call-Up: Robbie Ray
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-29

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Dynasty Dynamics: NL East U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-29

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The Call-Up: Randal Grichuk
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-25

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 14: What's Going On Guys?
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

04-22

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Dynasty Dynamics: AL Central U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-22

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The Call-Up: Luis Sardinas
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Jason Parks and Craig Goldstein

04-21

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Daily League Strategy: Stars-and-Scrubs
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Craig Goldstein

04-19

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 13: It's Not Ceviche
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

04-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Recovering Prospects
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Craig Goldstein

04-17

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The Call-Up: George Springer
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Nick J. Faleris and Craig Goldstein

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: A Moran and a Wolf Walk Into a Bar
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-15

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Dynasty Dynamics: NL Central U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

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July 3, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Rick Porcello: Buy or Sell?

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Craig Goldstein

The Tigers righty is coming off a shutout, but do his peripherals portend a strong second half?

Late last season, I took a look into what had changed with Rick Porcello that enabled him to strike out 19 batters over a two-game stretch, the highest two-game total in his career. That two game sample was just an impetus to look at a larger change in Porcello’s profile though—a marked increase in strikeout rate. With another impetus occurring on Tuesday night (Porcello’s 0 K, 0 BB CGSO), I thought it’d behoove us to take a look at Porcello’s season thus far in 2014.

The 2014 season has gone swimmingly for Porcello, as he’s posting an ERA of 3.12, which would be just the second time in his career that he recorded an ERA below 4.00, with the other being his rookie campaign that ended at 3.96. Do the peripherals line up with this improved production, though? The answer, almost overwhelmingly, is no. In fact, he’s reverted to being the pitcher he was in 2009-12, ditching the peripheral improvements he picked up in 2013.

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There Is No Offseason is a podcast that focuses exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats. We talk major leagues, minor leagues and we never miss an opportunity to take a jab at Craig.

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June 27, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Veterans With Value

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Craig Goldstein

Your league-mates might undervalue these players because of their age, but they can still provide a jolt to your fantasy offense.

It’s only natural to have a bias toward younger players and prospects in dynasty formats. After all, they are the gift that keeps on giving, especially in leagues that don’t have limits on how long one can be kept. We know going into the season that older players are undervalued, and yet we still can’t help ourselves from reaching when it comes to the promising young ones.

So, we know there’s value to be had all over the place in the over-30 range, as guys are still exiting their primes, but what about the 35-plus crowd. The names below won’t surprise you, as you have to be pretty good to hold value into your mid-30s, but they are a subset of players that I think can hold their value for the next 2-3 seasons, which is reason enough to hold onto/target them in dynasty leagues.

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June 25, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Futures Team Meet and Greet: USA

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Craig Goldstein

In part one of a two-part series, Craig introduces the American-born prospects you might not know.

With the MLB Futures Game rosters being announced yesterday, Ben and I thought it would be informative to take a look at the rosters and provide some base-level information on some of the prospects you might not necessarily know. Given that this column is geared toward deep and dynasty leagues, many of these names will be familiar, but there are always noobs getting into dynasty leagues that are out of their depth and tired of being pwned or whatever. This one’s for them.

This week I’ll tackle the Team USA roster, with Ben following up next week with a look at the World roster. We’re happy for two straight weeks off from our bickering, too.

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June 20, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: My Catcher Fetish and Derek Norris

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Craig Goldstein

The A's backstop is off to a sizzling start; what does it mean for Norris and other young catchers who struggled early in their careers?

I kind of have a thing for catchers. That’s a weird thing to have to admit, and frankly I didn’t even know this was the case for much of my life. You don’t necessarily know you’re weird until you’re on a podcast with three supposed friends and they call you out for having a catcher fetish. What a shameful moment.

All this is to say, I tend to value catchers more than your average fantasy analyst. There’s not a right or a wrong in this concept, it’s just a different approach. Except when it comes to Derek Norris, in which case it’s a totally correct approach because have you seen his slash line? His .313/.416/.531 line is likely a mirage of sorts, but there’s plenty of supporting evidence as to why Norris, who has previously struggled, is now a monster at the plate.

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June 18, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: MLB Edition

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Examining notable big leaguers based on whether their value is moving up, down, or holding steady.

When you’ve done rankings and mock drafts for two straight months, you kind of wonder… why would anyone write about anything else? Sure there are draft grades, but those aren’t nearly as applicable to fantasy.

Then it hits you like a ton of bricks. Something like a… a stock watch. No. Everyone does that. What if you just called it something else. Yes, now you’re cooking with gas. What about a Progress Report? Perfect.

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June 11, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Examining notable prospects based on whether they are moving up, moving down, or holding steady.

When you’ve done rankings and mock drafts for two straight months, you kind of wonder… why would anyone write about anything else? Sure there are draft grades, but those aren’t nearly as applicable to fantasy.

Then it hits you like a ton of bricks. Something like a… a stock watch. No. Everyone does that. What if you just called it something else. Yes, now you’re cooking with gas. What about a Progress Report? Perfect.

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June 5, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Eddie Butler

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Craig Goldstein and Ron Shah

The Rockies demote Franklin Morales to their bullpen and bring up one of their top pitching prospects to fill his shoes.

The Situation: Franklin Morales continues to turn in uncompetitive outings, and the Rockies have now decided to pull the plug on the starter and move him into the team’s bullpen. Colorado will fill the rotation spot by tapping into their starting pitching depth at the minor-league level, specifically by summoning Eddie Butler—the no. 2-ranked prospect in the system entering 2014—to the big leagues from Double-A Tulsa.

Background: The Rockies took Butler with the second of their two first round choices in the 2012 amateur draft, popping the right-handed pitcher out of Radford University with the no. 46 overall selection. Given Colorado’s unique home field environment at Coors Field, the Rockies felt Butler’s groundball generating arsenal would not only play well at the major leagues, but at their home ballpark. Baseball Prospectus identified Butler as a prospect on the rise within the Rockies system entering 2013, and he responded with an ERA of 1.80 across three minor-league levels. Butler’s continued his dominance in 2014, posting a 2.49 ERA across 68 2/3 innings of work this season with Double-A Tulsa. While Butler’s strikeout rate in 2014 is significantly lower than it was in 2013, we can attribute that to player-specific developmental focuses that had Butler pocketing his best offerings in order to strengthen the weaker links.

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June 4, 2014 6:23 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Profiling Alex Reyes

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Craig Goldstein

A scouting- and fantasy-based look at one of the top arms in the Cardinals system.

It’s not often you see a native of the U.S., much less New Jersey, signed in the international period, but that’s what took place when Alex Reyes left the states for the Dominican Republic. The Cardinals signed him for just under $1 million ($950,000) in December of 2012 and threw him right into Short-Season ball as an 18-year-old. It’s an aggressive assignment not to go through any complex leagues, but his familiarity with the U.S. likely played a part in their willingness to push him. Reyes started 2014 in Low-A, where he’s just under three years younger than the average player for the level, noteworthy because even if the production is mild, it would be considered a success based on his age relative to the level.

Reyes has received praise in the prospect community, and attention from dynasty leaguers thanks to a precocious skillset. That skillset remains unrefined though, and that bears itself out in the numbers. A 3.39 ERA is plenty to write home about from an 18 year old in Short-Season ball, but it’s worth nothing that along with his head-turning 27 percent strikeout rate, he produced an elevated 11 percent walk rate. Where he truly shined though is in limiting the long ball, as he allowed only one home run in 58 1/3 innings.

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June 4, 2014 6:22 am

The Call-Up: Jonathan Singleton

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Chris Rodriguez and Craig Goldstein

Another Astros power prospect debuts.

The Situation: Heading into yesterday’s game, Houston first basemen were hitting .181/.269/.291 as a group. With Singleton boasting a .267/.397/.544 line for Triple-A Oklahoma City and his contract extension freshly signed, the Astros summoned him to the majors to provide some pop—and in his debut, he did.


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June 3, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Ideal Dynasty-Style Mock Draft

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

If MLB teams made their draft decisions based on fantasy gamers' wishes, here's how the first round would unfold.

The 2014 MLB Draft is just two days away, and with this date comes a host of new fantasy prospects for dynasty leaguers to covet, debate, and decry. While this year’s crop of prep and college talent isn’t quite as impressive as some of what we’ve seen in the recent past, there’s still a bevy of young talent you can use to bolster your MiLB rosters or use as trade chips in an attempt to win now.

With the draft just around the corner, Craig and I were looking for a way to deliver original content to our readers. And then we hit on this idea: What if we created a format in which we assigned each team one player, then explained our reasoning for why each player should end up with said team? It would be like a draft mock-up. A mock draft, if you will. Groundbreaking, we know.

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