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September 27, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Fool's Gold: American League Starting Pitchers

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Ben Carsley

These four minor-league arms have intriguing numbers, but their future fantasy value is limited.

On Wednesday, esteemed colleague and scholarly gentleman Craig Goldstein continued our Fantasy Fool’s Gold series with our first look at pitchers, covering some starters in the senior circuit.

Today, I pick up this mantle with four players from the American League who, despite your best intentions, will disappoint you if you rely on them.

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September 25, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Fool's Gold: National League Starting Pitchers

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Craig Goldstein

These four pitchers have numbers on their side, but there are reasons to doubt their future fantasy value.

With the position players over and done with, it’s time to start taking stock of the pitchers. I’m going to kick us off with some National League starters that would deceive the box-score scout and might be receiving a bit too much hype. As always, this doesn’t disqualify them from prospect status so much as it is a reality check on the type of prospects they truly are. While you might think that starting pitching would provide a deep reservoir of names to pull from on a project like this, it turns out that like the author, it was actually shallow and disappointing. Rather than forcefeed you a fifth name, below are four prospects who we deemed less than the sum of their stats.

Once again, the BP Prospect Team has gone above and beyond in responding to inquiries on players, and the information they provide is invaluable. It allows us to give a lot of depth and history to the players mentioned, and that’s important in an industry that focuses so much on the present.

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September 18, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Fool's Gold: American League Outfielders

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Ben Carsley

Intriguing tools and draft pedigrees belie flawed fantasy skill sets in this quintet.

The AL outfield prospect scene is the California goldfield of fantasy fool’s gold players.

That’s partially due to sheer numbers: there are more outfield prospects than offensive prospects of any other ilk (#analysis). It’s also partially due to the requisite skill sets that outfielders possess. Some are very fast. Some are very powerful. And some tease enough of both tools to make fantasy owners feel special feelings.

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September 17, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Fool's Gold: National League Outfielders

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Bret Sayre

The series moves to the outfield grass with five prospects whose intriguing tools are limited by other flaws.

Now that we’ve exhausted the players in the infield in this series, it’s time to move further back on the grass. And in the National League, there is no shortage of outfielders that are putting up stats that don’t quite line up with their potential for fantasy. This is a diverse group, ranging from guys who might have power to guys who definitely have speed—and it’s about to be kicked off by a player who I get asked about an awful lot (and not just because he plays for a New York team).

But before we get into that, I just want to mention how awesome the BP prospect team has been throughout this whole process. And I really mean the ENTIRE team. We’ve gotten input from just about everyone on these players, and it’s been fantastic first-hand information. In fact, I may just lie to them and say that the project is continuing on in perpetuity so I can infuse as much knowledge as I can into my being. So in conclusion: they’re great, you know it, and let’s move on.

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September 13, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Fool's Gold: Shortstops

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Craig Goldstein

Offense is hard to come by at shortstop, which means that these players could be intriguing despite their flaws.

As we continue our way around the infield (in as abstract a way as possible), we land on the most physically taxing position outside of catcher. This of course lessens the burden on the bat in basically every aspect, from contact to power to whatever else you may be looking for. What matters so much in real life, though—the ability to stay at shortstop—is so much less relevant to any prospective fantasy owner.

While the offensive shortstop is a rare unicorn (quiet, Russell) indeed, even in the fantasy realm, prospectors don’t care so much that they stay at the vaunted position as they do that the bat is real. Javier Baez could be a monster shortstop, but if he can hit and play third? Well, we’ll gladly accept it.

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September 11, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Fool's Gold: Second Base Prospects

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Ben Carsley

A look at several future keystoners and what they might offer from a fantasy perspective.

Our first two editions of Fantasy Fool’s Gold made much ado about power. Covering the catcher, first base and third base positions, a common critique of the players profiled in our first two installments revolved around a lack of pop.

Thankfully, such expectations are not foisted upon men who occupy the keystone. That’s good, because with the players listed below, power is once again in short supply.

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September 4, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Fool's Gold: Third Basemen

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Ben Carsley

A look at some hot-corner prospects who could be of interest to fantasy owners in future years.

If nothing else, our first edition of Fantasy Fool’s Gold last week can serve as a case study of how shallow the first base and catcher positions are in terms of budding fantasy talent.

Thankfully, third base is not so fallow.

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August 30, 2013 7:41 am

Fantasy Fool's Gold: Catcher and First Base Prospects

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Ben Carsley

In the debut edition of this column, Ben breaks down the future dynasty-league value of five minor leaguers, including one backstop and four first basemen.

The majority of fantasy baseball players on the planet only need to worry about a pool of 300-400 major leaguers. The world is filled with normal people who just want to fill out a starting lineup with household names, make a few savvy pickups, and beat the competition to a promising youngster or two as the season progresses.

This will not be a series for such people.

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