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03-16

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Five to Watch: NL Post-Hype Sleepers
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George Bissell

03-16

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4

Five to Watch: AL Post-Hype Sleepers
by
Greg Wellemeyer

03-15

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Five to Watch: National League Prospects
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J.J. Jansons

03-15

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5

Five to Watch: American League Rookies
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Wilson Karaman

01-06

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6

Five to Watch: Injury Risks Worth Taking in 2016
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Matt Collins

12-18

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Five to Watch: Second-Half Surgers
by
Matt Collins

09-10

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3

Five to Watch: Resurgent Starting Pitchers
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Greg Wellemeyer

09-04

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Five to Watch: September Additions
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Greg Wellemeyer

08-27

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Five to Watch: High-A Risers
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Greg Wellemeyer

08-20

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4

Five to Watch: More Double-A Risers
by
Greg Wellemeyer

08-13

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3

Five to Watch: Veteran Rebounds
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Greg Wellemeyer

07-23

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Five to Watch: Double-A Risers
by
Greg Wellemeyer

07-08

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11

Five to Watch: Stocks on the Rise
by
George Bissell

07-02

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Five to Watch: Pitcher Batted-Ball Exit Velocities
by
Greg Wellemeyer

06-25

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4

Five to Watch: Your High-A All Stars
by
Greg Wellemeyer

06-18

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3

Five to Watch: 3-2-1 Contact!, Pitcher Edition
by
Greg Wellemeyer

06-11

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Five to Watch: 3, 2, 1, Contact!
by
Greg Wellemeyer

06-04

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Five to Watch: Midwest League Hitters
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-28

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Five to Watch: South Atlantic League Hitters
by
Greg Wellemeyer

03-25

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Five to Watch: National League Position Battles
by
Wilson Karaman

03-24

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Five to Watch: American League Position Battles
by
Nick Shlain

03-18

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Five to Watch: AL Post-Prospects
by
Wilson Karaman

03-17

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Five to Watch: National League Hitters
by
Nick Shlain

03-16

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Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers
by
Ben Carsley

03-12

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Five to Watch: National League Starting Pitchers
by
Wilson Karaman

03-11

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
by
Nick Shlain

03-10

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Five to Watch: NL Post-Prospects
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J.P. Breen

12-08

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Five to Watch: Fantasy-Relevant Winter Meetings Rumors
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Ben Carsley

11-12

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Five to Watch: More Post-Hype Prospects for 2015
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Ben Carsley

11-06

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Five to Watch: Post-Hype Prospects for 2015
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Craig Goldstein

03-20

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Five to Watch: American League Post-Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

03-19

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Five to Watch: National League Post-Prospects
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Craig Goldstein

03-18

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Five to Watch: National League Prospects
by
Bret Sayre

03-17

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Five to Watch: American League Prospects
by
Wilson Karaman

03-13

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
by
Wilson Karaman

03-12

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10

Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers
by
Craig Goldstein

03-11

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Five to Watch: National League Hitters
by
Mauricio Rubio

03-10

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Five to Watch: National League Pitchers With Elevated BABIPs
by
Craig Goldstein

09-20

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Five to Watch: The Save Rush
by
Craig Goldstein

09-16

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Five to Watch: Hot Corner Conundrums
by
Ben Carsley

09-10

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Five to Watch: Injured NL Starting Pitchers
by
Craig Goldstein

09-06

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Five to Watch: Would-Be, Could-Be Closers
by
Craig Goldstein

08-28

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Five to Watch: September Call-Ups Unworthy of Your Immediate Attention
by
Ben Carsley

08-27

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12

Five to Watch: Positive Regression Candidates
by
Craig Goldstein

08-21

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Five to Watch: Good Prospects on Bad Teams
by
Ben Carsley

08-19

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Five to Watch: Post-Hype Prospects for 2014
by
Craig Goldstein

06-07

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10

Five to Watch: Checking in on the Holy Trinity
by
Bret Sayre

04-18

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Five to Watch: Contact Watch!
by
Bret Sayre

03-18

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Five to Watch: The Top Prospect Edition
by
Bret Sayre

03-13

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9

Five to Watch: Drawing Blanks
by
Josh Shepardson

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March 16, 2016 6:00 am

Five to Watch: NL Post-Hype Sleepers

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George Bissell

These senior-circuit young'uns have lost their luster, but don't forget about them on draft day.

Helium is fantastic for balloons, terrible for prospects. When a promising hitter or pitcher with more tools than your local hardware store makes it to The Show, it’s easy to envision greatness almost solely because we haven’t seen them fail. Some don’t immediately justify the hype from fantasy owners, who have become borderline obsessed with finding “the next breakout.” It’s players that have failed to live up to the expectations (no matter how big or small) that become post-hype targets for savvy fantasy owners, who scoop them up at a reduced draft day price tag and reap the rewards. While my colleague Greg Wellemeyer tackles the compelling names on the AL side of the ledger today, here are a few prominent targets entering the 2016 campaign on the senior circuit.

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March 16, 2016 6:00 am

Five to Watch: AL Post-Hype Sleepers

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Greg Wellemeyer

The shine has worn off of these players, but it's too soon to forget about them.

The post-hype asset class is less undervalued that it once was, but there remains a tendency to understate upside when a player doesn’t immediately hint at it. Call it post-hype, post-prospect or whatever you want, just don’t ignore the potential development because someone new came along that hasn’t had his shine dulled by major league competition. Here are five members of the junior circuit whose early career performance has raised legitimate questions, but who also have room for growth.

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March 15, 2016 10:41 am

Five to Watch: National League Prospects

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J.J. Jansons

Eyeing youngsters who could make a fantasy impact this year if given adequate playing time.

You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: “Spring training statistics are meaningless.” While that’s largely true, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t useful bits of information to be gained by monitoring spring training position battles. Often, a prospect can make a good-enough impression in front of his club’s decision-makers and accelerate his timeline to the majors with a standout spring performance. This seemingly happens every year with both contenders and pretenders, and these are five National League prospects whose spring performance warrants monitoring, as each could make a fantasy impact in 2016:

Socrates Brito, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
To put it mildly, the Diamondbacks were less than thrilled with Yasmany Tomas’ conditioning last spring and he proceeded to return very little (.246 TAv, -0.2 WARP) in his rookie season for their $68.5 million investment. Tomas’ lack of production and Arizona’s inclusion of Ender Inciarte in the Shelby Miller/Dansby Swanson extravaganza has opened a starting job in the 2016 Diamondback outfield alongside A.J. Pollock and David Peralta. Many fantasy owners simply assumed that Tomas would be handed the job due to his monster contract, but with Arizona’s designs on contention in 2016, they have seemingly opened up the competition between Tomas and a September call-up, Socrates Brito. At the time, I speculated that a strong finish to the year in the majors could position Brito for a starting position (should one open up) as soon as spring 2016. After appearing in last summer’s Futures Game, Brito posted an impressive .349/.400/.534 line over his final 48 games of the season at Double-A Mobile, before hitting .303/.324/.455 in 34 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks. Brito’s opportunity may not come at the start of the year, but if Tomas falters or an injury strikes Pollock or Peralta, he should be next in line. Over a full-season’s worth of at-bats, Brito is capable of providing double-digit home run totals and 20 or more steals, making him worthy of a stash in deeper leagues regardless of whether or not he makes the Opening Day roster, and if you’re bargain shopping for an hitter that’s currently being drafted outside of the top 100 outfielders, Brito makes for a fine target. It probably doesn’t hurt his case that he’s started the spring strong with a .391 AVG along with one home run and one stolen base in his first 23 at-bats.


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March 15, 2016 6:00 am

Five to Watch: American League Rookies

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on a handful of promising first-years who could hold fantasy value in 2016.

Yes, yes, Byron Buxton and Joey Gallo are two of the best fantasy prospects in baseball and likely contributors from the jump (or pretty close to it) this year. But y’all are already watching those guys, so yet another write-up of either feels unnecessary. Let’s talk about five other dudes of less-extreme projection instead, shall we?

Tyler Naquin, OF, CLE – With Michael Brantley on the shelf for the foreseeable future and penciled-in replacement Abraham Almonte shuffling off to PED purgatory for the entirety of the season’s first half, there’s a wide open road ahead for Naquin to emerge from spring training as the Tribe’s first rookie starter on Opening Day in 30 years. And he’s certainly doing his part, forcing the issues with a very strong spring (.400/.429/.650 in his first nine games).

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January 6, 2016 6:00 am

Five to Watch: Injury Risks Worth Taking in 2016

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Matt Collins

These players have spent considerable time licking their wounds of late, but they could pay off in the coming season.

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December 18, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: Second-Half Surgers

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Matt Collins

These players excelled down the stretch in 2015, but should you count on them to sustain their performance into next year?

A couple of weeks ago, I looked at a few players who had horrible second halves and whether or not we should worry about their production moving forward. People tend to take half-season splits too seriously, but there are certainly signs that can show us a real change in these numbers. This week, I’ll look at the other side of the coin, taking a stab at five guys who had monstrous second halves. Not included here are guys like Bryce Harper and Joey Votto, who obviously were huge performers down the stretch, but who we all know are great hitters. Also left out are the Francisco Lindors of the world, who had little-to-no major-league experience before their hit second halves. So, are these five just flashes in the pan, or are they viable long-term options?

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September 10, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: Resurgent Starting Pitchers

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Greg Wellemeyer

Are these hurlers experiencing true renaissances or just a fleeting taste of their old success?

These five pitchers are rolling with the season winding down. What does that mean for the season’s final weeks and how should you value them this offseason?

Bartolo Colon, RHP, New York Mets

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September 4, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: September Additions

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Greg Wellemeyer

Five players who could make an impact in deeper leagues over the last four weeks of the season.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to go read Matthew Trueblood’s excellent piece from yesterday on “the various ways in which teams try to leverage September call-ups.”

With that as helpful context, here are five players who joined (or rejoined) their big league clubs after rosters expanded on September 1.

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August 27, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: High-A Risers

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Greg Wellemeyer

These standouts from the California, Carolina, and Florida State Leagues are worthy of your attention.

I just couldn’t stand the idea of waiting until next May to write another one of these, so how about five more dynasty-league targets, this time from the High-A leagues?

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August 20, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: More Double-A Risers

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Greg Wellemeyer

The updated fantasy outlook for Jharel Cotton, Chad Pinder, and others.

A few weeks back I looked at five Double-A prospects who have had productive seasons and elevated their dynasty-league profiles in the process. With the end of minor-league regular seasons unbelievably only a few weeks away, let’s go another round.

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August 13, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: Veteran Rebounds

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Greg Wellemeyer

Just when these older players were left for dead, they showed they've still got something left in the tank.

One of the hardest things to do in fantasy baseball is to fight recency bias when evaluating veteran players. In an environment where more ink is spilled on shiny new toys than reliable standbys, it’s easy to feel compelled to bail out when you spot legitimate signs of deterioration. Nobody wants to be the one holding the bag when Father Time claims his latest victim.

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July 23, 2015 11:23 am

Five to Watch: Double-A Risers

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Greg Wellemeyer

These upper-minors standouts are worthy of your attention.

I previously wrote about prospects in the Sally League, the Midwest League, and some High-A All-Stars who are increasing their dynasty-league values with strong 2015 campaigns. This week, five Double-A players get their turn.

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