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The Keeper Reaper: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop for 2/11/13
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Josh Shepardson

02-07

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitching for 2/7/13
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Paul Sporer

02-06

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The Keeper Reaper: Corner Infielders for 2/6/2013
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Michael Street

02-05

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 2/5/2013
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Dan Mennella

02-04

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 2/4/2013
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Josh Shepardson

02-01

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for Feb. 1, 2013
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Paul Singman

01-31

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitching for 1/31/13
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Paul Sporer

01-30

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/30/13
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Michael Street

01-29

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/29/30
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Dan Mennella

01-28

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 1/28/13
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Josh Shepardson

01-25

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/25/13
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Paul Singman

01-24

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitching for 1/24/13
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Paul Sporer

01-23

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/23/13
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Michael Street

01-22

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/22/13
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Dan Mennella

01-18

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/18/13
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Paul Singman

01-17

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 1/17/13
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Paul Sporer

01-16

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/16/13
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Michael Street

01-15

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/15/13
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Dan Mennella

01-14

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 1/14/13
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Josh Shepardson

01-11

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/11/13
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Paul Singman

01-10

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitching for 1/10/13
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Paul Sporer

01-09

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/9/13
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Dan Mennella

01-08

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/7/13
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Michael Street

01-07

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 1/7/13
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Josh Shepardson

01-07

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 1/7/12
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Paul Sporer

01-04

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/4/13
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Paul Singman

01-03

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/3/12
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Michael Street

01-02

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/2/13
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Dan Mennella

12-28

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 12/28/12
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Paul Singman

12-21

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 12/21/12
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Paul Singman

12-21

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The Keeper Reaper: Starters for 12/21/12
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Paul Sporer

12-19

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 12/19/12
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Dan Mennella

12-18

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/18/12
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Michael Street

12-17

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 12/17/12
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Josh Shepardson

12-14

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 12/14/12
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Paul Singman

12-13

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/13/12
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Michael Street

12-12

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 12/12/12
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Dan Mennella

12-11

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 12/11/12
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Josh Shepardson

02-03

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 2/3/12
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Rob McQuown

02-02

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 2/2/12
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Mike Petriello

02-01

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 2/1/12
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Michael Jong

01-31

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/31/12
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Michael Street

01-26

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 1/26/12
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Mike Petriello

01-24

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/24/12
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Michael Street

01-20

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/20/12
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Rob McQuown

01-19

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 1/19/12
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Mike Petriello

01-13

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/13/12
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Michael Street

01-12

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 1/12/12
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Mike Petriello

01-11

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/11/12
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Rob McQuown

01-11

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 1/11/12
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Michael Jong

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January 23, 2013 9:27 am

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/23/13

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Michael Street

Michael looks at a breakout player past his prime, another before his prime, and a third who’s ready for prime time right now.

Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles
Shallow (30 keepers): No
Medium (60 keepers): Yes
Deep (90 keepers): Yes
AL-only (60 keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 keepers): Yes

It’s easy to get excited about Machado, who was chosen third overall in 2010 and immediately rose to the top of Kevin Goldstein’s rankings of the Orioles farm system. Days before he was promoted last August, Jason Parks ranked him sixth overall among all minor league prospects.






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January 22, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/22/13

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Dan Mennella

Dan looks at the Nationals' bullpen situation following the surprising signing of Rafael Soriano.

Rafael Soriano | Nationals
Shallow (30 Keepers): No
Medium (60 Keepers): No
Deep (90 Keepers): Fringe
NL-only (60 Keepers): Fringe
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes

The Nationals aren’t shy about padding an area of the roster that’s already deep, apparently. To the surprise of many, yours truly included, the Nats inked Rafael Soriano to a two-year, $28 million deal last week despite the presence of high-leverage relievers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. Interestingly, General Manager Mike Rizzo wasn’t coy about Soriano’s role: the right-hander, who spent the past two years with the Yankees, was named Washington’s closer, presumably leaving Storen and Clippard to duke it out for the seventh and eighth innings.






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Speedy mid-tier outfielders are on this week's Reaper menu.

Ben Revere | Philadelphia Phillies
Shallow (30 Keepers):
No
Medium (60 Keepers): No
Deep (90 Keepers): No
NL-only (60 Keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes

As a fantasy asset, it’s quite clear where Revere will help your team and where he won’t. The young, speedy centerfielder can provide runs, hits, and steals in bunches but won’t offer much in the way of RBIs or homers. In fact, in just over 1,000 major league trips to the plate, Revere has yet to hit a single home run, though he did once come oh-so-close to the inside-the-park variety.






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January 17, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 1/17/13

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Paul Sporer

Converted relievers is the theme of this week's Keeper Reaper.

Today is another theme day at Keeper Reaper as we look over the relievers converted into starters last year and determine how worthy they are of being protected.

Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox
Shallow (30 keepers): No
Medium (60 keepers): No
Deep (90 keepers): Yes
AL-only (60 keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 keepers): Yes






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January 16, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/16/13

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Michael Street

A look at fantasy corner infielders reveals two young hitters not quite ready for prime time, and Michael explains why he still doesn’t like Ike.

Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays
Shallow (30 keepers): No
Medium (60 keepers): Fringe
Deep (90 keepers): Yes
AL-only (60 keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 keepers): Yes

Lawrie had an excellent 2011 major-league debut (albeit one tempered by two separate hand injuries that cost him more than a month’s worth of games), posting a .293/.373/.580 line with nine homers and seven steals in 171 plate appearances. Fantasy owners gobbled him up in the early rounds of the 2012 draft—even in expert leagues—and Lawrie seemed to be paying them off over the first half of the season. Through the end of June, he was hitting .293/.341/.438 with eight longballs and 11 steals in 320 plate appearances.






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January 15, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/15/13

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Dan Mennella

Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Broxton, and J.J. Putz are examined by the Reaper this week.

Aroldis Chapman | Reds
Shallow (30 Keepers): No
Medium (60 Keepers): Fringe
Deep (90 Keepers): Yes
NL-only (60 Keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes

Sure, the Reds are saying Chapman will transition from the bullpen (where he was a dominant closer last season) to the starting rotation in 2013. For fantasy purposes, however, it’s hardly that simple. As my colleague Paul Sporer explains, the jump from the ‘pen to the rotation can be a sticky wicket. In Chapman’s case, one has to wonder how his stuff will translate—diminished velocity is likely, as is a loss of some of the all-important control he discovered last season. Not to mention, we don’t know whether his golden left arm can handle the spike in workload; remember that he missed a couple weeks late in 2012 due to a tired pitching shoulder.






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January 14, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 1/14/13

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Josh Shepardson

Sal Perez, Rickie Weeks, and Ben Zobrist go under the keeper microscope this week

Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals
Shallow (30 Keepers): No
Medium (60 Keepers): No
Deep (90 Keepers): Yes
AL-Only (60 Keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes

Owners that patiently sat on an injured Perez or were lucky enough to scoop him off the waiver wire when he was activated from the disabled list were rewarded with approximately half a season's worth of very good offensive production in 2012. It was an impressive follow-up to his eye-catching debut. The 22-year-old catcher has 463 career plate appearances under his belt, and while that's not enough to definitively call him an offensive star at his position, it's a good starting point.






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January 11, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/11/13

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Paul Singman

Rios, Ross, and Cuddyer highlight this week's Keeper list.

Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox
Shallow (30 Keepers):
No
Medium (60 Keepers): No
Deep (90 Keepers): Yes
AL-only (60 Keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes

While Adam Dunn was struggling through his historically bad 2011 season on the White Sox, teammate Alex Rios was putting together a fairly disastrous season of his own. Overall, he batted .227 with just 13 homers and 11 steals—a far cry from the 21 homers and 34 steals of the year prior. Many fantasy owners gave up on him as a result, but Rios wasn’t done yet, rebounding to hit .304 with 25 home runs and 23 steals in 2012. Add in just over 90 runs and RBI and you get the 12th most valuable line as ranked by our PFM.






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January 10, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitching for 1/10/13

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Paul Sporer

Greinke, Darvish, and Chapman hit this week's Keeper Reaper

This week’s Keeper Reaper with starting pitchers tackles some of the bigger names who might be putting you to a tough decision depending on your league parameters. 

Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers
Shallow (30 keepers): No
Medium (60 keepers): Fringe
Deep (90 keepers): Yes
NL-only (60 keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 keepers): Yes






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January 9, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/9/13

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Dan Mennella

The Minnesota and Milwaukee bullpens are examined in this week's Reaper.

Glen Perkins | Twins
Shallow (30 Keepers): No
Medium (60 Keepers): No
Deep (90 Keepers): Fringe
AL-only (60 Keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes

Twins lefty Glen Perkins isn’t one of the first closers who comes to mind when thinking of keeper candidates, but he probably should be. After bouncing between the bullpen and rotation during his first few seasons in the majors, Perkins has settled in nicely as a high-leverage reliever over the past couple years. He got a shot at closing in 2012 and, in news that could only draw the attention of dorks, by season’s end had eventually earned the confidence of his manager and GM to be the team’s long-term answer in the ninth inning.






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January 8, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/7/13

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Michael Street

An okay slugger, a one-trick pony, and two slugging Arizona first basemen highlight this week’s column

Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees
Shallow (30 keepers):
No
Medium (60 keepers): No
Deep (90 keepers): Yes
AL-only (60 keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 keepers): Yes

Surely the switch-hitting first baseman and middle-of-the-order slugger for the Evil Empire is a top-notch fantasy pick, right? Wrong. True, he was once such a hot commodity that he was part of a deadline deal in successive years. And one year later, the Yankees signed him to an eight-year, $180-million deal that Christina Kahrl called “a huge bit of overpayment to keep a guy who should probably be okay over the lifetime of the deal.”






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January 7, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 1/7/12

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Paul Sporer

This week's Keeper Reaper looks at three sophomore hurlers with question marks.

Wade Miley | Arizona Diamondbacks
Shallow (30 keepers): No
Medium (60 keepers): No
Deep (90 keepers): No
NL-only (60 keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 keepers): Yes

It was a tough year to simply have a great rookie year in both baseball and football. If you didn’t have a transcendent rookie season, then hardware wasn’t in the cards. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper dominated the baseball landscaped while Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin dominated the gridiron. The 25-year-old Miley did make the All-Star team and finished second to Bryce Harper in the Rookie of the Year voting, so it’s not like his season was entirely overlooked, but generally a 195-inning season that strong from a rookie southpaw would get more attention.






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