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February 15, 2013 5:00 am

Five to Watch: American League Hitters

7

Bret Sayre

Leonys Martin leads off a list that includes three outfielders, a third baseman, and a shortstop.

While it’s true that spring training statistics are barely worth the internet parchment on which they are printed, spring training performances are another story. Racking up impressive statistics has little to no value to you, the fantasy player, but overall performances beget changes in player roles and confidence (or lack thereof) in player health. And it’s the contextual nature of the performance that is a net positive or negative for a player’s fantasy value in the upcoming season. To paraphrase a modern-day proverb, Rick Porcello doesn’t have to be faster than the bear, he just has to be faster than Drew Smyly to get a fantasy bump for the 2013 season.

This mini-series will focus on players who have a chance to increase or decrease their fantasy values based on their performances during spring training. And we’ll start by looking at some American League hitters.

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May 15, 2012 4:12 am

Fantasy Beat: Orange Crush(ers)

7

Jason Collette

A look at the surprising early season success of Baltimore's hitters

Your computer is not broken. The Baltimore Orioles do indeed lead all of baseball in home runs this season with 56. They were quietly the fourth-best team last year with 191 home runs, trailing only the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rangers.  Last season, the Orioles hit 1.18 home runs per game, but in 2012, that pace has spiked to 1.6 per contest… with essentially the same personnel as last year, no less. Nick Johnson—who anointed Joel Peralta his favorite pitcher this weekend when he took him deep twice—is the lone addition to the lineup.

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March 15, 2012 11:56 am

Overthinking It: Free the Bench Bats!

2

Ben Lindbergh

Several overqualified players might be riding the pine while a pricier, less productive veteran hogs their position on Opening Day, but they deserve to be starting.

Every year, major-league teams spend millions on evaluating and acquiring players from outside their organizations, whether they’re amateurs eligible for the draft, professionals in another system, or foreign or domestic free agents available to the highest bidder. Sometimes, though, a potential source of improvement is already in house and in uniform, overlooked in favor of a more experienced or higher-paid player who’s no longer the best man for the job.

Sixteen years ago, Brian Giles was one such player. Giles was blocked by Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez at the outfield corners in Cleveland, but at designated hitter, only an aging Eddie Murray barred his way. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer had been productive a season before, but by ’96 he was a year away from retirement and had little left. Giles was ready to replace him. At age 25, he was beyond the age at which most promising players get a long major-league look, but he had only a September cup of coffee to show for his two successful seasons in Triple-A.

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March 12, 2012 3:00 am

Collateral Damage: Battle of the Bulge

6

Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

The Cardinals try to get through spring training with both aces intact despite Chris Carpenter's bulging disc, Kenley Jansen listens to his heartbeat and doesn't like what he hears, and Giancarlo Stanton and Nolan Reimold lose battles with balls.

Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals (Bulging disc in neck)
Carpenter has been dealing with stiffness and pain in his neck for about a week and was sent for further tests that revealed a bulging disc. That wasn’t the worst diagnosis in the world, but it could have been better.

There are multiple ways in which a bulging disc can cause pain. The muscles and tissues around the neck can become painful as they strain to stabilize the area and take pressure off the injured disc, and the bulge can be so big that it puts pressure either on the nerves exiting the spinal cord or on the spinal cord itself. By all reports, Carpenter does not have a disc that is bulging to the point where it presses on the nerves. In cases like this, physical therapy focuses on decreasing pain and inflammation as well as strengthening the area. An epidural injection may also be considered to relieve the inflammation, but that does not appear to be in the works quite yet.


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February 13, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Vortices of Suck, Part II

8

Jay Jaffe

Which outfielders and DHs proved to be the biggest black holes in the majors?

Picking up where I left off on Friday, we continue hunting the fish at the bottom of the major-league barrel in search of the positions where teams got the worst production—worse than the Replacement-Level Killers, but without the burden of toiling for a contending team. As with their catching and infield brethren, the following players helped produce tornado-level disasters amid their lineups, often at salaries that represented far more than just soft breezes running through their teams’ bank accounts. These are the Vortices of Suck.

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September 27, 2011 5:00 am

Value Picks: Outfield Review

5

Rob McQuown

A look back at the best and worst outfield VP picks of 2011.

Value Picks is such a mixed bag, especially before NL-only and AL-only players were separated out. Sometimes, a “Value Pick” is a player the authors think should be owned in every league, even shallow mixed leagues, because they're just that good. Other players are more appropriate for deeper mixed leagues or shallow single-league leagues. And, of course, some players are total bottom-of-the-barrel shots in the dark (here's looking at you, Trent Oeltjen!)
 


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August 10, 2011 10:33 am

Value Picks: Outfield for 8/10/11

1

Rob McQuown

An enigmatic new Mariner and a serious power bat finally get shots in the majors and on VP this week.

There was little value to be had this past week as the seven players on the Value Picks List hit a combined .192/.261/.256, but Dexter Fowler and Josh Reddick had good weeks, and there's reason for hope with some others. As always, some players won't last on the list, while new faces come along to help out fantasy teams in need.

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August 3, 2011 10:45 am

Value Picks: Outfield for 8/3/11

3

Rob McQuown

There's lot of outfield turnover in VP this week given all of the weekend's trade deadline moves.

It's been a chaotic week of outfielder moves across the league, and Houston's outfield takes on an entirely new look with Carlos Lee moving to first base and the other two starters moving out of town. Last week's additions both graduate from The List this week, but new faces are getting playing time all around the majors with the shuffling. The holes in San Diego and Seattle will probably see multiple players before the season ends, but none besides Trayvon Robinson have much star power, and the parks will depress the stats of the other pretenders enough that they can be safely ignored for now.
 


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September 2, 2010 4:26 pm

Fantasy Beat: Reimold's Shot At Redemption

2

Craig Brown

Nolan Reimold returns to Baltimore, determined to prove his rookie season wasn't a fluke.

Is a sub-par performance in 96 plate appearances enough to cause you to look for other alternatives?  It was for the Baltimore Orioles last May when they shipped Nolan Reimold to Triple-A after the 26 year old outfielder hit just .205 with a .230 TAv to go along with a pair of home runs and 10 RBI.  

Triple-A?  We are talking about the guy who last year led all American League rookies in home runs (15), total bases (167) and slugging percentage (.466).  He also paced all AL rookies with a 20.8 VORP.  He did this despite not joining the team until mid-May and posting only 411 plate appearances.  Fantasy owners liked him:  He was the 157th average draft pick in ESPN’s mixed leagues.  PECOTA liked him, too, projecting he would hit .271 with 22 home runs and 68 RBI with a .270 TAv.  Instead, this May, he was riding buses in the International League.

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May 13, 2010 4:50 pm

Transaction Action: Scrubbing Up for the Weekend

5

Christina Kahrl

Wrongs set aright, decisions driven by depth, and a kind word for KC.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned OF-R Nolan Reimold to Norfolk (Triple-A); purchased the contract of OF-L Corey Patterson from Norfolk; transferred 2B-S Brian Roberts from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [5/12]

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March 26, 2010 12:10 pm

Team Health Reports: Baltimore Orioles

9

Will Carroll

A group of young pitchers will provide challenges to the training staff.

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November 16, 2009 3:30 pm

Voting for Real

19

Christina Kahrl

Echoes of past Rookie of the Year selections combined with metrics both new and old to inform a particular ballot.

A vote. A vote? A vote.

Being invited to help select this year's American League Rookie of the Year as a new member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America was an unexpected honor, and one I took seriously. By way of process, I started off with a day spent digging up data to inform my sense of who to rank, and where, and why. Then, I spent a day or two caucusing with a quartet of colleagues, inside Baseball Prospectus and out, and putting various arguments through the ringer, and using a variety of tacks, from devil's advocate to fully faithful, and everywhere in between.

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