If you’re in the process of rebuilding your pitching staff, and you’re looking for a cheap option at pitcher with high upside, look no further than Atlanta Braves P Kris Medlen.
Realizing Dickey has had a great 2012, I admit I was shocked when I saw his name at the top of the board for pitchers. I mean, how often is it that a knuckleballer has more value in fantasy baseball than strikeout artists such as Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay, etc.?
Seeing that Dickey is making a name for himself in fantasy circles this season, let’s take a look at his value past 2012.
One of the most frustrating pitchers to own the last couple of years has to be Detroit’s Max Scherzer. Sporting as much consistency as a bowl of thick soup, Scherzer has been teasing his owners for years in terms of what his true upside is, while also giving them frequent glimpses at how awful he can truly be.
And if you look at the surface numbers right now, most of his owners are probably ready to jump ship again.
As a lifelong Padres fan, this year is one that really tests how much of a fan you are. And it isn’t as much about the losses that are piling up as it is about the fact that there’s not much on this team to cheer for.
For all the great minor league talent San Diego has acquired recently, I’ve found that at the major league level the only hitter I actually look forward to watching is 1B Yonder Alonso. I had the opportunity to check out Alonso when the Padres were in D.C. to play the Nationals this week, and here are my thoughts on him as they relate to keeper leagues.
A third round draft pick in 2007, Kansas City Royals LHP Danny Duffy was the first of a wave of promising young arms to flood the Royals farm system with major league caliber talent. At age 20, Duffy represented the Royals in the MLB Futures Game and the following spring, he earned an invitation to Spring Training.
All that promise almost slipped through the Royals fingers though as Duffy decided during the spring that he wanted to retire from baseball to reexamine his priorities.
An after-thought in most leagues heading into the season, one of the hottest players in 2012 so far is Minnesota OF Josh Willingham. One of those players who always seems to be available in the free agent pool, Willingham has posted a .389/.476/.778 line to start the season, while posting 8 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI and 1 SB – good enough to land him as the 5th best player on ESPN’s Player Rater.