In a huge hurry this morning...here are your fantasy baseball links for today:
The Hot Corners: A Roto Report on Corner Infielders | Roto Hardball
An examination of the hot and cold performers at corner infield spots throughout the last two weeks.
I think we are witnessing the 2008 Quentin who finished the season with a respectable .283 average and 38 jacks. I’d trade Jason Heyward, Jimmy Rollins or Andre Ethier for him. He’s going to finish as strong as he’s started. I just hope you take advantage of a semi-low batting average. I think he could actually be a top 10 outfielder.
Chacin marks a perfect opportunity to sell, because not only was he highly hyped prior to the season, but thus far he has delivered. An owner who was upset that they didn’t get him on draft day certainly may be willing to now overpay to get him.
ZiPS rest of the year projection calls for him to basically repeat what he’s done so far (.239 AVG, ten homers, 38 RBI), but there’s a wildcard in play here: Willingham is a prime candidate to be traded.
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Even this season, after thousands of plate appearances at the game's highest level, we're still seeing Cabrera make adjustments as a hitter. He's on pace to post the highest walk rate of his career AND the lowest strikeout rate as well, reflecting a more patient and refined approach, and his overall offensive performance since the beginning of last season has been a clear step up from his previous work. After generally being in the .375-.405 range with his wOBA during his first six full seasons, he's been above .420 in both 2010 and 2011 thus far.
Joyce's power zones haven't changed much from last season when he hit .241/.360/.477. You can see that there are fewer dead zones within the strike zone so far in 2011, and he's hitting outside pitches a bit better.
The whole point of the change up is to throw off a batter's timing. It looks like a fastball, so he swings early, and makes poor contact with the ball. Pence appears to have learned to recognize this pitch better, and his batting statistics improved with it.
A 6-5, 210 pounder, Turner works at 92-94 MPH and can bump that up to 95-96 he uses his four-seam fastball. His curveball and changeup needed work when he was drafted, but his progress with both pitches has been excellent. He is a pitcher, not a thrower, and has strong mound presence and emotional maturity.
The one flaw that can be noted when examining Moustakas' body of work is that his plate discipline isn't great, and his 295-132 strikeouts-to-walks (K/BB) ratio serves notice. Still, his power is absolutely breathtaking, as not only his 36 home runs last season can attest to, but also his 41 doubles. It also shows that he can use the whole field, as well. As Goldstein noted in a recent conversation, "He's a hitter with power, not just a power hitter."
Now, the big question; when does he arrive? Before the season, most had him in the majors no sooner than 2013. With the injury to Wainwright and the rest of the Cardinal pitching staff starting to look their age, the Cardinals may turn to their youngster to infuse some energy back into their pitching staff. From what I saw, I would not be surprised to see Miller in the majors sometime in July.
Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting: Jeurys Familia, more | KFFL.com
The Mets have another Latin prospect following in Jenrry Mejia's footsteps, the Pads bring up another pitcher, and the Royals have another 1B youngster.
Introducing HR/OFFB Park Factors | The Hardball Times
Surprising to see The Ballpark in Arlington at 98 on that last list.
Wezen-Ball: Arguing Baseball's Best Players | Baseball Prospectus
This looks hilariously outdated, until you realize that many people don't even put this much effort in before making blanket statements like the McNeal declaration mentioned in the article.