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Today is June 9.  On this day in 1946, Mel Ott was ejected in both games of a doubleheader.  Today is a special day for Emperor Nero and Claudia Octavia.  The two were happily wed on this day in 53, and nine years later to the day, Claudia Octavia was executed.  Exactly 6 years after that, Nero committed suicide.  57 years ago today, Joseph N. Welch and Senator Joseph McCarthy had this famous exchange.  Happy birthday to the late Les Paul (1915).  Udonis Haslem, I hope your birthday sucks.  Here are your fantasy baseball links for today:

The whiff: More strikeouts to come | Fantasy Baseball 365
Below are a few pitchers with high whiff rates that could see higher strikeout numbers as the season moves along.

Surprising Starts: Can Alexi Ogando & Phil Humber Maintain Their Production? | Rotoprofessor

In other words, [Ogando]’s a pitcher that I find a hard time to buy into right now. If I had him and could sell high on him, I would do so in a heartbeat.

Droppable players

AL Starting Pitcher Rankings Update | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
I continue to be flummoxed by the titles of the tiers. Also, C.J. Wilson and Brian Matusz in the same tier?

2011 Fantasy Baseball, THE RUBBER Week 10: Top 50 Pitcher Rankings | The Fantasy Fix

Second Basemen: June Rankings | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Bullpen depth charts and some closer news.

Reliever Roundup: Joakim Soria, Andrew Bailey and Javy Guerra | Roto Hardball
Be weary of Joakim Soria, excited by Andrew Bailey, and intrigued by Javy Guerra.

Follow the jump for more of the latest fantasy baseball news and analysis from around the web.

Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – 2011 Run Scorers Vol. 5 |

Ty Wigginton and Freddy Sanchez: Waiver Wire Help for the Middle Infield | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
This becomes especially relevant following the injury news on Dustin Pedroia.

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Mike Carp, more |
Mariners catch Carp again, plus another youngster added to fading Tribe.

Under the Radar - AL/NL Only Leagues |

Jose Tabata has a New Eye | Roto Hardball

It's a good sign that Tabata is learning some pitch recognition, but that has not resulted in the power we are waiting on. Early scouts saw him as a 20-25 home run guy, but he has never hit more than 5 home runs in any season and that was in Single-A ball. He is still only 22 years old, but nothing is pointing to that type of power right now.

Under the Fantasy Microscope: Kelly Johnson | Roto Hardball

Still, a .250 average is just about par for the course for the position this year. With the power Johnson provides, he's well worth the batting average hit, and given his history, there's a good chance his strikeout rate drops as the season continues, which could result in a .270 or .280 batting average, which could even start providing value to go with his heavy power numbers.

Anthony Rizzo Projection | Sons of Roto

Anthony Rizzo: Mining the Minors | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Erik Bedard: Sell or Save? | Roto Hardball

The injury risk likely produces a double edge sword in terms of market for trading [Bedard]. On the one hand, you should probably float him out there to see what you can get because of the inherent risk, with the hopes that a desperate owner will cough up something you really need. On the other, it's likely you're not going to get much because of the same thing.

Rookie Watch: Can Danny Duffy Turn Into A Usable Option In 2011? | Rotoprofessor

[Duffy]’s also been burnt by the long ball, having allowed 3 HR and a HR/FB of 14.3%. In fact, all of the home runs have come in his last three outings. However, prior to his recall he had allowed a home run in each of his last three starts, so it needs to be watched extremely closely. It’s not a problem yet, but it is extremely close. Monitor it closely.

Injury Report: June 9: Dustin Pedroia, Anthony Rizzo, Jimmy Rollins & More | Rotoprofessor

The Cheeks Weather Report (6/9/11) | Sons of Roto
Fantasy baseball weather report.

Prospect of the Day: Anthony Rizzo, 1B, San Diego Padres | Minor League Ball

Listed at 6-3, 220, Rizzo is a classic left-handed hitting first base slugger who can pull the ball for power. But he has solid pure hitting skills as well, and will take a pitch to the opposite field when necessary. He has discerning batting eye and will draw a good number of walks, though his patient approach also makes him vulnerable to strikeouts (132 last year, 48 so far this year). He had problems with left-handed pitching last year, but has been much more effective against them this season, hitting .324/.395/.568, granted the sample is small and big-league lefties may provide more difficult challenges.

Prospect Press: Bryce Harper |

While it's obvious Harper has no trouble hitting pitching at the Low-A level, when do the Nationals allow Harper to take the next step? The Nationals front office has already ruled out any major league action in 2011 for Bryce, so it's likely that he won't see pitching above the Double-A level this season. Although it's anyone's guess at this point, a likely situation is that Harper will play in the South Atlantic All-Star Game on June 21, before receiving a promotion to Single-A Potomac of the Carolina League.

Prospect Press: Jemile Weeks |

Weeks stumbled in his big-league debut, going 0-4, but there's no denying that he has the tools to play himself in to a permanent spot on the roster. Geren has already shown confidence in the young infielder, electing him to bat leadoff in his first major-league game. And if he can prove he can set the table for the middle of the order, it will be hard to send him down for an aging veteran.

2011 Amateur Baseball Draft: 10 Names You Should Get Familiar With | Razzball

Daily Dish: Michael Taylor Rediscovering Old Form | Baseball America
Prospect Update

2011 MiLB Farm Report: Chris Archer & Other Pitchers Stumbling Out Of The Gate | The Fantasy Fix

There is nothing positive to take from [Archer's] consistently poor efforts in April and May: 74 hits in 58 2/3 innings, 31:52 BB:K ratio and .314 batting average against (.308 RHH). At this same level last season (AA Southern League), he won eight of 13 starts, surrendering just 48 hits in 70 innings (.198 BAA) and working to a 1.80 ERA. However, his 39 walks should have been a signal of struggles on the horizon.

Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting: Brad Hand, more |
The Marlins give another young arm a try - will this one stick? Plus, the Rockies and Indians summon a young bat.

Minor League Notes, June 8th, 2011 | Minor League Ball
Collin Cowgill hits for cycle, Edwar Cabrera, Adam Loewen, David Phelps

Spitballing: Searching for Consistency | Baseball Prospectus

Arroyo is exceptional. He varies his release point as a vital component of his approach topitching. In fact, when he has raised or lowered his arm angle considerably, he’s found his most success. Changing one’s release point can throw off a batter. The problem is that pitching is such a complex mechanical task that few pitchers can throw strikes from multiple arm angles.

MLB Draft: Building The All-Late-Round Team | Baseball Nation
The draft is an inexact science in the first ten rounds, and it's almost a pseudo-science after that. Here's the all-time team of players drafted in the 10th round or later.

I had no idea such a thing existed. The scoring system is hilarious.