Posted on February 18, 2013 by David Kerr
On January 27, 2013, I had the pleasure of hosting and taking part in the first annual MLBDirt.com Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft. First things first, I want to thank Jonathan Mitchell, William Tasker, Daniel Marino, Charlie Nehl, Mike Schwartze, Wayne Bretsky, Ray Guilfoyle, Mike Hilbig, Mark Kaplan, Jeff Furtah, and Alex Kantecki for taking part in the draft. We had a mix of MLBDirt.com writers and six well respected Fantasy Baseball writers. All of these men are recommended follows on Twitter and I will give you their contact information at the end of the article. One thing that makes Fantasy Baseball fun is the different opinions you can get. These guys all have great insight and baseball knowledge.
Without any further adieu, here is the 2013 MLBDirt Mock Draft Results. Please feel free to comment and engage in discussion!
ROUND 1 (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Fantasy | Tagged: Albert Pujols, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Carlos Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw, Fantasy, Joey Votto, Justin Verlander, Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Mock Draft, Robinson Cano, Roto, Ryan Braun | Leave a Comment »
Posted on December 7, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Los Angeles Angels system has become depleted largely due to promotions of some guy named Mike Trout and Garrett Richards, trades that sent Jean Segura and Johnny Hellweg to Milwaukee, and poor showings in recent drafts. But there is a legitimate top prospect and some young players who could help the parent club soon.
Below are my top 16 prospects with 2013 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: 2013 Top Prospects, A.J. Schugel, Alex Yarbrough, Andrew Romine, Austin Wood, C.J. Cron, Cam Bedrosian, Carlos Ramirez, Eric Stamets, Jose Rondon, Kaleb Cowart, Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels, Luis Jimenez, Mark Sappington, Mike Clevinger, Mike Trout, Nick Maronde, Prospects, R.J. Alvarez, Randal Grichuk, Taylor Lindsey, Travis Witherspoon | 3 Comments »
Posted on December 5, 2012 by David Kerr
This is part one of three in a 2012 season’s end report on fantasy baseball. The first installment will be the top overall producers at each position, the second installment will be the bust’s at each position, and the third installment will be the overachiever’s that more than likely put a lot of fantasy teams over the top. I will choose a C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF’s, a SP, and a RP to fill out the team. I hope you enjoy it! (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Fantasy | Tagged: Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Craig Kimbrel, Edwin Encarnacion, Fantasy, Jose Reyes, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, R.A. Dickey, Robinson Cano, Roto, Ryan Braun | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 19, 2012 by Andrew Martin
It’s unclear why the baseball offseason is referred to in such a way. It seems that just as much goes on when games aren’t being played, and often times to greater excitement. This past week saw some a lot of action that stirred the passions of fans across the continent.
*** Miguel Cabrera topped Mike Trout for the 2012 AL MVP in one of the most hotly debated races in recent memory. Proponents of Sabermetrics, including myself, confidently believed that Trout provided substantially more value than Cabrera because of his superior defense and base-running skills. In the end, Cabrera’s old school Triple Crown helped him to a shockingly easy landslide win. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, MVP | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 14, 2012 by Andrew Martin
WAR, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing; at least within the confines of this article. While they aren’t the end-all, be-all, I am a major proponent of advanced baseball stats because I believe they greatly enhance the understanding of many components of the game. Not everyone agrees, and traditionalists prefer more time-honored metrics like batting average, home runs, and RBIs in lieu of WAR, UZR, and other acronymic gauges. The 2012 American League MVP, which has already become the most hotly debated baseball topic in recent memory, is hurtling the two sides of the baseball stat spectrum to their Antietam and promises to last well after the final vote is announced tomorrow. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Chuck Klein, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, Lou Gehrig, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, MVP, Ted Williams, Triple Crown | 3 Comments »
Posted on October 14, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Rookie of the Year Award, also referred to as the Jackie Robinson Award by the BBWAA and the Willie Mays Award by the BBA, does not have strict voting standards other than the fact that the player must be a rookie. The award, though, has caused many arguments thanks to the way some perceive the standard at which the award should be voted. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Bryce Harper, Jake McGee, Jarrod Parker, Lance Lynn, Los Angeles Angels, Matt Moore, Mike Fiers, Mike Trout, Milwaukee Brewers, Norichika Aoki, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Rookie of the Year, Texas Rangers, Todd Frazier, Wade Miley, Washington Nationals, Willie Mays Award, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 12, 2012 by Andrew Martin
With the focus in baseball being on the fantastic matchups being waged in the playoffs, the intense debate about the end-of-season awards has been tempered for the time being. It’s a temporary lull that will heat up again once the announcement of the award winners near, as many will try to get in their opinions in the form of parting shots, in the attempt to support the various candidates. There have been some truly incredible performances this season, and there are literally no categories without multiple candidates having legitimate chances to have their name drawn from the proverbial envelope. That being said, here are my picks for the 2012 baseball awards. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Bob Melvin, Buster Posey, Cincinnati Reds, Cy Young Award, Detroit Tigers, Dusty Baker, Justin Verlander, Los Angeles Angels, Manager of the Year, Mike Trout, MVP, New York Mets, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, R.A. Dickey, Rookie of the Year, San Francisco Giants, Wade Miley | 6 Comments »
Posted on October 8, 2012 by Andrew Martin
The 2012 baseball regular season was one of excitement and surprises. Only part of the story is what was seen from game to game, and taking a closer look at numbers can bring even more richness to what transpired over the past six months. I love statistics, particularly when they are within the context of baseball, and while completely useless, there are all sorts of interesting numbers from this past year that elaborate on another great season. Just a few that I found include:
***Knuckleball pitchers are known for their inability to hold base runners, as evidenced by the Niekro brothers, Charlie Hough, Tom Candiotti, and Tim Wakefield, who allowed a combined 2,000 stolen bases during their illustrious careers. By comparison only 7 players even attempted to steal against R.A. Dickey this season, with only 4 (Everth Cabrera, Todd Frazier, Dexter Fowler, and Jose Reyes) being successful. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Adam Dunn, Alex Presley, Andrew McCutchen, Aroldis Chapman, Cameron Maybin, Charlie Hough, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Fernando Rodney, J.D. Martinez, Jeff Francis, Joe Mauer, Joe Niekro, Jose Tabata, Josh Hamilton, Justin Verlander, Mark Reynolds, Mike Trout, Phil Niekro, R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield, Tom Candiotti, Trevor Cahill, Will Middlebrooks | 3 Comments »
Posted on August 13, 2012 by David Kerr
When the 2012 Major League Baseball season began, the usual names came up in predicting the MVP’s of the American and National Leagues. Braun, Kemp, Pujols, Cabrera. Fast forward four months and there are two names on top that practically no one predicted. Andrew McCutchen and Mike Trout. Both players, you could say, have single-handedly turned their respective teams around this year. They’re both putting up absolutely gaudy numbers and there is no real sign of either slowing down. So, from a fantasy perspective, who is more valuable, this year and into the future? To find that out, let’s take a look at each player. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Fantasy | Tagged: Andrew McCutchen, Fantasy, Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout, Pittsburgh Pirates | 4 Comments »
Posted on July 16, 2012 by William J. Tasker
The box score of Sunday’s game between the New York Yankees and the Angels with the really long name shows that Albert Pujols had a good game against the Yankees. He went two for four with a homer. He caught the last out in an Angels win to salvage the last game of the series. After a rough start to the season, Pujols has been the slugger the Angels expected since the second week of May. All of those things are true. But he will never be a player respected very much from this basement seat. It was another at bat that really showed the kind of player Pujols is. And it won’t show up in any kind of statistic other than that he grounded into a double play. The play though did not go unnoticed with these eyes and proved once again the Pujols is an entitled boor. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Albert Pujols, Bryce Harper, Derek Jeter, Lance Berkman, Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout, New York Yankees | 5 Comments »