Postseason baseball is right around the corner. That's not the only baseball that is right around the corner, though, as the Arizona Fall League (AFL) begins play on Tuesday October 9. Prospect enthusiasts will be delighted to know that there are a plethora of talented hitters littered throughout AFL teams. This is the norm for the hitter friendly league, but there are a handful of interesting arms that will be pitching there as well. For those unfamiliar, the AFL has six teams, each of which is comprised of players from five different organizations. I'll be highlighting a trio of players from each team, starting with the Mesa Solar Sox today.
Anyhoo...this is the last week of the season for head to head leagues (for most leagues anyway I imagine) and in roto leagues you still may have a category or two to make a move in to pick up some points. Are there any players you can look at that have picked it up lately, or have favorable match ups in the coming weeks that can help you out? Yes. If I said No, this would have been a very short article. All of the ownership percentages that follow come from Yahoo!.
Yes, it’s been a while since our last post here. Real world things come up with jobs and family, etc. Working for a minor league baseball team means some long hours during home stands and the need to spend more time with family when the team is on the road. That being said, we’ll be back in full force this offseason, and periodically until then.
The Red Sox and Dodgers have completed an August waiver trade the likes of which have never been seen. Obviously, for those in AL/NL only formats, this could be a game changer. For mixed formats, there will still be some impact for the rest of this season, but the real impact for those formats comes in terms of keeper/dynasty value. Here are my thoughts on the players going from the Red Sox to the Dodgers.
Cole Hamels to the Phillies. Obviously it makes sense long term. Hamels has the 15th best WAR among pitchers since 2010. It doesn't sound that impressive, but there are 30 teams in Major League Baseball. He would be an ace on half of them, and thus a 28-year-old free-agent-to-be deserves to get paid. More money than any NL pitcher in history. For fantasy purposes this isn't good. Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence probably won't be on the team in a week and the Phillies will continue to provide lower than expected run support for their pitchers. Also, Hamels doesn't have that mental pressure to pull a Sabathia and get every cent that he deserves in the final rehearsel before winter meetings. Anyway here are some links to discuss the issue...
Hanley a Steal for Dodgers
Hamels Paid Like an Ace
As it turns out, Ortiz hurt his ankle on the play and it was recently announced that he will have an MRI although Ortiz himself claims that nothing popped, which is good news. Given that the Red Sox have gotten back Crawford and the fourth lefty in the crew, Jacoby Ellsbury, it would be horrible timing for Ortiz to miss any action. Among qualifying hitters, only Andrew McCutchen and Joey Votto have a better OPS than the 36-year-old, but this is the sort of thing that makes you worry about a 36-year-old having a great season. Here are some other notes on injuries to Bautista, Votto, and more: no comments
"I'm a gluten for punishment when it comes to certain players and E5 is one of them. While Encarnacion struggled mightily out of the gates last season, he picked up the pace big-time after the all-star break, hitting .291/.382/.504 with 11 home runs and seven stolen bases. Perhaps one season he'll put it all together. Perhaps that season is 2012. A late round pick is worth the risk. He'll try his luck in left field during winter ball, which could add more "versatility", or at least a chance for more at-bats."
While I used Encarnacion's strong second half as the main support for my recommendation, it was the underlying skills that he had shown year after year that made me think of him in the first place.