<![CDATA[Mr. Fantasy Freak Your Home For Fantasy Sports News And Updates - 2016 Fantasy Baseball]]>Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:03:57 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[2016 Fantasy Baseball: Under The Radar Signings]]>Sat, 27 Feb 2016 15:45:52 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/2016-fantasy-baseball/2016-fantasy-baseball-under-the-radar-signingsUnder The Radar Signings

Brayan Pena STL C
With Yadier Molina expected to miss some time at the beginning of the season, the Cardinals' signing of former Reds' Catcher Brayan Pena looks that much better with the season approaching. Pena is a viable backstop with plenty of experience having played in the Majors since 2005. Pena won't hold too much Fantasy value this season but he's still worth keeping an eye on.

Mike Napoli CLE 1B
34 year old slugger Mike Napoli should be able to step in right away and be the Indians Designated Hitter come Opening Day. For his career, Napoli has 204 home runs which includes a streak of at least 20 long balls every season from 2008 to 2013. Over the past three seasons Napoli has hit .286 and posted a .403 OBP against South Paws (.226 average and .329 OBP against RHP in that span). The Indians as a team hit .265 and recorded a .333 OBP against lefties in 2015. Napoli will also be a solid backup First Baseman to Carlos Santana.

Dae-ho Lee SEA 1B
Adam Lind will likely be the Mariners' starting First Baseman entering the season, but; should he scuffle, he'll probably be replaced by 33 year old Korean slugger Dae-ho Lee. The 6' 4" 250 pound power hitter has won several awards overseas including four Golden Glove awards and a regular season MVP award (2010). Lee is worth keeping an eye on in leagues this season because the Mariners might end up tabbing him as the club's Designated Hitter to start the year.
Juan Uribe CLE 3B
The Indians made a key pickup this off season when they signed Juan Uribe to a one-year deal. Cleveland saw their young Third Baseman Giovanny Urshela struggle offensively last season so bringing in Uribe may take some pressure of the kid. Uribe, if given the nod at Third, could end up being a great pickup late in Fantasy drafts if he can continue to hit for power. Last season Juan recorded a career best 21.3 HR/AB rate.

Hak-Ju Lee SF SS
Hak-Ju Lee will probably open the season in the minors but he should be considered the top in-house replacement option to Brandon Crawford should he get hurt at anytime this year. Lee was signed by the Chicago Cubs out of South Korea as a 17 year old kid in 2008. In 2011 he was dealt to Tampa Bay as part of the Matt Garza trade. On November 23, 2015, the Giants signed the 25 year old to a minor league contract after he was designated for assignment by the Rays. Lee profiles as someone who can play good defense and be, at best, an average hitter with minimal power.

Jimmy Rollins CHW SS
With Tyler Saladino slated to be the White Sox Opening Day Shortstop, General Manager Rick Hahn and President of Baseball Operations Kenny Williams brought in veteran Jimmy Rollins on a minor league deal. Tim Anderson is the future at the Shortstop position in Chicago but he'll likely stay in the minors for the first half of this season. Rollins will be able to come in right away, play good defense and offer a few highlights at the dish until Anderson is promoted.

Hyun-soo Kim BAL OF
The Orioles have created a competition for two Outfield spots between Mark Trumbo, Dariel Alvarez and the newly acquired South Korean Outfielder Hyun-soo Kim. Kim is my pick to win one of the open spots as he profiles as high average hitter from the left side who can play above-average defense. Kim enters the season as one of my favorite "under the radar" signings.

Rajai Davis CLE OF
It's starting to look like Rajai Davis will start the season in Left Field for the Indians as Michael Brantley recovers from surgery and Abraham Almonte serves his 80-game suspension for PED's. The veteran speedster could hold good value in roto leagues this year if he's able to play a full season and tally over 500 at bats. Last year Davis stole 18 bases ending his six-year streak of swiping at least 34 bases per season.
Doug Fister HOU SP
The Astros brought in Doug Fister on January 28th on a one-year contract valued at $7 million. Fister, a 6' 8" groundball Pitcher, will likely serve as the club's fifth Starter and be an inning's eater this season. Fister struggled a bit last season in Washington posting a 4.19 ERA in 15 starts and 10 relief appearances. His presence on that young club will be invaluable as he has 24 more postseason innings than the rest of the Astros' Starters combined. Fister, from a Fantasy perspective, will be a Spot Starter to begin the year but he's still worth keeping an eye on.

Mat Latos CHW SP
I've always been a Mat Latos fan but it's been a long time since he's been relevant in the Fantasy world. Latos has dealt with a few injuries since his time with the Cincinnati Reds. In 2014 he had bone chips removed from his pitching arm and he's underwent a few knee surgeries over the past few years. Now in Chicago, Latos has an opportunity to resurrect his career pitching for an upstart White Sox club. If he's healthy entering the season Latos could end up being someone worth picking up in Fantasy leagues at some point this Summer. 

Yasiel Sierra LAD SP
The Dodgers signed the 24 year old Cuban defector to a six-year $30 million deal on February 21st. The Right Hander is considered a polished Pitcher who's fastball hovers in the mid-90's. Sierra could make the Dodgers' rotation sometime in July or August. This signing isn't new to the Dodgers as they've acquired several Cuban players over the past few years including Yasiel Puig and Yadier Alvarez
Joel Peralta SEA RP
The Mariners have three viable options at the back-end of the bullpen right now in Joaquin Benoit, Steve Cishek and Charlie Furbush. At seasons' end I think we'll be able to add a fourth name to that list - Joel Peralta. The veteran will turn 40 years old on March 23rd but still has a lot to offer if he's given a chance. 

Bobby Parnell DET RP
The Tigers did a great job of essentially signing a completely new bullpen this past off season. The additions of Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Lowe and Justin Wilson should keep Detroit in the playoff race throughout the season but; as we all know, the deeper the pen, the better. The Tigers made one of the best "under the radar" signings this winter when they brought in Bobby Parnell. Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery after blowing a save on Opening Day in 2014. Last season he came back to New York making 30 appearances but posting a horrendous 6.38 ERA. Parnell is worth keeping an eye on as he'll be a deep sleeper for save opportunities this season in Detroit if he gets back to his 2013 form.

Casey Janssen SD RP
As of today, Fernando Rodney is projected to be the Closer in San Diego when the season begins. With that being said, I wouldn't be doing my due diligence if I didn't write about a player, or two, that will be in the mix to replace him halfway through the season. Rodney will turn 39 years old on March 18th and although he tallied 133 saves from 2012 to 2014 he's still a risk entering the 2016 season. Last season Fernando blew seven save chances, posted a 4.74 ERA and had a -0.5 WAR. From a Fantasy perspective it's vital to always be on the lookout for new Closers throughout the season. In San Diego, Relief Pitchers like Brandon Maurer, Kevin Quackenbush and the newly acquired Casey Janssen could be in the running to take over 9th inning duties if and when Rodney struggles. Janssen was acquired via free agency on February 20th. Casey, in nine Major League seasons, has never walked more than 21 batters in any single season. Casey's elite control (129 walks in 533 career innings) could help him see time late in Padres' games this year making him someone to watch.

Obviously there were several other signings worth mentioning but I just wanted to write a little bit about the players listed above before the season starts. There are a lot of undervalued players on this list; I'm going to keep an eye on them throughout the season, you should too.

Alex Wiesner
February 27th, 2016
<![CDATA[50 Crazy Predictions: 2016 MLB Season]]>Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:33:54 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/2016-fantasy-baseball/50-crazy-predictions-2016-mlb-season50 Crazy Predictions
For the 2016 MLB Season

Every year, before the season starts, I write up an annual "Crazy Predictions" article for the upcoming season. Last year I gave you a few correct predictions, including trades involving Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon. I also gave you several other predictions that came true including my "Todd Frazier will lead the Reds in home runs" prediction as well as my Clayton Kershaw ERA prediction of "above 2.00" and the emergence of Twins' prospect Miguel Sano. 

This year I'm going try to bring history to life by connecting the present to the past.

So to start, this year I think we'll see several historical curses broke, droughts come to an end and some misery turn to joy. Below are some of my crazy predictions for the upcoming MLB season. 

Typically my prediction articles are fun and interesting so please don't take me serious for what you're about to read. I went out on a limb on a lot of these predictions; hence, the title for this article. Also, Please don't overreact on Twitter either. If I catch you getting mad on Twitter I'll ignore, and maybe block you. 

Here are my 50 Crazy Predictions for the 2016 MLB Season

1. The Atlanta Braves will lead Major League Baseball in wins by rookie Pitchers. Some of those rookie Pitchers will include: Sean Newcomb, Tyrell Jenkins, Manny Banuelos, Aaron Blair, Lucas Sims, John Grant, Dan Winkler, Ryan Weber, Max Fried and Touki Toussaint. ​On a side note, 2016 will be the final season played at Turner Field.
The Braves started playing at Turner Field in 1997 and have recorded a losing home record just three times (in 19 years) since it opened. The Braves recorded a 40-41 record in home games in 2009, 2006 and 2001. This year I think the Braves will post a winning record at home, again, but I don't think they'll finish the season with a winning record overall. If you're curious, the Braves will open the 2017 season playing in Cumberland, Goergia at SunTrust Park.
2. The Braves were able to make a lot of trades last year as they're in the middle of a multi-year rebuilding process. Like last season, I think Major League Baseball will see an absurd amount of trades again this year and I'm predicting the Washington Nationals to be right in the middle of it. I'm expecting the Nats to move Gio Gonzalez, who has a $500,000 team buyout at the end of the season, and top prospects A.J. Cole and Wilmer Difo to the Colorado Rockies for Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Yes, I want to see a Gonzalez-for-Gonzalez deal. I also think Washington will add some bullpen help by going after Oakland Lefty Reliever Marc Rzepczynski (nicknamed "Scrabble" for obvious reasons). In return Oakland would likely ask for a few low-level prospects like Outfielders Oliver Ortiz and Luis Guzman. The last time the Nationals traded for a "big time" slugger was back in 2006 when they acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Texas Rangers. Washington would go on to finish the 2006 season with a 71-91 record. This year they'll finish with a 91-71 record.

3. In the arms race that will be the National League Central Division race, the St. Louis Cardinals will acquire Tampa Bay Rays' Starting Pitcher Drew Smyly. The Cards would have to send First Baseman Matt Adams to Tampa Bay in return filling a huge need in the Rays' offense. Smyly would be the best South Paw the Cardinals have brought into the organization through a trade since 2004 when they acquired Mark Mulder from the Oakland Athletics for Dan Haren, Kiko Calero and Daric Barton.
4. The Chicago White Sox will bring in Oakland A's ace Sonny Gray. The move would probably include Starting Pitcher Carlos Rodon, Third Baseman Matt Davidson and Outfielder Avisail Garcia going back to Oakland. It wouldn't be the first time the White Sox traded for an ace from Oakland. On December 9th, 2014 the South Siders brought in Jeff Samarzidja from Oakland. Exactly one year later, on December 9th, 2015 Samarzidja left Chicago via free agency for San Francisco after posting an 11-13 record with a career high 4.96 ERA. 

5. The Milwaukee Brewers will send Catcher Jonathan Lucroy, much to his delight, to the Seattle Mariners. Seattle could make this move fairly cheap by sending young South Paw Jacob Brentz, who's fastball has been clocked at 98 mph, to Milwaukee. Lucroy clearly wants out of Milwaukee and there isn't a team out there in more need of a Catcher than the Mariners. Seattle Catchers combined to hit .159 in 2015, the lowest combined average in the Majors last season (second lowest was .201 by the Tampa Bay Rays).

6. The Brewers will continue to move fan favorites by sending Ryan Braun (the franchises' all-time home run leader with 255) to the Cleveland Indians for Outfield prospect Clint Frazier and Pitcher Justus Sheffield. Frazier is my 14th ranked hitting prospect entering the season. This move wouldn't be the first time these two franchises hooked up for a blockbuster deal either. In July of 2008 the Indians sent CC Sabathia to the Brewers for Matt LaPorta, Michael Brantley, Zach Jackson and Rob Bryson. 

7. Once the trade frenzy comes to an end Major League Baseball will see a power outburst from several star players. Chris Davis, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout and Nelson Cruz will do their best to mimic the 1998 home run record chase between Chicago Cubs' Outfielder Sammy Sosa and St. Louis Cardinals' First Baseman Mark McGwire. 
1998 Home Run Race
​HR Total on April 21st
HR Total on May 30th
HR Total on June 25th
HR Total on August 16th
HR Total on September 13th
HR Total on September 25th
1998 HR Totals
Mark McGwire

Sammy Sosa

I think Trout, Stanton, Davis and Cruz will all hit over 50 home runs this year with Davis leading the way with 59 homers. The bad news for those four is that we haven't seen a World Series champion have the home run champion on its' roster since Ryan Howard led the Majors with 48 bombs in 2008 when his Phillies won the World Series. In fact, Howard was the first player to accomplish that feat since 1980 when Mike Schmidt led baseball in home runs, with 48, when his Phillies won the 1980 World Series over the Kansas City Royals.

8. From power surges to power outlets in the clubhouse; this season Red Sox Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval will not be caught "favoriting" pictures of women on Instagram. 

Instead he will get caught on Twitter (@KFP48) "retweeting" pictures of Pandas. 

But hey, good for him.

9. Over the past three years I've given you my NCAA Final Four predictions. I've correctly picked one team out of the last three Final Fours (Kentucky last season). This year I'll give it a go again but I'm not holding my breath. I'm taking Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma and Xavier as my Final Four. Yes, LSU; I think if they get in the tournament they'll be the first #16 seed, ever, to beat a #1 seed. Obviously that could change since they haven't even come out with a bracket but that's what I'm thinking right now.

10. I'm also going to predict Oklahoma to win the Tourney behind the hot shooting of 23 year old sensation Buddy Hield. It would be the first National Championship in Sooners' history.
11. Every year I'm on the lookout for the next big name to get signed out of Cuba, South Korea and/or Japan. This year I'm watching Cuban Pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez, Cuban Outfielder Lazaro Armenteros, Cuban Infielder Yulieski Gourriel, Japanese Outfielder/Pitcher Shohei Otani, Japanese Pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano and Japanese Pitcher Takahiro Norimoto to see what they'll do and where they'll go.

12. Otani has the highest upside of those six and will likely be the most sought after international prospect in the game. I think the Yankees will sign him through the bidding system but I wouldn't rule out the Dodgers, Red Sox or Cardinals.
13. Carlos Gomez will not be traded this season and will hit a career high 27 home runs. Last season the Houston Astros acquired Carlos Gomez (and Mike Fiers) from the Milwaukee Brewers for prospects Brett Phillips, Domingo Santana, Josh Hader and Adrian Houser. Gomez is in the final year of his current contract and will likely see his name thrown around in trade rumors all season long; but I don't think he'll be moved as the Astros will be in the American League West division race all season long.

14. Speaking of "contract year players" the Toronto Blue Jays have two key sluggers entering the final year of their respective contracts. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion will both sign record contract extensions with the Blue Jays this year and then combine to hit 85 home runs in 2016 after combining to hit 79 last season.

15. The New York Yankees will not resign or trade Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran or CC Sabathia. Instead the trio of future Hall of Fame players will play out their current contracts. After the season the Yankees will have over $60 million in salary come off the books from those three. They'll use that money to pursue Stephen Strasburg and eventually Bryce Harper.
16. Stephen Strasburg will be a free agent at the end of the 2016 season and, if he isn't traded in July, I think he'll leave Washington via free agency after the season comes to an end. Right now I'm predicting the Yankees to sign him but the Red Sox, Cardinals, White Sox and Dodgers will also be in the mix. I don't see a situation where he returns to Washington. I think the Yankees will sign him to a five-year contract in the neighborhood of $120 million. Right now Jordan Zimmermann is the only Pitcher in Major League history to sign a contract valued at or over $100 million after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

17. Andrew Cashner will benefit from Stephen Strasburg's likely departure by signing with the Nationals. The Nationals will then boast two of the best beards in the Majors pairing Cashner with Jayson Werth.

18. Cardinals' Outfielder Matt Holliday is also a free agent at the end of the 2016 season. If he isn't traded this summer I think he'll leave St. Louis for an American League club next off season so he can split time as the club's Designated Hitter and Left Fielder. I think the White Sox, Indians and Red Sox will pursue Holliday with the White Sox coming out on top.

19. Several Closers and key Relief Pitchers will be free agents at the end of the season.

​Kenley Jansen
Aroldis Chapman
Mark Melancon
Jonathan Papelbon
Drew Storen
Santiago Casilla
Sergio Romo
Current 2016 Team
Blue Jays
2017 Team Predictions
20. Last season the New York Mets' Pitching Staff recorded 101 Quality Starts, a 3.43 team ERA and 1,337 strikeouts. This year I think that young unit will be even better and record 105 Quality Starts, a 3.33 team ERA and 1,500 strikeouts. The record for team strikeouts in a season is 1,450 set by the Cleveland Indians in 2014.

21. Jay Bruce will have a bounce back season this year and crush 35 home runs for the Cincinnati Reds. It'll be a new career high for Bruce who is signed through the 2017 season if the club doesn't activate the $1 million buyout clause at the end of the 2016 season. 
22. Let's change things up for a minute and talk about America's new Pastime; Football. Next year I think the Seattle Seahawks will return to glory by dominating the NFC en route to their third Super Bowl appearance in four years.

23. They'll face the Pittsburgh Steelers behind NFL League MVP,
Ben Roethlisberger.

24. The Steelers will win 30-27.

25. Before I get back to baseball I'm going to use my #25 Prediction to make sure everyone had a chance to get a free T-Shirt. If you want one please send me a message on Twitter or send me an email with your name, address and T-Shirt size.

26. David Ortiz has already announced that he plans on retiring at the end of the season. His announcement continues the recent trend of professional athletes who declare that the upcoming season will be their last. He'll be following in the footsteps of Chipper Jones, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Kobe Bryant. Like the others, Ortiz will receive special treatment and presentations from organizations and fans throughout the season. Big Papi himself will put together another historic season by hitting 30 home runs for the 10th time in his career. If this happens he'll be tied with Eddie Mathews, Lou Gehrig, Harmon Killebrew, Fred McGriff and Rafael Palmeiro for the 15th most 30+ home run seasons.

​Hank Aaron
Barry Bonds
Alex Rodriguez
Albert Pujols
Babe Ruth
Mike Schmidt
Jimmie Foxx
Manny Ramirez
Jim Thome
Carlos Delgado
Willie Mays
Sammy Sosa
Mark McGwire
Frank Robinson
Eddie Mathews
Lou Gehrig
Harmon Killebrew
Fred McGriff
Rafael Palmeiro
Number of 30-Home Run Seasons
At the end of the 2016 season Alex Rodriguez will announce that the 2017 season will be his final season in the Majors. He will not receive much support from fans around the league for obvious reasons.

27. Both Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon will steal 70 bases this season. Since the turn of the 21st Century, only three players (Scott Podsednik in 2004, Jose Reyes in 2007 and Jacoby Ellsbury in 2009) have stolen 70 or more bases in a single season.

28. Five batters in the history of baseball have tallied over 200 strikeouts in a single season (Mark Reynolds three times, Adam Dunn once, Chris Carter once, Chris Davis once and Drew Stubbs once). This year I think we'll see three more players tally at least 200 strikeouts. Those three will be Kris Bryant, Ian Desmond and Joc Pederson.

29. History will be made this season in Tampa Bay when the Rays win just 76 games. It'll be their worst season since changing the team name from Devil Rays to Rays. 

From 2008 to 2015 the Rays averaged 88 wins per season. 

From 1998 to 2007 the Devil Rays averaged 64 wins per season.

30. Over the past three seasons we've seen just six Pitchers win at least 20 games in a single season (Jake Arrieta, Dallas Keuchel, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright, Johnny Cueto and Max Scherzer). This year I think we'll see seven win at least 20. Those seven include Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Madison Bumgarner, Gerrit Cole, Jake Arrieta, Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke. 

​You'd have to go back to 2001 to find the last time seven Pitchers won at least 20 games. In 2001 Roger Clemens, Mark Mulder, Jamie Moyer, Matt Morris, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and Jon Lieber all won at least 20 games each. Prior to 2001 the last time there was at least seven 20-game winners in baseball was back in 1978 when eight Pitchers recorded at least 20 victories each.
31. Last season I predicted 15 Pitchers to record 200 or more strikeouts. We ended up seeing 18 Starting Pitchers record 200+ K's including four (Chris Archer, Chris Sale, Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw) record at least 250 strikeouts. This year I think we'll see seven Pitchers tally 250 or more strikeouts. Those seven include Kershaw, Scherzer, Sale, Archer, Carlos Carrasco, David Price and Corey Kluber.

32. Carlos Carrasco is my sleeper pick to win the American League Cy Young award. I think he's going to have a monster season and be the unsung hero of one of the best Pitching Staffs in all of baseball this year. Carrasco, if he stays healthy, will win 19 games this season.
33. Staying in Cleveland, Francisco Lindor will continue the success he had last season as a rookie. Lindor will be a nightly highlight reel in the field and at the plate for the Tribe. I'm predicting Lindor to win the American League Silver Slugger award and the American League Gold Glove award this season at the Shortstop position.

34. Lindors' impact on the Shortstop position last season was very positive for the Indians and the game of baseball. This year I think we'll see three more young Shortstops come up and make some noise. Corey Seager, Trea Turner and J.P. Crawford will all help their respective clubs make strides this season. Turner and Crawford will each steal 35 bases this year while Seager while hit 20 home runs and steal 10 bases. I'll have more on Seager in a bit.

35. This year I've also got my eye on five rookie Pitchers. Julio Urias, Sean Newcomb, Robert Stephenson, Lucas Giolito and Jose Berrios are all on their way to stardom and this is the season where they'll all begin their epic journeys. I think all five will win at least eight games this season with Berrios leading the way with 14 victories. I'll have more on Berrios in a bit.

36. Yankees' prospect Aaron Judge will come up in July and lead all Major League rookies with 22 home runs. His impact won't be anywhere close to Kris Bryant's impact last season, but Judge will eventually turn into a very good hitter with the potential to hit 30+ home runs every season.

37. In last year's article I wrote about how Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano will have a major impact on the future of the Twins' organization. This year I'm going to give you two more prospects that will probably come up this season and make a major impact on another franchise. Elite prospect Pitchers Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow are ready to join the Pirates' Big League club this year and when they do it'll be lights out for opposing hitters. With a potential rotation of Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham entering the 2017 season, the Pirates will be able to mimic what the 2015 New York Mets accomplished with their young rotation. The major difference between the two would be that the Pirates already have an elite offense. The last time the Pirates won the World Series was back in 1979. That Pirates' team had great hitters like Dave Parker, Wille Stargell, Phil Garner and Omar Moreno on it but they were led by a dynamic Pitching Staff and bullpen that included Bert Blyleven, John Candelaria, Bruce Kison, Jim Bibby, Grant Jackson, Kent Tekulve and Enrique Romo.

38. Speaking of great bullpens, I think Craig Kimbrel and Mark Melancon will lead the American League and National League respectively in saves this year.
39. Jose Berrios will win the AL Rookie of the Year award.

40. Corey Seager will win the NL Rookie of the Year award.

41. Chris Archer will win the American League Cy Young award.

42. Gerrit Cole will win the National League Cy Young award.

43. Mike Trout will win the American League MVP award.

​- He'd become the first Angels' player, ever, to win the award twice.

44. Paul Goldschmidt will win the National League MVP award.
45. In order to determine who the second Wild Card team in the American League will be a one-game playoff will be played between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox. In this game the Tigers will match-up their newly acquired ace Jordan Zimmermann against the White Sox ace Chris Sale.

In short, Sale throws a no-hitter which advances the White Sox to the Wild Card game where they'll get crushed by the Blue Jays 14-4.

46. National League 
Division winners and Wild Card teams:
West - Giants
Central - Cubs
East - Mets

Wild Card 1 - Pirates
Wild Card 2 - Cardinals
47. American League 
Division winners and Wild Card teams:
West - Rangers
Central - Indians
East - Yankees

Wild Card 1 - Blue Jays
Wild Card 2 - White Sox

48. League Championship Series Match-Ups:

National League
San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs

American League
New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians

49. The 2016 World Series will be between the...
Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees.

​Year of last World Series Championship
Number of World Series Championships
Number of World Series Appearances
Number of BBWA MVP Award Winners (since 1931)
President at time of last World Series
Managers since last World Series Championship
Number of States in the U.S. during last World Series Championship
Number of MLB Teams during last World Series Championship
Days since last World Series Championship (as of 2/20/16)


50. The 2016 World Series Champions will be the Chicago Cubs.

*Huge earthquakes will then occur around the World*

Thanks for sticking around til the end. If you have any Fantasy Baseball questions or comments please post them in the comment section below. Good luck in your leagues this year.

Alex Wiesner
February 20th, 2016
<![CDATA[2016 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Central]]>Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:23:30 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/2016-fantasy-baseball/2016-fantasy-baseball-mock-draft-centralFantasy Baseball Mock Draft Central

<![CDATA[2016 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft 2.0]]>Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:20:48 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/2016-fantasy-baseball/2016-fantasy-baseball-mock-draft-20Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft 2.0

This Mock will be set in a standard 12-team 5x5 Fantasy league format with rotisserie scoring. The number in parenthesis next to the round number is the overall pick of that particular player.

Current Notable Free Agents: 
Pedro Alvarez
Howie Kendrick
David Freese
Ian Desmond
Jimmy Rollins
Yoenis Cespedes
Justin Upton
Dexter Fowler
Cliff Lee
Yovani Gallardo
Tyler Clippard

Here's a look at my second Mock Draft for the 2016 Fantasy Baseball season. If you have any questions please post them in the comment section at the bottom of this page. 

Team 1
Round 1 (1) Mike Trout
Round 2 (24) Freddie Freeman
Round 3 (25) Jake Arrieta
Round 4 (48) Carlos Gomez
Round 5 (49) Buster Posey
Round 6 (72) Kyle Schwarber
Round 7 (73) Addison Russell
Round 8 (96) Hunter Pence
Round 9 (97) Wade Davis
Round 10 (120) Dexter Fowler
Round 11 (121) Justin Turner
Round 12 (144) Travis d'Arnaud
Round 13 (145) Collin McHugh
Round 14 (168) Zach Britton
Round 15 (169) Ryan Zimmerman
Round 16 (192) Dustin Pedroia
Round 17 (193) Avisail Garcia
Round 18 (216) Trea Turner
Round 19 (217) Carlos Rodon
Round 20 (240) Andrew Miller

Team 4
Round 1 (4) Josh Donaldson
Round 2 (21) Todd Frazier
Round 3 (28) Dee Gordon
Round 4 (45) Gerrit Cole
Round 5 (52) Jose Reyes
Round 6 (69) Corey Kluber
Round 7 (76) Matt Kemp
Round 8 (93) Evan Gattis
Round 9 (100) Felix Hernandez
Round 10 (117) Luis Severino
Round 11 (124) Joc Pederson
Round 12 (141) Shin-Soo Choo
Round 13 (148) James Shields
Round 14 (165) Christian Yelich
Round 15 (172) Russell Martin
Round 16 (189) Chris Colabello
Round 17 (196) Cameron Maybin
Round 18 (213) Justin Verlander
Round 19 (220) Denard Span
Round 20 (237) Edinson Volquez

Team 7
Round 1 (7) Giancarlo Stanton
Round 2 (18) Max Scherzer
Round 3 (31) Robinson Cano
Round 4 (42) Joey Votto
Round 5 (55) Adrian Gonzalez
Round 6 (66) Jose Fernandez
Round 7 (79) Evan Longoria
Round 8 (90) Ken Giles
Round 9 (103) Noah Syndergaard
Round 10 (114) Jung-Ho Kang
Round 11 (127) Maikel Franco
Round 12 (138) Marcus Stroman
Round 13 (151) Justin Bour
Round 14 (162) Michael Conforto
Round 15 (175) Brandon Phillips
Round 16 (186) Ben Zobrist
Round 17 (199) A.J. Ramos
Round 18 (210) Aaron Nola
Round 19 (223) Derek Norris
Round 20 (234) Melky Cabrera

Team 10
Round 1 (10) Kris Bryant
Round 2 (15) Clayton Kershaw
Round 3 (34) Charlie Blackmon
Round 4 (39) Carlos Gonzalez
Round 5 (58) Matt Carpenter
Round 6 (63) Brandon Crawford
Round 7 (82) Billy Hamilton
Round 8 (87) Michael Pineda
Round 9 (106) Jacoby Ellsbury
Round 10 (111) Corey Dickerson
Round 11 (130) Brandon Belt
Round 12 (135) Cody Allen
Round 13 (154) Gregory Polanco
Round 14 (159) Adam Lind
Round 15 (178) Stephen Vogt
Round 16 (183) Huston Street
Round 17 (202) Matt Holliday
Round 18 (207) Arodys Vizcaino
Round 19 (226) Wilson Ramos
Round 20 (231) C. Spangenberg

Team 2
Round 1 (2) Bryce Harper
Round 2 (23) Adam Jones
Round 3 (26) Zack Greinke
Round 4 (47) Brian Dozier
Round 5 (50) Prince Fielder
Round 6 (71) Craig Kimbrel
Round 7 (74) Brian McCann
Round 8 (95) A. Wainwright
Round 9 (98) Francisco Lindor
Round 10 (119) Mark Teixeira
Round 11 (122) Carlos Martinez
Round 12 (143) Hector Rondon
Round 13 (146) Jose Quintana
Round 14 (167) Logan Forsythe
Round 15 (170) Santiago Casilla
Round 16 (191) Alex Gordon
Round 17 (194) Brad Ziegler
Round 18 (215) John Lackey
Round 19 (218) Alcides Escobar
Round 20 (239) Trevor Plouffe

Team 5
Round 1 (5) Anthony Rizzo
Round 2 (20) Jose Abreu
Round 3 (29) Starling Marte
Round 4 (44) Ryan Braun
Round 5 (53) Chris Sale
Round 6 (68) Jason Heyward
Round 7 (77) Yasiel Puig
Round 8 (92) Jeurys Familia
Round 9 (101) Michael Wacha
Round 10 (116) Salvador Perez
Round 11 (125) Francisco Liriano
Round 12 (140) Billy Burns
Round 13 (149) Mitch Moreland
Round 14 (164) Jorge Soler
Round 15 (173) Shawn Tolleson
Round 16 (188) Julio Teheran
Round 17 (197) Nathan Eovaldi
Round 18 (212) Wil Myers
Round 19 (221) Erick Aybar
Round 20 (236) Gerardo Parra

Team 8
Round 1 (8) Manny Machado
Round 2 (17) Jose Bautista
Round 3 (32) Chris Davis
Round 4 (41) Jason Kipnis
Round 5 (56) Albert Pujols
Round 6 (65) Sonny Gray
Round 7 (80) Kole Calhoun
Round 8 (89) Masahiro Tanaka
Round 9 (104) Stephen Strasburg
Round 10 (113) David Wright
Round 11 (128) Shelby Miller
Round 12 (137) Brad Boxberger
Round 13 (152) Byung Ho Park
Round 14 (161) Brett Lawrie
Round 15 (176) Jake Odorizzi
Round 16 (185) Victor Martinez
Round 17 (200) Daniel Murphy
Round 18 (209) Yan Gomes
Round 19 (224) J.J. Hardy
Round 20 (233) Brandon Maurer

Team 11
Round 1 (11) Andrew McCutchen
Round 2 (14) Edwin Encarnacion
Round 3 (35) Mookie Betts
Round 4 (38) Chris Archer
Round 5 (59) Jacob deGrom
Round 6 (62) Xander Bogaerts
Round 7 (83) Matt Duffy
Round 8 (86) Mike Moustakas
Round 9 (107) Ian Kinsler
Round 10 (110) David Peralta
Round 11 (131) Jay Bruce
Round 12 (134) Garrett Richards
Round 13 (155) Carlos Santana
Round 14 (158) Roberto Osuna
Round 15 (179) Curtis Granderson
Round 16 (182) Devon Travis
Round 17 (203) Ben Paulsen
Round 18 (206) Steven Matz
Round 19 (227) Yasmani Grandal
Round 20 (230) Will Smith

Team 3
Round 1 (3) Paul Goldschmidt
Round 2 (22) Troy Tulowitzki
Round 3 (27) J.D. Martinez
Round 4 (46) David Price
Round 5 (51) Lorenzo Cain
Round 6 (70) Kenley Jansen
Round 7 (75) Brett Gardner
Round 8 (94) Mark Melancon
Round 9 (99) David Ortiz
Round 10 (118) Rougned Odor
Round 11 (123) Corey Seager
Round 12 (142) Yordano Ventura
Round 13 (147) Josh Reddick
Round 14 (166) Josh Harrison
Round 15 (171) John Lackey
Round 16 (190) Yasmany Tomas
Round 17 (195) Ender Enciarte
Round 18 (214) Alexei Ramirez
Round 19 (219) Yadier Molina
Round 20 (238) Andrew Cashner

Team 6
Round 1 (6) Nolan Arenado
Round 2 (19) Nelson Cruz
Round 3 (30) A.J. Pollock
Round 4 (43) Ian Desmond
Round 5 (54) Kyle Seager
Round 6 (67) Justin Upton
Round 7 (78) Aroldis Chapman
Round 8 (91) Johnny Cueto
Round 9 (102) Kendrys Morales
Round 10 (115) Elvis Andrus
Round 11 (126) Danny Salazar
Round 12 (139) Jon Lester
Round 13 (150) Franc. Rodriguez
Round 14 (163) Stephen Piscotty
Round 15 (174) Jean Segura
Round 16 (187) Joe Panik
Round 17 (198) L. McCullers Jr.
Round 18 (211) Sean Doolittle
Round 19 (222) Ben Revere
Round 20 (235) Jonathan Lucroy

Team 9
Round 1 (9) Jose Altuve
Round 2 (16) Yoenis Cespedes
Round 3 (33) Michael Brantley
Round 4 (40) Dallas Keuchel
Round 5 (57) Eric Hosmer
Round 6 (64) Matt Harvey
Round 7 (81) Carlos Carrasco
Round 8 (88) Cole Hamels
Round 9 (105) Anthony Rendon
Round 10 (112) Hanley Ramirez
Round 11 (129) J. Zimmermann
Round 12 (136) Starlin Castro
Round 13 (153) Ed. Rodriguez
Round 14 (160) J. Papelbon
Round 15 (177) Yu Darvish
Round 16 (184) Alex Rodriguez
Round 17 (201) Wei-Yin Chen
Round 18 (208) Steven Souza Jr.
Round 19 (225) Franc. Cervelli
Round 20 (232) David Hernandez

Team 12
Round 1 (12) Miguel Cabrera
Round 2 (13) Carlos Correa
Round 3 (36) Mad. Bumgarner
Round 4 (37) George Springer
Round 5 (60) Miguel Sano
Round 6 (61) Randal Grichuk
Round 7 (84) Trevor Rosenthal
Round 8 (85) Adrian Beltre
Round 9 (108) Johnny Peralta
Round 10 (109) Tyson Ross
Round 11 (132) Adam Eaton
Round 12 (133) David Robertson
Round 13 (156) Lucas Duda
Round 14 (157) DJ LeMahieu
Round 15 (180) Marco Estrada
Round 16 (181) Nick Castellanos
Round 17 (204) Khris Davis
Round 18 (205) Gio Gonzalez
Round 19 (228) Jeff Samarzidja
Round 20 (229) Jason Motte

Alex Wiesner
January 17th, 2016
<![CDATA[2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide]]>Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:05:21 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/2016-fantasy-baseball/2016-fantasy-baseball-draft-guide2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide
Introduction, Rules & Regulations

My 2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide will be similar to last year's Draft Guide but with a few small additions, tweaks and edits that should give you an inside edge in your leagues this season. Like last year this Guide will cover important statistics, charts and information that will change the way you draft your Fantasy teams. 

Fantasy Baseball is often-times broken down into two different scoring formats: Rotisserie (Roto) and Points.

In a Points league, players will receive a predetermined amount of points for what they do on a daily basis. Point totals will vary from league to league so it's important to know how your league scores everything before you draft. In a Rotisserie league, you'll compete for specific categories such as ERA, Home Runs, WHIP and so on. Some Roto leagues are scored on a weekly basis, like head-to-head leagues, while other (often more popular) leagues will add up yearly totals. A majority of the references in my Draft Guide will be in relation to a standard 5x5 rotisserie league with the following categories: Batting Average, Home Runs, Runs Scored, Runs Batted In, Stolen Bases, ERA, WHIP, Wins, Strikeouts and Saves. I like Roto scoring more because, generally, the best team will win at the end of the regular season. In head-to-head leagues, you may have a few bad weeks and get burned in the standings. The Rotisserie format allows you to be as patient as possible and focus on the long term goal of being the best team in the league when it's all said and done.

Before I get into my Draft Guide I want to cover the three types of Drafts you'll encounter. 

An Auction Draft is a draft in which every team owner is given a set amount of money to spend on players. A ball player will be nominated and every team owner will have an opportunity to bid on him. This is my favorite type of draft as it gives every team a chance to own any player they want.

A Snake Draft is when every team is locked into a spot in the draft order. It's fairly self explanatory.

An Autopick Draft is when team owners set their pre-draft values and the league will commence with the draft automatically without human interference. This is my least favorite style of drafting as you lose all control after you set your player values.

Target Numbers

Like the previous three years I'll give you a set of Target Numbers I want you to focus on entering the season. Over the past two years I've changed those numbers but I won't be making any changes this time around. Instead, I'm going to give you even more advice to reach those lofty goals. Here's a look at those numbers.

Home Runs - 275 or more
Batting Average - .284 or higher
Runs - 1,050 or more
RBI - 1,050 or more
Stolen Bases - 200 or more

Wins - 100 or more
Strikeouts - 1,500 or more
ERA - 3.15 or lower
WHIP - 1.15 or lower
Saves - 150 or more

If you reach those target numbers you'll most likely earn the max amount of points in each category. After looking over my leagues from the past few years I've noticed that the winning teams usually have a total of 80 rotisserie points in ten-team leagues. 

There are a few ways to get to 80 points. You can see a few examples in the math below.


Each number represents a statistical category in rotisserie leagues. In the fifth example you'll see a "1" in the final number in the sequence; that number stands for a category in which an owner had given up on. I'm not one to promote the "punting" of categories. In other words, I don't recommend giving up on one category in an effort to bolster your chances of putting up more points in the others. My strategy, as always, is based on competing in every category for a full year.

Draft Strategy

Now that you know my target numbers and have taken a look at my teams from last year it's time to take a look at my hitting strategy for 2016. 

My strategy will focus on standard 5x5 Fantasy leagues with the following 13 roster spots:




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If you break down my target numbers into each of these starting spots, you'll need to average 21.15 home runs, 15.39 steals, 80.77 RBI, 80.77 Runs and a .284 batting average per slot.

That may sound intimidating but they are possible goals to achieve. First we should put those numbers into perspective.

61 qualified players hit at least 21 home runs last season.
50 qualified players stole at least 15 bases last season.
48 qualified players drove in at least 80 RBI last season.
51 qualified players scored at least 80 runs last season.
47 qualified players hit .284 or better last season.

Among all of those players only five players hit at least 21 homers AND stole at least 15 bases. Among the 48 players that recorded at least 80 RBI, 31 of them also scored at least 80 runs last year. Among the the 51 players that scored at least 80 runs, 31 of them also drove in at least 80 RBI.

After looking through those numbers you should begin to understand the importance of balanced hitters. There's a reason guys like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Giancarlo Stanton, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt are all projected to be first round picks. All of them can produce at an elite level in at least four of the five hitting categories.

After the elite balanced hitters are off the board you need to turn your attention to complimentary players.

By complimentary players I mean guys that can "compliment" your top hitters. I think it's key to target power hitters as often as possible due to the lack of power across the league. From 1998 to 2006 Major League Baseball had over 5,000 home runs hit every season. From 2007 to 2013 Major League Baseball saw 5,000+ home runs in a season just once (2009). In 2014 we saw 4,186 total homers hit, the lowest since 1995 when there was just 4,081 long balls. Last season we saw 4,909 home runs, a significant increase from 2014 but still less than 5,000.

Some would say that Pitchers are getting better these days, and that very well may be, but I think stricter drug testing policies are to blame for the lack of the long ball over the past few years. If you don't think those policies are affecting the way Fantasy Baseball is being played, you're wrong. With that in mind, I've been preaching the fact that speed has been, and will continue to be, more and more abundant. Speedsters are also part of the complimentary player group that you should draft as they'll help you reach those pesky target numbers.

Along with complimentary players should come the notion of position scarcity and multi-position eligibility.

The old adage of power in the corners and speed up the middle remains true but you'll always get an advantage if you can double up. What I mean is, having a corner infielder that can run and hit for power is just as important as having a power hitting shortstop with speed. First and Third Base aren't as deep as they've been in past so I'd make it a point to draft them sooner rather than later in your drafts.

Multi-position players can help your Fantasy teams this year but they shouldn't be given any extra value on draft day. It's nice to have a versatile player on your roster but I'd prefer to have a power guy (like Colby Rasmus or Aaron Judge) or speed guy (like Denard Span or Odubel Herrera) on my bench rather than an average hitter that can play two or three positions.

Keep in mind, my hitting strategy works if you reach the 40 point mark. That's your main goal; it will compliment my pitching strategy which I'll get into here in a bit. So in short, follow my target numbers for each slot for the entire year. Do whatever you can to reach those numbers.

If you're wondering when to take an Outfielder, Second Baseman, Third Basemen, etc. I have some advice. At the beginning of your draft, the first three rounds or so, take the best player available. In the next few rounds begin rounding out your roster. If you took three Outfielders with your first three picks start taking Infielders. My rule of thumb for this year is to have three Starting Pitchers, four Outfielders and five Infielders within your first 12 picks. After the first 12 rounds I usually start looking at Catchers, Closers and high-upside Starting Pitchers that will help round out my rotation. Let me expand on that with a few blind resumes.

Player A
Projected ADP 10th Round
My 2016 Projections
BA - .277
HR - 17
RBI - 67
Runs - 61
SB - 10

Player B
Projected ADP 10th Round
My 2016 Projections
BA - .296
HR - 16
RBI - 60
Runs - 104
SB - 27

Player A is Third Baseman David Wright. Player B is Outfielder Adam Eaton. Both players have risks associated with them but Eaton, according to my research, is projected to have better offensive numbers. With that in mind, I'd prefer Eaton over Wright. Now, in the later rounds (anytime after the 12th round) I'd be more willing to take a player to fill a need even if there's less offensive potential with him. For example:

Player A
Projected ADP 18th Round
My 2016 Projections
BA - .270
HR - 20
RBI - 68
Runs - 59
SB - 7

Player B
Projected ADP 18th Round
My 2016 Projections
BA - .268
HR - 18
RBI - 77
Runs - 59
SB - 3

Player A is Outfielder Jorge Soler. Player B is Third Baseman Nick Castellanos. In the 18th round you'd be better off filling a need, in this case Castellanos would likely fill your 1B/3B slot while Soler would in all likelihood be on your bench. Lastly I want to give you an insight as to why I wait on Starting Pitchers.

Player A
Projected ADP 5th Round
My 2016 Projections
BA - .263
HR - 45
RBI - 109
Runs - 94
SB - 2

Pitcher B
Projected ADP 11th Round
My 2016 Projections
Record - 14-8
ERA - 3.47
WHIP - 1.12
K - 241
Saves - 0

Pitcher A
Projected ADP 5th Round
My 2016 Projections
Record - 17-8
ERA - 2.77
WHIP - 1.10
K - 233
Saves - 0

Player B
Projected ADP 11th Round
My 2016 Projections
BA - .266
HR - 14
RBI - 47
Runs - 87
SB - 30

Player A is Outfielder/First Baseman Chris Davis. Pitcher A is Starting Pitcher David Price. Player B is Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Pitcher B is Starting Pitcher Stephen Strasburg. The value of taking Chris Davis early and Stephen Strasburg later on is much higher than taking David Price early and Jacoby Ellsbury later.

Pitching Strategy

Last year I made it a point to draft two of my Sub-Elite Pitchers. This year I want you to increase that to three. I want you to draft three Starting Pitchers that fall between my 11th ranked Pitcher and my 30th ranked Pitcher within your first 12 picks. In auction drafts you should just focus on keeping a fair amount of your budget available for them. A few Pitchers that I like entering the year are Masahiro Tanaka (8th round), Cole Hamels (8th round), Michael Wacha (9th round), Stephen Strasburg (9th round), Luis Severino (10th round), Shelby Miller (11th round) and Jordan Zimmermann (11th round).

Pitching is still the deepest position in the Fantasy World so I see no reason to waste a high draft pick or a good portion of your auction budget on one or two elite Pitchers. My Sub-Elite Pitchers can be had fairly cheap and will put up numbers comparable to the Elite Pitchers.

Remember my team target numbers for pitchers:

Wins - 100 or more
Strikeouts - 1,500 or more
ERA - 3.15 or lower
WHIP - 1.15 or lower
Saves - 150 or more

That being said it should be noted that...

In 2012
10 Pitchers had an ERA below 3.04 - 6 of them had a WHIP of 1.09 or lower
5 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.05 and 3.16 - 4 of them had a WHIP of 1.14 or lower
10 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.17 and 3.40 - 6 of them had a WHIP of 1.19 or lower
30 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.41 and 4.00 - 14 of them had a WHIP of 1.24 or lower

In 2013
15 Pitchers had an ERA below 3.04 - 10 of them had a WHIP of 1.09 or lower
7 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.05 and 3.16 - 2 of them had a WHIP of 1.14 or lower
12 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.17 and 3.40 - 7 of them had a WHIP of 1.19 or lower
26 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.41 and 4.00 - 14 of them had a WHIP of 1.24 or lower

In 2014
23 Pitchers had an ERA of 3.04 or lower - 13 of them had a WHIP of 1.09 or lower
3 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.05 and 3.16 - 1 of them had a WHIP of 1.14 or lower
9 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.17 and 3.40 - 2 of them had a WHIP of 1.19 or lower
32 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.41 and 4.00 - 16 of them had a WHIP of 1.24 or lower

In 2015
15 Pitchers had an ERA of 3.04 or lower - 11 of them had a WHIP of 1.09 or lower
2 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.05 and 3.16 - 1 of them had a WHIP of 1.14 or lower
9 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.17 and 3.40 - 4 of them had a WHIP of 1.19 or lower
28 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.41 and 4.00 - 16 of them had a WHIP of 1.24 or lower

By waiting on Pitchers you'll be able to draft a better hitter in the earlier rounds. I'd prefer to select Anthony Rizzo or Jose Altuve in the first round as opposed to taking Clayton Kershaw that early. If you select Kershaw in the first round, you'll force yourself to take nothing but hitters in the next several rounds possibly losing the opportunity to draft a good value-Pitcher in the 4th, 5th, or 6th rounds. I don't want you to take a Pitcher in the 4th, 5th or 6th round but if someone like Chris Archer, David Price, Jose Fernandez or Sonny Gray is available in the 5th or 6th round you shouldn't pass on them.

In order to achieve a team ERA of 3.15 you have to...
Have 200 total starts that average 5 Innings Pitched allowing 1.75 Runs on average (350 total Runs).
Have 200 total starts that average 6 Innings Pitched allowing 2.10 Runs on average (420 total Runs).
Have 200 total starts that average 7 Innings Pitched allowing 2.45 Runs on average (490 total Runs).
Have 200 total starts that average 8 Innings Pitched allowing 2.80 Runs on average (560 total Runs).

This year I'll give you even more more insight into how I've won a majority of the leagues I've played in over the past few seasons. I usually finish my drafts with five or six starting pitchers and four or five cheap Closers. I try to build a lead in the Saves category, and along the way build a solid ERA and WHIP with those Closers. 

Towards the final two months, depending on where I am in the standings, I turn to streaming starters.

I also never shy away from taking 8th inning guys to help solidify my ERA and WHIP while adding a few strikeouts here and there without adding another start to my roster. Remember, standard Fantasy leagues have a 200 start limit on the season so adding a late inning Reliever like Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, Will Smith, Mark Lowe and/or Darren O'Day will help you add strikeouts and lower your ERA and WHIP really cheap. If you're curious, I tend to start streaming pitchers around the 150 start mark or when there's about two months to go in the season.

One of the most important things to take away from my pitching strategy is the streaming of Starters late in the season. Last year I did well picking up guys who were lights out down the stretch. If you have no idea of who to pick up and stream late in the season just leave it to me. Follow me on Twitter and check the site throughout the season for updates on who to pickup and drop. 

This past August, among Starting Pitchers who threw at least 20 innings, 32 recorded an ERA of 3.00 or lower. Of those 32 Starters, 15 of them posted an ERA of 2.08 or lower. Of those 15, only four of them were in my Top 30 entering the season (Kershaw, Bumgarner, Harvey and Gray). Other pitchers among those 14 included Jake Arrieta, Michael Wacha, Scott Feldman, Carlos Carrasco, Justin Verlander, Collin McHugh, Dallas Keuchel, Yovani Gallardo, J.A. Happ, Marco Estrada and Jaime Garcia. 

In September, among Starting Pitchers who threw at least 20 innings, 26 recorded an ERA of 2.50 or lower. Of those Pitchers, 12 of them posted an ERA of 2.00 or lower. Among those 12 were Marcus Stroman, John Lackey, Rich Hill, Cody Anderson, Tim Hudson and Ervin Santana - none of them were high draft picks entering the year. 

If that doesn't show you the importance of streaming Pitchers I don't know what will. To expand on things a little more, guys like Matt Harvey (5.01 ERA in September), Chris Sale (5.04 ERA in September) and Johnny Cueto (6.11 ERA in September), all of whom were borderline Top 10 Starting Pitchers entering the season, struggled down the stretch. Other high draft picks like Yu Darvish, Adam Wainwright and Alex Cobb missed a lot of time last season due to injuries. 

I don't take Pitchers high in my drafts because their season could be over with one bad pitch. If a Pitcher's mechanics are slightly off, they increase their chances of getting injured. Speaking from experience (I pitched for two different Colleges back in the day) I can tell you that Pitchers risk injury every time they throw the ball - hitters don't have that same injury risk.

As you look to stream Pitchers down the stretch it'll be important to know what parks to target. It's no secret that Yankee Stadium is a homer-prone park, especially for left handed hitters but did you know that nine parks allowed more homers than Yankee Stadium in 2013. In 2014 only two parks gave up more home runs than Yankee Stadium. Last season only one park averaged a higher number of homers hit per game than Yankee Stadium (Oriole Park at Camden Yards). If you're streaming Pitchers try not to pick one up that's facing the Rockies, Blue Jays, Yankees, Orioles and/or Brewers at home where those teams tend to hit for more power.

2013 Top 10 HR/G by Ballpark
10. Yankee Stadium - 2.06 HR/G
9. Safeco Field - 2.10 HR/G
8. Wrigley Field - 2.16 HR/G
7. Citizens Bank Park - 2.17 HR/G
6. U.S. Cellular Field - 2.21 HR/G
5. Miller Park - 2.28 HR/G
4. Great American Ball Park - 2.30 HR/G
3. Minute Maid Park - 2.31 HR/G
2. Rogers Centre - 2.64 HR/G
1. Oriole Park at Camden Yards - 2.86 HR/G

2014 Top 10 HR/G by Ballpark
10. Chase Field - 1.85 HR/G
9. U.S. Cellular Field - 1.86 HR/G
8. Dodger Stadium - 1.88 HR/G
7. Minute Maid Park - 2.01 HR/G
6. Great American Ball Park - 2.04 HR/G
5. Miller Park - 2.09 HR/G
4. Oriole Park at Camden Yards - 2.16 HR/G
3. Yankee Stadium - 2.28 HR/G
2. Rogers Centre - 2.30 HR/G
1. Coors Field - 2.58 HR/G

2015 Top 10 HR/G by Ballpark
T10. Wrigley Field - 2.11 HR/G
T10. Citizens Bank Park - 2.11 HR/G
9. Globe Life Park at Arlington - 2.19 HR/G
8. Safeco Field - 2.22 HR/G
7. Great American Ball Park - 2.26 HR/G
6. Miller Park - 2.33 HR/G
5. Minute Maid Park - 2.44 HR/G
4. Coors Field - 2.49 HR/G
3. Rogers Centre - 2.51 HR/G
2. Yankee Stadium - 2.70 HR/G
1. Oriole Park at Camden Yards - 2.96 HR/G

2013 Bottom 10 HR/G by Ballpark
10. Turner Field - 1.83 HR/G
9. PETCO Park - 1.80 HR/G
8. Target Field - 1.75 HR/G
7. Nationals Park - 1.67 HR/G
6. Dodger Stadium - 1.60 HR/G
5. Kauffman Stadium - 1.54 HR/G
4. AT&T Park - 1.35 HR/G
3. Busch Stadium - 1.33 HR/G
2. PNC Park - 1.31 HR/G
1. Marlins Park - 1.04 HR/G

2014 Bottom 10 HR/G by Ballpark
10. Angel Stadium - 1.58 HR/G
9. PNC Park - 1.46 HR/G
8. Tropicana Field - 1.44 HR/G
7. Fenway Park - 1.43 HR/G
6. Busch Stadium - 1.38 HR/G
5. Nationals Park - 1.33 HR/G
4. AT&T Park - 1.32 HR/G
3. Marlins Park - 1.28 HR/G
2. Kauffman Stadium - 1.26 HR/G
1. PETCO Park - 1.25 HR/G

2015 Bottom 10 HR/G by Ballpark
10. Chase Field - 1.91 HR/G
9. Comerica Park - 1.89 HR/G
8. Progressive Field - 1.86 HR/G
7. O.co Coliseum - 1.72 HR/G
T5. PNC Park - 1.60 HR/G
T5. Kauffman Stadium - 1.60 HR/G
4. Busch Stadium - 1.47 HR/G
3. Turner Field - 1.40 HR/G
2. Marlins Park - 1.37 HR/G
1. AT&T Park - 1.35 HR/G

I also did some research on teams the eight worst offensive teams, in terms of runs per game, over the past three seasons. Below is the list of those teams in 2013, 2014 and in 2015. Obviously things can change due to free agency, injuries and slumps as well as prospects getting called up; however, this is still a relevant tool to have entering the season.

2013 Fewest Runs Per Game
The Marlins scored 3.17 runs per game. 
The White Sox scored 3.69 runs per game.
The Cubs scored 3.72 runs per game.
The Phillies scored 3.77 runs per game.
The Astros scored 3.77 runs per game.
The Twins scored 3.79 runs per game.
The Padres scored 3.81 runs per game.
The Mets scored 3.82 runs per game.

2014 Fewest Runs Per Game
The Padres scored 3.30 runs per game last year.
The Braves scored 3.54 runs per game last year.
The Reds scored 3.67 runs per game last year.
The Rays scored 3.78 runs per game last year.
The Cubs scored 3.79 runs per game last year.
The Diamondbacks scored 3.80 runs per game last year.
The Cardinals scored 3.82 runs per game last year.
The Phillies scored 3.82 runs per game last year.

2015 Fewest Runs Per Game
The Braves scored 3.54 runs per game last year.
The Marlins scored 3.78 runs per game. 
The White Sox scored 3.84 runs per game last year.
The Phillies scored 3.86 runs per game last year.
The Reds scored 3.95 runs per game last year.
The Rays scored 3.98 runs per game last year.
The Cardinals scored 3.99 runs per game last year.
The Padres scored 4.01 runs per game last year.

All of that information is critical to know for next season. To close things out I want to cover my approach to drafting Closers and Relief Pitchers. As I mentioned earlier, I typically try to snag four or five cheap Closers in my drafts as well as a few late inning Relievers. What I failed to mention earlier is that I'm always on the lookout for new Closers to pickup throughout the year.

In 2014 I had great success picking up guys like Hector Rondon, Cody Allen and Wade Davis. Davis was one of those 8th inning guys I picked up to help my team's ERA and WHIP and he ended up racking up a few saves for me. Last season I was able to grab Darren O'Day and have some success with him after Zach Britton went down with an injury.

Entering every season I try to list off a handful of Closers I plan on targeting. This year will be no different. Here are a few I plan on picking up late in my drafts, you can check out my Rankings & Projections to see how I'm valuing each of them individually.

Brad Boxberger TB
Jonathan Papelbon WSH
Huston Street LAA

Santiago Casilla SF
Arodys Vizcaino ATL
Sean Doolittle OAK

Steve Cishek SEA
Will Smith MIL
Fernando Rodney SD

My motto for Closers will continue to be: Less Is More!

Remember that your main goal is to get 40 Roto points from your pitching staff as a whole. Closers will help you with saves, obviously, but they are also a valuable asset to your team's WHIP, Strikeout and ERA totals.

Snake Drafts
A standard snake draft is considered to be the simplest form of drafting as everyone is given a spot in a draft order. The biggest problem you'll run into in snake drafts is reaching for players that you think will be taken before you get a second chance at them.

I see a lot of people reach for their favorite players a few rounds before they should get drafted because of the fear of missing out on them. My advice would be to take what you're given and never reach for someone unless you're in the late rounds and what to sure up a few positions/categories. If you're in a snake draft I think you'll do fine simply by following my strategy from the previous six pages and by being patient and prepared.

Auction Drafts
A standard auction league allows teams a budget of $260 with three bench spots, 13 starting hitter spots, nine pitcher slots and one DL slot. That's 25 total spots for healthy players. If you divide your $260 budget by 25, you'll allow yourself $10.4 per roster slot. I've never forced myself to stay under $11 per spot so you shouldn't either, it won't win you any leagues, I promise.

Instead, I try to take the same approach that I take in snake drafts in terms of each player's value. I try to grab one or two hitters that rank in my Top 15, after that I go after solid values. Auction leagues are won when a team hits big on a few late sleepers. Last year I did well with guys like Jose Fernandez ($9), J.D. Martinez ($8), Charlie Blackmon ($7) and Brian McCann ($6).

I'll do my best to find this year's steals but you can't pick them up if you waste a majority of your budget on five super stars. Two years ago I saw one team pick up Mike Trout ($46), Troy Tulowitzki ($30), Robinson Cano ($32), Miguel Cabrera ($45) and Andrew McCutchen ($46). That team finished in the bottom three in every pitching category and finished the year in 5th place. That owner spent a total of $199 (77% of their total budget) on those five players. I urge you not to take that approach this season.

My final piece of advice is to take this Draft Guide, understand the information, and use it to your advantage. I release my information before websites like ESPN and Yahoo do in order to help you plan your draft strategy before they chime in.

So in conclusion, make sure you draft three Pitchers within the first 12 rounds but avoid the high-price aces. Also among those first 12 picks should be a balanced number of Outfielders and Infielders. After those picks you need to turn your attention to taking a Catcher and drafting multiple Closers and a few high-upside Starting Pitchers. Also, when going after late-round flyer focus on players with great power or speed potential and always be on the lookout for top prospects in the final few rounds.

I hope this Draft Guide helped a lot but if you have more questions feel free to post them at the bottom of this page or find me on Twitter.

Alex Wiesner
January 15th, 2016
<![CDATA[January 9th, 2016 Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Keeper Rankings By Position]]>Sat, 09 Jan 2016 20:54:49 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/2016-fantasy-baseball/january-9th-2016-fantasy-baseball-top-250-keeper-rankings-by-positionFantasy Baseball Top 250 Keeper Rankings
By Position

With the 2016 MLB Season rapidly approaching I've turn my attention to updating my Keeper Rankings. If you want to see how I value each player and determine their value, feel free to go back and look at my past Rankings for more information. For this edition of my Keeper Rankings I want to talk a little bit about patience. 

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary patience can be defined as, "the ​ability to ​accept ​delay, ​suffering, or ​annoyance without ​complaining or ​becoming ​angry."

With that in mind I'd like to focus on a few prospects that are on the cusp of making an impact in the Fantasy Baseball world. High-end prospects Julio Urias, Lucas Giolito, Tyler Glasnow, Jose Berrios, Robert Stephenson, Yoan Moncada, Aaron Judge, Trea Turner, J.P. Crawford and Alex Jackson all have elite upside but are all in different situations. Julio Urias (19 years old), Yoan Moncada (20 years old) and Alex Jackson (20 years old) are all three in a situation where they aren't necessarily needed at the Big League level this year; which means their Fantasy value won't be as high in 2016 as it will in the years to come. Others like Tyler Glasnow, Jose Berrios, Aaron Judge, J.P. Crawford and Trea Turner could see time in the Bigs this season as they'd all potentially fill holes in their respective teams' lineups or rotations. 

Then you have Lucas Giolito and Robert Stephenson; two Pitchers that are ready for the Majors but might not get there this season for different reasons. The Nationals already have a solid rotation so promoting Giolito right now would only hurt the franchise in terms of starting his arbitration clock early. As for Stephenson, the Reds are currently rebuilding so placing an elite prospect in a bad situation could end up having a mental affect on a young man and his mind. In both of these cases, patience will be key for everyone involved including Fantasy owners.

Even though all ten of these prospects are on their way to certain stardom, they're all going to have to take different paths to get there. As a Fantasy Baseball owner it's up to you to have the patience needed to hold onto these prospects with the hopes that their long-term value will outweigh any short-term asset you'd acquire by moving them in the near future.

My Rankings are based on a combination of: current value, future value, trade value, age, several batting splits and trends, position versatility, power and ability to stay healthy over the course of a career. My Keeper Rankings are based on my perception of a player's Fantasy value over the next three-to-five years.

Top 250 Keeper Rankings - Top 250 Keeper Rankings By Position

Top 250 Keepers as of January 9th, 2016 By Position

1. Buster Posey Giants
2. Kyle Schwarber Cubs
3. Brian McCann Yankees
4. Salvador Perez Royals
5. Travis d'Arnaud Mets

6. Russell Martin Blue Jays
7. Jonathan Lucroy Brewers
8. Stephen Vogt Athletics
9. Yasmani Grandal Dodgers
10. Yan Gomes Indians

11. Jorge Alfaro Phillies
12. Devin Mesoraco Reds
13. Blake Swihart Red Sox
14. Wilson Ramos Nationals
15. Gary Sanchez Yankees

First Basemen
1. Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks
2. Anthony Rizzo Cubs
3. Miguel Cabrera Tigers
4. Freddie Freeman Braves
5. Jose Abreu White Sox
6. Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays
7. Buster Posey Giants
8. Eric Hosmer Royals

9. Chris Davis Orioles
10. Joey Votto Reds
11. Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers
12. Albert Pujols Angels
13. Lucas Duda Mets
14. Mark Teixeira Yankees
15. Byung Ho Park Twins
16. Logan Forsythe Rays
17. Justin Bour Marlins

18. Brandon Belt Giants
19. Stephen Vogt Athletics
20. Yasmani Grandal Dodgers
21. Carlos Santana Indians
22. Josh Bell Pirates
23. Greg Bird Yankees
24. Wil Myers Padres
25. A.J. Reed Astros
26. Matt Adams Cardinals

Second Basemen
1. Jose Altuve Astros
2. Dee Gordon Marlins
3. Robinson Cano Mariners
4. Jason Kipnis Indians
5. Anthony Rendon Nationals
6. Brian Dozier Twins
7. Kolten Wong Cardinals

8. Rougned Odor Rangers
9. Ian Kinsler Tigers
10. Yoan Moncada Red Sox
11. DJ LeMahieu Rockies
12. Starlin Castro Yankees
13. Brett Lawrie White Sox
14. Logan Forsythe Rays
15. Ben Zobrist Cubs

16. Devon Travis Blue Jays
17. Joe Panik Giants
18. Daniel Murphy Nationals
19. Micah Johnson Dodgers
20. Jose Peraza Reds
21. Dustin Pedroia Red Sox
22. Howie Kendrick Dodgers
23. Alex Guerrero Dodgers

Third Basemen
1. Nolan Arenado Rockies
2. Kris Bryant Cubs
3. Josh Donaldson Blue Jays
4. Manny Machado Orioles
5. Todd Frazier White Sox
6. Anthony Rendon Nationals
7. Kyle Seager Mariners

8. Evan Longoria Rays
9. Matt Carpenter Cardinals
10. Adrian Beltre Rangers
11. Jung Ho Kang Pirates
12. Matt Duffy Giants
13. Maikel Franco Phillies
14. Mike Moustakas Royals

15. David Wright Mets
16. Justin Turner Dodgers
17. Brett Lawrie White Sox
18. Josh Harrison Pirates
19. Y. Tomas Diamondbacks
20. Jake Lamb Diamondbacks
21. Daniel Murphy Nationals

1. Carlos Correa Astros
2. Troy Tulowitzki Blue Jays
3. Corey Seager Dodgers
4. Xander Bogaerts Red Sox
5. Brandon Crawford Giants
6. Francisco Lindor Indians

7. Addison Russell Cubs
8. Ian Desmond Rangers
9. Jose Reyes Rockies
10. Jung Ho Kang Pirates
11. Elvis Andrus Rangers
12. Alcides Escobar Royals

13. Jhonny Peralta Cardinals
14. Starlin Castro Yankees
15. Trea Turner Nationals
16. J.P. Crawford Phillies
17. Ketel Marte Mariners
18. Andrelton Simmons Angels
19. Javier Baez Cubs

1. Mike Trout Angels
2. Bryce Harper Nationals
3. Giancarlo Stanton Marlins
4. Andrew McCutchen Pirates
5. George Springer Astros
6. Yoenis Cespedes Mets
7. Adam Jones Orioles
8. Mookie Betts Red Sox
9. Starling Marte Pirates
10. A.J. Pollock Diamondbacks
11. Carlos Gomez Astros
12. Jose Bautista Blue Jays
13. Michael Brantley Indians
14. Justin Upton Tigers
15. Nelson Cruz Mariners
16. J.D. Martinez Tigers
17. Ryan Braun Brewers
18. Lorenzo Cain Royals
19. Charlie Blackmon Rockies
20. Jason Heyward Cubs
21. Chris Davis Orioles
22. Yasiel Puig Dodgers
23. Hanley Ramirez Red Sox
24. Kyle Schwarber Cubs

25. Billy Hamilton Reds
26. Carlos Gonzalez Rockies
27. Randal Grichuk Cardinals
28. Kole Calhoun Angels
29. Hunter Pence Giants
30. Corey Dickerson Rays
31. Brett Gardner Yankees
32. Jacoby Ellsbury Yankees
33. Joc Pederson Dodgers
34. Matt Kemp Dodgers
35. Jorge Soler Cubs
36. Byron Buxton Twins
37. Adam Eaton White Sox
38. D. Peralta Diamondbacks
39. Dexter Fowler Cubs
40. Jay Bruce Reds
41. Shin-Soo Choo Rangers
42. Michael Conforto Mets
43. Alex Gordon Royals
44. Joey Gallo Rangers
45. Kevin Pillar Blue Jays
46. Steven Souza Jr. Rays
47. Khris Davis Athletics
48. Billy Burns Athletics

49. Stephen Piscotty Cardinals
50. Aaron Judge Yankees
51. Rusney Castillo Red Sox
52. Gregory Polanco Pirates
53. Matt Holliday Cardinals
54. Josh Reddick Athletics
55. Josh Harrison Pirates
56. Delino DeShields Rangers
57. Ben Zobrist Cubs
58. Y. Tomas Diamondbacks
59. Christian Yelich Marlins
60. Alex Jackson Mariners
61. Cameron Maybin Tigers
62. Jesse Winker Reds
63. Odubel Herrera Phillies
64. Wil Myers Padres
65. Steven Moya Tigers
66. Bradley Zimmer Indians
67. Clint Frazier Indians
68. Brandon Nimmo Mets
69. Alex Guerrero Dodgers
70. Jackie Bradley Jr. Red Sox
71. Eddie Rosario Twins
72. Ben Revere Nationals

Designated Hitters
1. Miguel Sano Twins

2. Prince Fielder Rangers

3. Evan Gattis Astros

Starting Pitchers
1. Jose Fernandez Marlins
2. Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
3. Max Scherzer Nationals
4. Madison Bumgarner Giants
5. Gerrit Cole Pirates
6. Jake Arrieta Cubs
7. Zack Greinke Diamondbacks
8. David Price Red Sox
9. Chris Sale White Sox
10. Chris Archer Rays
11. Matt Harvey Mets
12. Dallas Keuchel Astros
13. Sonny Gray Athletics
14. Jacob deGrom Mets
15. Yu Darvish Rangers
16. Corey Kluber Indians
17. Cole Hamels Rangers
18. Stephen Strasburg Nationals
19. Adam Wainwright Cardinals
20. Michael Wacha Cardinals

21. Noah Syndergaard Mets
22. Masahiro Tanaka Yankees
23. Luis Severino Yankees
24. S. Miller Diamondbacks
25. Carlos Carrasco Indians
26. Johnny Cueto Giants
27. Felix Hernandez Mariners
28. Jordan Zimmermann Tigers
29. Tyson Ross Padres
30. Marcus Stroman Blue Jays
31. Jose Quintana White Sox
32. Carlos Martinez Cardinals
33. Garrett Richards Angels
34. James Shields Padres
35. Jose Berrios Twins
36. Michael Pineda Yankees
37. Julio Urias Dodgers
38. Jeff Samardzija Giants
39. Yordano Ventura Royals
40. Aaron Nola Phillies
41. Eduardo Rodriguez Red Sox

42. Lucas Giolito Nationals
43. Danny Salazar Indians
44. Jon Lester Cubs
45. Tyler Glasnow Pirates
46. Jameson Taillon Pirates
47. Lance McCullers Jr. Astros
48. Alex Cobb Rays
49. Jake Odorizzi Rays
50. Collin McHugh Astros
51. Francisco Liriano Pirates
52. Gio Gonzalez Nationals
53. Carlos Rodon White Sox
54. Julio Teheran Braves
55. John Lackey Cubs
56. Daniel Norris Tigers
57. Marco Estrada Blue Jays
58. Andrew Cashner Padres
59. J.A. Happ Blue Jays
60. Kenta Maeda Dodgers
61. Kevin Gausman Orioles
62. Steven Matz Mets

1. Craig Kimbrel Red Sox
2. Kenley Jansen Dodgers
3. Aroldis Chapman Yankees
4. Jeurys Familia Mets
5. Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals
6. Wade Davis Royals
7. Ken Giles Astros
8. Mark Melancon Pirates

9. David Robertson White Sox
10. Hector Rondon Cubs
11. Cody Allen Indians
12. Roberto Osuna Blue Jays
13. Zach Britton Orioles
14. Jonathan Papelbon Nationals
15. Brad Boxberger Rays
16. Shawn Tolleson Rangers

17. A.J. Ramos Marlins
18. Andrew Miller Yankees
19. Huston Street Angels
20. Francisco Rodriguez Tigers
21. Santiago Casilla Giants
22. Steve Cishek Mariners
23. Sean Doolittle Athletics
24. Arodys Vizcaino Braves
25. Dellin Betances Yankees

If you have any questions or comments please post them at the bottom of this page.

Alex Wiesner
January 9th, 2016
<![CDATA[January 9th, 2016 Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Keeper Rankings]]>Sat, 09 Jan 2016 20:11:32 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/2016-fantasy-baseball/january-9th-2016-fantasy-baseball-top-250-keeper-rankingsFantasy Baseball Top 250 Keeper Rankings

With the 2016 MLB Season rapidly approaching I've turn my attention to updating my Keeper Rankings. If you want to see how I value each player and determine their value, feel free to go back and look at my past Rankings for more information. For this edition of my Keeper Rankings I want to talk a little bit about patience. 

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary patience can be defined as, "the ​ability to ​accept ​delay, ​suffering, or ​annoyance without ​complaining or ​becoming ​angry."

With that in mind I'd like to focus on a few prospects that are on the cusp of making an impact in the Fantasy Baseball world. High-end prospects Julio Urias, Lucas Giolito, Tyler Glasnow, Jose Berrios, Robert Stephenson, Yoan Moncada, Aaron Judge, Trea Turner, J.P. Crawford and Alex Jackson all have elite upside but are all in different situations. Julio Urias (19 years old), Yoan Moncada (20 years old) and Alex Jackson (20 years old) are all three in a situation where they aren't necessarily needed at the Big League level this year; which means their Fantasy value won't be as high in 2016 as it will in the years to come. Others like Tyler Glasnow, Jose Berrios, Aaron Judge, J.P. Crawford and Trea Turner could see time in the Bigs this season as they'd all potentially fill holes in their respective teams' lineups or rotations. 

Then you have Lucas Giolito and Robert Stephenson; two Pitchers that are ready for the Majors but might not get there this season for different reasons. The Nationals already have a solid rotation so promoting Giolito right now would only hurt the franchise in terms of starting his arbitration clock early. As for Stephenson, the Reds are currently rebuilding so placing an elite prospect in a bad situation could end up having a mental affect on a young man and his mind. In both of these cases, patience will be key for everyone involved including Fantasy owners.

Even though all ten of these prospects are on their way to certain stardom, they're all going to have to take different paths to get there. As a Fantasy Baseball owner it's up to you to have the patience needed to hold onto these prospects with the hopes that their long-term value will outweigh any short-term asset you'd acquire by moving them in the near future.

My Rankings are based on a combination of: current value, future value, trade value, age, several batting splits and trends, position versatility, power and ability to stay healthy over the course of a career. My Keeper Rankings are based on my perception of a player's Fantasy value over the next three-to-five years.

Top 250 Keeper Rankings By Position - Top 250 Keeper Rankings

Top 250 Keepers as of January 9th, 2016

1. Mike Trout Angels
2. Bryce Harper Nationals
3. Giancarlo Stanton Marlins
4. Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks
5. Anthony Rizzo Cubs
6. Nolan Arenado Rockies
7. Kris Bryant Cubs
8. Carlos Correa Astros
9. Josh Donaldson Blue Jays
10. Andrew McCutchen Pirates
11. Jose Altuve Astros
12. Miguel Cabrera Tigers
13. Freddie Freeman Braves
14. George Springer Astros
15. Manny Machado Orioles
16. Todd Frazier White Sox
17. Jose Abreu White Sox
18. Troy Tulowitzki Blue Jays
19. Yoenis Cespedes Mets
20. Jose Fernandez Marlins
21. Adam Jones Orioles
22. Mookie Betts Red Sox
23. Starling Marte Pirates
24. Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
25. Dee Gordon Marlins
26. Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays
27. A.J. Pollock Diamondbacks
28. Max Scherzer Nationals
29. Robinson Cano Mariners
30. Carlos Gomez Astros
31. Jose Bautista Blue Jays
32. Jason Kipnis Indians
33. Michael Brantley Indians
34. Justin Upton Tigers
35. Madison Bumgarner Giants
36. Gerrit Cole Pirates
37. Buster Posey Giants
38. Nelson Cruz Mariners
39. J.D. Martinez Tigers
40. Jake Arrieta Cubs
41. Anthony Rendon Nationals
42. Zack Greinke Diamondbacks
43. David Price Red Sox
44. Miguel Sano Twins
45. Brian Dozier Twins
46. Ryan Braun Brewers
47. Lorenzo Cain Royals
48. Eric Hosmer Royals
49. Chris Sale White Sox
50. Charlie Blackmon Rockies
51. Jason Heyward Cubs
52. Kyle Seager Mariners
53. Chris Davis Orioles
54. Chris Archer Rays
55. Yasiel Puig Dodgers
56. Matt Harvey Mets
57. Dallas Keuchel Astros
58. Hanley Ramirez Red Sox
59. Joey Votto Reds
60. Sonny Gray Athletics
61. Kyle Schwarber Cubs
62. Billy Hamilton Reds
63. Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers
64. Prince Fielder Rangers
65. Jacob deGrom Mets
66. Carlos Gonzalez Rockies
67. Randal Grichuk Cardinals
68. Corey Seager Dodgers
69. Xander Bogaerts Red Sox
70. Brandon Crawford Giants
71. Francisco Lindor Indians
72. Addison Russell Cubs
73. Kole Calhoun Angels
74. Hunter Pence Giants
75. Craig Kimbrel Red Sox
76. Kenley Jansen Dodgers
77. Aroldis Chapman Yankees
78. Yu Darvish Rangers
79. Kolten Wong Cardinals
80. Corey Kluber Indians
81. Cole Hamels Rangers
82. Jeurys Familia Mets
83. Evan Longoria Rays
84. Matt Carpenter Cardinals
85. Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals
86. Stephen Strasburg Nationals
87. Adam Wainwright Cardinals
88. Corey Dickerson Rays
89. Brett Gardner Yankees
90. Jacoby Ellsbury Yankees
91. Michael Wacha Cardinals
92. Joc Pederson Dodgers
93. Matt Kemp Dodgers
94. Ian Desmond Rangers
95. Adrian Beltre Rangers
96. Jorge Soler Cubs
97. Byron Buxton Twins
98. Brian McCann Yankees
99. Rougned Odor Rangers
100. Adam Eaton White Sox
101. David Peralta Diamondbacks
102. Albert Pujols Angels
103. Salvador Perez Royals
104. Wade Davis Royals
105. Noah Syndergaard Mets
106. Ken Giles Astros
107. Masahiro Tanaka Yankees
108. Luis Severino Yankees
109. Jose Reyes Rockies
​110. Jung Ho Kang Pirates
111. Dexter Fowler Cubs
112. Shelby Miller Diamondbacks
113. Ian Kinsler Tigers
114. Matt Duffy Giants
115. Carlos Carrasco Indians
116. Jay Bruce Reds
117. Mark Melancon Pirates
118. Shin-Soo Choo Rangers
119. Maikel Franco Phillies
120. Michael Conforto Mets
121. David Robertson White Sox
122. Mike Moustakas Royals
123. Alex Gordon Royals
124. Johnny Cueto Giants
125. Felix Hernandez Mariners

126. Joey Gallo Rangers
127. Jordan Zimmermann Tigers
128. Lucas Duda Mets
129. Mark Teixeira Yankees
130. Elvis Andrus Rangers
131. Alcides Escobar Royals
132. Byung Ho Park Twins
133. Kevin Pillar Blue Jays
134. Tyson Ross Padres
135. Hector Rondon Cubs
136. Cody Allen Indians
137. Steven Souza Jr. Rays
138. Khris Davis Athletics
139. Marcus Stroman Blue Jays
140. Billy Burns Athletics
141. Stephen Piscotty Cardinals
142. Aaron Judge Yankees
143. Jose Quintana White Sox
144. Jhonny Peralta Cardinals
145. David Wright Mets
146. Carlos Martinez Cardinals
147. Justin Turner Dodgers
148. Travis d'Arnaud Mets
149. Roberto Osuna Blue Jays
150. Garrett Richards Angels
151. James Shields Padres
152. Yoan Moncada Red Sox
153. Rusney Castillo Red Sox
154. Gregory Polanco Pirates
155. Jose Berrios Twins
156. Matt Holliday Cardinals
157. Evan Gattis Astros
158. Michael Pineda Yankees
159. DJ LeMahieu Rockies
160. Starlin Castro Yankees
161. Julio Urias Dodgers
162. Brett Lawrie White Sox
163. Zach Britton Orioles
164. Josh Reddick Athletics
165. Jonathan Papelbon Nationals
166. Josh Harrison Pirates
167. Delino DeShields Rangers
168. Logan Forsythe Rays
169. Brad Boxberger Rays
170. Ben Zobrist Cubs
171. Jeff Samardzija Giants
172. Yordano Ventura Royals
173. Aaron Nola Phillies
174. Eduardo Rodriguez Red Sox
175. Lucas Giolito Nationals
176. Danny Salazar Indians
177. Russell Martin Blue Jays
178. Trea Turner Nationals
179. Yasmany Tomas Diamondbacks
180. Shawn Tolleson Rangers
181. Justin Bour Marlins
182. A.J. Ramos Marlins
183. Devon Travis Blue Jays
184. Joe Panik Giants
185. Brandon Belt Giants
186. Jon Lester Cubs
187. Tyler Glasnow Pirates
188. Jameson Taillon Pirates
189. Lance McCullers Jr. Astros
190. Jake Lamb Diamondbacks
191. J.P. Crawford Phillies
192. Alex Cobb Rays
193. Jonathan Lucroy Brewers
194. Stephen Vogt Athletics
195. Christian Yelich Marlins
196. Andrew Miller Yankees
197. Huston Street Angels
198. Francisco Rodriguez Tigers
199. Daniel Murphy Nationals
200. Yasmani Grandal Dodgers
201. Santiago Casilla Giants
202. Yan Gomes Indians
203. Ketel Marte Mariners
204. Carlos Santana Indians
205. Josh Bell Pirates
206. Jorge Alfaro Phillies
207. Devin Mesoraco Reds
208. Andrelton Simmons Angels
209. Greg Bird Yankees
210. Micah Johnson Dodgers
211. Jose Peraza Reds
212. Blake Swihart Red Sox
213. Wilson Ramos Nationals
214. Steve Cishek Mariners
215. Alex Jackson Mariners
216. Cameron Maybin Tigers
217. Jesse Winker Reds
218. Dustin Pedroia Red Sox
219. Sean Doolittle Athletics
220. Odubel Herrera Phillies
221. Jake Odorizzi Rays
222. Wil Myers Padres
223. Steven Moya Tigers
224. Collin McHugh Astros
225. A.J. Reed Astros
226. Francisco Liriano Pirates
227. Matt Adams Cardinals
228. Gary Sanchez Yankees
229. Gio Gonzalez Nationals
230. Howie Kendrick Dodgers
231. Arodys Vizcaino Braves
232. Carlos Rodon White Sox
233. Julio Teheran Braves
234. Dellin Betances Yankees
235. John Lackey Cubs
236. Daniel Norris Tigers
237. Marco Estrada Blue Jays
238. Andrew Cashner Padres
239. J.A. Happ Blue Jays
240. Bradley Zimmer Indians
241. Clint Frazier Indians
242. Javier Baez Cubs
243. Kenta Maeda Dodgers
244. Kevin Gausman Orioles
245. Steven Matz Mets
246. Brandon Nimmo Mets
247. Alex Guerrero Dodgers
248. Jackie Bradley Jr. Red Sox
249. Eddie Rosario Twins
250. Ben Revere Nationals

If you have any questions or comments please post them at the bottom of this page.

Alex Wiesner
January 9th, 2016
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Top 200 for 2016]]>Sun, 03 Jan 2016 20:28:04 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/2016-fantasy-baseball/fantasy-baseball-top-200-for-2016Fantasy Baseball Top 200 for 2016

My 2016 Fantasy Baseball Top 200 Rankings are based on a combination of: potential ADP, current value, future (by the end of the year) value, trade value, age, several batting splits and trends, position versatility, position eligibility, power and ability to stay healthy. 

The auction values that I have next to each player's name are pretty close to "great value," meaning each player will probably go for more money in drafts; however, I'd use my numbers as jumping off points for your leagues. I'm basing my dollar amounts on a standard 5x5 ten-team league with a $240 budget. If you have any questions regarding my rankings please post your comments at the bottom of this article. I will periodically check back and answer all of them. If you want more information on each player check out my Rankings and Projections.

A lot of things could change from now until Opening Day so I'll do my best to keep updating these throughout Spring Training. If you're curious, here's a look back at last year's Top 200 Rankings.

Fantasy Baseball Top 200 for 2016

1. Mike Trout LAA
2. Bryce Harper WSH
3. Paul Goldschmidt ARI
4. Josh Donaldson TOR
5. Nolan Arenado COL
6. Anthony Rizzo CHC
7. Giancarlo Stanton MIA
8. Andrew McCutchen PIT
9. Jose Altuve HOU
10. Miguel Cabrera DET
11. Manny Machado BAL
12. Kris Bryant CHC
13. Carlos Correa HOU
14. Edwin Encarnacion TOR
15. Clayton Kershaw LAD
16. Yoenis Cespedes NYM
17. Dee Gordon MIA
18. Nelson Cruz SEA
19. Todd Frazier CHW
20. Jose Bautista TOR
21. Max Scherzer WSH
22. Adam Jones BAL
23. Jose Abreu CHW
24. Robinson Cano SEA
25. Freddie Freeman ATL
26. J.D. Martinez DET
27. Jake Arrieta CHC
28. Starling Marte PIT
29. A.J. Pollock ARI
30. Zack Greinke ARI
31. Michael Brantley CLE
32. Charlie Blackmon COL
33. Mookie Betts BOS
34. Madison Bumgarner SF
35. George Springer HOU
36. Troy Tulowitzki TOR
37. Ryan Braun MIL
38. Brian Dozier MIN
39. Dallas Keuchel HOU
40. Joey Votto CIN
41. Chris Davis BAL
42. Jason Kipnis CLE
43. Chris Archer TB
44. David Price BOS
45. Kyle Seager SEA
46. Gerrit Cole PIT
47. Carlos Gomez HOU
48. Prince Fielder TEX
49. Lorenzo Cain KC
50. Carlos Gonzalez COL
51. Adrian Gonzalez LAD
52. Chris Sale CHW
53. Albert Pujols LAA
54. Eric Hosmer KC
55. Buster Posey SF
56. Matt Carpenter STL
57. Jacob deGrom NYM
58. Miguel Sano MIN
59. Xander Bogaerts BOS
60. Corey Seager LAD
61. Francisco Lindor CLE
62. Brandon Crawford SF
63. Yasiel Puig LAD
64. Matt Harvey NYM
65. Justin Upton DET
66. Sonny Gray OAK
67. Jose Fernandez MIA
68. Jason Heyward CHC
69. Adrian Beltre TEX
70. Corey Kluber CLE
71. Evan Longoria TB
72. Adam Wainwright STL
73. Addison Russell
74. Billy Hamilton CIN
75. Craig Kimbrel BOS
76. Matt Kemp SD
77. Brett Gardner NYY
78. Kenley Jansen LAD
79. Kole Calhoun LAA
80. Wade Davis KC
81. Randal Grichuk STL
82. Matt Duffy SF
83. Carlos Carrasco CLE
84. Mike Moustakas KC
85. Kendrys Morales KC
86. Jung-Ho Kang PIT
87. Brian McCann NYY
88. Cole Hamels TEX
89. Masahiro Tanaka NYY
90. David Wright NYM
91. Ian Kinsler TEX
92. Jeurys Familia NYM
93. Evan Gattis HOU
94. Anthony Rendon WSH
95. Dexter Fowler BAL
96. Kyle Schwarber CHC
97. Trevor Rosenthal STL
98. Ian Desmond TEX
99. Felix Hernandez SEA
100. Michael Wacha STL


101. Johnny Cueto SF
102. Noah Syndergaard NYM
103. Stephen Strasburg WSH
104. Jacoby Ellsbury NYY
105. Adam Eaton CHW
106. Aroldis Chapman NYY
107. Mark Melancon PIT
108. Elvis Andrus TEX
109. David Peralta ATL
110. Ken Giles HOU
111. Hanley Ramirez BOS
112. Luis Severino NYY
113. David Ortiz BOS
114. David Robertson CHW
115. Salvador Perez KC
116. Hector Rondon CHC
117. Rougned Odor TEX
118. Starlin Castro NYY
119. Mark Teixeira NYY
120. Hunter Pence SF
121. Justin Turner LAD
122. Carlos Martinez STL
123. Danny Salazar CLE
124. Lucas Duda NYM
125. Corey Dickerson TB
126. Francisco Liriano PIT
127. Shelby Miller ARI
128. Jordan Zimmermann DET
129. Tyson Ross SD
130. Maikel Franco PHI
131. Cody Allen CLE
132. Brandon Belt SF
133. Carlos Santana CLE
134. Michael Pineda NYY
135. Garrett Richards LAA
136. Joc Pederson LAD
137. Alcides Escobar KC
138. Yu Darvish TEX
139. Marcus Stroman TOR
140. Jon Lester CHC
141. Billy Burns OAK
142. Shin-Soo Choo TEX
143. Roberto Osuna TOR
144. Jay Bruce CIN
145. Justin Bour MIA
146. James Shields SD
147. Collin McHugh HOU
148. Jose Quintana CHW
149. Josh Reddick OAK
150. Zach Britton BAL
151. Shawn Tolleson TEX
152. Mitch Moreland TEX
153. DJ LeMahieu COL
154. Eduardo Rodriguez BOS
155. Victor Martinez DET
156. Stephen Piscotty STL
157. Gregory Polanco PIT
158. A.J. Ramos MIA
159. Francisco Rodriguez DET
160. Howie Kendrick LAD
161. Adam Lind SEA
162. Jake Odorizzi TB
163. Yordano Ventura KC
164. Ryan Zimmerman WSH
165. Brad Boxberger TB
166. Logan Forsythe TB
167. Michael Conforto NYM
168. Travis d'Arnaud NYM
169. Jonathan Papelbon WSH
170. Christian Yelich MIA
171. Ben Revere WSH
172. Russell Martin TOR
173. Brandon Phillips CIN
174. Jhonny Peralta STL
175. Jean Segura ARI
176. Curtis Granderson NYM
177. Lance McCullers Jr. HOU
178. Brett Lawrie CHW
179. Marco Estrada TOR
180. Nick Castellanos DET
181. Josh Harrison PIT
182. Julio Teheran ATL
183. Huston Street LAA
184. Jorge Soler CHC
185. Andrew Miller NYY
186. Daniel Norris DET
187. Devon Travis TOR
188. Gio Gonzalez WSH
189. Aaron Nola PHI
190. Joe Panik SF
191. John Lackey CHC
192. Dustin Pedroia BOS
193. J.A. Happ TOR
194. Chris Colabello TOR
195. Yasmany Tomas ARI
196. Matt Holliday STL
197. Nathan Eovaldi NYY
198. Ender Enciarte ATL
199. Trevor Plouffe MIN
200. Daniel Murphy WSH


Alex Wiesner
January 3rd, 2016
<![CDATA[2016 Fantasy Baseball Late Round Flyers]]>Sun, 03 Jan 2016 20:03:59 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/2016-fantasy-baseball/2016-fantasy-baseball-late-round-flyersFantasy Baseball Late Round Flyers

Welington Castillo ARI C
Castillo was acquired last season from Seattle as part of the Mark Trumbo deal. After joining Arizona last June all Welington did was hit. In 80 games with the Diamondbacks Castillo hit .255 with 17 home runs, 50 RBI, 34 runs and a 1.4 WAR. He hit 12 homers in the second half of the season in 2015, that was tied with Brian McCann for the most in baseball among Catchers. 

Matt Adams STL 1B
Adams played in just 60 games last year due to a torn quadriceps muscle but is expected to be healthy when Spring Training begins. "Big City" was a sleeper pick of mine last season and now, after a lost season, remains a sleeper entering 2016. Back in 2014 Adams hit .288 with 15 home runs, 68 RBI and 55 runs in 142 games as the Cardinals' everyday First Baseman. I'm expecting similar numbers this year.

Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
If you're in a league that counts OBP, move on right now. Schoop has great power but he has one of the worst walk rates in baseball over the past two years. Since the start of the 2014 season Jonathan has walked just 22 times in 760 at bats (223 games). In that same span he's whiffed 203 times boasting an awful 0.11 BB/K rate and an ugly .028 BB/PA rate. If you're in a standard 5x5 league keep an eye on Schoop in the later rounds as his power is for real. The 24 year old launched 15 home runs in just 86 games in 2015 after sending 16 balls in the seats in 137 games in 2014. 

Jake Lamb ARI 3B
A stress reaction in his left foot caused him a few months last season limiting him to just 107 games in 2015. In those games Lamb managed to hit .263 with six homers, three steals, 34 RBI and 38 runs. The key reason why Lamb made this list was his performance prior to the stress reaction. Prior to the injury Jake was hitting .414 in the early part of the year. If Lamb gets off to a similar start this year he'll be a must-own.

Andrelton Simmons LAA SS
There's no arguing the fact that Andrelton is the best defensive Shortstop in all of baseball but his bat is still a work in progress. Simmons has won the last three Gold Gloves for National League Shortstops, the 2013 Platinum Glove award and the 2015 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award. Offensively he's fallen a long ways since his 17 homer campaign in 2013. Over the past two years Andrelton has hit a combined 11 home runs with 90 RBI, 104 runs and a .255 average (274 for 1,075) in 293 games. This year, I think, will be different for Simmons on a new team in a new park.

Michael Conforto NYM OF
What a debut season for Michael Conforto last year in New York. Conforto hit .270 with nine homers, 26 RBI, 30 runs and 14 doubles in just 56 games last season. Conforto will probably be the Mets starting Left Fielder this year, if that's the case he'll be a Top 50 Fantasy Outfielder. 

Yasmany Tomas ARI OF/3B
The Cuban slugger profiles as a line drive hitter with the potential to be a major run producer in the middle of the Diamondbacks' lineup. My concern with Tomas was how he finished last season. Last year Yasmany hit .208 in 154 second half at bats. That, after hitting .313 in 252 first half at bats. That being said, Tomas projects as a fourth or fifth Outfielder or Corner Infielder in standard Fantasy leagues this year.

Delino DeShields Jr. TEX OF
If you're looking for a cheaper version of Ben Revere, Adam Eaton or Billy Burns, look no further than Delino DeShields Jr. late in your drafts. DeShields Jr. was selected as a Rule Five Draft pick in 2014 by the Rangers after the Astros failed to protect him. In daily leagues make sure you play Delino in Rangers' home games, he hit .290 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington last season.

Hisashi Iwakuma SEA SP
Iwakuma made just 20 starts last season due to a strained lat muscle; however, one of those starts was the fifth no-hitter in Mariners' history. Hisashi has been a very underrated Starting Pitcher throughout his career. Last year he went 9-5 with a 3.54 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 111 strikeouts (just 21 walks) in 129.2 innings. For his career Iwakuma has recorded a 3.17 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and a 47-25 record in 111 games (97 starts). After the Dodgers backed out of a deal with Iwakuma the Mariners brought him back on a three-year contract.

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J.A. Happ TOR SP
Happ finished the 2015 season strong in Pittsburgh. With the Pirates J.A. made 11 starts and went 7-2 with an incredible 1.85 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Happ's strong finish was overshadowed by the historic National League Cy Young race between Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. As for Happ, he'll enter 2016 as a sneaky pickup in the final few rounds of Fantasy drafts.

Mike Fiers HOU SP
If you feel like you need to amass more strikeouts in your rotisserie drafts this year, draft Fiers. Last season, between Houston and Milwaukee, Mike tallied 180 strikeouts in 180.1 innings. He'll pitch to a relatively high ERA and WHIP but the potential for double digit strikeout starts are there with the veteran Right Hander. 

Arodys Vizcaino ATL RP
The Braves are in full rebuild mode but one piece they should be able to count on for years to come is Arodys Vizcaino. Last season Vizcaino made 36 appearances and recorded nine saves in ten chances after missing the first 80 games of the season for failing a drug test. In 33.2 innings Arodys posted a 1.60 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 37 strikeouts with just 13 walks.

Sean Doolittle OAK RP
It's always hard to predict who will be the Closer in Oakland but this year I'm pretty sure it'll be Sean Doolittle. Two years ago Doolittle was pretty dominant as a Closer posting a 2.73 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 22 saves in 26 chances. After dealing with a shoulder injury last season Sean appears to finally be healthy again. If Doolittle exits Spring Training as the A's Closer he'll hold good value as a late round pick.

Alex Wiesner
January 3rd, 2016
<![CDATA[2016 Fantasy Baseball Potential Rookie Breakouts]]>Sun, 03 Jan 2016 19:42:53 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/2016-fantasy-baseball/2016-fantasy-baseball-potential-rookie-breakoutsPotential Rookie Breakouts
2016 Fantasy Baseball

Gary Sanchez NYY C
There aren't too many high-end Catching prospects that are expected to make an impact in the Majors this year other than Sanchez. Gary possesses very good power but will likely go through some growing pains this season. The good news is that he'll get to play behind veteran Brian McCann and for Joe Girardi, a former Catcher.

Josh Bell PIT 1B
The Pirates clearly value Bell more than "all or nothing" slugger Pedro Alvarez as they let him go and added Bell to their 40-man roster. Bell, who stands at 6' 2" 225 pounds, is a switch-hitter that was forced moved to First Base a few years ago giving him a clearer path to the Bigs. Bell represented the Pirates in the 2014 and 2015 All Star Futures Game due to his immense power and aggressive swing. Josh has a chance to open the 2016 season as the Pirates First Baseman, if that's the case he'll be worth a look in all Fantasy leagues.

A.J. Reed HOU 1B
Like Josh Bell, A.J. Reed has a chance to enter the 2016 season as a starting Major League First Baseman. Reed hit a combined 34 home runs between Single A and Double A last year proving he has legit power. As a Junior at the University of Kentucky Reed hit .336 and recorded a .476 OBP all while leading the nation in home runs with 23. He went on to win the Golden Spikes award and the Dick Howser trophy that year as the best player in College Baseball. Past winners of the Golden Spikes award include Kris Bryant (2013), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008) and David Price (2007). 

Byung Ho Park MIN 1B
Even though he's already played a decade in the Korean Baseball Organization, Park enters 2016 as a 29 year old rookie. Park has won the home run title and RBI title in the KBO each of the last four years and is a two-time MVP of the league. He's hit 120 home runs over the past three seasons and driven in 368 RBI in that span. Park's power will translate to Minnesota but he will have to adjust to Major League pitching fairly quickly in order to make an impact in the Fantasy world. 

Jose Peraza CIN 2B
In 2014 Peraza won the Braves' Minor League Player of the Year award when he hit .339 with 60 steals between his time in Single A and Double A. Jose was also selected to the All Star Futures Game that year. In 2015 Peraza was dealt to the Dodgers as part of a three-team deal between Los Angeles, Miami and Atlanta. In December Peraza was dealt to Cincinnati as part of a three-way trade between the Dodgers, Reds and White Sox. Brandon Phillips will open the 2016 season as the Reds' starting Second Baseman; however, Jose will be one to keep an eye on moving forward. 

J.P. Crawford PHI SS
Touted as Jimmy Rollins heir apparent for a few years now, J.P. Crawford now has a chance to be the Phillies' everyday Shortstop. Crawford has an uncanny ability to get on base despite not having great power. J.P. actually recorded more walks than strikeouts last season in the minors. If he can take that skill set to Philadelphia he'll be a potential steal in the later rounds of your Fantasy drafts.

Trea Turner WSH SS
Turner is my pick to win the starting Shortstop job in Washington this season pairing up with Daniel Murphy as the Nats' double play duo. Turner is a good, not great, defender with a solid arm that'll allow him to stay at Shortstop for the immediate future. Offensively his best tool is his speed although he does have the ability to hit for some power. Like many players on this list, Turner is someone to watch this Spring Training.

Aaron Judge NYY OF
Yankee fans will be on the edge of their seats when Aaron Judge comes to the plate this year. Listed at 6' 7" and weighing nearly 300 pounds, Judge uses his frame to generate light tower power. Hitting in Yankee Stadium will be a plus for the youngster as well. The only two questions left to answer for Judge, and Manager Joe Girardi, is where will Judge play and when should he be promoted?

Jesse Winker CIN OF
Winker often garners comparisons to fellow Reds' player Jay Bruce for his size and power potential. Winker profiles as a good everyday Left Fielder, a hole that currently needs to be filled in Cincinnati. If Winker is given the job out of Spring Training he'll challenge as a potential Top 60 Fantasy Outfielder.

Julio Urias LAD SP
We may not see Urias in Los Angeles until September but he's still worth mentioning on this list for his tremendous upside. The South Paw has three plus-pitches and great control. He was signed as a 16 year old in 2012 and has since been electric in the Dodgers' farm system. He pitched in the Pacific Coast League last year as a 19 year old. 

Jose Berrios MIN SP
The Twins could do themselves a huge favor this season by cutting Jose Berrios loose at the Major League level. Even though he's just 21 years old, Jose was dominant in Triple A (International League) last year posting a 6-2 record with a 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and an 83/14 K/BB ratio. Berrios uses a mid-90's fastball, with life, to go with a hard slurve and a great changeup. He has pretty good control of all three pitches as well.

Robert Stephenson CIN SP
Stephenson is nearing a promotion to the Majors. He stands 6' 2" and checks in at about 200 pounds. He uses that frame to throw a hard fastball that can touch the upper 90's regularly. Along with his fastball, Stephenson throws a devastating curveball, and offers an average changeup as his third pitch. The 22 year old amassed 134 innings (between Double A and Triple A) last season helping him build strength to better prepare him for the Bigs. Stephenson is a must own in all keeper/dynasty leagues.

If you have any questions about the above rookies or any other rookies please post them in the comment section below.

Alex Wiesner
January 3rd, 2016