Weekly Google Hangout

I’ve added a weekly Google Hangout to my schedule with Jeff Erickson and Chris Liss from RotoWire. My first appearance was to discuss the LABR draft from last week and some of the dynamics within it.


Radio Spots Archive

As pitchers and catchers begin reporting to Florida and Arizona, interest is picking up on sports talk radio. I did three spots in Florida earlier this week and each station was kind enough to post the archive of the audio:

  1. On 620 WDAE with Rick Stroud and Tom Jones
  2. On 1040 AM with Ryan Bass
  3. On 740 AM with the Sports Rx

Episode 5 of Towers of Power Baseball Hour is Live

Paul Sporer and I have each have had health and technical issues over the past 10 days, but we got together to discuss the extensions in Atlanta, pitching signings in Arizona, Los Angeles, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Texas, and some recent hot stove rumors.

The show can be found in iTunes as well as Stitcher. The show’s RSS feed is here

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/topbhr/ep5.mp3]


Busy Bee

Chart of the Day — Where Have All the 1B Prospects Gone?

Paula Cole wants to know. The chart below shows the total number of 1B prospects ranked each season since 1990 by Baseball America. The 2014 list will potentially have just Jose Abreu, who is going to open the season at the MLB level after defecting from Cuba. CJ Cron is the only other 1B ranked higher than 4th in any of their organizational reports. Jonathan Singleton was ranked in both the Baseball Prospectus Top 101 list as well as Keith Law’s top 100 (who ranked 1B Dominic Smith 37th), but he is ranked just 7th in BA’s Top Ten for the Astros List.



Fantasy Mailbag

Beginning next week, I will be posting a fantasy mailbag over on RotoWire’s Rotosynthesis blog. I often get a lot of questions on Twitter about fantasy teams, but <140 characters isn’t the best way to respond to them. If you email me at collette@rotowire.com, I’ll publish the questions & my responses to as many as I can & plan to do them on Mondays and Thursdays. 

It would be helpful if you include league size, cap, etc. If you’re considering a trade, who are you dropping to fit the players is always helpful. If you are a subscriber to RotoWire, please note that in your email. If you’re not, consider becoming one, for at least a free 10-day trial.

List of the Day: RISP

These were the top ten batting averages by all qualified batters with runners in scoring position during 2013:

  • Allen Craig – .454
  • Freddie Freeman – .443
  • Miguel Cabrera – .397
  • Matt Holliday – .390
  • Matt Carpenter – .388
  • Salvador Perez – .377
  • Michael Brantley – .375
  • Carlos Beltran  – .374
  • Yadier Molina – .373
  • Robinson Cano – .357

Yes, five of the ten players were all on the same team that scored 77 more runs than any other team in the National League last season.