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  1. What’s Hunter Morris’ ceiling? He really put up monster numbers this year and won the Southern League MVP….303/.357/.563 with 28 home runs and 113 RBI…is he the brewers 1B of the future? If so, what do they do with Gamel, whom I assume is still considered one of their CI of the future. I was surprised Morris wasnt given a call-up, especially with Hart now banged up. You would think he could certainly give them something more than Travis Ishikawa or Jeff Bianchi.

    Comment by Cliff — September 13, 2012 @ 10:07 am

  2. Cliff: Morris has power and showed there’s some slight hopes he can fix his plate discipline this year (7% BB rate in 2012), but he still has to do better in that second area (just 5% career even factoring in 2012) and on D if he wants to be more than a second-division backup who might be able to handle starting by default or if the regular first baseman is injured. Going to have to prove himself in Triple-A next season.

    Comment by Jason Catania — September 13, 2012 @ 10:55 am

  3. I think Khris Davis was even better than Morris this year (different position of course) and am quite surprised the Brewers haven’t given him a cup of coffee this September, albeit they are still contending.

    Comment by Wobatus — September 13, 2012 @ 11:54 am

  4. If Gyorko gets the nod at second next season then I think he becomes a must own. I could see him being a better version of Jason Kipnis (minus the speed).

    Comment by MJ 888 — September 13, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  5. I don’t think I’d expect much from Gyorko. In a dynasty I only add him as trade bait.

    He plays in the best hitting league in the minors and moving to the worst hitting park in a majors.

    I’m guessing he doesn’t hit more than 15HR and finishes outside the top 15 at 2B.

    Comment by IggyFenton — September 13, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  6. I will not be surprised if Rendon is a significant MLB contributor in 2013

    Comment by d_i — September 13, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  7. hitting 15 HR as a 2B?…even if he were to hit .265-.275 with 15 HR, 60-70 RBI, and 10-15 SB, that would put him in the top 15 for 2B….the 16th ranked 2B is Mike Aviles who is hitting .252 with 55 R, 13 HR, 60 RBI, and 14 SB.

    would a stat line of .280/70-75R/16-20HR/60-75RBI/8-10SB really suprise you?….cause thats basically Neil Walker. i dont think anyone is saying Gyorko is going to be the next Cano by any stretch. and i think he will actually end up at 3B because i see the Padres moving Headley in the offseason while his value is at its peak. they need OF desperately IMO, as well as a quality everyday SS. maybe im nuts, but it wouldnt totally shock me to see them move headley, carlos q., and a B level prospect to Texas in return for Andrus?

    Comment by Cliff — September 13, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

  8. I agree with Cliff. If Gyorko hits 15 bombs from the 2b position he probably is a top 15. He should hit for a good enough average too. So I think he could be a very nice guy to stash just in case he plays 2b for them.

    I also think that Headly will be traded. His value is as high as it will ever be and they would be nuts not to cash in now.

    Comment by MJ 888 — September 13, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

  9. fair enough. thats sort of the scouting reports ive heard on him. i think this year has been a perfect example of how poor K% rates and low BB% rates often translate very poorly on the major league level. guys like Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, Mike Olt(more just been totally mishandled IMO. never shoulda been brought up to play once a week), LaHair, Carlos Peguro, etc. have all struggled to a great extent this year in the bigs. and for the most part, they all had serious issues with plate discipline.

    thanks for the response though. not very many websites where the writer actually responds to comments. cough, keith law, cough. i still think at the end of the day, Morris was outrageously old for his level, and he hit for a darn good average to go along with his power numbers. and power hitters are going to strikeout a lot for the most part anyway. guys like pujols are the exception, not the norm.

    i could see Morris becoming a Paul Goldschmidt-type guy though who put up huge numbers in the minors, wasnt considered a top prospect, but just continued producing when he reached the bigs? what do you think about that comparison? maybe Garett Jones? Tyler Colvin? or is he more in the mold of LaHair and Matt LaPorta?

    Comment by Cliff — September 14, 2012 @ 8:31 am

  10. Morris and Davis both put up big numbers.

    Morris: 303/.357/.563, 28 HR, 113 RBI, 117/40 K/BB (522 ABs)

    Davis: .350/.451/.604, 15 HR, 52 RBI, 67/52 K/BB (260 ABs)

    Biggest difference between them is that Davis will be 26 already in January of this year coming up, meaning that he was 25 playing in AA and AAA. If everyone discounts Ruf’s numbers because he was 26 in AA, i think we have to take Davis’ with a grain of salt as well. Morris on the other hand hasnt even turned 24 yet, meaning that hes about average age if i remember correctly. not saying Davis doesnt have the better future, but it seems that scouts tend to completely rule out any possibility that certain guys are just late bloomers….not like Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Allen Craig, Cliff Lee, etc are any good, right?…pretty sure they were all late bloomers.

    Comment by Cliff — September 14, 2012 @ 8:39 am

  11. Davis also had a crazy BABIP over .400 this year, so I’m not sure I buy his .350 average. The walk rate is legit, so he has OBP-ability and good pop, but I’d be surprised if either Davis or Morris becomes a regular starter over multiple seasons in the majors.

    Comment by Jason Catania — September 14, 2012 @ 8:53 am

  12. d_i: So do you think he’ll A) stay healthy enough to play so well that he forces his way to the majors, while B) the big league club encounters so many injuries to the starting infielders that Rendon becomes a big part of their lineup? I’m not saying it can’t happen, just that it would take BOTH for Rendon to get more than, say, 100 at-bats.

    Comment by Jason Catania — September 14, 2012 @ 10:53 am

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