- Is Elliot Johnson Worth Starting?
Last year, Elliot Johnson was one of the worst hitters in the majors. With a 57 wRC+ backed by just four home runs, six steals, and a strikeout rate near 30%, Johnson's lackluster performance had
- The Return of Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson returned to the mound last night for the first time since April 21. The oft-injured 29-year-old (it still surprises me that he’s just 29) impressed against the Giants, throwing seven
- Buying Low on Josh Johnson
It may surprise some, considering this high ERA and low strikeout rate compared to his career average, but Josh Johnson actually has the seventh highest WAR of any pitcher in baseball. Despite having
- Will Erik Johnson Be Relevant?
He throws all four pitches, has solid velocity, a big solid frame, will begin the season in the White Sox rotation, and is a top 100 prospect. With all of that said, will Erik Johnson be worth
- Kelly Johnson, an Elite Second Baseman?
The league leader in WAR for second basemen? Kelly Johnson. I made some pretty bold predictions in our staff-wide preseason series, one of them being that Matt Kemp will not even get to 30/30
- Ben Duronio's 10 Bold Predictions for 2012
with less than 30 home runs for the season.
4. Kelly Johnson will be a top 5 second baseman. Johnson has always been a streaky hitter, but he ran into some terrible luck last season. His xBABIP
- Closers Trending Up: Guerra, Johnson, Marshall
competition. Even so, it looks like he is gaining more and more control of the ninth inning in Los Angeles.
Johnson was another relative uncertainty in the closer role before
- Braves Scoop Up Useful Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson
The Braves are taking a long-term risk for a short-term gain in trading Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman for Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm. The most talented player in the deal is obviously Arodys
- White Sox Call Ups: Marcus Semien and Erik Johnson
confident that he can be a regular in the majors. His ISO numbers are not incredible in the minors, but for a middle infielder he packs an interesting combination of power and speed.
- Waiver Wire: Ben Revere and Chris Johnson
be able to help your squad out: Ben Revere and Chris Johnson.
With Denard Span still on the disabled list and reportedly still feeling a tad woozy from his concussion, Ben Revere
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
are liable to trade Ben Revere at some point. Domonic Brown is one or two bad months from being cut. Grady Sizemore is hardly an impediment to playing time.
There is a regular role available to Herrera
- The Nick Johnson Quandry
This winter's free agent class is full of guys with significant amounts of both talent and risk, especially on the pitching side of things. Rich Harden, Ben Sheets, Erik Bedard, Brad Penny, Brett
- Tyler Clippard As Closer
With Drew Storen attempting to return at the All-Star break, manager Davey Johnson stated he is opting for a "closer by committee" approach to the ninth inning in Washington. Tyler Clippard received
- Bearish on Ben Zobrist
In each of the past four years, Ben Zobrist has hit 20 home runs or stolen 20 bases, but it is rather doubtful that he reaches either of those marks this season. At age 32, it is reasonable to ask
- How Valuable is Craig Kimbrel?
Bumgarner or Zack Greinke would be equal trading partners, two players I would not give up for any closer. Keep in mind that Yahoo! ranks Jim Johnson and Aroldis Chapman ahead of Kimbrel, due mostly
- Ben Duronio RotoGraphs Chat
- Ben Duronio RotoGraphs Chat
- Ben Duronio RotoGraphs Chat
- Chris Iannetta's Peculiar Season
The BABIP gods are a most fickle bunch. They come and go as they please, gracing the bats of some while abandoning others altogether. Take Chris Johnson, for example. Aided by a .394 BABIP (roughly
- Chris Perez's Blown Save With Roto Implications
innings of scoreless ball with a strikeout, hit allowed, and hit batsman. He hit Kelly Johnson with a slider that generated a tremendous amount of break that hit Johnson in the lower part of his leg
- Joe Blanton is Having One of the Weirdest Seasons Ever
three include Curt Schilling with 37 allowed in 2001 (I hear a lot of home runs were hit that year), Fergie Jenkins with 29 allowed in 1971, and Walter Johnson with 9 allowed in 1913. Schilling
- The Braves Long Term Outlook at Closer
will be the ninth inning man. If he begins to struggle, Jim Johnson would be the likely successor – given he is pitching well at the time Grilli would be pitching poorly. Braves management also mentioned
- Ryan Cook and Pedro Strop in Holds Leagues
a walk issue, with his walk percentage at 12.4% and a less than 2.00 K/BB ratio. It does help that Strop is likely the next in line to save games if something were to happen to Jim Johnson, so picking him
- Luke Scott as a Utility Option
guy to target. He has been a consistent power threat throughout his career and the Rays coaching staff has helped revive Kelly Johnson and James Loney this season as well. If Scott’s patient approach
- The Yankees Long Term Second Base Situation
to get his opportunity? It is a bit difficult to say. Roberts is the incumbent but if he continues to hit like he does he won’t have much of a leash left. Kelly Johnson would seemingly be the next
- Is Erasmo Ramirez the Next Kris Medlen?
What his heater’s velocity and command also do is set up his changeup, which is his one pitch that makes me say "wow." Here are two .gifs from his last outing against the Blue Jays. Kelly Johnson
- Closer Tiered Rankings
The next tier has a few veterans who could fill out a bullpen. These guys have a pretty good hold of the closer spot, but a slew of poor performances could knock them out
- Nick Swisher Sure Does Look Undervalued
to support his bat, but he is without a doubt in my mind being undervalued on draft day.
What you are betting on with Swisher is consistency. Brad Johnson wrote about how consistent Swisher has
- Picking Up Chris Taylor
an extremely high BABIP regularly. Essentially what we are hoping for offensively is that he is a shortstop eligible 2013 Chris Johnson with speed.
This year at triple-A the stolen base efficiency
- 2012 Organizational Rankings: #17 - Miami
Josh Johnson. Everyone wants to see Johnson healthy, but that has consistently been an issue for him throughout his career. Anibal Sanchez is one of the more underrated starters in the league and we
- Can Matt Garza Duplicate Last Season?
agree that he is being undervalued in drafts. Mock Draft Central has Garza currently being drafted 108.1 overall, behind Gio Gonzalez, Josh Johnson, and Michael Pineda. While I do not necessarily
- Anomalous Baserunning
- Mining the Braves Outfield
The platoon partner will be likely a combination of Almonte, Kelly Johnson, or Eric Young Jr. As a platoon option, none of them are too appealing from a fantasy perspective.
- Is Jose Bautista The New Ben Zobrist?
it's easy to point to Bautista's career numbers (and the leaderboards, where he's joined by Kelly Johnson and Alex Gonzalez, among others) and write this off as a small sample fluke, Dan pointed out
- Ben Zobrist: Shortstop Once Again
Going on four seasons now, Ben Zobrist has been Mr. Everything to the Rays. He’s played every position besides pitcher and catcher in his tenure in Tampa Bay. This season his responsibilities have
- Ben Duronio's 10 Bold Predictions
- Kelly Johnson: Why the Low AVG?
Kelly Johnson came into the season a fairly decent option at second base. In one keeper league I was in, him and Ben Zobrist were both available. I considered them to be at the same talent level
- Daily Notes, With Attention to Ben Sheets, His Start
Johnson was the very best pitcher in baseball that season, with a league-best WAR (among pitchers, at least) of 9.9 and league-best SIERA (among qualified pitchers, at least) of 2.58.
- Kelly Johnson's Return to Career-Year Form
, given that a combination Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez seemed slated for second, perhaps with a bit of Ryan Roberts mixed in. However, it soon became clear that Johnson was going to see most of his
- Brad Johnson Baseball Chat -- 4/3/14
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- Carp, Lind, Allen, Johnson: First Base Notes
of May last year as well. If the problem lingers into the regular season, the Jays are likely to roll with Edwin Encarnacion at first base and give either Rajai Davis or Ben Francisco regular turns at DH
- Four Dynasty Second Base Targets
counting on about 12 home runs and 12 stolen bases. There's a chance Herrera never grabs hold of a starting job. I would not expect him to do much in 2016.
3. Micah Johnson (CWS, AAA)
I have Jose
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
at RotoGraphs, it is customary to list 10 such bold picks; also Eno ordered me to do so.
1. Erik Johnson will be the second best starting pitcher for the White Sox
Johnson has good stuff
- Braves Outfield: A Whole New Look
from the depth chart. According to Baseball America's Ben Badler, Toscano is a left-handed hitter with "good bat control and strike-zone awareness." He's expected to play left field due to suspect arm
- The Daily Grind: Peavy Conley, Bour, Ketel
, and Syndergaard have the three top projections of the day. Greinke is next best. Shelby Miller and Erik Johnson are ranked sixth and seventh. Miller's strong projection caught me off guard. The Cardinals
- The Daily Grind: Happ, Anderson, Werth
First Base Dynasty
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Johnson, Wright, Werth, Tomlinson
1. First Base Dynasty
I don't often link
- The Daily Grind: Yahoo Exploit, Moore, Bartolo, Zito, Reds
Utley, Andre Ethier, Ben Paulsen, Justin Morneau, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, John Jaso, Chris Coghlan, Darin Ruf, Aaron Altherr, Michael Conforto, Kelly Johnson, Chris Young
- Lessons Learned From a Shallow Linear Weights Draft
on the draft board, although perhaps I should have overlooked that in favor of Ben Zobrist's position flexibility. In the other leagues I've drafted, first base has been very thin and I clearly didn't
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Johnson's also been quite bad. The most worrying sign - his fastball velocity is down three mph. Get it together Johnson!
Shelby Miller looks broken says Dave Cameron. Ok, let's stack against him
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1. What not to do
Yesterday I was beaten in a tournament by a guy who played Cliff Lee, Chris Johnson, Evan Gattis, and B.J. Upton
- The Daily Grind: Phillies, Tillman, Finnegan, Davis
Step 4: A veteran in the outfield. While the club has the money to target a Jason Heyward, I'd go an economical route with somebody like Kelly Johnson, Denard Span, Colby Rasmus
- Two Expert Drafts, Minimal Starting Pitching
and draft strategies, I'm only aiming to give you a look under the hood. I hope you find something actionable.
The FOX league includes writers like Howard Bender, a different Brad Johnson
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a decent pitcher.
The Rays stack is fantastic tonight against Erik Johnson in Chicago. The weather conditions aren't perfect, but they're good enough for some long balls.
The Brewers also have
- The Daily Grind: 4-26-14 - Presented by FanDuel
, but Miguel Gonzalez is equal opportunity about allowing bombs. I think even Ben Revere could swat one of him (no, I've gone too far).
I'm not sure who's pitching for the White Sox tomorrow. It might
- The Daily Grind: Assets, Locke, Turner
Span vs. Alex Colome
Ryan Howard and Ben Revere vs. Chris Tillman
4. Tomorrow's Targets - Locke, Niese, Turner, Burns
Pitchers to Start: I like when forces contradict each other. Jeff Locke
- The Daily Grind: Ross, Cingrani, Piscotty
Velasquez, $5,900 Brian Johnson, $5,000 Joe Ross, or $4,600 Aaron Nola. All prices on FanDuel.
If you're looking for targets, you can't ignore the Coors Field game. It's still Matt Harrison versus Kyle
- The Daily Grind: Trades, Carrasco, Alvarez
, Jim Johnson, and Luis Avilan are expected to bolster the Dodgers roster. Jose Peraza could see time in the playoffs as a pinch runner. Those who expected Peraza to be activated by the Braves right
- The Daily Grind: Ross, McCullers, Conforto, Sweeney
for when it comes to Michael Conforto. The Mets do bat him towards the bottom of the lineup when he starts. You could ask that he hit third instead.
Also consider: Marlon Byrd, Kelly Johnson, Ben
- The Daily Grind: Tomlin, Duffey, Holmberg, Kiké
Also consider: Chris Coghlan, Stephen Piscotty, Jake Lamb, Martin Prado, Pedro Alvarez, Scott Van Slyke, Jimmy Rollins, Justin Turner, Ben Paulsen, Kelly Johnson, Michael Conforto, Ryan
- The Daily Grind: Bartolo, Matz, Lorenzen
and pitcher GB%, here are today’s top recommendations. Use this link for Jeff's full list.
Here we go!
Prince Fielder v Felix Hernandez
Ben Paulsen, Justin Morneau v Tyson Ross
Jedd Gyorko v
- The Daily Grind: Polanco, Gio, Matz, Stroman
If you're feeling fade-sy, Luis Severino is $7,400 against the Blue Jays. I don't have the stomach for the matchup opposite Price. Erik Johnson ($5,000) is the bargain play.
Stack Targets: Danny
- The Daily Grind: Happ, Koehler, Porcello, Napoli
. His .270/.379/.555 slash against southpaws is rosterable in any format.
Also consider: Brandon Crawford, Yangervis Solarte, Danny Valencia, Andre Ethier, Ben Paulsen, Justin Morneau, Jonny Gomes
- The Daily Grind: Porcello, Conley, Asher, Dietrich
last season, but the Marlins see something I don't. Now they're talking about using him as a less defensively talented Ben Zobrist. He's slashing .276/.368/.525 against right-handed pitching. Maybe
- The Daily Grind: Owens, Peavy, Gutierrez
for Jeff's full list.
There aren't too many options available today, and the list is thinner once I skim off the dross.
Rougned Odor, Will Venable v Jered Weaver
Ben Paulsen, Justin Morneau v
- Reach Or Sleep
selected before it was our turn. Fulmer was the first selection of the draft while Kim was snagged eighth overall by Ben Duronio. Perez was still available at number 15, as was the recent Cuban defector
- Erik Johnson: Late Round Breakout Candidate
After five respectable outings in 2013, Erik Johnson will begin his rookie campaign as a relative unknown in the fantasy world. This season is just his third as a professional and his quick ascension
- The Daily Grind: Tropeano, Eickhoff, Welington, Jankowski
Also consider: Chris Colabello, Kelly Johnson, Ben Paulsen, Andre Ethier, Enrique Hernandez, Chase Utley, Nolan Reimold, Jonathan Schoop
Hitters (speed): Now that Will Venable has left
- Five Select Players, Heat Mapped
seasons. His 128 wRC+ is matched by Adrian Gonzalez, Victor Martinez, David Wright, Matt Joyce, Jayson Werth, and Ben Zobrist. Pretty good company.
Pitchers like to work Smith away, but it does
- Kyle Seager: Just As Advertised
average and ranks 184th overall. Such powerhouses as Ben Zobrist, Eugenio Suarez, Albert Pujols, and Derek Jeter share a similar space in the standings. Seager helps himself by hitting fly balls over 40
- Ottoneu Scrub Dumping
Lind to be sufficiently sufficient first base depth. I appended $3 ARod and $2 Ben Lively to sweeten the pot. Neither had a role with my team. In return, I bump Nick Tropeano out of the starting lineup
- Zobrist and Harrison: Fantasy Swiss Army Knives
a fantasy Swiss Army Knife. Presently, Ben Zobrist and Josh Harrison are the highest profile names with three or more eligible positions. Marcus Semien and Martin Prado also fit the bill. Others who could
- Further Ongoing Fire Sale Coverage
Ben Zobrist - $40
Bradley Boo Boo receives
Charlie Blackmon - $1
Chad Young receives
Tim Lincecum - $10
Bradley Boo Boo receives
- The Daily Grind: Second Half, Danks, Koehler, Paulsen
in the next couple weeks. NL Only owners are likely to lose players entirely or see them swapped to other NL teams. The biggest names I could see landing in the NL are Ben Zobrist and Jeff Samardzija
- The Daily Grind: SaberSim, Lamb, Tomlin
Rajai Davis and Nick Castellanos v Dallas Keuchel
Logan Morrison v Joe Kelly
Logan Forsythe v Martin Perez
Jose Bautista v Ivan Nova
Ben Paulsen v Tyson Ross
C.J. Cron, Mike Trout, Albert
- The Daily Grind: ERod, Shoemaker, Coors
. Using three-year values for hitter OPS and pitcher GB%, here are today’s top recommendations. Use this link for Jeff's full list.
We have 32 choices today:
Justin upton v Colby Lewis
Ben Revere v
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Michael Cuddyer, Ruben Tejada v Aaron Harang
Steve Pearce, Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado v Drew Smyly
Prince Fielder v Andrew Cashner
Logan Morrison v Scott Feldman
Ben Paulsen v Rubby
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Perez v Randy Wolf
Hank Conger, Evan Gattis, Carlos Correa v Taijuan Walker
Ben Revere, Russell Martin v Trevor Bauer
Nick Castellanos v Yordano Ventura
Rougned Odor, Will Venable v Ian Kennedy
- The Daily Grind: Seager, Severino, Lamb, Moore
Ben Paulsen v Chris Heston
Seth Smith, Kyle Seager, v Aaron Brooks
Steve Pearce, Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado v Drew Hutchison
4. Tomorrow's Targets - Lamb, Moore, Baez, Kelby
- The Daily Grind: Keepers, Zimmermann, Gutierrez
Here are my favorites:
Ben Revere, Russell Martin v Jake Odorizzi
Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts v Wei-Yin Chen
Joc Pederson v David Hale
Franklin Gutierrez v Garrett Richards
- The Rays Outfield
, but not something to target.
Let's gloss over Zobrist since he'll probably spend
- The Daily Grind: 4-18-14 - Presented by FanDuel
advantage against Scott Kazmir.
I hope Chris Heisey starts tomorrow. He might not.
Hitters (speed): Ben Revere and possibly Tony Gwynn Jr. will have a lot of outfield to work with. If they can spray one
- Replacement Level Depth Revisited
a lot more to me than you based on our rosters. For me, Hamilton might represent a nine point gain in steals (and some points lost elsewhere). If you own Gordon, Gomez, and Ben Revere, then you're
- Phillies Outfield: Bleak Prospects
with solid power. Steamer projects a .239/.293/.377 line, so he'll have to play his way into the outfield rotation.
The outfield may be a mess, but at least center field is solved. Ben Revere
- Angels Outfield: Animal Style
the club, he offers seemingly great contact skills (3.3 percent whiff rate in a small sample) and speed. I'd like to see him get an extended look, just to see if he can be a poor man's Ben Revere
- The Daily Grind: NotGraphs, Peralta, Greene
, a good day for streaming. Despite only nine scheduled games, the field of waiver wire pickups is wide and varied. One of the best options is Shane Greene. Our own Ben Duronio recently wrote about Greene
- Kendrys Morales: Surprisingly Valuable
. The club will probably lose Ben Zobrist and Alex Gordon over the offseason, although I think there's at least a chance they'll re-sign Gordon. However, key contributors Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas
- Danny Valencia: Now Mixed League Eligible
. The Toronto Blue Jays did because they had that many hitters. When they added Ben Revere, the team didn't think they had playing time for both Valencia and Chris Colabello. They (rightly) opted to stick
- Miller Time And Tropicana
room for breakout in OBP leagues.
The Rays will undoubtedly look to platoon Miller. I could see him filling a Ben Zobrist-type role for the organization. He may win the shortstop job outright
- Trade Intransigence In Keeper And Dynasty Leagues
that approach with some success. We bought Ben Zobrist during the 2015 season and acquired Jayson Werth in October. The problem is that both players fit firmly in the roster glue category. We need more
- The New Sneaky Good Phillies Outfielders
snagged him in July in anticipation of the Ben Revere trade. Altherr, soon-to-be 25, offers an interesting profile.
He fell off prospect lists prior to last season. Originally, scouts loved his
- My Experience Working With A Co-Manager
for Dalton Pompey (I previously had talked Chad into dumping Pompey for Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard). My expectations for Smith are much higher than Chad's. His expectations for Pompey are much higher
- Does Everybody Own Kyle Schwarber?
Schwarber by comparison profiles as a power and RBI guy. I picture the top of the Cubs lineup as some combination of Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist with Anthony Rizzo third
- Rankings Are Coming: My Personal Quirks
to me, it's just not the process I used.
So, in my top 125 outfielders, you will see multi-position players ranked ahead of better outfielders. Schwarber, Ben Zobrist, Brad Miller, and Danny
- Rockies Playing Time Battles: Hitters
have shown the rarefied air increases injury risk too.
Mark Reynolds and Ben Paulsen are currently scheduled to share first base. The team may be uninterested in a reunion with Justin
- 21 Players Whose Fielding Could Affect Their Fantasy Value
- The Daily Grind: Eovaldi, Holland, Johnson, Jaso
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Johnson, Nova, Jaso, DeShields
1. Daily DFS - Eovaldi, Holland
- A Look at Today's Pitchers: 10-5-13
As a pitcher, you can't ask
- Sometimes It Pays to Make a Bad Trade
team, 5x5 format with OBP and standard thin rosters. Shallow is one word I would use to describe the league. Ridiculously shallow are two words I would use to describe it.
A few days ago, I lost Ben
- The Daily Grind: 6-2-14 - Presented by FanDuel
. Noesi is particularly exploitable.
J.J. Hardy will eventually hit a home run. Even Ben Revere has hit a home run.
Here's you regularly scheduled Matt Joyce and David DeJesus.
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cards while everyone else had five.
The tricky part is acquiring players worth starting. The Rays and Orioles have a doubleheader tomorrow. Ben Zobrist is an obvious must start, but nobody is picking
- The Daily Grind: 6-30-14 - Presented by FanDuel
the challenge of facing the Rays at Yankee Stadium. The short porch isn't as big of a factor with the likes of Ben Zobrist, Matt Joyce, and James Loney as the top threats, but it's still relevant.
- Continued Ongoing Fire Sale Coverage
some ground in the standings, which made it easier to go for it.
The fire sale isn't over. I still have plenty of mid-tier assets like David Wright, Josh Hamilton, Chase Utley, and Ben Zobrist. I
- Selling An Elite Keeper for More Keepers
to acquire him simply because I've assumed his owner (Ben Duronio) would have a similar view to me. Maybe he'd rather have the top prospects.
Were I in Eno's shoes, I'd be looking to acquire a player just
- The Daily Grind: 9-15-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Brantley for a couple weeks. You need to make up five steals? Then say goodbye to your Kennys Vargas. Home runs and RBI the problem? Bring Vargas back in exchange for your Ben Revere. It's time
- Tinkering With Ottoneu Arbitration Selections
on Josh Harrison ($4). He's way outside my usual mold, but he impressed me when I watched him play. I think he can be a Ben Zobrist of sorts. I was upset when I didn't go the extra dollar to land him
- Review of the Ottoneu Offseason
$2 Ben Lively
$8 Patrick Corbin
$5 Shane Victorino
$4 Brandon McCarthy
$7 Billy Hamilton
$7 Collin McHugh
$3 Julio Urias
- The Daily Grind: Coors, Fiers, Pagan
filling a Ben Zobrist-lite role. The other guy was Alex Rodriguez. Guess which one we cut.
As for lessons, I suppose it comes down to this - sometimes you have to adjust your trade plans to your
- The Daily Grind: Ross, Happ, Tomas
. However, they could solve those dead spots by acquiring Ben Revere and Ryan Howard at any time. I don't know why they're waiting.
As I worried entering the season, the Padres don't have a catcher
- The Daily Grind: Yards, Hutchison, Ruf
season, but he doesn't hit enough to reach that ceiling. He has more power than say Ben Revere, but he doesn't have much. Batting at the bottom of the lineup, Alberto is a one day plug-in against Danks
- The Daily Grind: Rain, Matz, Masterson
have to consider selling win-now talent for win-later assets. Many times, this involves ludicrous talent swaps. In one of my leagues, an owner swapped Jake Arrieta, Ben Zobrist, and Jonathan Papelbon
- The Daily Grind: Keeper Nonsense, Sanchez, Hutch, Ethier
to develop until he's a three or four win player. He'll never be much of a power hitter, but he oozes l'eau de Ben Zobrist. He'll eventually parlay his solid plate discipline into better contact
- The Daily Grind: Hernandez, Conger, Eaton
are listed, some are more relevant than others.
Ryan Howard, Cesar Hernandez, and Ben Revere v Jake Odorizzi
Will Venable v Matt Cain
Matt Wieters v Ivan Nova
Chris Carter v Wade Miley
- The Daily Grind: Ottoneu Conundrum, Godley, Tillman
ball data shows a fairly high soft contact rate, so it's hard to tell where his BABIP should land.
Also consider: Derek Dietrich, Yonder Alonso, Seth Smith, Khris Davis, Ben Paulsen, Randal
- The Daily Grind: Ray, Godley, Saladino
: Jeff Francoeur, Chris Young, Ben Paulsen, Eddie Rosario, Seth Smith, Scooter Gennett
Hitters (speed): Last week I mentioned having a new player to add to the speed section. It's White Sox third
- The Daily Grind: Lester, Nelson, Adonis
Hitters (speed): Jarrod Dyson's role will be reduced now that the Royals acquired Ben Zobrist. Assuming Zobrist takes more starts from Omar Infante than Dyson, he could still be a useful target. Just
- The Daily Grind: Final Trades, Ross, Garcia
). We should continue to expect regression in his .372 BABIP. He may retain the power improvements.
With Ben Revere traded to the Blue Jays, there are a wide range of possible outcomes. If he's
- The Daily Grind: Doom, Owens, Severino, Rodon
in the comments. Today, they've returned to their rightful place!
J.D. Martinez v Danny Duffy
Cameron Maybin, A.J. Pierzynski, and Freddie Freeman v Jake Peavy
Russell Martin and Ben Revere v Phil
- The Daily Grind: Utley, Strasburg, Ray, Jennings
. As it is, Ben Zobrist (or more accurately, Omar Infante) occasionally steals his starts. If he does start, I love the matchup against Jered Weaver. He's the kind of pitcher Dyson should be able to hit
- The Daily Grind: Jones, Corbin, Smyly, Valencia
, David Peralta, Jake Lamb, Scooter Gennett, Chase Utley, Stephen Piscotty, Andre Ethier, B.J. Melvin Upton, Ben Paulsen
Hitters (speed): The first time I met Carson Cistulli, he talked to me about Jace
- The Daily Grind: Severino, McCullers, Tomlin, Davis
of rest. If not, he'll still be fifth.
Also consider: Mark Canha, David Peralta, Jake Lamb, Stephen Piscotty, Avisail Garcia, Franklin Gutierrez, Ben Paulsen, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Didi Gregorius
- The Daily Grind: Thin Thursday, Godley, Roark, Hicks
Smith, C.J. Cron, Marlon Byrd, Ben Paulsen, Stephen Piscotty, Eddie Rosario, Jonny Gomes, Michael Conforto
Hitters (speed): Darnell Sweeney doesn't play regularly. However, he's demonstrated
- The Daily Grind: Corbin, Dickey, Blanco
of freely available players.
Also consider: Kevin Gausman, Matt Boyd, Henry Owens, Colin Rea
Hitters (power): With Justin Morneau back in action, Ben Paulsen has shifted to the outfield. Now you have
- The Daily Grind: Closers, Dickey, Hill, Mercer
the Dodgers. He hasn't been bad either. Tomorrow's game is at Coors Field against Hale. Look for doubles and/or home runs.
Also consider: C.J. Cron, Seth Smith, Andre Ethier, Justin Morneau, Ben
- The Daily Grind: Eickhoff, Hill, Heston, Parker
consider: Ben Paulsen, Justin Morneau, Jedd Gyorko, Chase Utley, Andre Ethier, Mark Canha, Franklin Gutierrez, Eddie Rosario, Aaron Hicks, Eduardo Escobar, Chris Coghlan, Cron, Logan Forsythe, Brandon Guyer
- Trade Retrospective: The Devil's Rejects
Pearce and Jedd Gyorko
We Acquire: Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard
We Trade: Dalton Pompey
We Acquire: Michael Bourn
We Trade: Nellie Rodriguez
This second trio of deals was all
- The Hot Stove And Fantasy Baseball
It was a busy Tuesday at the Winter Meetings. Starlin Castro and Shelby Miller were traded, Ben Zobrist signed with the Cubs, previous signings were officially announced, and other talks progressed
- Dynasty And Keepers: When The Dominoes Finally Fall
(not to him) away from starting for the best offense in baseball.
Last year, we traded Pompey for Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard sometime around July 20. At the time, we knew Clippard would soon lose his
- The Beauty of the Roto 5x5
are singles hitters. Pitchers don't fear these types since the worst outcome is usually comparable to a walk. When Jose Fernandez works a three ball count again Ben Revere, he'll throw a 96 mph "cookie
- Nationals Playing Time Battles: Hitters
Despite a full outfield of Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Ben Revere, and Michael Taylor, the Nationals opportunistically tried to acquire Yoenis Cespedes. That effort failed, but it might signal
- I Don't Get The Hype: Ross, Davis, Pederson
. His more reliable clone, Evan Gattis, is pick 168. Maikel Franco, Randal Grichuk, Ben Zobrist, Alex Gordon, and half the closers are among the names going after him. I'm not opposed to drafting Davis
- Valuing Your Last Roster Spot
consider using them on an inactive player.
Your roster also matters. If you have a bunch of flexible players like Ben Zobrist and Martin Prado, then you may need fewer players in order to cover
- A Collection of Five Category Hitters
- The Daily Grind: More Deadline Deals, Salazar, Nola
, Kyle Gibson, Jeremy Hellickson, Joe Ross
Pitchers to Exploit: The Athletics acquired Aaron Brooks as part of the Ben Zobrist trade with the Royals. They're going to immediately throw him
- Projection Leaderboard Fun Courtesy of ZiPS and Fans
- 2014 Positional Power Rankings: Right Field
David DeJesus and Logan Forsythe play baseball in case Myers hits the disabled list. We could also see Ben Zobrist, Matt Joyce, Sean Rodriguez, and Brandon Guyer. After all, we're talking
- Reviewing Brad Johnson's 2015 Bold Predictions
- GIF: Jim Johnson's Jim Johnson
Because Oriole Jim Johnson plays for the Orioles, there's a strong chance that no one -- perhaps besides his teammates and Buck Showalter and Buck Showalter's grizzled and nameless manservant
- Johnson's Domination
Johnson and his performance from 1999-2002.
For starters, here are some of his peripheral numbers in each of these seasons:
1999: 35 GS, 271.2 IP, 207 H, 75 ER, 70 BB, 364 K, 1.02 WHIP, 2.48 ERA
- SS Ben Zobrist, 2B Ben Zobrist and 1B Ben Zobrist
on the field. And that is because few teams -- only one, as far as league records show -- have Ben Zobrist on their roster:
Here is the team's projected lineup:
1. LF Desmond Jennings
2. SS Ben
- Tiny Ben Revere
Tiny Ben Revere would like you to take the picture now. There is a chest of Ninja Turtles back home that needs playing with. Michelangelo is his favorite, of course. What a silly question.
- Ben Revere's Poor Keyboardsmanship
I have, perhaps, an unhealthy love for Ben Revere, who until today seemed like the very picture of perfection as a Major League Baseball player. A lovable speedster who was constantly hustling
- Ben Sheets, Changeup Artist?
and instead signed former All-Star Ben Sheets to a minor-league deal.
On Sunday afternoon, Sheets made his first major-league start since 2010 and dominated the New York Mets over six scoreless innings. He
- Ben Zobrist Playing 'Possum
Ben Zobrist had perhaps one of the more bizarre starts to the 2012 season. He staggered out of the gate carrying a .205 batting average in April, but walked at almost a 20% rate, giving him a .364
- Ben Revere Rides to Philly
There are going to be buckets of "ones by land" in Philadelphia next year. Ben Revere has been traded to the Phillies, where he'll continue to ply his speed-based game. Most fantasy players don't
- What Happened To Davey Johnson?
Davey Johnson on Joe Maddon:
"I don’t know him that well, but I thought he was a weird wuss anyways."
When did Davey Johnson become a grumpy old codger? Wasn't he the first guy
- What Is Davey Johnson Doing?
Here's newly minted Nats skipper Davey Johnson!
The discerning discerner will observe that also in this photo is a white orb of cowhide, something known in industry parlance as a "baseball
- Jeremy Hermida = Ben Grieve?
career path for Hermida. Per PECOTA, Hermida's most comparable player is Ben Grieve. For those of you who don't remember, Grieve was a another big, left-handed batter who received plenty of prospect
- Ben Zobrist's WAR
File this under “unlikely results”:
When the Rays acquired Ben Zobrist in the Aubrey Huff trade a few years back, the most impressive tool in his shed was his ability to reach base. Throughout
- JABO: The Downfall of Ben Cherington
of Baseball Operations, and as a result, current GM Ben Cherington would be leaving the organization.
So, as we've done the last few weeks, let's take a look at what led to the fall of the Red Sox
- Is Ben Zobrist Still Underrated?
One of 2009's biggest surprises, Ben Zobrist was an afterthought and hardly drafted before the year began. Now, he is in everyone's mind and has moved up the rankings fast. Most players that breakout
- Kelly Johnson's Redemption
Dropped from Braves at the end of 2009, Kelly Johnson found little interest in his services and ended up in Arizona on a one year contract paying him just $2.3 million. Arizona gambled that Johnson
- Pitcher Study: Josh Johnson
Is Josh Johnson still an ace?
The 2012 season had some encouraging signs after shoulder injuries cut short potential Cy Young campaigns in 2010 and 2011. Johnson posted a 3.81 ERA and 3.40 FIP
- The Curious Case of Ben Zobrist
expectations blind us, leading us to view these players as inherently less valuable than others.
Acquired in 2006 from the Astros in the Aubrey Huff trade, Ben Zobrist has never been a typical
- Stick A Fork In Ben Zobrist
When I compiled this month's second base tier rankings, one concern I had was whether I ranked Ben Zobrist too low. I placed him at the bottom of the third tier, 14th overall
- Randy Johnson's Countdown
Randy Johnson has not pitched particularly well this season, for instance see yesterday's shelling at the hands of the Rockies. In fact, outside of Tim Lincecum, nobody in the Giants rotation has
- Chris Johnson and Great Players
that people hardly notice. The leader in the National League right now is Chris Johnson, batting .342. Johnson didn't even begin the year as an everyday player.
Johnson went from the Diamondbacks
- Kelly Johnson: A DeRosa Alternative
dislike dealing in shadowy realm of rumor, Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson has been mentioned in multiple places as a non-tender candidate given his 2009 performance and replacement by Martin Prado
- Ben Sheets Is Back
Ben Sheets has returned with a vengeance. In his first start since July 2010, Sheets made a big statement. Sheets pitched six innings, striking out five batters against the New York Mets on Sunday
- Nick Johnson to New York
The Yankees have absolutely refused to stand pat this offseason. After adding Curtis Granderson in the first big trade of the winter, the Yankees have now agreed to terms with 1B/DH Nick Johnson
- Kelly Johnson: Slugger
As part of a critical five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning of yesterday's Phillies-Diamondbacks game, Arizona second baseman Kelly Johnson slugged his NL-leading seventh home run
- Josh Johnson's Extension
The Marlins locked up their most talented pitcher on Thursday, as they agreed to terms with 26-year-old SP Josh Johnson on a four-year, 39 million dollar contract. The deal will pay 3.75MM in '10
- A Small Randy Johnson Retrospective
As you have surely heard, Randy Johnson announced his retirement last night. Matthew took the first look at this, noting that he retires as someone who could be a three-win pitcher next year. Here
- Josh Johnson's Curveball
We're happy to welcome Albert Lyu back to the FanGraphs team. His work will again appear regularly here on the site.
Before Josh Johnson was lost for the season with shoulder injuries in May, he
- Marlins Reel in Nick Johnson
Bedlam ruled the day of the trade deadline, and the Nick Johnson for LHP Aaron Thompson deal was no exception. The Nationals broke from their age old custom of clenching to tradeable players
- The Josh Johnson Dilemma
Earlier this year, Jack Moore reviewed Josh Johnson's inability to get hitters out while pitching from the stretch. Johnson and the Jays were very much aware of the situation, but even still, it did
- Robbing Johnson of a Shot
(and the .227 batting average in 2008 just adds insult to injury). The move also keeps the underrated Rob Johnson from receiving the opportunity that he deserves.
Johnson, 25, was selected out of college
- A GIF and a Tune: Ben Revere and Rachmaninov
In the first installment of the new series A GIF and a Tune, we look at Ben Revere whilst listening to the final movement of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3.
- Is Josh Johnson Back?
destined for an epic crash (click on the link, it's must-watch stuff). Owning Josh Johnson on a couple squads, I've felt a little of both.
Coming off of a serious shoulder injury in 2011, Johnson,28, had
- Randy Johnson Retires
Randy Johnson announced his retirement today. There are thousands upon thousands of words that could, and should, be written about Randy Johnson. His career numbers are remarkable. The mark he left
- Josh Johnson Heads to Canada
So as you all no doubt know by now, Josh Johnson was part of the trade of fantasy baseball proportions that is expected to be finalized at some point today. It's time for JJ to start trading in his
- Johnson Leads Florida's Rotation
projected them to be worse than the Nationals. Last night Josh Johnson won the game for the Marlins, pitching six innings of four-hit, one-run ball while striking out 6, walking only one and getting seven
- Kelly Johnson: Aging With Style
Fantasy owners hoped for a bounce back in 2012 after Kelly Johnson regressed in 2011 after a superb 2010 season. A second baseman with 16 HRs and 14 SBs normally would have a relatively high fantasy
- Recalling Jim Johnson
to the minors and recalled 24-yr old pitcher Jim Johnson. Johnson, a starter in the minor leagues, had made two "audition" starts for the Orioles in 2006 and 2007, racking up the undesirable line of 5 IP
- Chris Johnson Heads to Arizona
for third baseman Chris Johnson. While the move gives the Diamondbacks and improved situation at the hot corner, it may not be so great for fantasy owners.
First of all, let's establish the fact
- No Love For Jim Johnson?
and there, but if they're healthy, they've always seemed to slide back into the job. So why, after 101 saves in the past two season....yes, that's right, 101...does Jim Johnson get no love?
I did a mock draft
- Lowrie and Johnson: Waiver Wire
be slotted in at SS, 3B, MI, CI, and UTL positions, which makes him a nice option to have coming off the bench as needed.
Chris Johnson (ESPN: 26 percent owned; Yahoo!: 25 percent owned)