Gorilla

The Congo Hammer

  • joined Mar 18, 2008
  • last login Apr 09, 2014
  • posts 153
  • comments 1280

I am a fantasy baseball-obsessed college student, who occasionally plans his drafts during classes instead of taking notes. I have been in a TQStats Rotisserie AL-Only Keeper League for six years, in which I have owned my own team, the Congo Hammers for three years. Being in AL-only leagues for so long, my interest and knowledge of baseball is severely lopsided towards the AL. Red Sox are my favorite team, but I'm more of a fan of fantasy baseball and baseball in general.

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Rookie Smackdown - Eric Thames vs. Josh Reddick

Both of these former outfield prospects have a few things in common.  Both are power hitting prospects, who had plate discipline concerns coming into 2011 and were both rated B- in John's 2011...

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The ETA of Myers and Montero

Overall, I have to say the community, compared to past years, has done a great job suppressing the emotional overreaction to struggling high-caliber prospects, as Jesus Montero and Wil Myers....

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Zach Stewart recalled from Triple-A

A couple years ago, John said he may like him more than Drabek.  He did go back on that on the 2011 lists saying his stock dropped a little, but still rated him a B+, still way more bullish than...

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Eric Thames recalled from Triple-A

He wasn't high on prospect lists, but despite that scouts seem to like him more than the rankings would suggest, as KG said he thought his ranking him 11 may be "too low as he could be a solid...

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Chris Davis recalled from Triple-A

You can make the argument that he's not really a prospect, but I like to think of him as a prospect as he still is growing as a hitter and hasn't established himself at the major league level, and...

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BP 2011 Top 101 Prospects

Awwww yeeeaaahhhhttp://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=13078

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How much of a fluke is Trevor Cahill?

Okay, we all know the basics of Trevor Cahill.  18-8 record, 2.97 ERA, 118/63  K/BB, but no number sticks out more than .237...his BABIP. That BABIP, which led FIP to measure his luck-adjusted ERA...

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Blocked former AL prospects - Looking for a Diamond in the Rough

I always think the most exciting thing about a prospect is not their progression to the major leagues, but what happens to them after the reach the major leagues, up until they start meeting their...

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Michael Choice

I noticed he hasn't gotten a lot of talk among the minorleagueball community or even been mentioned yet on the community prospect list Despite John rating him a B (borderline B+) and KG giving him...

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Top 25 Prospects for Fantasy Keeper Leagues - AL Only

So I know there are a ton of top prospect lists out there, but I figured I'd create one that focuses more specifically on how players can contribute to your fantasy team.  This means that there is...

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Viciedo called up

I'm pretty sure no one would have expected him to reach the majors so soon after his mediocre season last year.  But he's been hitting great in Triple-A as a 21-year old, that's definitely a good...

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Intriguing Low-end AL Starting Pitching Sleepers

Scott Feldman - Many will write his 17-win 2009, but based on Pedrophile's scouting report, he may be for real.  He has a low-90s fastball with good location, a great cutter, and a good change,...

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Top 25 AL Prospects for Fantasy

So I know it's hard to generalize what kind of players are good players in fantasy baseball due to the many different types of leagues with their own set of rules, categories, etc.  For the sake of...

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AL Third Base Prospect Smackdown

I was looking through a variety of prospect ranking sites and I noticed that the position of these three guys tends to constantly bounce around.  What are your thoughts on them?  Who will make the...

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AL Starting Pitching Sophomores - Part 2 - The Aces of Tomorrow

Here are the top tier guys that I didn't mention in my last post so I can mention in this post.  Worry not, there are PLENTY of them.  These guys will probably be the aces of tomorrow and have...

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AL Starting Pitching Sophomores - Part 1

NOTE:  I SCREWED UP LAST TIME I TRIED TO DO THIS.  I SHOULDN'T HAVE INCLUDED HOLLAND (not available in my league), FORGOT TO ADD CAHILL AND NIEMANN WASN'T ON THE POLL.  SORRY TO THOSE WHO COMMENTED...

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AL Minor League Catcher Smackdown

I noticed there are a lot of rather intriguing catching prospects in the AL, just at a time when many of the great catchers of the past are going downhill.  I'm trying to figure out who will be the...

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Struggling former top position prospects (AL)

Share your thoughts on these misguided souls...

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Kendrick Demoted, Sean Rodriguez gets the call

Well I guess that old Kendrick vs. Cano debate was settled rather easily.  Rodriguez was hitting .273 with 21 Homers and a 68/20 K/BB in 205 AB.  Wood deserved a callup more IMO, hitting .299 with...

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Peavy traded to the White Sox for pitching prospects?

Pending Peavy's approval, MLBTradeRumors.com and Rotoworld.com report.  It looks like the return for Peavy involves Aaron Poreda, Clayton Richard, and two more pitching prospects.  At the moment it...

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Emerging Young AL pitchers:

I'll try to include most interesting younger AL pitchers that I can think of, though I'll probably miss a few.  But I feel that a few of these guys really warrant some discussion since they may be...

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Fantasy: How Bad is David Ortiz?

I thought it was brilliant to pick him up in all three of my leagues, since I picked him up rather late and he was coming off a bad season.  I didn't need him to hit 45-50 HR, but I'd be fine with...

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Brandon Wood is still a top prospect

He is now hitting .351 with 8 HR, an .877 SLG% and a 1.317 OPS in only 57 Triple A ABs.  After his last season where he hit .296 with 31 HR in 395 ABs, it's clear that the power is for real.  BUT...

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Brandon Wood recalled from Triple-A

From Rotoworld:  "It remains to be seen how the Angels will deploy him, but the power-hitting infielder is a must-add in AL-only leagues and someone to watch closely in deeper mixed leagues. Not...

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The inevitable Brag About Your Awesome Fantasy Roster Thread

So I'm guessing a lot of people on this site recently had their drafts, and I bet a bunch of people want a place to brag about their team while they still can.  In my 10-team AL-Only rotisserie...

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Ranking Top 20 Minor Leaguers in shallow AL-only league

In my keeper league, you can only have 3 minor leaguers on your roster at one time, though you can get another one at next year's draft if you activate them to your major league roster, so drafting...

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Butler or Jones?

I have been planning on making a trade with another team in my keeper league in which I trade Clay Buchholz for either Billy Butler or Adam Jones and Moustakas.  My team already has Youk and Davis...

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If they were still prospects...where would they rank?

I know this way of thinking is often criticized on the site, since major league experience tends to alter judgement on different players, but still many guys on the prospect lists at least got a...

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Matt Holliday: Overrated or Underrated?

  Hey all, I've been an AL-only fan for a while so I haven't been following Holliday until he got traded to the A's.  I've noticed though that while his stats are awesome in COL, many fantasy...

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Young AL position players with role questions

Hey so I figured I'd do a post on this, as last year I took Travis Buck instead of Carlos Quentin at the draft because I didn't think Quentin would be a starter, and I almost lost the season from...

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