AFL Preview - The Mesa Solar Sox PDF Print E-mail
Written by Perry Van Hook   
Sunday, 29 September 2013 00:00

Our second Arizona Fall League (AFL) team preview is of the Mesa Solar Sox who will be playing their home games at Hohokam Park for the last time as the new Chicago Cubs spring training home, Riverview Park, will be ready for play early in 2014.

And the hometown Cubs are definitely sending their top talent this year. In fact they were originally scheduled to send five or their top six prospects before having to scratch SS Javier Baez and P Arodys Vizcaino. But outfielders Albert Almora and Jorge Soler, the Cubs #2 and #3 prospects should certainly be worth a trip to Mesa. Almora, the Cubs 1st round pick in 2012, is #21 on’s current Top 100 list while Cuban native Soler is #25 on that list. The Cubs are also sending their first round draft pick from June’s draft Kris Bryant, a third baseman out of San Diego State college who is already #35 on’s list.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are sending their #2 prospect, first baseman C.J. Cron, who was the team's first round pick in the 2011 draft and the first ever first round pick in University of Utah history. The Angels are also sending two right-handed pitchers who are on their top twenty list, #10  Mike Morin, and #12  R.J. Alvarez.

The number one prospect in the Oakland organization is #17 on the list and it won’t be long before you hear a lot more about Addison Russell who played in the  Futures game during his first full season of minor league play. Russell was the eleventh pick in the 2012 draft and like the other young Athletics will be very excited to play at Hohokam Park which will become their spring training home in 2015 after the stadium is renovated next summer.

The Washington Nationals are another team sending a top prospect to the AFL this year as fly chaser Brian Goodwin returns after starring in the league last year in both the Rising Stars game and the league championship game. The Nationals are also sending LHP Matt Purke their #8 prospect and 1B/OF Matt Skole who is their #10 prospect.

Finally, the Detroit Tigers are sending SS Devon Travis #12; OF Tyler Collins #13 who was the All Star game MVP in 2011 in the Australian league; RHP Corey Knebel  a first round pick this June who was the closer at the University of Texas; and RHP Will Clinard, #18 on the Tigers prospect list.

Next up the Peoria Javelinas of Surprise.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 10:27
AFL Preview - The Glendale Desert Dogs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Perry Van Hook   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00

This is the first of six articles looking at the players who their organizations are sending to the Arizona Fall League in 2013. While the league is the ultimate in the development of many minor league prospects, it can also be used to get some extra innings or at-bats for a player who was injured this year. No doubt you have read that the New York Metropolitans GM has suggested the club might send Matt Harvey as the rookie sensation tries to assess whether his rest and rehab will put him in line to pitch in spring training and get ready for the 2014 season or whether he may have to reconsider the surgical option.

Since this is the first AFL team review, let’s start with the team that will have the number one minor league prospect in its outfield in two weeks. That player of course is outfielder Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins, the 2013 Minor League Player of the Year who will play for the Glendale Desert Dogs at Camelback Ranch Stadium, the spring training home of the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Buxton is one of the four top ten prospects in the Minnesota organization who will play in Glendale. The others are RHP Alex Meyer (formerly of the Washington Nationals) who is #3 on’s ranking of young Twins and #31 on the current Top 100; Eddie Rosario, #5 on the Twins prospect list, is a second baseman who was also learning to play in the outfield so we will have to see where he is deployed by the Desert Dogs; and finally 1B/OF Max Kepler, currently #8 on’s ranking of the Minnesota prospects.

The Desert Dogs are the club where we will see six young Miami Marlins prospects, including the sixth overall pick in the June draft, third baseman Colin Moran out of UNC, who is the Twins #4 prospect; LHP Andrew Heaney, who is the Marlins #2 prospect; Brent Keys, an outfielder who is #17, and RHP Nick Wittgren #20. In addition, the Marlins are sending RHP Colby Suggs, who was the 73rd pick in June, taken in the Competitive Balance Round B selections.

The Cincinnati Reds are sending RHP Michael Lorenzen, another first round pick in June who was a star closer at Cal State Fullerton. He checks in as the Reds' #6 prospect. Ryan LaMarre, a speedy outfielder, is their #14 prospect.

The Chicago White Sox are sending their #8 prospect, shortstop Marcus Semien, who was called up to the parent club in September and has already hit his first major league home run; and #15 prospect second baseman Micah Johnson, who stole 84 bases in three minor league stops this year.

Finally, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sending their first round pick in June, shortstop Corey Seager, who is their #2 minor league prospect. The name may be familiar – his older brother Kyle plays for the Seattle Mariners and scouts think Corey may be moved to third by the Dodgers and be better than his older brother, which would make him a valuable player on fantasy rosters.

Remember that the AFL rosters are not complete yet – there will be many pitchers added before play starts on October 8.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 07:34
LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 September 2013 12:12


Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.




Yordano Ventura, KC 44 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Fangraphs
Andrew Romine, LAA 1 SiriusXM 1 Fangraphs
Marcus Semien, CWS 1 Fangraphs 1 SiriusXM
Josh Phegley, CWS 1 Colton & Wolf


Ryan Goins, TOR 1 SiriusXM

Todd Zola's Guest Commentary

Look like win will go to Larry Schechter, place will go to Nicholas Minnix with show still up for grabs. To that end, a few moves were made for the chase for third.

Tristan Cockcroft is looking for a 2-start boost from Yordano Ventura, one of the Royals' top prospects and since you can't take it with you, bid his full 44.




Skip Schumaker, LAD 25 Baseball HQ
Luke Gregerson, SD 25 Baseball HQ
Ryan Sweeney, CHC 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Ryan Vogelsong, SF 8
John Axford, STL 4 Steve Moyer


Matthew den Dekker, NYM 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Roger Bernadina, PHI 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Zach Miner, PHI 8
Nick Buss, LAD 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Juan Perez, SF 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Alex Castellanos, LAD 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The final week of NL LABR FAAB involved just four teams, three among the top three, with Doug Dennis grabbing Luke Gregorson for his second place BBHQ squad, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs nabbed Ryan Sweeney for $9, hoping to hang onto  first for one more cycle.

Steve Moyer’s refreshing never-say-die approach meant John Axford found himself on a roster for $4.

But, Derek Carty, who gambled $8 on a Ryan Vogelsong start, deserves the real cred. Having a self-admittedly weak draft, Derek played the wire aggressively, and pulled the right strings, passing my uber-consistant, but just a bit short on power squad last week and I fear he will not look back.

Certainly a great job to leaders Greg and Shawn, and Doug, but an extra tip of the hat to Derek (and Steve Moyer) for playing the game the way it is supposed to be played (if they were players, they would be Rex Huddler with a uniform more dirty than not).




Yordano Ventura, KC 7 USA TODAY Sports 3 Fangraphs
James Paxton, SEA 4
Pedro Strop, CHC 4 Fangraphs
Moises Sierra, TOR 1
Marcus Semien, CWS 1


Aaron Harang, NYM 7 USA TODAY Sports

Todd Zola's Commentary

Fred Zinkie continues to spoil the party by running away with the title though six of us have a legit shot at second. I'm doing my best to hold onto my scant two-point lead for "first-loser" but will have to do it with the same group as last week as I'm out of FAAB.

Because he's a tireless worker and a 13 point lead is not enough for him, Fred filled in a couple of holes. There's a reason Mr. Zinkie is going for an unprecedented Tout/LABR sweep.

Steve Gardner is hoping Yordano Ventura's 2-starts can jump him past me into second.

Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 September 2013 08:45


Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.<b

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this is a bid tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
TRedmond, Tor 23 (46) Ron Shandler 22 Steve Moyer 0 Wolf/Colton
MSemien, CWS 7 (22) Steve Moyer 6 Andy Behrens 0 Wolf/Colton
JOdorizzi, TB 1 (22) Steve Moyer
JHammel, Bal 1 (3) Rob Leibowitz
JAdduci, Tex 0 Wolf/Colton


DKelly, Det 22 Steve Moyer
CJenkins, Tor 22 Steve Moyer
EJohnson, CWS 22 Steve Moyer
YVentura, KC 3 Rob Leibowitz

Todd Zola's Guest Commentary

It's too bad nothing other than pride is on the line for second place as we'd have quite a battle. With a 17-point lead, it's safe to congratulate Larry Schechter on another Tout Wars victory..

Presently in third, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton  are only two points out of second behind Joe Sheehan but only two points ahead of Jeff Erickson with Matthew Berry lurking as well. Rick and Glenn are three steals behind Joe so to help them catch him for a two-point swing, Rick and Glenn have rented the services of the best available stolen base artist, Jim Adduci who swiped 32 bags at Triple-A Round Rock this season.

Always one to scrap until the end, Steve Moyer replaced Edwin Encarnacion with Marcus Semien who is being auditioned at shortstop the last week of the season. If Semien shows he can handle the position defensively, that avails the opportunity for the White Sox to sell high on Alexei Ramirez. Steve also picked up Jake Odorizzi who may get a spot-start for the Rays this week, depending on how the Wild Card race fleshes out.

Ron Shandler and our own Rob Leibowitz are currently below the threshold to begin next season with their full allotment of FAAB. Tout Wars has an interesing rule whereby teams totaling fewer than 60 points are docked one future FAAB unit for each point below 60. Neither Ron nor Rob want to enter next season with a paucity of FAAB so they're fighting for every point...and dollar.

Ron is hoping for a couple of solid performances out of Todd Redmond while Rob is counting on Baltimore to give Jason Hammel one more start before season's end.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
JHeyward, Atl 28 (43) Tristan H. Cockcroft 27 Steve Gardner 23 Mike Gianella 21 Brian Walton
4 Phil Hertz
SHalton, Mil 24 (25) Steve Gardner 43 Tristan H. Cockcroft 23 Mike Gianella 21 Brian Walton
11 Derek Carty 0 Mike Gianella
JHerrera, Col 22 (28) Todd Zola 21 Brian Walton
JWilson, Pit 3 (6) Todd Zola 2 Peter Kreutzer 0 Mike Gianella
WNieves, Ari 1 (7) Peter Kreutzer
TSanchez, Pit 1 Steve Gardner 2 Peter Kreutzer 1 Steve Gardner 0 Mike Gianella
SManess, StL 1 (6) Todd Zola
SFife, LAD 1 (4) Phil Hertz
JNelson, Mil 1 (2) Phil Hertz
JLopez, SF 1 Peter Kreutzer
JHellweg, Mil 1 (4) Phil Hertz
JBianchi, Mil 1 (10) Mike Gianella
FGarcia, Atl 1 912) Derek Carty
DRobinson, Cin 1 (28) Todd Zola
BMorris, Pit 1 (6) Todd Zola 0 Mike Gianella
YTorrealba, Col 0 Mike Gianella
WTovar, NYM 0 Mike Gianella
VMazzaro, Pit 0 Mike Gianella
ASimon, Cin 0 Mike Gianella 6 Todd Zola


OQuintanilla, NYM 28 Todd Zola
PPolanco, Mia 25 Steve Gardner
JHairston, LAD 15 Todd Zola
ZMiner, Phi 12 Derek Carty
NNoonan, SF 10 Mike Gianella
TAbreu, SF 10 Mike Gianella
JGomez, Pit 6 Todd Zola
TCruz, StL 1 Steve Gardner 0 Mike Gianella
BKintzler, Mil 0 Mike Gianella
CQualls, Mia 0 Mike Gianella
RRivera, SD 0 Mike Gianella
SMarshall, Cin 0 Mike Gianella
TFederowicz, LAD 0 Mike Gianella

Brian Walton's Commentary

Unless a 163rd game is needed next Monday, this was the final FAAB period for NL Tout this season. With $21 FAAB remaining, I set my sights on one of three position players - Jason Heyward, Sean Halton or Jonathan Herrera - bidding the same amount for each in that priority sequence.

I did not get any of them, however. Perhaps it is fitting that the three free agents were both the only players over $3 to be purchased this week and also went to the top three teams in the standings. On the other hand, my team is in sixth and even if I achieve my revised goal of taking fifth, no one will remember except me.

For $28, league leader Tristan H. Cockcroft acquired Heyward, back in Atlanta's lineup but wearing a protective mask over his face. The NL East champion Braves should want the outfielder to take ample at-bats this coming week to prepare for the post-season.

Second-place Steve Gardner snared Halton for $24. Set at first base for the Brewers, Halton continues to play because Corey Hart cannot. Hart says he is willing to take less to return next year, so Halton's 2014 prospects are unclear. Since Tout is not a keeper format, this purchase is for the next seven days.

Just behind in third place, Lord Zola added Herrera for $22, by Vickrey rule $1 more than my offer. Herrera continues to perform well for the last-place team from Colorado.

Good luck to these three owners and all Tout warriors in the final week of action.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
BHamilton, Cin 17 (50) David Gonos 16 Zach Steinhorn 0 Fred Zinkie
ZCozart, Cin 6 (12) Zach Steinhorn 5 Ray Flowers 0 Fred Zinkie
JPinto, Min 5 (24) Cory Schwartz 4 Ray Flowers
YVentura, KC 1 (2) David Gonos 8 Nicholas Minnix 1 Fred Zinkie
TRedmond, Tor 1 (6) Ray Flowers 1 Fred Zinkie
SHalton, Mil 1 Fred Zinkie
RErlin, SD 1 (8) Nicholas Minnix 6 Ray Flowers
JPaxton, Sea 1 Fred Zinkie
JHapp, Tor 1 Fred Zinkie
HSanchez, SF 1 (4) Ray Flowers
EStults, SD 1 (11) Ray Flowers 1 Fred Zinkie
EJohnson, Atl 1 (5) Ray Flowers
CSabathia, NYY 1 (17) Zach Steinhorn
MSemien, CWS 0 Fred Zinkie
JTabata, Pit 0 Fred Zinkie
CHernandez, Phi 0 Fred Zinkie
CGentry, Tex 0 Fred Zinkie


HConger, LAA 24 Cory Schwartz 3 Ray Flowers
NHundley, SD 24 Cory Schwartz 3 Ray Flowers
BSmith, SD 8 Nicholas Minnix 6 Ray Flowers 1 Fred Zinkie
RCedeno, SD 5 Ray Flowers
JPhegley, CWS 3 Ray Flowers
ELucas, Mia 5 Ray Flowers
LValbuena, ChC 0 Fred Zinkie
CGindl, Mil 0 Fred Zinkie
BBogusevic, ChC 0 Fred Zinkie
BBarnes, Hou 0 Fred Zinkie
AAlmonte, Sea 0 Fred Zinkie

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

I really wanted Billy Hamilton, which is why I decided to empty my remaining FAAB budget in an attempt to add him. Unfortunately, David Gonos’ FAAB budget was quite a bit larger than mine, so David will reap the rewards from the 10-plus bags that Hamilton will steal this week (seriously, he swiped seven in four games last week, as a part-timer) and quite possibly inch closer to catching league leader Fred Zinkie in what has become a down to the wire two-team race with seven days to go.

Promising Twins’ prospect Josmil Pinto figures to see regular playing time as Minnesota closes out a disappointing 2013 campaign. But there has been nothing disappointing about Pinto, who sports a .362 batting average with three homers and nine RBI over his first 58 big league at-bats. Add in the fact that he’s catcher eligible, and this could turn out to be a key pickup for Cory Schwartz in his attempt to crawl out of the cellar.

Zack Cozart was my backup plan to Billy Hamilton. Cozart plays every day and while there’s nothing exciting about what he’s done this year, outside of a poor OBP, he’s very quietly posted a solid stat line. I was getting tired of Ryan Raburn’s inconsistent playing time and figured that Cozart was an upgrade




Player Awarded Winning Bid
YVentura, KC 14 (16) Mike Podhorzer 13 Gene McCaffrey 12 Perry Van Hook
LCain, KC 1 (30) Greg Ambrosius
WPeralta, Mil 1 (10) Greg Ambrosius
BChen, KC 1 (11) Perry Van Hook
AAlmonte, Sea 1 (8) Perry Van Hook
LGarcia, CWS 1 Perry Van Hook
TThornburg, Mil 1 (13) Gene McCaffrey
CGentry, Tex 1 (13) Gene McCaffrey


JPaxton, Sea 13 Gene McCaffrey
ENunez, NYY 13 Gene McCaffrey
EStults, SD 11 Perry Van Hook
CBlackmon, Col 8 Perry Van Hook
MDenDekker, NYM 8 Perry Van Hook
MAviles, Cle 1 Perry Van Hook

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I had $21 for the (presumed) final FAAB run so I decided to bid $14 on Yordano Ventura, $8 on an outfielders and then one dollar to get a MI to replace the (sadly) injured Jean Segura. Well my bid on Ventura who has two nice starts for the final week of the season was trumped twice by the teams above me - Gene McCaffrey's $13 supplanted by Mike Podhorzer's $1 which was Vickrey reduced to $14. Since I got Abraham Almonte for a dollar on my $8 bid I clearly should have bid $16 and won Ventura (ain't hindsight great). Instead I got Bruce Chen who also has two nice starts for the hot KC Royals this week and then Leury Garcia for a dollar who BTW if you have Mondaycallups now qualifies at OF in five game leagues as well as both MI positions and is a good bet to be in the White Sox lineup every day AND get you some cheap stolen bases

Fantasy Fallout of Trent Richardson Trade PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ryan Carey   
Thursday, 19 September 2013 11:05

The fantasy landscape was shocked yesterday by the trade of Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts, mainly because trades of any kind are fairly rare in today’s NFL, let alone those that involve a potential “franchise” player like Richardson.  As news of the trade broke yesterday, Twitter erupted with reaction to the trade, with many of the Browns players posting shocked responses showing that the team as a whole was shocked by the news. My personal favorite of the day came from injured Browns RB Dion Lewis who tweeted “This real or fake?”

As a longtime Browns fan, the trade was a sobering smack in the face, as the team’s new regime has clearly waived the white flag on the 2013 season after only two games. There was plenty of speculation floating around yesterday as to why the Browns would make this trade so early in the season. While I hate the trade as a fan who wants to see my team compete this year, from a business standpoint I get the desire to continue to stockpile draft picks heading into what is supposed to be a loaded 2014 draft. Forbes magazine even floated the idea that the trade could be related to the mounting legal problems of Browns owner Jimmy Haslem. Richardson’s contract with the Browns was a four-year, fully-guaranteed deal worth $20.5 million, with a $13.3 signing bonus.  Whatever the reasons, Trent Richardson is an Indianapolis Colt today and fantasy players must now deal with the repercussions. Let’s take a look at the fantasy impact of the trade:

Trent Richardson – Richardson’s value receives a boost with the move to the Colts, but I don’t think it is as big as some might perceive. Yes he now plays on better team, with a real quarterback in Andrew Luck, and better skill players surrounding him. But I don’t think the trade really changes his value that much, other than perhaps putting him in a position to perhaps score more touchdowns on a consistent basis. While that is good news for T-Rich owners, he now also goes from being the absolute focus of an offense, to being a complementary piece to the Colts other weapons on offense.

Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw is the biggest loser, as his fantasy value takes a major hit, just days after it looked like he was locked in as a low-end RB2. He will obviously take a back-seat to Richardson going forward and will have to hope that an injury occurs to get significant carries. He has been relegated to handcuff status, but since Richardson has battled injuries throughout his brief career, he’s worth holding onto since he will surely get some starts at some point this year. But don’t kid yourself; he’s more of a RB4/5 now. The best course of action could be to reach out to the Richardson owner in your league and see what you can get for his new handcuff.

Willis McGahee – Early reports have the Browns ready to sign FA Willis McGahee to become the new feature running back for the Browns. He is 32 years-old and is coming off a decent 2012 with the Broncos that was ending by a knee injury. Judging by my leagues who had waivers run late last night, McGahee was a popular adds and the guy most fantasy owners expect to land the job.  Any starting running back is worth owning in fantasy, and I even grabbed McGahee myself in one of my leagues, but honestly his prospects for success are pretty meager on an offense that already had a huge vacuum at quarterback and a general lack of playmakers on the roster. He should be able to generate average rushing totals, with the occasional touchdown. Basically that makes him a Flex-play in deeper leagues and not much more than a bye-week or injury replacement player in standard leagues.

Bobby Rainey/Chris Ogbonnaya – Rainey and Ogbonnaya are the only backs on the team as of this writing. Regardless of whether the team signs McGahee or not, it looks like these two will split the carries this weekend against the Vikings. Rainey is an untested second-year pro who has yet to receive a carry in the pros. Ogbonnaya is a journeyman, who was playing fullback for the Browns this year. Ogbonnaya has had some success in the past, and can catch passes out of the backfield, so I think his value gets a boost even after McGahee takes over, as his touches will increase enough to maybe make him matter in deeper leagues that use PPR scoring. But, let’s be honest, the Browns backfield is an absolute mess now and if you can avoid the situation that may be the best course of action.

Donald Brown – The little value he had as Bradshaw’s handcuff has quickly evaporated. I’d drop him for either of the Browns listed above.

Jordan Cameron/Josh Gordon – The offense will continue to struggle, but if anything the loss of T-Rich can actually mean a slight value boost for both players. Cameron will become even more of a focus in the red-zone, if the team can find it this year. Gordon should get a lot of downfield looks as the Browns will be in comeback mode each and every week. As the deep-ball threat he should be able to hold onto solid WR3 value the rest of the way.

Mark Ingram – I haven’t seen any rumors surrounding the Saints running back, but perhaps the Browns could dangle one of their 4th or 5th round picks in next year’s draft to bring Ingram on board and see if a change of scenery can help salvage his career. It would be a deal that would make sense for both teams, as he isn’t ever going to be the answer for the Saints and the Browns front-office can at least pretend to be interested in competing this year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 11:18
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