Yesterday, our fantasy football experts brought you Part I of our fantasy draft prep, taking a close look at the MVP choices, top rookies and breakout performers we expect to play a role in 2016. Today we bring you Part Deux, taking a look at big comebacks, bigger busts and sneaky sleepers.
This season has seen some strong debuts thus far come out of the second round. The Atlanta Braves’ Kyle Muller and the Chicago White Sox’s Alec Hansen have been nothing short of sensational on the mound. The New York Yankees have a second baseman making some noise in the NYPL as Nick Solak is getting it done at the plate.
I’m old. I know I am old because working in the two industries in which I do — writing and then the restaurant business to make that extra jingle — I am surrounded by those younger than myself. I find myself often saying things that must sound like a foreign language as I have to explain what the heck I am talking about, like most recently when I interviewed Luke Dykstra — Son of Nails — and Wally Backman weeks apart and tried to explain how cool that was. I guess you had to be there. In 1986. Like I was.
Another one of those things was the USFL.
Fantasy football drafts are upon us. With many people’s first drafts (oh come on, you know you have more than one team) commencing this weekend, it is time for Wayniac Nation’s Third Annual Busts, Breakouts, Sleepers and MVPs Spectacular!
This year, we go in two parts. Part I will take a look at the MVP choices of our panel, the breakout candidates as well as the top rookies to choose from in 2016. Be sure to come back tomorrow for Part II, featuring the top comeback candidates, biggest busts and everyone’s favorite, sleeper central!
The Boston Red Sox have a significant history of drafting right-handed pitchers in the first round this millennium. Eleven times since 2000, the Red Sox have invested their first-round pick (one of them, at least) on a young righty, and if you count Casey Kelly — who was drafted as an infielder and converted to a pitcher — you have a rounded dozen. The problem is none of them have really panned out as expected.
Michael Kopech is looking to change that trend, putting together an outstanding season in Salem.
John Sadak has a fun job. He is the voice of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, amongst many other announcing gigs. He has been on hand for an amazing transformation in the Yankees farm system, and has seen some of today’s stars at the big league level develop from question marks to the reigning AL Player of the Week.
He’s never been shy to talk Yankees prospects, as he brings an aspect to prospect talk little others can. He sees these prospects play every day, watching them grow in each at bat, or unfortunately sometimes never meet the lofty expectations that are placed upon them. This year, he saw a lot of positives.
- Welcome the Rockies’ brand-new MLB Pro Blog One Time Zone, One Team.
- Dodger Insider points out Julio Urias has been pitching well for a while.
- The Rays took a weekend series from the Rangers and Rays Radio recaps.
- TribeVibe, The Halo Way and SF Giants Photos shared game photo galleries.
- The Yankees couldn’t finish off a series sweep again, laments The Cutoff Man.
- I’m Not a Headline Guy… feels vindicated by the Bombers’ improved play.
- View some #SoxCellfieSunday images, courtesy of Inside the White Sox.
- The Unbiased MLB Fan writes about the Mariners trying to end a dry spell.
- The rest of the season is all about prospect evaluation for the A’s, says BBST.
- Daniel Satter Sports Talk runs the rule over Blake Snell’s rookie campaign.
- The Braves have found a true gem in Mauricio Cabrera, argues Breslanta.
- The Wayniac Nation tells how Delvin Perez…
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This past week, 2015 first overall draft pick Dansby Swanson made his big league debut. Roughly a month earlier, Alex Bregman, the 2015 second overall pick, made his big league debut. Swanson has been a hit since day one, while Bregman — after a well-documented slow start — has been on a tear the past 10 games.
Also on fire of late, as if to say “hey guys, don’t forget about me,” is Colorado Rockies 20-year-old shortstop Brendan Rodgers, the third overall pick in 2015.
As we continue our look back at the first-round Almost Mock Draft picks, we focus at another top ten talent that slipped all the way to the back end of the 2016 MLB Draft. While the first player to slip fell because of questionable mechanics and where he fits in as a reliever or starter, the second slipped because of his own doing, getting caught in the evil baseball underworld of PEDs just days before the draft.
Somehow, the St. Louis Cardinals were able to get both.
Yesterday, we took a look at Dakota Hudson, who was projected to go tenth in the Today’s Knuckleball Almost Mock Draft. Hudson, of course, wound up going 34th overall to the St. Louis Cardinals while the Chicago White Sox — owners of the tenth pick — went a completely different direction.
Skipping over pitching, the White Sox swooped in and took the best catching prospect in this year’s crop.