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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Post-hype sleepers: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ready to become star in second season

Due to the influence of social media, the prospect hype train races at a furious pace these days. Youngsters are touted and re-touted long before they arrive to the Majors, and those who do not experience immediate success are cast aside just as quickly as they were discovered.

But those of us who have played fantasy baseball for a while know that sometimes top players take an uneven path towards stardom. Here is a handful of post-hype sleepers who could soon rebound from a brief downturn.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3B), Toronto Blue Jays

That’s right, I’m already branding Guerrero as a post-hype sleeper for 2020. Fantasy managers were expecting instant stardom for this touted prospect and instead received unremarkable numbers (.272 average, 15 homers) across 123 games. The advanced stats suggest that Guerrero may take the slow path to stardom, but prospects of this ilk can take off at a moment’s notice and it would not be shocking to see Guerrero hit .300 with 30 homers this year.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Post-Hype Sleepers never sold well as a recording act in the United States, but the Northern Soul circuit loved their releases.


Saturday, February 29, 2020

Unlocking Dylan Bundy’s Potential

The Angels acquired Dylan Bundy in the off-season in December, and Brent Maguire (formerly of the Athletic) writes a nice piece for about breaking down Bundy’s pitch selection and swinging strike percentages of various pitches to see if maybe there’s some unlocked potential that Halos can squeeze out of the former first-rounder…

“Acquired in a trade this past December, Bundy represented the biggest addition to the Angels pitching staff. That may sound underwhelming given the Angels atrocious pitching performance last year but Bundy is a quality arm who will make an immediate impact.

Bundy’s pedigree is well-known…

JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: February 29, 2020 at 11:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
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