FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 3/22/16
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Biff
9:32
Are you worried about Justin Upton transitioning to the AL?
Paul Swydan
9:33
Nope.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:33
Nope, I looked into the transition a few years back and nothing to players struggling. It is in the FG+ archives.
Your mom
9:33
Does Wacha have any further upside?
Paul Swydan
9:34
Hi mom!!!!! No, he doesn't.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:34
No
Anthony
9:34
Longterm: Vince Velasquez or Lance McCullers? Thanks.
Paul Swydan
9:35
I'd say McCullers. Jeff would say McCullers' arm is going to fall off, so Velasquez.
JCNY
9:35
Took Salazar as my #2 (after Kershaw) with Lester, Gray, Carlos Martinez, and Hamels still on the board. Sane?
Paul Swydan
9:35
I think the numbers support this, but I'd have taken one of the others. I don't trust Salazar anymore.
George Harrison
9:36
SI predicts Astros over Cubs in the World Series this season. Is that where you two are as well?
Paul Swydan
9:37
No, not at all. If you put a gun to my head right now, I'd say Pirates over Red Sox. Thankfully, a gun isn't to my head, so I'm going to sit on this for a couple more weeks.
zach
9:38
Pederson or Buxton in a keeper league that has hits+walks category along with the other traditional categories?
Paul Swydan
9:38
Pederson.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:38
Pederson .... I think
Bartwheat
9:38
What major league would you want with you in a back alley brawl?
Paul Swydan
9:39
Miguel Olivo. I would not want to fight that dude.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:39
Kyle Farnsworth
Paul Swydan
9:39
Miguel Olivo once passed a stone MID GAME and kept playing. You can't train crazy like that.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:40
and the whole biting another player thing
Blair
9:40
Who wins the White Sox SS job? If your answer is Rollins, could he have some sneaky value this year?
Paul Swydan
9:40
Yeah, that too..
9:41
We do have Rollins winning it. And .... no. He'll have as much value as you'd expect. Which is not much.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:41
I think it will be Rollins, but I don't think it is top 12 value, maybe top 18
My Socks are Red
9:41
Which Red Sox bust from last year is most likely to bounceback this season?
Paul Swydan
9:41
Hanley for sure.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:41
Bounce???? Got be Pablo
Paul Swydan
9:41
Oh Jeff.
Bryan CA
9:42
The Giants are now grooming Christian Arroyo as a super utility guy this year in double A. Would it make more sense to focus on 3b and make Duffy the team Zobrist?
Paul Swydan
9:43
No, I think you need a unique player mix to have a Zobrist. I don't see that for the Giants. Most of their guys play every day.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:43
No, I think it is better to do the testing in the minors. The Giants have a shot at the playoffs and don't need to be doing fancy things
Paul Swydan
9:43
Or, put another, possibly better way, the Giants have everyday players at most positions, as opposed to platoons.
Scott
9:44
I have an NL only scoresheet league and have always loved the lure of prospects but think there is also a saturation point of too many or drafted too soon. I understand there's no hard and fast rule but do you follow any internal rules for drafting minor leaguers?
Paul Swydan
9:45
In Scoresheet, I try to acquire about 10 prospects with the hopes of trading them throughout the season for reinforcements.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:45
It really depends on the team. I will concentrate on minor league hitters though. I feel I can find pitchers and hate when my minor leaguer has Tommy John.
Mr. Wrestling IV
9:46
13 team slow snake draft. Already taken Goldy and Posey. With pick 29, do you go Gordon/Abreu/Springer and see what pitchers are available at 50/55, or take Greinke/Bumgarner/Price now?
Paul Swydan
9:47
Abreu or pitcher. I wouldn't go that high on Gordon or Springer.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:47
I would take Gordon or Abreu knowing I will need to pitcher at the 50-55 picks
Paul Swydan
9:48
But you don't NEED Abreu. So it's tougher for me to be 100% in on Abreu.
Mr. Wrestling IV
9:48
Is Tyler Duffey worth anything? Jeff's piece about his curveball got me jazzed, but he's clogging up my final roster spot. Cut him with no regard for human life?
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