Posts Tagged ‘Chone Figgins’

@AdamRonis & @ScoutingtheSAL join @JoelHenard & me for Baseball Daily Digest Radio at 7:00 ET

Adam Ronis, from roto experts & Mike Newman from Fangraphs and Joel and me for Baseball Daily Digest Radio at 7:00 ET:

We’ll talk Doug Fister, Kevin Youkilis, Gaby Sanchez, Jeff Samardzija, Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, David Wright, Hector Santiago, Mark Trumbo, Dee Gordon, Mat Latos, Yu Darvish, Zack Cozart, Kerry Wood, Carlos Marmol, Jamie Moyer, Ubaldo Jimenez, Dylan Bundy, Brad Peacock, Danny Hultzen, the Charleston Yankees, Trevor Story, Michael Choice, Yasmani Grandal, Martin Perez, Javy Guerra, Chone Figgins, Jemile Weeks, Nick Siwsher, J.J. Hardy, Alex Rios, Jason Kipnis, Dustin Ackley, Stephen Strasburg, roto, fantasy baseball and much more!

h2h Corner ~ Katy Perry (Hot ‘N’ Cold Fantasy Baseball) All-Stars

Players get hot and cold over a seven-day period, it’s as sure as the samples are small.

That is why Katy created the Hot ‘N’ Cold All-stars.

‘Cause you’re hot…you’re yes…you’re in…you’re up

Corey Patterson – One time Oriole great (I kid), Patterson is getting consistent playing time for the Jays. In the last week, he went 11/29, scored eight runs and hit two homers. He now has four bombs and seven steals on the year. Last year, Patterson hit .269/.315/.406 with eight homers and 21 steals in 341 plate appearances for the Orioles. At this point, a 10 HR, 20 SB campaign is almost a given. There will be a dry spell, but, so far, he has cut down on the strike-outs a tad. Patterson is now a quality player for 12-team leagues, my god.

Allen Craig – Even without the second base eligibility, Craig would have been a star over the last week (11/22, eight RBIs). Also with just 98 at bats, Craig is the 16th ranked second baseman on the year – and can only go up. Craig, an eighth round pick in 2006, has torched minor league pitching (.308/.369/.517) and AAA especially (.321/.380/.548). With the various injuries surrounding the Cardinals’ offense, Craig’s bat will find a consistent place. As that happens, he’s going to hit over .300 with at least 10 more homers on the year. Sounds like the makings of a near top-10 second baseman.

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h2h Corner~ You’re Killing Me Smalls: Chone Figgins

Chone Figgins, average draft position: 101.

5×5 rank: 916

Ownership 65%

9/60, four runs, one HR, three RBIs, one SB.

Good golly.

Even modest projections for Figgins coming off a down 2010 had him stealing 35-40 bases and outpacing last year’s .259 average.

Now, if you look at ZiPS Updated projections, we’ve got a .243 average and 30 steals. Yikes.

So is he hitting a signed Babe Ruth ball over the fence when Denis Leary is your step-father bad?

Not quite yet.

Clearly, his dwindling walk rate is a concern, but I can’t imagine it stays mired below 5%. So he will get on base more via the base on balls and presumably run.

Further, he isn’t swinging and missing a ton: 10% K rate and 4.2% swinging strikes (totally comparable to other seasons in his career). He is actually making more contact this year than last year (albeit in a tiny sample and only by 0.1% more).

Figgins is just doing horrible on balls in play (.148). He has been around .300 before, but never below that mark. I do worry that he is hitting more fly balls for some reason (38.5% this year compared to 33.8% for his career). He owns a career 1.27 GB/FB rate, yet his line drive and ground ball percentages are down this year. Combine that with more fly balls and you have a 2011 GB/FB rate of 1.10.

I’m going to side more with the ZiPS (ROS) projection, a .255/.342 line with 30 SBs. I think there is a bit of upside going forward if he can correct his fly ball hitting ways. I also wouldn’t be shocked with a .265 average and 35 stolen bases.

Obviously, it’s a far cry from two years ago (and, to some extent, last season), but he isn’t killing you…yet.

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h2h Corner ~ Katy Perry (Hot ‘N’ Cold) All-Stars

Players get hot and cold over a seven-day period, it’s as sure as the samples are small.

That is why Katy created the Hot ‘N’ Cold All-stars.

In case you were living under a rock, let me reiterate the most fascinating news of the past week: Katy Perry was named the hottest chick alive by Maxim! While she wouldn’t make my top five based just on looks (I’m an Eliza Dushku, Rachel Bilson and Alison Brie fan), you do have to factor in her singing ability and, well, fantasy baseball acumen. Continue reading

h2h Corner ~ Knowing ADP – How To Win Your League Before the Season Even Starts VII

Maximizing every drop of value in every pick is hugely important. Taking a player in the fifth round that you could just as easily have taken in the sixth round is a major mistake. To avoid this, you need to know all about Average Draft Position (ADP). Continue reading