Monthly Archives: March 2009

Who I’m giving blowies to.

I live in Charleston, practically right down the street from Oriole’s prospect Matt Wieters’ hometown of Goose Creek, South Carolina. I’ve heard Goose Creek and the words “hick” and “incest” in the same sentence. A common bar joke down here is, “Who here’s from Goose Creek? Your donkey just took a shit outside the bar.”

Joking aside, chances are you’ve heard of this year’s two top prospects: Baltimore’s catcher Wieters and Tampa Bay’s LHP David Price. If you haven’t, you’re probably not going to win or even come close, so you should just quit now.

But I suppose there is some hope for you. There’s a bunch of guys in this year’s rookie class who promise to make a smaller impact and who, with a little luck, can improve your squad in some tangible way. The following is a list of five guys, in no particular order, who I think will contribute in 2009. If you don’t see the name of your favorite prospect it’s because I don’t see him getting the call this year. For instance, the Brave’s Tommy Hanson has an adequate rotation blocking his future in Atlanta. Mike Stanton of the Marlins probably won’t make it to the big club because the Marlins have been slow in giving guys chances (see: Dallas McPherson). Hold your horses though, I’ll be addressing “keepers” in the future.

And the top five guys I’m giving “blowies” to (Thank you, I Love You, Man) in 2009 is…

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I’m the last person who should be giving advice.

In 2006, I traded Grady Sizemore to my friend Alex for none other than a washed up and fading Brian Giles. I threw someone else in there too, you know, just to make the trade fair for him. I’m pretty sure the other piece of the puzzle was Curtis Granderson.

Needless to say, I deserved to finish 8th out of 11 teams. One good thing that came out of it, however, is that I have vowed to never be burnt again.

Which is why I found myself making this blog. Fantasy baseball is a hard hobby. It can be draining-the confusion over why your star studded team isn’t performing well, the utter unpredictability of baseball, the pivotal influxes and purges of promising prospects and yesterday’s heroes. Some days none of it makes sense.

There’s great sites that can help, such as Rotoworld and Fantasy Baseball Cafe. There’s also the countless magazines that hit shelves every February. They’re worth a read, but other than that, they’re generally outdated by the time your draft begins. And once you’ve read one, you’ve read them all. It’s hard to lead one lamb to slaughter when they all follow. One crucial piece of reading, however, is Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook. It’s tagline, “The secret weapon for fantasy league success,” rings true much of the time.

However, the only goal of this blog is to keep you ahead of your league by packaging all of those resources into one handy, attractive bundle in words that a neanderthal can understand. It’s not going to be updated every, single minute or even every, single day. But I will present pertinent information in a timely manner. In the end, I envision this blog as a Weather Channel for fantasy baseball-forecasting everything you need to know, at least a day ahead.