2020 Underachiever Series Part Seven: Kris Bryant and Ketel Marte

by Mickey Bell To recap the articles so far, I buy Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, and Yordan Alvarez as values, sell Keston Hiura and Alex Bregman (at his price), and fall somewhere in the middle with Gleyber Torres, Javier Baez, Austin Meadows, Yoan Moncada, and Victor Robles. Please check out Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, and Part Six of this series as well. Kris Bryant – 3B – Chicago Cubs Age: 29 2020 Yahoo preseason rank: 36 2020 final rank: 793 2021 ADP: 134 Bryant’s ADP has dropped about 100 picks this year. You cannot…

2020 Underachiever Series Part Six: Alex Bregman

by Mickey Bell To recap the articles so far, I buy Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, and Yordan Alvarez as values, sell Keston Hiura, and fall somewhere in the middle with Gleyber Torres, Javier Baez, Austin Meadows, Yoan Moncada, and Victor Robles. Please check out Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and Part Five of this series as well. Alex Bregman – 3B – Houston Astros Age: 26 2020 Yahoo preseason rank: 15 2020 final rank: 440 2021 ADP: 33 While Bregman certainly did not live up to his draft value, he still had a good season (123 wRC+).…

2020 Underachiever Series Part Five: Christian Yelich and Javier Baez

by Mickey Bell To recap the articles so far, I buy Cody Bellinger and Yordan Alvarez as values, sell Keston Hiura, and fall somewhere in the middle with Gleyber Torres, Austin Meadows, Victor Robles, and Yoan Moncada. Please check out Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four of this series as well. Christian Yelich – OF – Milwaukee Brewers Age: 29 2020 Yahoo preseason rank: 2 2020 final rank: 136 2021 ADP: 11 Yelich went around 2nd overall last year, especially after Mike Trout’s uncertainty around playing arose. But even at that draft spot, he had injury risk…

2020 Underachiever Series Part Four: Victor Robles and Yoan Moncada

To recap the articles so far, I buy Cody Bellinger and Yordan Alvarez as values, sell Keston Hiura, and fall somewhere in the middle with Gleyber Torres and Austin Meadows. Please check out Part One, Part Two, and Part Three of this series as well. Victor Robles  Age: 23 2020 Yahoo preseason rank: 62  2020 final rank: 568 2021 ADP: 155 The former MLB.com #4 overall prospect held risk coming into last year due to batting at the end of the Nationals lineup and having atrocious StatCast numbers in 2019. His 91 wRC+ that year also raised questions about his…

2020 Underachiever Series Part Three: Austin Meadows and Keston Hiura

by Mickey Bell We looked at Gleyber Torres in part one and Cody Bellinger and Yordan Alvarez in part two. Future articles will discuss the remaining players in the above chart. Austin Meadows – OF – Tampa Bay Rays Age: 25 2020 Yahoo preseason rank: 39 2020 final rank: 707 2021 ADP: 84 After having 33 HR, 12 steals, and a 0.291 average in 2019, Meadows ended the 2020 season with a 0.205 average and 0.667 OPS in just 36 games. After being a StatCast standout in his breakout season, his K% and Hard% both dropped by about 10%. He…

2020 Underachiever Series Part Two: Cody Bellinger and Yordan Alvarez

by Mickey Bell This is part two in a series where we examine players who struggled in the shortened 2020 season. We started with Gleyber Torres and you can check out that article here. Other underachievers 25 and younger discussed in future articles include: Austin Meadows, Keston Hiura, Victor Robles, and Yoan Moncada. Then we will move on to players in their “prime” age (Christian Yelich, Alex Bregman, Ketel Marte, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Joey Gallo, Josh Bell, Gary Sanchez) and then players aged 30 or older (Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado, Anthony Rizzo, JD Martinez) to wrap up the series. Cody…

2020 Underachiever Series Part One: Gleyber Torres

by Mickey Bell Lots of proven stars struggled in the 60 game 2020 MLB season. Which players’ down seasons portend a long term downward trend? Which players simply had bad luck due to small sample size and/or injuries/illness? As every player listed above gets drafted later than last year, some will end up being great values that help carry your team. We will start the series by discussing the young underachievers aged 25 years or younger and specifically Gleyber Torres. Other underachievers  discussed in future articles include: Cody Bellinger, Yordan Alvarez, Austin Meadows, Keston Hiura, Victor Robles, and Yoan Moncada.…

Waiver Wire Catcher Pickups: Streaming Options for the Week of August 17, 2020

by Mickey Bell All ownership percentages are taken from Yahoo as of August 16. >10% Roberto Perez (5% owned) Perez, who finally got a chance to start in 2019 after Yan Gomes was traded to the Nationals, rewarded Cleveland with 24 HR and a 0.774 OPS. His barrel rate was in the 76th percentile last year. According to Cleveland’s manager Tito Francona, Perez is expected to return on Tuesday from a shoulder injury that has limited him to 3 games in 2020. While he will probably be a detriment to your average, Perez should get you plenty of home runs.…

Standouts and Surprises

James & Mick talk shop about who has stood out to them so far. This was recorded before Laureano’s brawl and the Indians’ pitchers COVID faux pas so we stick to their performances on the field. Time Stamps: 2:00: Ramon Laureano 5:00: Trent Grisham 7:15: Sonny Gray 9:15: Renato Nunez 12:40: Trevor Bauer 16:45: Mike Yastrzemski 19:00: Dansby Swanson 26:30: Obligatory Joey Gallo and Franmil Reyes talk 34:40: Cleveland Indians discussion Follow us on Twitter @udownwithobp Visit our website: www.udownwithobp.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

NL CENTRAL HITTERS WHO BENEFIT FROM THE UNIVERSAL DH

Ian Happ (NFBC ADP since 4/15: 256; Yahoo % Owned: 43%): Happ dropped his K% from 36% in 2018 to 25% last year. He always nears the top of the majors in barrels, and he steals around 10 bags per year. With the DH, the Cubs can let Albert Almora keep some of his defensive duties while getting Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward, and Happ at bats. Victor Caratini (ADP: 590; Owned: 1%): The switch-hitting Caratini is a very solid hitter who was one of the biggest catching prospects a few years back. Most teams will carry three or more catchers,…