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Brandin Cooks’ Fantasy Value in Houston

J.R. Duren | April 10th, 2020  

Brandin Cooks is switching uniforms, again. The question is, what does the trade to the Houston Texans do to his fantasy value? Is he a borderline WR2/WR3 or a top-10 sleeper? Say what you will about the Texans personnel decisions, the key for fantasy managers is how Cooks will affect the Texans’ offense and how the Texans’ offense will affect Cooks.

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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: The Top 20 Shortstops

Matt Bishop | February 29, 2020

It’s almost baseball season and Shortstop is deep. In fact, there are 14 shortstops that are being drafted within the Top 100 players this season. With an abundance of talent at the position this year, there are at least 15 shortstops that are serviceable as your #1 option, in my opinion. If you miss out on an elite option at the position, no need to panic as you can wait a bit to grab a potential bounce back.

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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 23 and Streamer of the Week

Matt Bishop | September 9, 2019


Mitch Keller, SP PIT 

(37% CBS, 4% ESPN, 9% Yahoo)

9/10: @ San Francisco Giants (69-74) 3rd in NL West

9/15: @ Chicago Cubs (76-66) 2nd in NL Central

I know this is cheap and a bit lazy being that I used Mitch Keller last week, but he was hit on the hand by a line drive in his outing on 9/03 and was forced to leave the game after only 1,2 innings and striking out 3 batters. This forced him to miss most of his first start and all of his second, but he is slotted back into the rotation and on track for Tuesday 9/10 and Sunday 9/15, so why not?

Firmly solidified as the Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect and ranked as the 25th best prospect in baseball, Mitch Keller carries an electric skill set and an array of plus offerings. But since his callup on 5/27, the results have been lack-luster, pitching to a butt clenching 8.62 ERA 1.98 WHIP. While his 11.86 K/9 is encouraging, Keller has never really been known for his control, which is evident from his 3.45 BB/9. This is slightly higher than his 2.83 BB/9 minor league career mark, but not terrible for his first exposure to major league hitters. Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 22 and Streamer of the Week

Matt Bishop | September 1, 2019


Mitch Keller, SP PIT 

(37% CBS, 4% ESPN, 9% Yahoo)

9/03: Miami Marlins (48 – 87) Last in NL East

9/08: St. Louis Cardinals (75 – 59) 1st in NL Central

Firmly solidified as the Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect and ranked as the 25th best prospect in baseball, Mitch Keller carries an electric skill set and an array of plus offerings. But since his callup on 5/27, the results have been lack-luster, pitching to a butt clenching 8.62 ERA 1.98 WHIP. While his 11.86 K/9 is encouraging, Keller has never really been known for his control, which is evident from his 3.45 BB/9. This is slightly higher than his 2.83 BB/9 minor league career mark, but not terrible for his first exposure to major league hitters. Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 20 & Streamer of the Week

Matt Bishop | August 18, 2019


Jalen Beeks, RP TB

(10% CBS, 3% ESPN, 2% Yahoo)



Jalen Beeks was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Tampa Bay Rays for Nathan Eovaldi on 7/25/2018. At the time, Beeks was clearly a throw-away piece for the Red Sox in an effort to acquire a fireballer who was known to touch triple digits in Eovaldi. But the trade has more than worked out for the Rays. Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 19 (8/12 – 8/18)

Matt Bishop | August 11, 2019


Yusei Kikuchi, SP SEA (@DET, @TOR)

(38% CBS, 47% ESPN, 30% Yahoo)

Yusei Kikuchi has been maddening this season, to say the least. While we have seen flashes of elite upside and ace potential, we have also seen one too many three and four inning starts, paired with a one inning effort where he was used as the opener. No matter how you spin it, he is nothing more than a streamer rest of season. Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 18 (8/05 – 8/11)

Matt Bishop | August 5, 2019


Daniel Norris, SP DET (CHW, KC)

(24% CBS, 2% ESPN, 5% Yahoo)

It’s getting to that time of the year where we are running out of decent streaming pitchers to talk about and upside is virtually non-existent on the waiver wire. But while Daniel Norris’ 4.67 ERA 1.40 WHIP combo on the year isn’t much to write home about, he has been very solid in his last 3 outings: Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 17 (7/29 – 8/04)

Matt Bishop | July 29, 2019


Tyler Beede, SP SF

(36% CBS, 7% ESPN, 11% Yahoo)

Tyler Beede’s seasonal stat line leaves much to be desired.  Currently pitching to a 4.85 ERA 1.48 WHIP with an 8.6 K/9, he doesn’t really stand out as a highly touted waiver wire add. But since the calendar has turned to July, he seems to be putting it together:

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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 16 (7/22 – 7/28)

Matt Bishop | July 22nd, 2019


Adrian Sampson, SP TEX

(16% CBS, 4% ESPN, 6% Yahoo)

2019 Season Stats:

(6-6) 4.92 ERA 1.45 WHIP 7.42 K/9 2.04 BB/9

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Buy High, Trade Targets and High Floor Waiver Wire Adds

Matt Bishop | July 12, 2019

I am wrong a lot. I was wrong when I said Matt Strahm had an elite skill set and proceeded to pitch to a 9.00 ERA since June 20 and get demoted to the bullpen. I was wrong when I called Kole Calhoun a league winner only to watch him hit .227 with a .764 OPS and 100 wRC+ since June 3. And I was way off base when I called Jose Peraza a serviceable SS option the rest of the season after turning in a dreadful .755 OPS and 95 wRC+ since April 25. But no matter how off base these claims can be, 3 out of 10 in baseball ain’t bad. Good luck and godspeed. Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 14 (7/01 to 7/07), Streamer of the Week

Matt Bishop | June 30, 2019


Tyler Mahle, SP CIN

(33% CBS, 5% ESPN, 10% YAHOO)

2019 Season Stats:

(2-8) 4.35 ERA 1.22 WHIP 9.15 K/9 2.18 BB/9

18.5% K-BB% 1.63 HR/9

Tyler Mahle only has 214.2 innings of major league service on his resume, but he is currently experiencing a career high in strikeout rate (24.4%) and a career low walk rate (5.8%).  Continue reading


Scorecrow Staff | June 28, 2019

It is almost the half-way point through the 2019 MLB Season. Many household names remain at the top of the statistical leaderboards, while others have poked their heads up and surprised the baseball community. If it is a well known stud or a no name bud, you still have no idea how they are going to perform in the second half. Regardless, the Scorecrow MLB Baseball staff got together to give you our risers and fallers for the second half. If you have any questions or would like us to write about someone, please hit us up, as always, on Twitter: Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 13 (6/24 – 6/30) and Streamer of the Week

Matt Bishop | June 24, 2019


Adam Plutko, SP CLE

(48% CBS, 4% ESPN, 10% Yahoo)

(3-1) 4.55 ERA 1.12 WHIP 7.16 K/9 0.98 BB/9

16.8% K-BB% 2.93 HR/9

Adam Plutko is 27 and only has 108.0 innings of major league service on his resume, but he has been relatively solid since his call up on 5/18 and could be a nice fill in this week. While his ERA is drastically inflated from a 7 run outing on 5/23, his peripherals (4.55 ERA 6.24 FIP 5.03 xFIP) are greatly skewed by a 2.93 HR/9, which is the 9th worst rate in baseball (minimum 20 IP). But there is hope: Continue reading


ScoreCrow Team | June 21, 2019

The Scorecrow MLB writers got together to collaborate on a full list of players that are for real and others who may be playing over their heads. Let us know what you think. Enjoy.


Kody Clawson (@kodyclawson)

The real fact of the matter is that Mike Moustakas has been good at hitting for a few years now. The move from Kauffman Stadium to Miller Park for his home games has finally given him the chance to show off his power. I was concerned that the move to second base would affect his hitting in some capacity, but this was an arbitrary hypothesis anyway. The only fantasy effect has been positive, as the added positional flexibility has only aided fantasy owners. Continue reading


Matt Bishop | June 20, 2019

If any of these players are available in your league, pick them up immediately. If they are not, try to make an offer as most of these names have little to no market value and can be acquired for pennies on the dollar. These guys are trending upward and could help you claim a championship down the stretch.

*All waiver wire add recommendations were available in a 14 team H2H points league where 4 players are kept and one minor leaguer is rostered that I am in. I know that doesn’t help.

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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 12 (6/17 – 6/23)

Matt Bishop | June 17, 2019

STREAMER OF THE WEEK (10% Owned CBS, 1% ESPN, 2% Yahoo)


(1 – 1) 3.42 ERA 0.99 WHIP 26 K 26.1 IP 5 BB  

8.89 K/9 1.71 BB/9 1.71 HR/9

Tommy Milone is 32 and hasn’t thrown over 100 innings in the majors since 2015, but after the Mariners called him up on 5/21, his stock is rising. Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 11 (6/10 – 6/16)

Matt Bishop | June 10, 2019


Sandy Alcantara, SP MIA:

(3 – 5) 3.80 ERA 1.35 WHIP 5.83 K/9 4.05 BB/9 0.76 HR/9

47.1% GB 31.9% FB 30.6% Hard 11.3% swstr

Sandy Alcantara may be the forgotten man in a Marlins rotation that has been quietly effective this season. Alcantara was the prize piece in the deal that sent Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis and was once a heralded prospect, sitting firmly in MLB’s Top 100 prospects in 2018. But he hasn’t really lived up to expectations. Alcantara’s seasonal stats are nothing special, but when you hone in on his recent performances, you can begin to see him coming alive: Continue reading

Waiver Wire Adds & League Winners

Matt Bishop | June 3rd, 2019

We all know that owner. The owner that just can’t stop making add/drops and needs to be slapped. While it is annoying to watch another owner deplete the player pool of useful resources and use the waiver wire as a means to fill their roster, you really can’t fault them. Let’s face it. Most of us are bitter that we missed out on Tommy La Stella or Caleb Smith, but we keep it together and keep plugging along hoping for the next Hunter Dozier. There are more of these players out there and by paying attention to recent trends, you most likely won’t find one, but you could. Here are a few players that may be available on your waiver wire that could have huge value for the rest of the season:

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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 10 (6/03 – 6/09)

Matt Bishop | June 2, 2019

STREAMER OF THE WEEK (30% CBS, 24% ESPN, 11% Yahoo)

Dylan Bundy, SP BAL (@TEX, @HOU)

(2 – 6) 4.58 ERA 1.24 WHIP 59.0 IP 60 K

GAME ONE: 6/04 @TEX (2nd in AL West)

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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 9 (5/27 – 6/02)

Matt Bishop | May 27, 2019


Michael Pineda, SP MIN (MIL 5/27, @TB 6/02)

(4-3) 5.43 ERA 1.30 WHIP 53.0 IP 44 K


GAME TWO: 6/02 @ TB (2nd AL EAST)

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The Re-Invention of Frankie Montas

Matt Bishop | May 26th, 2019


(6-2) 2.40 ERA 1.13 WHIP 9.15 K/9 1.95 BB/9

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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 8 (5/20 – 5/26)


FELIX PENA, SP LAA (25% CBS, 3% ESPN, 8% Yahoo)
(2 -1) 3.49 ERA 0.96 WHIP 38.2 IP 37 K

GAME ONE: 5/20 MIN (1st in AL Central 30-16)

GAME TWO: 5/26 TEX (3rd in AL West 21-23)

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3 Break-Outs in Progress

Matt Bishop | May 17th, 2019

Every baseball season, we see a few new names at the top of the early leader-boards and some familiar faces. No matter the player or prospect pedigree, most hot starts fall off, while the elite can maintain and finish on a high note. But how can we tell if a hot April is sustainable or just a hot streak? Digging into a player’s profile can tell you if they are doing something they have never done before. Here are three players that are currently breaking out.

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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 7 (5/13 – 5/19)

Matt Bishop | May 12th, 2019

STREAMER OF THE WEEK (43% Owned CBS, 13% ESPN, 14% Yahoo)

Reynaldo Lopez, SP CHI (CLE, TOR)

Let’s face it. Reynaldo Lopez is erratic and inconsistent. But so is baseball and so are most two-start pitchers available on the waiver wire.  But with the exception of a six run outburst against a surging Red Sox team, Lopez has been pretty solid in his last 4 outings: Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 6 (5/06 – 5/12)

STREAMER OF THE WEEK (57% Owned CBS, 10% ESPN, 39% Yahoo)

Anthony DeSclafani, SP CIN (SF, @ SF)

Anthony DeSclafani is currently carrying a 10.45 K/9, paired with a 27.7% strikeout rate, which are both career highs. His velocity is the highest of his career (94.2) and almost up 1 mph, while he has drastically decreased his hard-hit rate to 33.8%, which is down 8% from last season. But while his numbers indicate he is pitching to his peripherals (3.48 ERA, 4.28 FIP, 4.39 xFIP), his career stats show he is not pitching to his potential.   Continue reading

What’s Wrong with Jack Flaherty?

Matt Bishop | May 3rd, 2019

Cincinnati Reds v St Louis Cardinals : News Photo



Jack Flaherty seems to be figuring it out. On 4/22, Flaherty had 18 swinging strikes (40% CSW) with ten total strikeouts in a win at home against the Brewers (6.0 IP 3 H 4 ER 1 BB 10 K). Flaherty was able to dominate with impressive fastball command which has eluded him all season, racking up eight of his 18 swinging strikes on his four-seam fastball. I am a Flaherty owner and have long loved his polish and prospect pedigree, but something is wrong.  

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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 5 (4/29 -5/05)

Matt Bishop | April 29th, 2019

Here are your two-start pitchers for this week. While it’s never a given that both starts will go down due to weather or a change in rotation plans, these are pitchers that are slated to do some extra work this week.

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Matt Bishop | April 25th, 2019

Hey, how are you? Are you confident and cruising or desperate and humbled? Investing such high draft capital in any superstar succumbed to injury can be soul crushing. But no matter if you’re dominating the field or scraping to get by, checking in on players and monitoring the waiver wire can keep you competitive. I don’t think a lot of owners are aware that most leagues keep stats for the last 7, 14, 21 and 30 days, which is extremely important in deciding on free agents. If a player is consistently showing up in different sample sizes, you can probably assume it’s more than a hot streak.  Continue reading

TWO-START PITCHERS: WEEK 4 (4/22 – 4/28)

Matt Bishop | April 22nd, 2019

STREAMER OF THE WEEK (17% Owned CBS, 4% Yahoo, 2% ESPN)

Spencer Turnbull, SP DET (4/23 @ BOS, 4/28 @ CHW)

0-2, 3.43 1.29 WHIP 10.29 K/9 in 21.0 IP

Currently pitching to a 3.43 ERA and a 10.29 K/9, Spencer Turnbull has been able to minimize hard contact (34.5%) and pitch to his peripherals (3.19 FIP 3.85 xFIP). He is currently touting an 11.2% swinging strike rate, which is slightly above league average, but finished with 15 and 10 swinging strikes in two of his April starts against the Royals and Indians. Continue reading

Week 2 In Review: Buy Low, Sell High, Cut Bait

Matt Bishop | April 19th, 2019

Not to say that pitching sucks, but the pitching has kinda sucked this year. With more rumors of a rebirth of the juiced baseball, more elite pitchers are getting shelled and leaving their starts earlier than expected, while elite names and young prospects are flourishing. The following point totals are from a standard head to head CBS points league. Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers Week 3 (04/15 – 04/21)

Matt Bishop | April 15th, 2019


Trevor Richards (4/15 vs. CHC, 4/21 vs. WAS)

2.00 ERA 1.11 WHIP 9.0 K/9 in 18.0 IP

Trevor Richards may have a 5.0 BB/9, but he is currently sporting a 14.7% swinging strike rate (10th in MLB) and a 32.4% o-swing (29th in MLB), which is well above the league average of 29.3%. He also has a 68.2% contact rate, which is the 9th lowest in the league and has yielded 11, 13 and 18 swinging strikes in his last 3 starts. Opposing batters are currently hitting .088 against his changeup, which has resulted in a 23.3% swinging strike rate. Pair this with 2 struggling offenses in the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals, paired with a home pitchers park, Trevor Richards should be in for a solid Week 3.    

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Week 1 in Review: Sample Size Means Everything

Matt Bishop | April 10th, 2019

No, it doesn’t. I’m totally kidding. Listen, dude. It’s Week 1. I know it’s easy to tell you not to panic when you lost by 100 or dropped 5 spots in your roto rankings, but Week 1 losses hurt and they cut you deep. And no matter how long the season is or how deep you think your team may be, you don’t feel whole for a while. So there is really not much I can tell that you already don’t know. But please remember that everything you are about to read should be prefaced with “I know it’s a small sample size, but” and is simply an observation or highlight of something that is outside the norm compared to a player’s career profile Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 2 (04/08 – 04/14)

Matt Bishop | April 8th, 2019    

With a total of 35 two-start pitchers scheduled for the upcoming slate, Major League Baseball is in full bloom and is putting its aces on full display for Week 2. If week 1 has shown us anything, it is that pitching is shaky and never a guarantee. With so many #1 starters struggling in their first outings (with the exception of Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom) and leaving fantasy owners scratching their heads, most were able to settle down in their second starts and handle their business like we have known them to do (see Blake Snell and Carlos Carrasco). Pitching matchups are subject to change, so make sure to check back before game time on Monday and before lineups lock:

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Philadelphia Phillies 2019 Team Preview

Matt Bishop | March 12th, 2019

Toronto Blue Jays v Philadelphia Phillies : News Photo

The city of Philadelphia is on fire right now and it came with a $330 million price tag. If you have lived under a rock for the last few weeks or been out of the country on extended leave, the Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a 13 year, $330 million contract, which is the largest contract in baseball history and makes him one of the highest paid athletes on the planet. Even without the Harper signing, the Phillies have had one of the best off-seasons in recent memory, signing one of the best hitting catchers in the game, while also adding some clarity to their bullpen. And it doesn’t stop there.

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Elvis Andrus is a 20/20 Threat. Ask Me How.

Matt Bishop | March 3rd, 2019

For the record, no one that I have shared this information with is buying it or believes there is any truth to it whatsoever. Let’s throw out Elvis Andrus’ 2018, which was cut short by an erratic pitch that broke his elbow and kept him out of action for 65 games. Let’s not mention that he hit 6 home runs in only 428 plate appearances and before 2017, he had never hit more than 8 HRs, while averaging 650.4 plate appearances in the 8 seasons prior. We also won’t talk about his career-low .256 batting average. But when you look at his recent profile, Elvis Andrus is a 20/20 Threat.  

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Tampa Bay Rays: Team Preview

Matt Bishop | February 21st, 2019

TAMPA BAY RAYS, 90-72 (3rd in AL East)

The Tampa Bay Rays are trending upward. After finishing 3rd in the AL East at 90-72 and Kevin Cash finishing 3rd in voting for Manager of the Year, the Rays are trying to show the world they are for real.  But playing in one of the toughest divisions in baseball and having to face the Red Sox and the Yankees on a regular basis will keep this team humble and force them to be patient. But no matter the division, the Rays are putting together the pieces to be competitive for years to come.

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Philadelphia Phillies Top 5 Prospects

Matt Bishop | February 10th, 2019

The Philadelphia Phillies Farm System is the 8th best minor league system in all of baseball. Headlined by (2) Tier 1 and (2) Tier 2 prospects along with one of the strongest off-seasons in recent memory, the future is bright in Philly and their fan base has hope again. (PS – I started writing this before the JT Realmuto trade and Sixto Sanchez was the Phillies top prospect at that time. If you would like to read about Sixto Sanchez, and you should, he is the last prospect on this list).  

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Los Angeles Dodgers Top 5 Prospects

Matt Bishop | February 6th, 2019

The Los Angeles Dodgers currently have 4 of their top prospects firmly solidified in MLB’s Top 100 Prospects List. The Dodgers farm system ranks as the 8th best in baseball, with at least 4 of their top prospects having the potential to make an impact in 2019. With a deep minor league bench, this team is stacked and should be competitive for years to come.

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Tampa Bay Rays Top 5 Prospects

Matt Bishop| February 2nd, 2019

The Tampa Bay Rays have developed an impressive Minor league system. They are currently ranked the #4 best farm team in baseball, with their Top 6 Prospects all solidified in MLB’s Top 100 Prospect List.  While they have efficiently developed their homegrown talent, they have done equally as well among their international signings. The Rays are on the rise and they have established themselves as contenders for years to come.

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Minnesota Twins Top 5 Prospects

Matt Bishop| January 31st, 2019

The Minnesota Twins have drafted well and it shows. Coming into 2019, the Twins Minor League system ranks as the 6th best farm system in baseball and is headlined by three Tier 1 Prospects who are destined to take the league by storm. The Twins have a bright outlook and their homegrown talent may put them in contention sooner than expected.

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2019 Outfield Preview: The Next 25

Matt Bishop January 25th, 2019

We always talk about how deep the Outfield is, but if you were to construct your outfield from just this list of 25 players, you would be in great shape.  With the exception of a few, there are at least 8 of the first 12 players on this list that have tremendous upside and could far exceed their draft value. And 11 of the 12 can be had outside the Top 100.  There is tremendous value in the later rounds for the Outfield Position this year and you may not have to pay up for a stud: Continue reading

2019 Outfield Preview: Top 25

Matt Bishop January 23rd, 2019

The Outfield position has always been deep and 2019 is no different.  With five players being drafted in the 1st round, there is elite upside available with the first 15 outfielders off the board.  This is one of the only positions that will not penalize you by reaching for an early pick because you have 2-5 more chances to get your starting lineup straight. No matter how you spin it, it’s deep. Continue reading

HOF Case – Manny Ramirez

Matt Bishop January 21st, 2019

Two things about Manny Ramirez have always surprised me: that he has never won an MVP award and that he was not a First Ballot Hall of Famer. This is Manny’s 3rd year on the Ballot and he is only tracking 24.9% of the vote while needing 75% to be inducted. Continue reading

Who You Got?: Jameson Taillon vs. Mike Foltynewicz

Matt BishopJanuary 15th, 2019

Who you got? Better yet, what are you trying to accomplish? Are you looking to bolster your rotation with a high strikeout, high upside arms? Or are you looking for control artists with less than a strikeout per nine with the ability to eat innings and pitch deep into games?

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