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Entries in Ryan Braun (8)

Friday
Jun072013

Video: Alex Rodriguez Official Statement

Official Statement from Alex Rodriguez:

Myself and others are being mentioned in a media report before the process is even concluded. I would hope this thing would follow the guidelines of our Basic Agreement. I will monitor the situation and comment when appropriate.

As I have said previously, I am working out every day to get back on the field and help the Yankees win a championship. I am down here doing my job and working hard and will continue to do so until I'm back playing.

For more visit ESPN.com

Wednesday
Mar202013

Hanley Ramirez to have MRI and more

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez could be sidelined for more than two months or maybe just two weeks because of an injured left thumb.

"They've painted both pictures, and it's a pretty big window," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday. "We're guessing."

Ramirez was hurt diving for a ball while playing third base Tuesday night in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. He helped the Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0.

Source: ESPN.com

Yankees GM unsure if Jeter will be ready for opening day

"The Yankees are bracing for the possibility of an Opening Day without Derek Jeter, as the captain's availability is now in doubt after an anti-inflammatory cortisone injection was administered to his left ankle on Wednesday morning.

General manager Brian Cashman said that the stiffness and soreness Jeter is experiencing with his surgically repaired ankle is not a serious setback, but Jeter may need to begin the year on the disabled list with the club's April 1 opener approaching.

"I just can't rule it out," Cashman said. "We've got to do what's right for him. Whatever is right for him, it will be right for us."

Source: MLB.com

Doubront has talent, but has adjustments to make

"Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz have a World Series championship and a no-hitter on their résumés. John Lackey has started a dozen playoff games in his career, and Ryan Dempster has thrown 200 or more innings seven times in his career.

But the most talented pitcher in the Red Sox rotation may be 25-year-old lefthander Felix Doubront, whose list of accomplishments would not take long to read.

After five seasons in the minors, Doubront had short stints with the Red Sox in 2010 and ’11 before earning a place in the rotation a year ago. He was 11-10 with a 4.86 earned run average, statistics that at face value were not particularly impressive."

Source: Boston.com

MLB sets sights on A-Rod, Braun

"Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers' All-Star outfielder, knows they are out there.

Everywhere he turns, everywhere he looks, they are there.

They are talking to his friends. They are talking to his peers. They are talking to his associates. They are scouring through paperwork. They keep digging.

They are the Major League Baseball investigators."

Source: USAtoday.com

Pujols won't let sore foot slow him down

"Albert Pujols is wearing custom orthotics for the first time in his career, and he has to spend a little extra time in the training room, but those are the only concessions the Angels first baseman has made for the plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

“I’ve had it for the last seven years; is that a problem?” Pujols said of the condition, which causes inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot and can be very painful when it flares up. “It’s one of those things that comes and goes.”

Pujols has been eased into action this spring as he recovers from last October’s surgery on his right knee — he played the field for the first time Tuesday — but Manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols’ knee hasn’t been as big a concern lately as the foot."

Source: LAtimes.com

Halladay trying to regain strength

"And the mystery continues.

Roy Halladay sat at his locker Tuesday morning, fresh off eating breakfast. He looked skinny. And, considering Halladay’s last three or so days, holding down breakfast might have been a big accomplishment.

Two days earlier, Halladay ignited a storm of worry by leaving his start after just one inning of work. Both the Phillies and Halladay said it was a stomach virus.

“I feel like I’m going in the right direction,” Halladay said. “Just bad timing for a setback.”

Source: Courierpostonline.com

Bud Norris to start Astros opener

"Bud Norris has been considered a “B”-level player his entire career. A good but not great pitcher; a solid athlete who’s never been a star.

Wednesday, the former second-tier pitcher was named the Astros’ opening-day starter.

Norris, 28, will take the mound next Sunday at 7 p.m. against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park in MLB’s 2013 season-opener. The game will be televised on ESPN.

The honor fulfills a childhood dream for Norris, who’s long wanted to be able to call himself an opening-day pitcher. When Norris joined the Astros in 2009, he asked Roy Oswalt what it was like to receive the ball on one of sports’ most memorable days. Now, Norris’ name will forever be attached to the Astros’ American League debut, and he’ll pitch before family and friends on national TV."

Source: Chron.com

Giants and Posey working on mega deal

"The Giants have quietly started contract talks with the goal of locking up young superstar catcher Buster Posey to a mega-deal.

Word is, there's a decent-sized gap at this point, though not enough of a gap that the team or Posey has given up trying. Posey surely would like to be a Giant for life if at all possible, and the Giants, run by very smart and deep-pocketed people, wouldn't be opposed to such an arrangement, either, if it can be accomplished.

The question is, how long?

And of course, for how much?

These are not easy questions since Posey is a once-in-a-generation type player who's won two World Series and an MVP award , and he is just starting out."

Source: Cbssportsline.com

Friday
Jan252013

The Fantasy Baseball Diary: Ryan Braun

"Who should be the first pick in fantasy baseball drafts?"

There are three primary candidates for you to consider: Mike Trout, Ryan Braun and Miguel Cabrera. We've already looked at the player profile on Mike Trout.  

 

Now, let's look at Ryan Braun's numbers

Year

LVL

AGE

AB

HR

R

RBI

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

BABIP

FB%

GB%

LD%

2007

MLB

23

451

34

91

97

15

5

.324

.370

.634

.361

34.3%

40.7%

17.2%

2008

MLB

24

611

37

92

106

14

4

.285

.335

.553

.305

36.3%

39.0%

15.1%

2009

MLB

25

635

32

113

114

20

6

.320

.386

.551

.353

22.6%

47.6%

20.7%

2010

MLB

26

619

25

101

103

14

3

.304

.365

.501

.331

24.0%

48.7%

19.0%

2011

MLB

27

563

33

109

111

33

6

.332

.397

.597

.350

28.8%

42.9%

21.8%

2012

MLB

28

598

41

108

112

30

7

.319

.391

.595

.346

31.0%

44.4%

18.2%

 

Pros:

Miller Park, NL Central; power to all fields; durable; consistent

 

Cons:

Limited 30+ steal track record; Rickie Weeks; limited ceiling; Astros move to AL; inflated HR/FB rate

 

Analysis:

Last year I stayed away from Braun in all my drafts because of an irrational fear he would regress due to his potential PED 50-game suspension and the loss of Prince Fielder to the Tigers. I believed he would be walked more and see fewer pitches to hit because he wouldn’t have protection in the lineup. It turned out he put up better numbers than he did during his MVP season in 2011.

 

Then there is his strikeout rate, which was the highest it’s been since 2008 (18.9%). If this trend continues his batting average ceiling could be in the low .300s instead of the .320s.

 

Braun has just turned 29, which may impact on his stolen base potential. Instead of grabbing 30 bags, he may only steal bases in the low 20s.

 

Braun had a career high in home runs with 41, but the home run spike coincided with a career high in his HR/FB rate (22.8%). His average HR/FB rate for his career is 18.8%, so if he regresses back to his average he’ll be a 30-34 home player instead of a 41 homer player. But to be a contrarian, he plays in in Miller Park, the third best home run park for right-handed hitters, so it’s possible he can sustain the home run power he displayed last year.

 

Finally, also consider the move of the Houston Astros to the AL West. The Astros roster looks like a bad Triple-A team and he won't have the opportunity this season to play 16 games against a team that he hit .355 with four homers and 13 RBI last season.