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Cafe Pod Week 13: Most Impressive Rookie - 1 comments

By R.J. White

We’re back after a week off and deciding which rookie has been the most impressive this season. Is Yasiel Puig the no-doubt answer, or have one of the young pitchers been even more impressive?

- Nine fantasy baseball questions from the Cafe forums are answered, from the following users:

  • medium_robin – Martin Prado or Nick Franklin
  • LoganLiCool – Trading for Bryce Harper
  • SeanyFever – Drop Brett Anderson?
  • RasmusFlow – Potential overpay for Billy Butler
  • CubsFan4Life23 – Jay Bruce or Wil Myers/Chris Perez
  • bigtymer29 – Yoenis Cespedes or Craig Kimbrel
  • redskincow – Ranking four FA-type pitchers
  • HIMYMlegend – Sell Elvis Andrus and Brett Lawrie?
  • DLRBusiness – Better keeper: Shelby Miller or Madison Bumgarner

- We quiz each other on waiver claims on their respective radars, one from the AL and one from the NL. One has been riding a monstrous BABIP, the other was just traded to a much better playing-time situation. Can you name the claims?

- We discuss the value of Martin Perez, the mask of Zolio Almonte, Jurickson Profar as a left fielder, Tony Cingrani as a bullpen arm and Gerrit Cole’s ridiculous heat.

- Those inclined to stream have at least one option every day in Your 7-Day Forecast, including Rick Porcello, Miguel Gonzalez and a lot of Padres.

- Aaron Hill’s returning from a fractured hand, but is he a starting fantasy 2B? Matt Kemp is on rehab assignment, Carl Crawford is not; do their recoveries affect Yasiel Puig at all? Jeanmar Gomez is returning this week to impressive ratios, but is he worth owning in fantasy leagues? Pablo Sandoval’s coming back from a foot injury, but is there any cause for concern?

- Closer situations in Boston, Detroit, Seattle, Arizona and Milwaukee are on tap in the Bottom of the 9th.

- A strong push by the Blue Jays has all five AL East teams above .500. Who makes the playoffs?

Check it out on iTunes or below.

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R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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One Response to “Cafe Pod Week 13: Most Impressive Rookie”

  1. User avatar Izenhart says:

    Great pod this week. I was on the fence with a few of your suggestions and went ahead and pulled the trigger on some FA claims.


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