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Johnny Cueto and Alexei Ramirez Coming to Yahoo!

Postby Super Manny » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:21 pm

Excerpts from today's "Bringin the Noise" column, written by Yahoo Sports' Brad Evans...

Johnny Cueto wrote:El Toro de Bebe (the Baby Bull) has captivated the minds of fantasy owners, and Dusty Baker, with an electrifying spring. Cool as a cucumber, the 22-year-old Dominican dandy aggressively attacks hitters with the savvy of a 10-year vet. Equipped with a deadly arsenal, which includes a hard-biting, mid-80s slider and plus curve, Cueto's most lethal pitch is his blazing 93-94 mph fastball that occasionally smokes the gun at 97 mph. In 161.1 IP between High-A and Triple-A last season, he amassed an eye-popping 9.49 K/9, 3.07 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. Slotted into the No. 3 spot in the Reds rotation, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound hurler has the stuff and bravado to be an effective back-of-the-rotation starter in 12-team mixed leagues. However, it's imperative to keep expectations realistic. At times he'll appear dominant, but on other occasions, as seen in his 0.2 IP, 5 ER, 5 BBs implosion versus Tampa on Mar. 23, his polish will vanish. Given Cueto's callowness, unfriendly home surroundings and Dusty's destructive history, expect a finishing 2008 line around 160 IP, 4.12 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 149 Ks, 9 Ws. Expect Cueto to hit Y! waivers possibly as early as next week. However, unless you're in an NL-only keeper league, don't spend your top waiver priority. Honestly, Edison Volquez could be the brightest youngster in the Cincy rotation this season.

Alexei Ramirez wrote:Ramirez, one of the more mysterious players this spring, has shed his cloak of obscurity and emerged a viable fantasy prospect. Expected to be added to Y! free agent pools sometime next week, Ramirez is a fantasy Swiss Army knife who will likely be eligible at three positions (2B, SS and OF) at some point this season. Scouts have raved about the Cuban defector's smooth, line-drive stroke, superb contact rates and above-average power. In 521 Cuban League games from 2001-2007, Ramirez laced a .334 BA, totaled 73 homers and drove in 328 runners. An intelligent player who has a natural grasp for the nuances of the game, Ramirez is expected to platoon with Pablo Ozuna and Juan Uribe at second and be a temporary fill in for Jerry Owens, who is on the 15-day DL with a groin injury, in center. During the first half of April, consider Ramirez a respectable middle infielder/utility player in Grand Canyon-deep mixed formats. Although he's showcased more of a prosthetic hook than a glove at times at second, his offensive contributions will likely earn him at least a semi-regular role by June. For now, view the 26-year-old as a more versatile and faster version of Freddy Sanchez. With 350 at-bats expect an end season line around: .295 BA, 12 HRs, 59 RBIs, 66 Rs and 8 SBs.


Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy/mlb/new ... oise032708

Keep a close eye on those waiver wires beginning next Monday! ;-D
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Re: Johnny Cueto and Alexei Ramirez Coming to Yahoo!

Postby j24jags » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:32 pm

Thanks for the heads up I'll be all over Cueto ;-D
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Re: Johnny Cueto and Alexei Ramirez Coming to Yahoo!

Postby chipper » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:40 pm

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Well of course they're coming, the season is about to start. But then there will be a waiting period as they clear waivers, so there's really no rush to make sure you're the first one to see them there (unless your league does not have waivers).
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Re: Johnny Cueto and Alexei Ramirez Coming to Yahoo!

Postby Yoda » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:43 pm

I think we should post more about Cueto. There should be at least 3 posts a day.
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Re: Johnny Cueto and Alexei Ramirez Coming to Yahoo!

Postby J.C.Fighter » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:43 pm

I just wish I was able to nab atleast one of these two guys before anybody had them on their radar... :-t !+)
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Re: Johnny Cueto and Alexei Ramirez Coming to Yahoo!

Postby jdsun1 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:52 pm

J.C.Fighter wrote:I just wish I was able to nab atleast one of these two guys before anybody had them on their radar... :-t !+)


Same. Sad how Longoria, Headley and Rasmus are there but these two are not!It would be nice if they added Kershaw too, just for good measure.
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Re: Johnny Cueto and Alexei Ramirez Coming to Yahoo!

Postby Tigers1223 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:59 pm

agree with the two above posts. I said in another thread that the cafe gives me a major advantage over the others in my league. However, yahoo destroys it by not making these guys available until everyone knows about them. Annoying
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Re: Johnny Cueto and Alexei Ramirez Coming to Yahoo!

Postby NZ Eff » Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:39 pm

:-? I just can't work out why people are bending over backwards to burn a waiver wire priority by picking up a guy who will put up 4th SP numbers and a utility guy who won't even be a fulltime player.
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Re: Johnny Cueto and Alexei Ramirez Coming to Yahoo!

Postby bigh0rt » Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:55 pm

NZ Eff wrote::-? I just can't work out why people are bending over backwards to burn a waiver wire priority by picking up a guy who will put up 4th SP numbers and a utility guy who won't even be a fulltime player.

You once again refuse to look outside the realm of 12-team Redraft leagues.
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Re: Johnny Cueto and Alexei Ramirez Coming to Yahoo!

Postby NZ Eff » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:05 pm

bigh0rt wrote:
NZ Eff wrote::-? I just can't work out why people are bending over backwards to burn a waiver wire priority by picking up a guy who will put up 4th SP numbers and a utility guy who won't even be a fulltime player.

You once again refuse to look outside the realm of 12-team Redraft leagues.


Sure in deep leagues yes but 9 out of 10 guys asking these questions are in standard Yahoo leagues. Unless pointed out otherwise I always make this assumption.
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