Tag:Anthony Reyes
Posted on: September 4, 2008 10:17 am

Video notes for Pitching Planner

-- Cubs have some injury woes. Big Z, Rich Harden... Are these guys toast for Fantasy purposes?
-- Another contender, the Angels, have some struggling starters. They are slotting Dustin Moseley in the rotation and moving back Jered Weaver. Are these guys in operation shutdown with the big lead in their division?
-- OK, we have some September call-ups making mess of rotations, are there some more on the way? Phil Hughes/Ian Kennedy/Price graphic
-- Who are the No. 5 starters for the Mets and Red Sox? Bartolo Colon graphic

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Clayton Kershaw LA
(09/08) @ SD Cha Seung Baek
(09/14) @ COL Livan Hernandez
59 percent owned 28 percent starting

Two-start pitcher to sit
Edwin Jackson TB
(09/08) @ BOS Jon Lester
(09/14) @ NYY Carl Pavano
54 percent owned 32 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Anthony Reyes CLE
(09/10) @ BAL Chris Waters
(09/14) vs. KC Kyle Davies
37 percent owned 22 percent starting

Jeff Suppan MIL
(09/09) vs. CIN Josh Fogg
(09/14) @ PHI Joe Blanton
42 percent owned 31 percent starting


Posted on: August 14, 2008 9:55 am

Video notes for Pitching Planner

-- Paul Byrd traded to the Red Sox. Is this a move because they fear the worst with Tim Wakefield?
-- David Price is not here Aug. 1 like you said. He has moved up to Triple-A but got beat up, what's up with that?
-- John Maine returned with five solid innings. Could the Mets really consider using him, Oliver Perez or Mike Pelfrey in the bullpen?
-- Who are some of the next pitchers to return from injury that we can pick up? Phil Hughes. Adam Wainwright. Joba Chamberlain. Carl Pavano. Andrew Miller. Bartolo Colon.

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Joe Blanton PHI
(08/19) vs. WAS Jason Bergmann 
(08/24) vs. LA Brad Penny 
70 percent owned 46 percent starting

Must-sit, two-start pitcher
Brad Penny LA
(08/19) vs. COL Jeff Francis
(08/24) @ PHI Joe Blanton
73 percent owned 37 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Anthony Reyes CLE
(08/19) vs. KC Luke Hochevar
(08/24) @ TEX Luis Mendoza
24 percent starting 15 percent owned

Jeff Francis COL
(08/19) @ LA Brad Penny
(08/24) vs. CIN Josh Fogg
50 percent owned 27 percent starting 


Posted on: August 6, 2008 6:18 pm

Video notes for Pitching Planner

Video notes for the Week 20 Pitching Planner
-- Joba Chamberlain to the DL ... Ian Kennedy up ... what are the Yankees to do to get back in the race? Phil Hughes, Carl Pavano????
-- John Maine was Joba a week ago ... can we trust him in Fantasy Week 20 (Aug. 11-17)? Jonathan Niese? El Duque? Bueller?
-- Also with the Mets... what are they going to do at closer?
-- Gio Gonzalez, Anthony Reyes, Jeff Karstens, Chris Waters ... can we trust these guys?

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Justin Verlander DET
(08/11) vs. TOR Shaun Marcum
(08/16) vs. BAL Chris Waters
97 percent owned 75 percent starting

A two-start pitcher to sit
Shaun Marcum TOR
(08/11) @ DET Justin Verlander
(08/16) @ BOS Josh Beckett
86 percent owned 43 percent starting

Two-start pitching sleepers
Anibal Sanchez FLA
(08/11) vs. STL Joel Pineiro 
(08/16) vs. CHC Ryan Dempster
50 percent owned 29 percent starting

Jeff Karstens PIT
(08/12) vs. CIN Homer Bailey 
(08/17) vs. NYM Johan Santana
6 percent owned 4 percent starting


Posted on: March 4, 2008 4:14 pm

Rasmus, Barton and Jones, oh my!

FORT LAUDERDALE -- Cardinals are in town facing the Orioles on Tuesday. Adam Loewen vs. Anthony Reyes, a prospect-hound's dream matchup -- with regard to these two system-poor franchises at least. Here are my thoughts as we go:

-- Colby Rasmus is in center and leading off ... Rule-5 pick Brian Barton is in right and unheralded Joe Mather in left. Rick Ankiel and Chris Duncan didn't make the trip. Rasmus looked bad, fanning on a pitch out of the zone. (Rasmus showed a strong arm on a throw to the plate, by the way). Mather is a big dude with power, but way too aggressive. After a wild cut, I noticed he has struck out five times in his first eight spring at-bats. Ouch. Then of course, he nearly takes Loewen's head off on a liner through the box.

-- Rasmus launched a long fly in the game. He has a real sweet swing... at least he did on that one. He posterized it, too. A 30-30 prospect with swagger.

-- O's sophomore Adam Jones beat out an infield hit, smacked a single to left and slapped a single to right. He is 5-for-10 with a homer this spring. He didn't attempt a steal, but the O's got him to second on a hit-and-run groundout once and to third on a hit-and-run single another time. Jones is 0-for-1 in his steal attempts thus far. We're guessing 15 steals will be a high number for him at this point, but he is a threat on the bases. The O's beat writers for the <em>Baltimore Sun</em> and MLB.com were saying Jones has so much athleticism, it doesn't look like he is trying. "It's just spring training," one said. He has the center field job uncontested at this point and should be an overlooked sophomore on Draft Day. FYI, the beat writer's opinion of him is he is a well-versed young ballplayer and should be ready to really pop by the second half of this year. Take note of that.

-- Barton, who has to make the team or be offered back to the Indians for $25,000, has a lot of tools. He is quick, has a great arm and has shown versatility. Most important, he hits from the right side in a Cardinals outfield that could figure three left-handed bats of Duncan, Rasmus and Ankiel. Barton ripped a liner to left center for a single.

-- Would like to see him run here... off a left-handed pitcher and a strong throwing catcher in Ramon Hernandez. Nope, Cesar Izturis lined out to center -- while Adam Jones ran it down, he also threw past Kevin Millar at first, trying to double Barton off but instead allowing him to go to third.

-- He later bunted for a base hit but was caught stealing on a pickoff by Jamie Walker and reached on an infield hit. He can fly. He came into the game 0-for-8 this spring and had a nice day. Those tools and his right-handedness bode well for Barton making the team. He can be a sleeper reserve outfielder in NL-only leagues.

-- Loewen is an imposing figure on the mound. He looks like a future ace to the eyes. Sturdy. But he battled control issues in his first start and wasn't sharp in this one either.

-- Juan Gonzalez, the DH today, hit Loewen's first offering 400 feet foul to left. First pitch fastball is what he hit for a three-run homer off Santana on Friday. A sharp single to left in the first and a double to left in the fifth. Juan Gone is now 5-for-12 with a homer, double and four RBI this spring. I wouldn't draft him outside of deep NL-only leagues at this point, but his start makes for an interesting story. He obviously can still hit the fastball -- which is what most pitchers are throwing this time of spring. Wait until the offspeed stuff and breaking balls come out later in March, before you buy into what Gonzo is doing.

-- Reyes is up on the hill with his trademark goofy striped socks and flat-billed cap. It is almost like he tries to look like someone who wears a pocket protector. The pop of Yadier Molina's mitt suggests something else, though. He has a thick lower half and looks are a power arm.

-- Brian Roberts is leading off for the O's, who have reportedly amped up talks with the Cubs in recent days. Roberts tried to drag bunt, unsuccessfully. He stole his baseball-leading fifth base. He got a running start off a Triple-A arm. He should have been picked off. Yadier Molina, a great-armed backstop, had no chance.

-- Melvin Mora laced a double to a gap. Another first-pitch fastball hitter. He won't ever be a 20-plus homer Fantasy 3B again, but you could do worse in deeper leagues at the position, we suppose -- especially since he will be hitting in front of Nick Markakis. The 'Cake took today off, but is off to a great start this spring.

-- Jay Gibbons, who is suspended for the first 15 days of spring training, smacked a liner to right off Reyes to score Mora. Gibbons will be really cheap in deeper AL-only leagues. He is as healthy as he has been in years and will get the HGH stuff behind him now. Might be a real deep sleeper. He was always a champ in batting practice and was one of the more impressive O's earlier this spring.

-- Aubrey Huff has yet to play, dealing with a sports hernia and taking live BP, but he might be able to play later this week.

-- Reyes is getting tagged. O's bats --Gibbons, Kevin Millar and Luke Scott, are all over him. Perhaps another case of working with the fastball against good fastball hitters. His command is clearly not in regular-season form. He really has yet to ever to have it in "regular-season form," though. We will like him a lot more after this year, but there has to be a point where the light flicks on. Just don't see it yet. He has a lot to work with, but also a lot to work on. Both Reyes and Loewen went two shaky innings. Loewen is the slightly more impressive late-round flier at this point.

-- Brendan Ryan wears the same goofy socks as Reyes. He also wears an elbow ace bandage on his right (throwing) elbow. It must be noted Albert Pujols doesn't wear a brace on his balky elbow. Pujols didn't make this trip, but I noticed no elbow bandage in Port St. Lucie last Friday.

-- I said to myself Mora is going to square one up on Reyes. I should have said it outloud, because no one will believe me now. Mora popped a two-run homer off him. Reyes is a mess, but he still should open the year in the Cardinals rotation.

-- Three Orioles relievers are coming off major surgery and are out for most, if not all, of the season -- Danys Baez, Chris Ray and Fernando Cabrera. Baez is training at his Miami home, while Ray left Fort Lauderdale on Sunday to train with the O's minor leagues in Sarasota. Cabrera, who underwent surgery for a right elbow debridement, will join Ray in Sarasota soon.

-- The Cardinals reassigned 10 players to minor league camp Monday: RHP Mitchell Boggs, RHP Dewon Brazelton, LHP Jaime Garcia, RHP Adam Ottavino, RHP P.J. Walters, RHP Tyler Herron, RHP Stuart Pomeranz, C David Carpenter, C Nick Derba and C Brandon Yarbrough. They now have 57 players in camp, which doesn't include Juan Encarnacion (eye), who is out for the season and perhaps for his career after being hit by a pitch last year.

-- James Hoey was the first impressive pitcher of the day. He could be a sleeper to close before this year is out. Heck, with the shaky spring beginnings of Walker (five ER in 2 2/3) and George Sherrill (one ER in one inning), it could be sooner rather than later.

-- With the release of troubled Scott Spiezio, Josh Phelps as a very good shot at making the team as Pujols' backup. Phelps also adds a potential power bat to the corner outfield on days Ankiel and/or Duncan need to sit against a tough lefty. Phelps is a big guy with pop in his bat, so he could have some measure of value and versatility in the deepest of NL-only leagues.

-- A Hayden Penn sighting! Penn has had injuries derail him so far in his young career, but he is a talented right-hander who could surprise us finally this season. Heck, with Troy Patton potentially out for the season, Penn could be a sleeper to make the rotation. He will have to stop pitching fourth-deep in spring training, of course. Loewen, Hoey and Walker each worked before him. Obviously, the O's are taking it slow with him, allowing him to work against the non-regulars later in the game. Hoey and Walker needed to face some big leaguers. Penn gave up the Rasmus homer and sharp Juan Gone double.

-- Outfielder Brian Barton and third baseman Brian Barden in the same game for the Cardinals, which can be confusing for some. Names sound similar if not darn-near identical.


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