Tag:Luke Scott
Posted on: February 24, 2009 4:02 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2009 4:09 pm

Adam Jones leftovers

-- On his being told to not watch a batting practice homer last year, Jones said John Shelby was just having fun with him. They have a good relationship going.

"He said he wants to drill me," Jones said. "He hasn't gotten me yet."

-- We don't care about defense in Fantasy, but I figured you might want to know how much Jones appreciates a good glove:

"I told Torii (Hunter, eight-time AL gold glove winner), 'Hey man, I want one of your gold gloves.' He said, 'Just one?'" Jones recalled.

-- "We could have an outfield of three center fielders," he said. "Our whole outfield could win a gold glove."

-- Who are the the outfielders in the mix to join him and Nick Markakis in the starting lineup?

Well, Felix Pie (who reported Tuesday after visa issues), Ryan P. Freel (who has a locker next to him) and Luke Scott, although "It looks like Luke is going to get a lot of time at DH."

It looks like Pie and Freel could be a time-share -- unless Pie runs away with the everyday job. That could make Freel a real nice sleeper in deeper AL-only Rotisserie leagues. Freel is a nice base thief.


Posted on: February 19, 2009 5:46 pm

Orioles workouts, Thursday, Feb. 19

-- It was the first full day of workouts.

-- Brian Roberts neared a four-year deal, which could be announced Friday.

-- The following hitters got ovations for their power display in coach-pitch BP: Nick Markakis, Aubrey Huff, Adam Jones, Melvin Mora and Luke Scott.

-- Scott was particularly impressive, while Jones was generating the loudest "thwack" with the bat. 

Jones is a big, strong man with some real nice potential. In fact, watching his BP session from the visiting dugout, I immediately when into my projections spreadsheet to upgrade him to 16 homers and 12 steals. That raised him from a $1 guy to a $2 guy in mixed leagues and from $2 to $5 in AL-only.

What made me upgrade his steals? Well, an Orioles beat writer sitting next to me said Jones could hit 25 homers "sooner rather than later," maybe even this year. I talked him out of crazy, but he said 20-20 is possible. The O's will run more and Jones figures to be one of the everyday guys that is asked to.

Jones wasn't allowed to showcase himself Thursday, though. The BP pitcher told him to not stand and watch a moonshot that generated oohs and ahhs from the crowd. Jones responded, "I didn't; I came right over here," saying he walked right out of the box and stood outside the cage. I didn't see him posterize, but it is very curious Jones was the only one the coach got on for being homer happy. Markakis, Huff, Mora and Scott were allowed to enjoy their homers with fans, doffing their caps. Jones didn't partake in that, but the chears for him were as loud as the stingers he was crushing.

-- The potential opening day lineup for the Orioles

  1. 2B Brian Roberts
  2. CF Adam Jones
  3. RF Nick Markakis
  4. 1B Aubrey Huff
  5. 3B Melvin Mora
  6. DH Luke Scott
  7. C Gregg Zaun ... or, just maybe, Matt Wieters
  8. LF Felix Pie (not here yet due to visa issues) ... or maybe Ryan P. Freel or Ty Wigginton
  9. SS Cesar Izturis


  • Wigginton, still expected to get 400 at-bats
  • Freel, should get 350 at-bats
  • Chris Gomez, might not make it if Freel can play SS
  • Chad Moeller ... won't make it if Wieters does


  1. Jeremy Guthrie
  2. Koji Uehara
  3. Rich Hill
  4. TBD
  5. TBD


  • George Sherrill
  • Chris Ray
  • Jim R. Johnson
  • Jamie Walker
  • Dennis Sarfate
  • TBD
  • TBD

It will be interesting to see how Wiggy and Freel fit in this spring. Also, the battle for the back end of the rotation can get real interesting if one of the elite prospects steps forward.

Posted on: June 12, 2008 2:47 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2008 2:53 pm

Video notes for the Hitting Planner

Lead notes... Soriano, Pujols go down. V-Mart, too? The dog days are putting Fantasy stars in the doghouse.


AL -- Good starts
C -- Kenji Johjima -- He has had a terrible first half, but he might be coming out of it now.
1B -- Aubrey Huff -- Streaky slugger broke out of his slump with a four-hit night this week.
2B -- Alexei Ramirez -- The Cuban Missile got off to a slow start, but he is a hot everyday player now.
3B -- Evan Longoria -- AL Rookie of the Year candidate has gone on that massive tear we expected. Start him in all leagues.
SS -- Maicer Izturis -- Slap-hitting basestealer is hot and a solid start in all Rotisserie leagues.
OF -- Luke Scott -- Streaky slugger on the right side of things and having his best month in June.  

AL -- Bad starts
C -- Ivan Rodriguez -- Well-past his prime veteran is now in a time-share with Brandon Inge.
1B -- Carlos Pena -- Targeting a return in mid-week, but let him return and prove productive first.
2B -- Jose Lopez -- Streaky hitter has fallen back in a slow. Time to back off him for a week.
3B -- Chone Figgins -- Coming off the DL, but his hamstring has been shaky and his No. 1 weapon.
SS -- Yuniesky Betancourt -- He has fallen into a slump and really should only be starting in deeper AL-only formats anyway.
OF -- Carl Crawford -- 27-year-old has been a bust and is dealing with chronic sore knee. Likely shouldn't start outside of Roto or AL-only

  NL -- Good starts
C -- Chris Iannetta -- The Rockies have seven games and he is hot and earning more starts.
1B -- Mike Jacobs -- Came out of his slump with homers in back-to-back games this week.
2B -- Kelly Johnson -- Showing signs of breaking out and Braves one of just two teams with seven games.
3B -- Mark Reynolds -- A repeat must-start guy. He is streaky and on a serious roll in June.
SS -- Yunel Escobar -- He has been hot and the Braves have seven games.
OF -- Brad Hawpe -- He has come off the DL hot and is among the few hitters to have seven games this week.  

NL -- Bad starts
C -- Paul Bako -- Has career-high six homers and 5 RBI game last week, but he is not this good.
1B -- Chris Duncan -- Has a full-time job with Pujols out until July, but wait until he gets hot before trusting him.
2B -- Ian Stewart -- He is 2B eligible now, but Clint Barmes' return could affect his playing time. Track that.
3B -- Andy LaRoche -- Dodgers call up the top prospect, but he is just in a platoon right now. Watch him.
SS -- Troy Tulowitzki -- Starting rehab assignment, but it figures to be a long one. Keep him reserved at least one more week.
OF -- Moises Alou -- We said he would return last week but don't start him as a day-to-day injury risk. Right on, keep him stashed.


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