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About Tony Peters - RotoBaller

Tony Peters is a freelance writer whose favorite baseball team is his hometown heart-breakers, the Seattle Mariners. He lives for fantasy baseball year round, especially anything to help him get an edge in his long-standing AL-only auction keeper league. He lives with his son and cat in Western Washington.

Tony Peters - RotoBaller has written 1265 articles so far, you can find them below.

Mike Napoli's Fantasy Key is Hitting Righties, So Far So Good This Spring

Over his career, Mike Napoli has hit left-handers better than right-handers, and last year was an extreme example of that. The .243 career hitter against right-handers dropped below the Mendoza line to .191, hiding all the value his .278 average against left-handers provided. But so far this spring, our 26th-ranked first baseman is showing no... Read More

4 years ago

Brandon Moss Having a Productive Spring for the Cardinals

Brandon Moss was serviceable after a mid-season trade in 2015 to the Cardinals, but there is no forgetting the four months he spent in Cleveland enraging his fantasy owners with his disappearing bat trick. So far this spring, Moss has done a fine job showing he's ready to put 2015 behind him, hitting .333 with... Read More

4 years ago

Stephen Piscotty Held Out as Precaution After Hit by Pitch

The Cardinals are playing it safe with budding star outfielder Stephen Piscotty, holding him out of Sunday's game after he took a pitch on the left elbow the day before. X-rays came back negative and Piscotty would have played if it were the regular season, so no reason to panic. Piscotty, one of 2015's top... Read More

4 years ago

Rookie Shortstop Aledmys Diaz Leads Cardinals in At-Bats

The question as to who would get the lion's share of Jhonny Peralta's playing time after the shortstop was lost to a thumb injury has seemingly been answered. Rookie Aledmys Diaz has logged five starts and 49 innings there so far, tops over second place's Jedd Gyorko (four starts, 26 innings). Diaz also leads the... Read More

4 years ago

Matt Holliday Being Eased Into Spring Games

Matt Holliday is being eased into Spring Training games, appearing in only four of the Cardinals' 11 games so far. After eight trips to the plate, he only has a single, a walk and a strikeout to show for it. Holliday also missed some time last week with back pain. Holliday has plenty of spring... Read More

4 years ago

Francisco Lindor Looking to Pick Up Where He Left Off

After a hugely successful rookie campaign, expectations are running high for Francisco Lindor in 2016, and our experts agree. In his first off-season shortstop ranking that takes into account him being a starter, Lindor came in fourth. His spring start hasn't set the world on fire, as a .235 average with four RBI and a... Read More

4 years ago

Lonnie Chisenhall Opens Camp With Cold Bat

After a so-so 2015 which saw him hit .246 with seven home runs, 44 RBI and four stolen bases, the Indians and fantasy owners alike were hoping Lonnie Chisenhall would come to camp with a hot bat. Warm even. Instead, he has shown up carrying a chuck of glacier ice, using it to hit .067... Read More

4 years ago

Giovanny Urshela Swinging Hot Bat Early in Camp

Despite losing his starting job to the newly-signed Juan Uribe, Giovanny Urshela is showing the Indians why he'll be ready to grab the brass ring the next opportunity he gets. In seven spring games, Urshela has two home runs, six RBI, all while hitting .313. Already a great defender, Urshela only needs his bat's development... Read More

4 years ago

Tyler Naquin Leading Pack in Cleveland's Outfield Competition

Former first round pick Tyler Naquin may not come with the hype of fellow Cleveland outfield prospects Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier, but the swift center fielder is turning heads in camp as he competes with 10 others for two starting outfield spots. Across nine spring games so far, Naquin is hitting .400, while most... Read More

4 years ago

Tanaka and Stroman Look Healthy, Injuries Strike Freeman and Cabrera, Joc Pederson Named Starter

Fantasy Baseball Spring Training News and Notes for 3/12/16 Tanaka, Stroman Look Healthy After 2015 Injuries Initial questions regarding the health of starting pitchers Masahiro Tanaka and Marcus Stroman, two AL East pitchers who had their 2015 shortened by injury, have been answered with smiles after recent Spring Training outings. The Yankees' Tanaka, ranked 29th... Read More

4 years ago

A.J. Pierzynski (CA, ATL) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Target ~280 CURRENT ADP: 294 ANALYSIS: A.J. Pierzynski continues to be fantasy relevant after a tame 2014 had many writing off the now 39-year-old as done. As the Braves starting catcher, he posted his first .300 batting average since 2009, including batting .321 in the second half of the season. As Atlanta continues... Read More

4 years ago

Wilson Ramos (CA, WAS) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Target ~280 CURRENT ADP: 295 ANALYSIS: Wilson Ramos was able to stay relatively healthy last season, setting a new career-high in at-bats (475) and RBI (68). His power stayed roughly the same, but his batting average fell 28 points from 2014. Additionally, his strikeout rate went up and his walk rate down for... Read More

4 years ago

Welington Castillo (CA, ARI) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210 CURRENT ADP: 231 ANALYSIS: After showing some promise as a starter with the Cubs the previous two years, Welington Castillo struggled out of the gate last season as the backup to Miguel Montero. He was hitting a minuscule .163 to go along with two home runs at the time of his mid-season... Read More

4 years ago

Francisco Cervelli (CA, PIT) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Target~ 210 CURRENT ADP: 232 ANALYSIS: Francisco Cervelli has long been appealing to AL-only owners, as his high batting average and part-time role made him a consistently undervalued asset. Receiving a starting catcher gig for the first time in his MLB career last season, Cervelli rewarded the Pirates, and fantasy owners, with the same... Read More

4 years ago

Derek Norris (CA, SD) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: ~200 CURRENT ADP: 226 ANALYSIS: In his first year with the Padres, Derek Norris failed to put up an OPS+ of at least 110 (it stood at 99) for the first time since his rookie season in 2012. His career-high 515 at-bats may give the impression that he was overexposed, but it was... Read More

4 years ago

Jhonny Peralta Out Multiple Months With Thumb Injury

The Cardinals have lost shortstop Jhonny Peralta after injuring his left thumb Monday. It is believed that he tore a ligament, guaranteeing surgery and a two to three month recovery period. This leaves St. Louis looking towards in-house options Jedd Gyorko (not a shortstop by trade), Greg Garcia and Aledmys Diaz. Gyorko is the only... Read More

4 years ago

Cano Looking Healthy Post-Surgery, Brantley Returning Early, Jackson Signs With Team, Park Hits First MLB Homer

Fantasy Baseball Spring Training News and Notes for 3/7/16 Cano Showing No Ill Effects From Off-Season Surgery Robinson Cano's 2015 Spring Training stats gave no indication that he was going to struggle for the first three months of the regular season. But that is exactly what happened when he hit .251 with six home runs... Read More

4 years ago

Five Deeper Options At First Base For 2016

There are some positions in fantasy baseball where one should avoid getting cute and creative as much as possible. First base is one of them. But drafts are a funny thing: one rarely knows how they will play out. That's before one mentions leagues with flex positions, such as UTIL or MI. Personally, I have made that mistake... Read More

4 years ago

Anderson and Dyson Injured, Capps Visits TJ Doctor, Thornton Signs With Padres

Fantasy Baseball Spring Training News and Notes for 3/4/16 The Depth of the Dodgers Rotation Already Being Tested Starter Brett Anderson continues to be well-deserving of the injury-prone label as the Dodgers announced yesterday that he would undergo surgery immediately to remedy a bulging disk in his back. This is the same type of injury that... Read More

4 years ago

Abraham Almonte's Suspension Costs Him A Starting Job and Fantasy Relevance

The Indians have announced that their projected starting center fielder Abraham Almonte has received an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. Just like that, Almonte has now blown three starting gigs in three consecutive seasons, this latest before it even began. With Cleveland picking up Will Venable on a minor league contract,... Read More

4 years ago

Impending Suspension For Aroldis Chapman

Jon Heyman is reporting on Twitter that Aroldis Chapman will soon be facing a suspension related to his off-season domestic violence incident. This is following MLB putting Jose Reyes on paid leave until his domestic violence court case has been settled. One interesting wrinkle in Chapman's situation is that criminal charges were ultimately not filed.... Read More

4 years ago

Jose Reyes Placed On Paid Leave, Return Unknown

In a move wildly speculated about all off-season, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has finally begun the discipline process with Jose Reyes. His first decision is that while Reyes waits for his off-season domestic violence case to be resolved, he will be on paid leave. This means no official baseball activities. After the legal process has... Read More

4 years ago

Miguel Cabrera May Open 2016 At Third, Victor Martinez at First

Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus is contemplating employing an offensively-minded lineup during the team's opening interleague series in Miami (presumably longer if it is successful). This would see regular first baseman Miguel Cabrera return across the diamond to third base, regular DH Victor Martinez play first base (with regular third baseman Nick Castellanos moving to the... Read More

4 years ago

Triceps Inflammation Threatens Anibal Sanchez's Spring Debut

During a mound session on Monday, Anibal Sanchez felt his right triceps flare up as he intensified his throwing. Since then, he has been pulled from all throwing activity and underwent an MRI exam, which revealed minor inflammation near the elbow. The team is saying that this injury, though on the same arm, is not... Read More

4 years ago

Hit Snooze On Deep Sleeper Abraham Almonte

For the second consecutive year, a team is coming off a surprisingly productive season from Abraham Almonte. He is hoping to make more of this opportunity than he did with the last one, which lead to his trade to the Indians. If fortune shines in Almonte's favor and his bat shows up over a full... Read More

4 years ago

Lonnie Chisenhall On The Hot Seat In The Indians' Outfield

After proving a bust as a third baseman, the Indians are giving Lonnie Chisenhall one last chance to prove he belongs in the Major Leagues. With top prospect Bradley Zimmer on track to push for a starting outfield spot as early as mid-2017 and Cleveland expecting to contend this season, Chisenhall will need to deliver... Read More

4 years ago

Zach McAllister's Conversion To Full-Time Reliever A Success

After multiple seasons of inconsistency as a starter, Zach McAllister spent all of 2015 in the bullpen. He thrived there, collecting 13 holds and 84 strikeouts in 69 innings despite a 1.348 WHIP. McAllister's ERA of 3.00 was his lowest in the Majors yet, while his K/9 of 11.0 was a career high (and his... Read More

4 years ago

Bryan Shaw's Heavy Workload Catching Up To Him?

No pitcher over the past three seasons has made as many appearances as Bryan Shaw's 224, and it may be showing. Shaw was riding high last season heading into August before a problematic final two months soiled his overall stats into average reliever territory. During those two months, his K/9 dropped, his ERA and WHIP... Read More

4 years ago

Brady Aiken To Start Professional Career In 2016

Drafted last June after March Tommy John surgery, Brady Aiken's recovery timetable should allow him to start his professional baseball career this season. The ceiling is high for Aiken so the Indians are excited to see him make his return to playing. What scouts and evaluators like best about Aiken is he already possesses three... Read More

4 years ago

Justus Sheffield Blazing Trail To Majors

In his first full professional season, Justus Sheffield carved himself out a place on the Indians' top prospect list after going 9-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 127.2 innings. The 2014 first-rounder made headlines during last off-season by getting arrested for under-aged drinking and trespassing, but was able to work his way past... Read More

4 years ago

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