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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 Clevinger's Last Hurdle Before The Majors Is Triple-A

Coming back from Tommy John surgery last season, Mike Clevinger bounced back from Tommy John surgery without missing a beat. At Double-A Akron, he went 9-8 with a 2.73 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 158 innings. Powered by his excellent command, Clevinger doesn't need to overwhelm hitters to produce results. His slider and changeup are... Read More

4 years ago

Jack Flaherty Looking To Build Upon Excellent 2015

In his first full professional season last year, Jack Flaherty put on a display of talent deserving of his top prospect status. At Low-A, he went 9-3 with a 2.84 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 95 innings. There is a lot to like about Jack Flaherty's progress so far. In 2015, he averaged a strikeout... Read More

4 years ago

Tim Cooney Ticketed For The Minors After Strong Debut

Tim Cooney's first career start last April, filling in for injured Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, was a disaster, earning an immediate demotion. Upon his return to the Majors a couple months later, he found greater success, allowing him to finish with a 3.16 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. Unfortunately for Cooney, he plays... Read More

4 years ago

Magneuris Sierra Hopes To Conquer A-Ball Second Time Around

After a successful repeat season of Rookie Ball in 2014, Magneuris Sierra started 2015 at Low-A. A rocky start there forced St. Louis to demote him back to Rookie Ball, where he would remain for the rest of the season. Sierra continues to knock around Rookie Ball pitching, slashing .349/.402/.447 against it the past two... Read More

4 years ago

Top Prospect Marco Gonzales At Crossroads

Starting off 2015 as a top prospect for both the Cardinals and baseball itself, Marco Gonzalez did little to prove deserving of that distinction as a shoulder injury and ineffectiveness ruined his season. Gonzalez's stats started capsizing in 2014 as his walk rate, home run rate and ERA went up, while his strikeout rate went... Read More

4 years ago


Juan Uribe Signs With Indians Pending Physical

After dancing around each other all off-season, the Indians and Juan Uribe have made a pact for 2016. Valued around $5 million, it is expected he will be announced as the team's starting third baseman. In what may be the most obvious signing of the entire off-season, the Indians finally found someone other than Giovanny... Read More

4 years ago

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Catchers: Five Draft Day Sleepers and ADP Values

Catcher is a position that can leave fantasy owners in a panic the longer they wait in a draft to pick one. If you find yourself holding out on the position late into your draft, here are five names to keep in mind that are likely to still be hanging around. They might not be... Read More

4 years ago

Cody Anderson Faces Uphill Battle For Fifth Starter Spot

After his competition for the fifth rotation spot Josh Tomlin signed a two-year extension with the Indians this off-season, it appears that Cody Anderson is destined to start 2016 at Triple-A. This is no fault of Anderson's though, as he put up great numbers as a rookie last season, going 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA... Read More

4 years ago

Trade to Cardinals Sinks Jedd Gyorko's Value

Going into the off-season, Jedd Gyorko's fantasy relevance was like his status as the Padres' starting second baseman: on thin ice. That ice gave way when he was acquired during the off-season by the Cardinals to be their new utility infielder. Even after rebounding slightly from a dreadful 2014 that saw Gyorko's batting average and... Read More

4 years ago

Jordan Walden On Schedule For Spring Training

Jordan Walden is on schedule to join his fellow pitchers for the start of Spring Training. A right shoulder strain last May prematurely brought his season to an end. Before that injury, Walden was sporting a pristine 0.87 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 10.45 K/9, along with eight holds, over 10.1 innings. He is expected to... Read More

4 years ago


Yadier Molina's Thumb Out Of Cast

The cast on Yadier Molina's surgically-repaired thumb has fully been removed. He and the Cardinals continue to be cautiously optimistic that he'll be ready for Opening Day. Molina says he knows where he needs to be in his recovery to be ready for the rigors of the regular season, and it is just a matter... Read More

4 years ago

Kevin Siegrist Adds Curveball To Repertoire

Lacking a breaking pitch on par with his great fastball, Kevin Siegrist plans on spending Spring Training mastering a curveball he picked up from teammates Tyler Lyons and Adam Wainwright. Coming off a 2014 marred by injury and ineffectiveness, Siegrist solidified his place behind closer Trevor Rosenthal as the Cardinals' top setup man by going... Read More

4 years ago

Will Success Translate For Seung-Hwan Oh?

Korea-born Seung-Hwan Oh is finally making the leap to American baseball, signing a one-year contract with the Cardinals. Over the past two seasons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, the now 33-year-old went 4-7 with a 2.25 ERA, 147 strikeouts and 80 saves. The Cardinals decided to take a chance on seeing what one of the... Read More

4 years ago

Tommy Pham To Open Season As Fourth Outfielder

After making a positive impression during his first extended stay in the Majors last season, Tommy Pham now finds himself buried on the depth chart thanks to a stacked and (currently) healthy Cardinals' outfield. Pham brings with him a track record of being a jack-of-all-trades as he possesses a little bit of power, average and... Read More

4 years ago

Brandon Moss Hard to Recommend for 2016

Brandon Moss and his frustrated fantasy owners may have had little to be proud of in 2015 as he scuffled mightily, but a late season trade to the Red Birds gave his fortunes a slight turnaround. If you are wondering how this story may play out in 2016--that of an aging slugger falling on hard times--you need look... Read More

4 years ago


Don't Overpay in 2016 for Randal Grichuk's 2015

After holding his own in a 2014 audition, rookie Randal Grichuk found himself starting full-time in the majors for the first time last year after the Cardinals lost Matt Holliday to the DL. He filled in admirably, hitting .276 with 17 home runs in only 350 at-bats. Already up to 46th in our outfield ranking after... Read More

4 years ago

Stephen Piscotty Should Help Ease the Sting of Heyward's Departure

Stephen Piscotty had a spectacular 2015 that saw him hit .305 with seven home runs and 39 RBI over 256 at-bats, earning him the 43rd spot in our outfield ranking. Currently atop the right field depth chart, Piscotty hopes that he and Randal Grichuk can help prove that the Cardinals were smart in letting star outfielder Jason Heyward leave for the rival Cubs this off-season.... Read More

4 years ago

Indians Comfortable Opening Season With Giovanny Urshela at Third

During a recent radio stop on 92.3 The Fan radio, Indians manager Terry Francona said that the team would be okay with Giovanny Urshela opening the season as the team's starting third baseman despite “knowing that his offense [hasn't] quite caught up” to his defense. As a 23-year-old rookie last season, Urshela hit .225 with... Read More

4 years ago

Trevor Rosenthal Wants More Saves

After saving 45 games for the Cardinals in 2014, Trevor Rosenthal set a Cardinals record by locking down 48 more in 2015. He already has his sights set higher, saying "you always want to beat your own record." The life of a young closer on a perennially-contending team is good, as can be seen in Rosenthal's gaudy... Read More

4 years ago

Matt Carpenter Has Career 2015, But Can He Repeat?

The breakout season the baseball world waited for from Matt Carpenter in 2014 appears to have taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque and showed up last season instead. He finished 2015 hitting .272 with 28 home runs, 84 RBI and 102 runs. The power that went missing came back in a big way as he... Read More

4 years ago


Doubts of Yadier Molina's Opening Day Availability Grow

Still sporting a hard cast on his surgically-repaired left thumb, doubts about Yadier Molina's recovery wrapping up by the end of Spring Training are getting louder and louder. Thumb surgeries are tricky for any player to recover quickly and properly from, but two consecutively on the same thumb for a catcher is a tall task... Read More

4 years ago

All Signs Point to Adam Wainwright Returning to Form in 2016

Adam Wainwright is looking to make up for a lost 2015 where he was limited to only 28 innings after rupturing his Achilles tendon in April. When on the field, he was able to compile a pristine 2-1 record, 1.61 ERA and 20 strikeouts. As important as legs are to pitchers, the arm is the essential... Read More

4 years ago

Indians' Clint Frazier Named Seventh-Best Outfield Prospect by MLB Network

MLB Network released their rankings of the top 10 outfield prospects in baseball, naming the Indians' Clint Frazier as the seventh-best, right behind another Indian, Bradley Zimmer. The reasons why Cleveland has made only one outfield upgrade this offseason--a one year deal for Rajai Davis--would appear to be clear with these rankings. They have no intent... Read More

4 years ago

MLB Network Names Bradley Zimmer Sixth-Best Outfield Prospect

MLB Network recently released their rankings of the top 10 outfield prospects in baseball, and the Indians' Bradley Zimmer was named the sixth-best, right ahead of another Tribesman, Clint Frazier. Zimmer has some fans at MLB Network as Cleveland's number one prospect was once again discussed on TV. The team's center fielder of the future is... Read More

4 years ago

Alex Reyes Takes 13th Spot in MLB Network's Top 100 Prospects

During the Top 100 Prospects special on MLB Network, Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes was named as MLB's 13th-best prospect. Between three levels of the minors last year, he compiled a 2.49 ERA, 1.174 WHIP and 151 strikeouts in only 101.1 innings. Reyes finished last season at Double-A, where he went 3-2 with a 3.12... Read More

4 years ago


Buried on Depth Chart, Matt Adams Looks to Regain More Than Form

In the two years prior to 2015, Matt Adams hit righties so well he was able to hide his struggles against southpaws. During an injury-ravaged 2015, he hit no one well, prompting St. Louis to replace him with Brandon Moss. Like Garfield and lasagna, like Mulder and Scully, Adams and righties enjoy a timeless love. His... Read More

4 years ago

MLB Network Names Michael Brantley MLB's Top Left Fielder

MLB Network ranked the top left fielders in all of baseball on Monday and came to the conclusion that the Indians' Michael Brantley is the current king of the hill. This is not entirely surprising, even with him slated to start the season on the disabled list. Brantley has been an offensive juggernaut since coming... Read More

4 years ago

Indians Happy to Have Rajai Davis on Their Side

After watching him on their division rival Tigers the past two years, Indians manager Terry Francona has to be pleased about having outfielder Rajai Davis hitting for him in 2016. Considering Davis hit .381 with three stolen bases, three triples and 13 runs against them last year, one can't blame Francona. Batting average and speed have long been Rajai's... Read More

4 years ago

Carlos Martinez Updates Status for Spring Training

After being shut down last September with a strained shoulder, Carlos Martinez is reporting that he is 90% healthy and will be ready for Spring Training. He's looking to build upon a wildly successful full season in the Cardinals' rotation, which saw him go 14-7 with a 3.01 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 184 strikeouts. This... Read More

4 years ago

Jhonny Peralta Looks for Consistency in 2016

After two Jekyll and Hyde-like seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Jhonny Peralta is looking to swing an impactful bat through an entire season in 2016. After hitting .298 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI before the All-Star Break, he slumped to .243, four home runs and 25 RBI in the second half. In his... Read More

4 years ago


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