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About Dan Fappiano

Dan Fappiano is currently a student at Central Connecticut State University, pursuing a degree in Sports Journalism. He has been writing online for multiple publications covering teams such as the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres.

Dan Fappiano has written 22 articles so far, you can find them below.


BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Texas Rangers were one of the more active teams at the deadline, trading away pitchers Cole Hamels, Keone Kela and Jake Diekman. With essentially every team in the AL West outside of the Rangers set up for success in the immediate future, it looks as if Texas... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Angels trading Martin Maldonado to the Houston Astros before the deadline came as a bit of a surprise. Not only was it an inter-division trade, but Maldonado was coming off of a Gold Glove season and seemed to be a solid member of the Angels.... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin has fallen off a bit over the past few seasons. While Martin has seven straight seasons of double digit home runs, he is no longer the All-Star he was in 2015. While he has not necessarily returned to... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14%  Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver has been somewhat of a forgotten man in 2018. He has seen regular starts with Jason Castro going down, but with the Twins struggling, not many are paying attention to his performance. Garver is not setting the world on fire,... Read More

Mike Zunino (C, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has seemed like a breakout candidate for multiple seasons now. While he has not become the dynamic catcher Seattle hoped, Zunino remains one of the best power-hitting catchers in the league. With the catcher position so weak in fantasy, it... Read More

Week 19 Waiver Wire - Catcher

With the MLB Trade Deadline fully behind us, it's time to start preparing for the Fantasy Baseball playoffs. With likely major trades happening in your league, one position that could be forgotten is catcher. There's only so many superstars and many teams have to dig through the waiver wire to find their starter. That being... Read More

The 2018 version of the MLB Trade Deadline was one of the most memorable in recent years. With players being dealt left and right, multiple teams around the league have changed the identity of their franchise for the present and future. With so much movement going on, the fantasy baseball landscape has taken a major... Read More

Byron Buxton Placed On Triple-A DL

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (wrist) has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list. He is reportedly suffering a wrist strain and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days. Buxton has dealt with both hand and foot injuries throughout the season and hasn't appeared in a major league game since May 29. When healthy, Buxton has... Read More

Seattle Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy was scratched on Wednesday with lower back tightness. Healy was removed from the lineup for unknown reasons shortly before the team's game on Wednesday. However, now we know he is dealing with a back injury. It isn't yet known exactly how serious the injury may be and if he... Read More

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (heel) is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday to remove bone calcification in his right heel. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson. This surgery is expected to keep him out for the rest of the season and could potential cut into 2019 as well. Cespedes is... Read More

New Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer is expected to make his debut on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Archer's overall numbers aren't that impressive, as he holds a 3-5 record with a 4.31 ERA and a 102/31 K/BB ratio on the season. However, over his last 43 1/3 innings, Archer has pitched to... Read More

Newly acquired Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham is playing left field and batting fourth in his debut with the team. Pham usually batted second for the Cardinals, but will now be in a better opportunity to produce runs. With Kevin Kiermaier, Jake Bauers and Matt Duffy all in front of him, Pham has a... Read More

Ryon Healy Scratched On Wednesday

Seattle Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy has been scratched on Wednesday for unknown reasons. Andrew Romine will play first base and bat eighth in his absence. No reason has been given yet for why Healy was removed meaning owners are a bit left in the dark to whether this is a long-term issue. The Mariners... Read More

Phillip Evans To Undergo MRI On Thursday

New York Mets infielder Phillip Evans is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left knee on Thursday. He suffered the injury after Nationals' outfielder Adam Eaton slid into him during the team's game on Wednesday. The extent of the injury is not yet known, however, any time a knee is involved there's a chance... Read More

The Tampa Bay Rays have designated Adeiny Hechavarria for assignment. The move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for newly acquired Tommy Pham. The Rays had said previously that they wanted to have Willy Adames as their everyday shortstop going forward and with Hechavarria DFA'd, he will likely see the majority of starts.... Read More

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired shortstop Jonathan Villar and prospects Luis Ortiz and Jean Carmona in a deal for Jonathan Schoop. Villar has struggled for playing time in 2018, but is just two seasons removed from a 62 stolen base campaign. If the Orioles give him regular playing time he is worth a pickup. Outside... Read More

The Baltimore Orioles acquired prospects Evan Phillips, Jean Carlos Encarnacion, Brett Cumberland and Bruce Zimmerman in the deal for pitchers Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day. Of the bunch, Encarnacion is ranked the highest, sitting 14th among the team's top prospects according to MLB Pipeline. Encarnacion has yet to appear above A-ball, but has hit .293... Read More

Brewers Acquire Jonathan Schoop

After showing interest earlier in the day, the Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly acquired Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop. The Orioles will receive Jonathan Villar as well as prospects Luis Ortiz and Jean Carmona. Milwaukee recently moved slugger Travis Shaw to second, so it's unclear where Schoop might play. However, Schoop has looked strong on... Read More

Dodgers Acquire John Axford

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly acquired relief pitcher John Axford from the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto will receive pitcher Corey Copping. Axford has pitched to a 4.41 ERA and a 50/20 K/BB ratio this season. He'll likely work in middle relief for Los Angeles and holds no fantasy value as long as he isn't... Read More

The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly in talks with the Baltimore Orioles to acquire second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Milwaukee has already traded for Mike Moustakas and has moved Travis Shaw to second base. If they acquire Schoop, perhaps Shaw moves back to third with Moustakas playing short, or perhaps the current Oriole is tasked with moving... Read More

The Oakland Athletics are reportedly not close to a deal for Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Mike Fiers. It was reported earlier in the day that a trade was close to being finalized between the teams, but it now appears that that is not the case. Fiers has pitched to a 7-6 record with a 3.54... Read More

Braves To Acquire Kevin Gausman

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to acquire starting pitcher Kevin Gausman from the Baltimore Orioles. The return package is not yet known. Gausman has pitched to a 5-8 record with a 4.43 ERA and a 104/32 K/BB ratio this season. Gausman's numbers aren't spectacular, but he has shown promise in the past and is just... Read More

The MLB Trade Deadline is one of the most exciting parts of the baseball season. Contenders get to bolster their rosters for the playoff push while rebuilding clubs get to add potential studs to their growing farm system. With players such Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Mike Moustakas and many others already moved, teams around the... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy is hitting .243 on the season with two home runs, 32 RBI and 26 runs scored. Lucroy has looked strong recently with hits in four of his last six, including a home run and seven RBI. He... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: After costing the Yankees a game earlier this week by not running out a ground ball, starting catcher Gary Sanchez was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. With Sanchez on the shelf, Austin Romine will now have another opportunity to start.... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz is hitting .286 with seven home runs, 25 RBI and 27 runs scored in 59 games this season. He already has career highs in runs scored, home runs and RBI. Diaz's .286 average would rank third among... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies catcher Tom Murphy is hitting .271 with one home run, eight RBI and three runs scored over 22 major league games in 2018. Prior to his call-up, Murphy was batting .286 with 16 home runs, 46 RBI and 34 runs... Read More

Eric Young Jr. Recalled By Angels

Outfielder Eric Young Jr. has been recalled by the Los Angeles Angels. Jabari Blash has been sent down to Triple-A in a corresponding move. Young is known for his speed, as he has 157 steals in 610 major league games. He'll likely be a depth piece for the Angels and while he's a threat whenever... Read More

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez (finger) was able to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. He has been out since June 21 with a right index finger contusion. It appears that Sanchez is almost back to full health and could start a rehab assignment shortly. He has pitched to a 3-5 record with... Read More

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez has been activated from the paternity leave list and will start Sunday against the Athletics. Outfielder Ramiel Tapia was demoted to Triple-A in a corresponding move. Marquez has pitched to an 8-8 record in 2018 with a 5.00 ERA and a 112/40 K/BB ratio. Marquez has impressive strikeout numbers,... Read More

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