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About Shawn Caswell - RotoBaller

Baseball nut, father, fitness freak and self proclaimed guru of nothing.

Shawn Caswell - RotoBaller has written 100 articles so far, you can find them below.

  Daily Dose of All the MLB Action - May 20th First off, I apologize for my hiatus. Between working two jobs and coaching little league I have been hard pressed to find time to sit down and enjoy baseball, let alone write about it. With last night's schedule I wanted to take a moment... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in deeper leagues ANALYSIS: Hutchinson is pitching admirably early on for the Blue Jays. He's boasting an above average K rate of 11.4% with 33 punch-outs over 26 IP and just nine free passes issued. Hutchinson has struck out nine in both of his last two outings and is gaining steam for... Read More

  Daily Dose of All the MLB Action from April 29th The reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez hasn't just picked up where he left off, he's improving vastly with each outing in 2014. The Marlins' 21 year-old ace came into Tuesday's match up with the Braves with a tidy 1.99 ERA and 0.92... Read More

  Daily Dose of All the MLB Action from April 28th Sliding headfirst incorrectly has claimed another victim. Josh Hamilton is in the midst of recovering from a UCL tear in his thumb due to a headfirst slide into first base, Dustin Pedroia struggled last season due to a similar injury, and now the Nationals... Read More

Is that Old Spice? I sure am glad I didn't draft Michael Pineda in my Fantasy Integrity League. Just a week removed from a pine tar incident while facing the Red Sox, Yankees starter Michael Pineda was tossed from the game Wednesday for having a puddle of pine tar on his neck. Yeah, his neck.... Read More

  Daily Dose of MLB Action from April 22nd With a two homer performance in Tuesday's game in our nation's capital Albert Pujols became the third youngest player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 home runs. Only Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx reached the milestone faster. Pujols tagged Taylor Jordan for home runs... Read More

  MLB Roundup & Fantasy News & Analysis from April 21st Action The White Sox announced Monday that starter Chris Sale would be placed on the disabled list with a flexor muscle strain in his left arm. The lanky lefty is built like a twig and I recall just last week commenting to a colleague... Read More

Okay, so here we are strolling into the middle of Week 3 of the fantasy season and most everyday players are at least 50 at-bats into their season. Right about now is when we start wondering if we wasted early picks on duds, if our reaches were the byproduct of over-exuberant man-crushes, or if our... Read More

Quick!!! Name the starting pitcher with a 0-0 record over three starts with an 22-to-2 K vs. BB ratio,  a 1.35 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP who is owned in 36% of Yahoo! leagues and 71% of CBS leagues?  Give up? I present to you: Oakland Athletics 30 year old journeyman: Jesse Chavez (SP) If... Read More

  MLB Roundup & Fantasy Analysis from April 14th Let's start off by saying thank you to #42. Jackie Robinson's character, strength and discipline paved the way for minorities not only in Major League Baseball, but in America as a whole. We salute you Mr. Robinson, baseball is a better game thanks to you. There... Read More

  MLB Roundup & Fantasy Analysis from April 10th's Action I may not own him in any leagues, I may not be a Marlins supporter, I probably shouldn’t root for him when he’s pitching against the Phillies (honestly, I still might) but today is the day; today is Jose Fernandez day! Hooray! The Marlins ace... Read More

  MLB Roundup & Fantasy News & Analysis from April 8th's Action No one was surprised that Philadelphia fans showered Ryan Braun with boos and cat calls on Tuesday. Braun himself smiled during the Philly Opening Day introduction ceremony during the chorus of anti-cheer. Philly fans are obviously an intelligent bunch, they cheer for a... Read More

  MLB Roundup & Fantasy Analysis from April 7th's Action What a miserable day here in the North East. Chilly, wet and a short stack of games makes for a slow day in the life of a fantasy baseball addict. The biggest headline from Monday's action is the injury to Rays starter Matt Moore. The... Read More

It's 1 am and the kids are tucked in and snoozing, as I should be, but visions of nasty off-speed offerings and mashed baseballs are dancing through my head. Naturally my instinct is to write about it. Week one of the fantasy season is coming to a close and there has been no shortage of... Read More

  MLB Roundup & Fantasy Analysis from April 3rd's Action The Marlins, yes those Marlins, in that ridiculous stadium with 20 foot walls and fishtanks and the obscure statue in centerfield...they are 3-1. Not only are they 3-1 but they are hitting on all cylinders. Casey McGehee, hitting behind Giancarlo Stanton has a Major League... Read More

  MLB Roundup & Fantasy Baseball Analysis Isn’t April baseball a thing of beauty? We see it all in the early weeks of the season; blown saves, walk-offs and extra-inning games. Players like Emilio Bonifacio get nine hits in two games, we see the new challenge system taking hold (and working well might I add),... Read More

Daily MLB Roundup & Fantasy Analysis I tried to be productive at work yesterday-- I really did. I failed miserably. Opening Day is like no other day in American sports. The 162-game marathon kicks off in spring with every team holding aspirations of World Series trophy hoisting celebrations and champagne-poppin’ clubhouse parties. Wait, why don’t... Read More

Spring Training is finally upon us. It’s a magical time of year where visions of walk-offs and perfect games dance in our heads. The unofficial National Holiday that is Opening Day is near. I want to take a look at some overlooked players who could bring fantasy usefulness to the table. If you are at... Read More

Top 50 Outfielders - 2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings A couple weeks back we released our Top 25 OF Rankings for 2014 Fantasy Baseball. Finishing up our Outfielder Rankings for Pre-spring training are the Top 26-50 Outfield options. I guarantee I will need to make adjustments after Spring Training is in motion but this is a... Read More

How to Find Sleepers: Fantasy Draft Strategy Whether you play in a standard 12-team league or a super-deep-40-man-roster dynasty league, one thing remains constant. This one ever-so-important facet of fantasy sports is contrast. There are distinct personalities within your league, personal draft preparation techniques and disparities between every fantasy owner-- each owner has his or... Read More

Every successful fantasy season is marked by those players who make you look like an absolute genius. In 2013, it was breakout seasons by Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez and Jose Fernandez which made fantasy owners look like gurus. The constant search for the next big thing is one reason we come back year after year... Read More

  Top 25 Outfielders - 2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Redemption. A clean slate. A new master plan… Yes! It’s late January which means we’re less than a month away from Pitchers and Catchers reporting to Spring Training. It also marks the abrupt halt to hibernation season for Fantasy Baseball owners. It’s time to rise and... Read More

Whether you were out on the town with your amigos snappin' selfies in a limo getting smacked up-side the head by a stripper named “Sweat Pea,” or if you were dropping a slice of pizza and running into highway medians, or perhaps you were getting ripped like Brett Favre at the gym, you must have... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Coming into Week One, many experts and fantasy sites had the Chiefs D/ST ranked in the bottom third of the league. They had a favorable matchup in Jacksonville, but “favorable” and “execution” are two very different things. What they did was take care of business, pitching a shutout. Jacksonville’s lone score... Read More

3 UP / 3 DOWN: Week One Barometer Well now, that was certainly an opening week of football to remember. New faces in new places, new exciting coaches like Chip Kelly and his dynamic offense, Peyton Manning’s record-tying seven-TD performance, Reggie’s a flyin' Lion and AP’s first touch went for 78 yards to paydirt.  ... Read More will bring you a 3 Up / 3 Down each week to help you understand the latest trends around the NFL and Fantasy Football. This is a special Sunday morning edition for Week 1. Enjoy!   2013 Fantasy Football - 3 Up / 3 Down for Week 1 And just like that the NFL... Read More

Face-Time On the same day, in two separate games, two players were struck in the face by a pitch. Atlanta's young talent Jason Heyward and Houston’s Max Stassi were both removed from their respective games after being struck in the face by pitches. Heyward was the recipient of a Jonathon Niese fastball to the right... Read More

#1: I’ll have a Double Whopper with cheese, extra mayo; extra-large fries….and a DIET coke. Now that’s some good ole’ American reasoning there; the diet Coke makes those 2000 calories okay, right? Wrong! In another failure of irrationality, most people have turned a deaf ear to the Brewers' outfield since the loss of Ryan Braun.... Read More

Friday is upon us like a warm soft blanky, nursing us to sleep so gingerly into weekend oblivion. I have a fantasy football draft this weekend, which I am 100% unprepared for, so tonight is going to be some serious cramming my last chance to study up. Baseball is winding down and playoffs are creeping... Read More

The porridge has been just-right all year. Whether it's playing late-inning hero, being the driving force behind an otherwise average team, or just plain fantasy awesomeness, D'Backs' first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been fantasy-tastic! Goldschmidt is a serious MVP candidate with his .297 average, an NL-leading 29 home runs with 93 RBI, and an added bonus... Read More

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