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About Scott Slezak - RotoBaller

I have attended games at all 30 Major League stadiums. I split time between New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona, the center of the baseball universe - Spring Training, Arizona Fall League and home to many MLB players past and present. When pitchers and catchers report, I report. Baseball love transcends to rotisserie, Strat-o-Matic and Scoresheet. Invent a platform for a baseball game, and I'll play it. A source of roto information emanating from Cactus League Spring Training and beyond.

Scott Slezak - RotoBaller has written 47 articles so far, you can find them below.


  NL Prospects Update for Fantasy Baseball Each Thursday, I will provide an update on a handful of National League prospects as they develop in the minors and work their way towards fantasy-relevance in the big leagues. Most of the guys I profile are (and should be) owned in dynasty leagues, as they are all... Read More

It's been a busy few days of baseball here in Arizona, as I've been going from ballpark to ballpark to check out as much spring action as possible. After taking in three games over the past two days, including an extra-inning nightcap yesterday, I can barely stay awake.  But I figured I'd share a few... Read More

Today I stayed home in Scottsdale, Arizona and went to the sold out Cubs-Giants game downtown.  The Cubs and Giants are the two most popular teams in Arizona this time of year, with plenty of fans in town from the Midwest and  the Bay Area to root on their team.  I sat next to some... Read More

Philosophical question: if a routine fly ball lands untouched in the outfield, does it make a sound? Yoenis Cespedes: On Sunday in Phoenix, the answer is "yes," and the sound was from  the groans of Oakland A's fans watching Yoenis Cespedes struggle with the high desert sky. Cespedes had a game he'd like to forget against... Read More

It was another fantastic day here in Arizona and another double-header to attend in the Cactus League. This afternoon, I went back to Salt River Fields to see the Oakland A's at the Colorado Rockies. A.J. Griffin started for Oakland and got torched for three runs in the first inning. A.J. Grffiin was one guy I... Read More

Yordano Ventura: I spent the day in Surprise, Arizona, driving about an hour in traffic for really one reason: I wanted to see the Royals' Yordano Ventura pitch. I had read all the reports of his fastball hitting 102 last season. I had also read concerns about his size (he's under six feet tall), and concerns... Read More

  Cactus League Update for March 7th Trevor Cahill vs. Sonny Gray: I went back to Salt River Fields again yesterday to see the Diamondbacks for the second straight afternoon. This time they hosted the Oakland A's. I looked forward to a solid matchup between Trevor Cahill and Sonny Gray. As it turned out, both starters... Read More

  Cactus League Update for March 6th Today I enjoyed one of the baseball fans greatest pleasures, a Spring Training doubleheader.  At 1 p.m., the Arizona Diamondbacks hosted the Kansas City Royals at Salt River Fields. Then, after a nap, I attended a 7 p.m. game in Goodyear between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati... Read More

  Cactus League Update for March 5th Another few days are in the books in Cactus League action.  On Monday, I had every intention of heading to Phoenix Municipal Stadium to see the A's host the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw. However, a Scottsdale bar/restaurant called the Salty Senorita hooked me up with free tickets to... Read More

  Cactus League Update for March 4th It's been a while since I've chimed in on the goings-on in Arizona. Since I last wrote, I've been out to a ballgame each day, and I've had a nice conversation with Giants' bench coach Ron Wotus at the bar of a local seafood restaurant in Scottsdale. In... Read More

RotoBaller Scott Slezak is hitting the Cactus League hard this Spring and has a lot of fantasy analysis to report...   Cactus League Opening Day Analysis Day one of Cactus League games featured only a three-game slate Wednesday. I chose to attend the A’s against the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium, a 10-5 drubbing by Oakland.... Read More

There is one more day of practice left (I’ll be checking out the Rockies in Scottsdale) before Cactus League games begin on Wednesday.  While I can’t complain about spending days in the Arizona sun and watching Major Leaguers run practice drills and interact with the fans, I’m looking forward to games getting underway. I will... Read More

RotoBaller Scott Slezak will be out in Arizona covering the 2014 Cactus League, providing dispatches and observations. I went to see the Cleveland Indians practice in Goodyear on Tuesday and the one thing I wanted to see was Carlos Santana work out at third base. Santana, indeed, was fielding grounders there during infield practice and... Read More

I made it out to Dodgers camp today to check out their position players for the first time.  After training all week, the Dodger pitchers had an off-day, so all eyes were on Yasiel Puig and his shoulder injury, along with other big bats Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp. I want to write... Read More

Dispatches from the Cactus League: Addison Reed vs. J.J. Putz Because of their trip to Australia to play the Dodgers later this month, the Arizona Diamondbacks were the first team to report to Spring Training this year. The team held its annual Fan Fest at Chase Field Saturday where more than 20,000 fans showed up... Read More

In my previous post, I covered something I’ll be watching from each of the American League teams training in Arizona this spring. Today I cover a little something from each of the National League teams. As the spring progresses, I’ll  revisit some of these questions and position battles and re-evaluate how they’ll affect the fantasy... Read More

As the calendar turns to February and the NFL season is put to rest, it is time to focus on the upcoming season and begin preparations in earnest for another rotisserie fantasy baseball season. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Arizona next week for the Dodgers and D-Backs, a week earlier this year because... Read More

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