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The Wheelhouse: An Update

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The Wheelhouse: A Simple Plan

With the pre-determined strategy of buying Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera, did DVR find enough talent to fill out the bottom of the roster for his Tout Wars squad?

The Wheelhouse: NL LABR Review

While there wasn't a $40 hitter in the National League pool during Sunday's LABR auction, Paul Goldschmidt might be a steal for DVR at $33.

The Wheelhouse: 30/30 - Pitching

Can Max Scherzer maintain the gains that made him an elite starter in 2013? DVR looks around the league in the first edition of the Wheelhouse of 2014.

The Wheelhouse: 30 Teams, 30 Thoughts - Part 2

Now that he's closing in on 1,500 big league plate appearances, is it time to give up on Mike Moustakas?

The Wheelhouse: 30 Teams, 30 Thoughts - August Edition

With Miguel Cabera and Mike Trout likely to occupy the first two spots on most 2014 boards, does Bryce Harper enter the conversation at No. 3 overall?

The Wheelhouse: August Edition

With approximately six weeks left in the season, Derek VanRiper takes a final crack at the Top 200 overall with the removal of Nelson Cruz and others suspended for their connection to Biogenesis.

The Wheelhouse: The Past 12 - August Edition

By a wide margin, Mike Trout has the best WAR in all of baseball over the past calendar year. Is he the consensus No. 1 overall pick for those looking ahead to 2014?

The Wheelhouse: So You Want to Be a GM?

After criticizing Royals general manager Dayton Moore's only trade at Wednesday's non-waiver deadline, Derek VanRiper retraces his steps over the past 18 months and questions some of his own decisions.

The Wheelhouse: All In

The Rangers are once again going all in while making a World Series push, and perhaps another move or two will follow the addition of Matt Garza. Derek VanRiper takes a look around the American League heading into the non-waiver trade deadline.

The Wheelhouse: Ike Survived Las Vegas

Ike Davis lived through a few weeks in Las Vegas, but could you last 30 straight days without leaving the Strip? DVR ponders that and takes a look around the National League coming out of the All-Star break.

The Wheelhouse: Don't Flush This Royal

Since the Royals brought in George Brett as their hitting coach, Eric Hosmer has been hitting the way many expected him to in his sophomore campaign. Should he have made DVR's Top 200?

The Wheelhouse: Can Anyone Stop MBP?

Opportunity may have knocked sooner than expected for Yasiel Puig this season. Where did he rank on Derek VanRiper's midseason Top-200 List?

The Wheelhouse: 30 Teams, 30 Thoughts - June Edition

Now that Papa Grande is Papa Cocida, the Tigers will finally look elsewhere for a closer. Derek VanRiper takes a look around the league as the end of June draws closer.

The Wheelhouse: Go For Go-Go

The value of Carlos Gomez is one of many topics that came up at the FSTA Conference. Derek VanRiper takes a closer look.

The Wheelhouse: Head of the Class

The Astros maxed out their value in the first 10 rounds by taking Carlos Correa first overall ahead of Byron Buxton last June, but Buxton has been the most impressive first-rounder in the 2012 draft class thus far.

The Wheelhouse: 30 Teams, 30 Thoughts - May Edition

Why doesn't Shelby Miller get as much attention as Matt Harvey? Derek VanRiper takes a look around the league closing in on Memorial Day.

The Wheelhouse: Feeling Blue

Ike Davis' slow start has left many owners concerned about a possible demotion. Is it time to jump ship?

The Wheelhouse: Just Say No?

For years, Ricky Nolasco has teased owners with an ERA well above his xFIP. Is his fast start in 2013 a sign of things to come?

The Wheelhouse: Stubborn or Stupid?

Should Jarrod Parker be downgraded from his preseason projection after a poor April? If so, by how much? Derek VanRiper takes a look.

The Wheelhouse: Dexter's Lab

Could Dexter Fowler reach new heights in Colorado with his power production this season?

The Wheelhouse: Checks and Balances

Derek VanRiper recaps the NFBC Main Event after taking Troy Tulowitzki ninth overall in Saturday's draft.

The Wheelhouse: New Approach - Mixed Tout Recap

In a league that switched from batting average to on-base percentage, Derek VanRiper made Giancarlo Stanton the anchor of his Tout Wars offense.

The Wheelhouse: On BABIP

Austin Jackson leads all qualified hitters with a .370 BABIP over the last three seasons. Is he bound for regression? Derek VanRiper takes a closer look.

The Wheelhouse: Early Spring Adjustments

With a heavy workload during the first week of spring training, Jose Bautista gets a slight bump up the board.

The Wheelhouse: Wasted Opportunities

Infield flyballs are just as costly to a hitter as strikeouts. Dan Uggla generated plenty of both last season. Should you write off a rebound? Derek VanRiper takes a closer look at hitters wasting opportunities.

The Wheelhouse: Misunderstood

Is the market failing to account for Joey Votto's extremely low infield flyball rate? Derek VanRiper takes a closer look.

The Wheelhouse: Top 50, Vol. I

If the initial rankings are any indication, DVR won't own Mike Trout in his one-year leagues in 2013.

The Wheelhouse: Rising Stars Notes

The Wheelhouse: Reflecting on Reflections

Hanley Ramirez gets a fresh start in Los Angeles, but will he ever return to his pre-2010 peak levels?

The Wheelhouse: In the Red

The Wheelhouse: Dust Off Your Trading Cards

The Wheelhouse: Things Change

Examining how adjustments, injuries and age can impact a players' performance

The Wheelhouse: Value Earned

Chris Sale's move to the rotation has paid off in a very big way for the White Sox thus far.

The Wheelhouse: 30 Teams, 30 Thoughts

Is there anybody out there still willing to trust Francisco Liriano?

The Wheelhouse: Market Watch

Giancarlo Stanton has rebounded from a slow start after missing time during spring training with a knee injury. Is he worth a top-five overall pick?

The Wheelhouse: Missing the Boat - Speed

Former Astro Michael Bourn is carrying a steep price tag on draft day. Could his replacement in Houston provide just as many steals at a fraction of the price in 2012?

The Wheelhouse: Missing the Boat - Power

Did you miss out on Curtis Granderson's monster 2011? It's time to learn from the mistake and profit elsewhere in 2012.

The Wheelhouse: Prospect Review - D-Backs

The Wheelhouse: Rewind: April 2010

Barry Zito started last season with a 1.53 ERA, but it didn't last. Which players hot this April are destined to cool off?

The Wheelhouse: Watching the Drop List

The Wheelhouse: Going 26.2

The Brewers are off to a slow start despite Ryan Braun's heroics, but there's still reasons for optimism over the long haul.

The Wheelhouse: ADP Spotlight: Starting Pitchers in the Top 100

Even with a low strikeout rate last season, could Trevor Cahill be undervalued in drafts this spring?

The Wheelhouse: Tiering the Closers

Derek VanRiper breaks down all the projected closers and tries to find values among their ADP's. Matt Thornton is one of his bargains.

The Wheelhouse: Finding Market Inefficiencies

You probably overpaid for roses on Valentine's Day, Don't make the same mistake during your draft.

The Wheelhouse: Player Movement -- NL to AL

Adrian Gonzalez's trade to Boston tops the list of players moving into the American League this season.

The Wheelhouse: Player Movement -- AL to NL

The Wheelhouse: Early Mock Risers

Cards starter Adam Wainwright may finally unseat Chris Carpenter as the first St. Louis pitcher off the board in 2011.