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For more than 25 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.

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Mound Musings: The 'Kids on Parade' Watch List For 2018

Mound Musings: The 'Kids on Parade' Watch List For 2018

In his final column of the season, Brad Johnson supplies his list of up and coming talent. Featured on this list is Cardinals’ Alex Reyes, who exhibited serious skills in 2016 before an injury cost him all of 2017.

Mound Musings: The 2017 Season Pitching Awards Issue

Mound Musings: The 2017 Season Pitching Awards Issue

As the regular season draws to a close, Brad Johnson presents his list of winners and losers, including Angels pitcher Garrett Richards, who earned himself Johnson’s Tommy John award.

Mound Musings: I Was Born a Ramblin’ Man

Mound Musings: I Was Born a Ramblin’ Man

This week, Brad Johnson touches on some topics that he didn’t cover in previous columns this season. He also highlights the skills of Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray, who’s been on a tear since returning from the DL.

Mound Musings: Building a 2018 Draft Value List

Mound Musings: Building a 2018 Draft Value List

If your season is over, Brad Johnson says there’s still work to be done preparing for 2018. This week, he’s focusing on valuable arms that you can buy at a discount in next year’s draft, including Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks.

Mound Musings: Polishing Your Crystal Ball

Mound Musings: Polishing Your Crystal Ball

Brad Johnson discusses the difficulty of predicting which developing arms will help your team now, and what to expect next year. He also notes that Tyler Glasnow’s improved pitching at Triple-A Indianapolis might bring him back to Pittsburgh soon.

Mound Musings: See You in September?

Mound Musings: See You in September?

With September around the corner, Brad Johnson focuses on pitchers who might be worth a look during the season’s final month, including Noah Syndergaard, who recently began actively throwing.

Mound Musings: The Bullpen Shuffle – American League

Mound Musings: The Bullpen Shuffle – American League

This week, Brad Johnson dives into unsettled AL bullpens, including the Angels where longtime closer Huston Street has spent more time than usual on the disabled list but could be back closing in early September.

Mound Musings: The Bullpen Shuffle – National League

Mound Musings: The Bullpen Shuffle – National League

Brad Johnson evaluates the current closer situations across the National League, like in St. Louis where Trevor Rosenthal, at least momentarily, has the job over Seung Hwan Oh.

Mound Musings: Trade Deadline Repercussions

Mound Musings: Trade Deadline Repercussions

Brad Johnson examines some of the more significant pitching trades, like A’s starter Sonny Gray, who goes to the New York in a move that could make the Yankees the AL East favorite.

Mound Musings: Revisiting My 2017 'Home' League

Mound Musings: Revisiting My 2017 'Home' League

As the season progresses, Brad Johnson examines the additions, subtractions and evolution of the roles in the staff of his home league, featuring Noah Syndergaard, who hasn’t played since April.

Mound Musings: The Trade Winds Are Blowing

Mound Musings: The Trade Winds Are Blowing

Brad Johnson examines recent pitching trades and what impact it can have on a pitcher’s season. Jose Quintana recently made the cross-town move from the White Sox to the Cubs.

Mound Musings: Looking at the Future

Mound Musings: Looking at the Future

Brad Johnson examines the annual Futures Game, which showcases up and coming talent, and in the Notable Rotation Happenings he discusses the return of Madison Bumgarner.

Mound Musings: Time to Turn it Around?

Mound Musings: Time to Turn it Around?

After discussing pleasant pitching surprises last week, Brad Johnson tackles disappointing first-half performances this week, including Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka.

Mound Musings: The Biggest Surprises so Far

Mound Musings: The Biggest Surprises so Far

This week, Brad Johnson takes on pitchers who’ve been impressive the first half of the season, including Arizona's Robbie Ray, who Johnson believes is going to continue to get better.

Mound Musings: I’m Buying!

Mound Musings: I’m Buying!

Brad Johnson discusses some pitchers with upside lurking on waiver wires, including Reds’ starter Brandon Finnegan who should provide quality innings once he’s healthy.

Mound Musings: Enjoying the First Year Player Draft

Mound Musings: Enjoying the First Year Player Draft

Brad Johnson takes an indepth look at the MLB Draft, highlighting pitchers who caught his eye, plus, as usual, he discusses noteworthy current players like Cincinnati’s Amir Garrett.

Mound Musings: Life, the Universe and Everything

Mound Musings: Life, the Universe and Everything

Brad Johnson discusses some of his random thoughts and fantasy baseball observations including Angel Albert Pujol’s historic 600th homer.

Mound Musings: A Scouting Notebook

Mound Musings: A Scouting Notebook

Brad Johnson shares what he watches for when observing a game. On his list of things he loves is seeing how a particular pitcher handles a serious jam, something at which Ranger Yu Darvish excels.

Mound Musings: Revisiting My 2017 “Home” League Mound Corps

Mound Musings: Revisiting My 2017 “Home” League Mound Corps

Brad Johnson updates readers on his “home” league pitching staff, including how losing Mets Ace Noah Syndergaard for two or three months has affected the rest of his team.

Mound Musings: Know When to Hold 'Em?

Mound Musings: Know When to Hold 'Em?

Brad Johnson dives into pitchers off to a great start this season to determine whether they’re keepers. On his “Hold ’Em” list is Cardinal veteran Michael Wacha, whose best days may not be behind him.

Mound Musings: Know When to Fold 'Em?

Mound Musings: Know When to Fold 'Em?

Brad Johnson examines whether it’s time to let go of that poor performer you’ve been holding on to and cites some examples of major strugglers like Cardinal Adam Wainwright.

Mound Musings: Spotlight on the Soft-Tossers

Mound Musings: Spotlight on the Soft-Tossers

This week Brad Johnson tackles a question posed by a reader who asked whether Johnson considers pitchers who lack big arms like Cy Young winner and Boston Red Sox Rick Porcello.

Mound Musings: AL Bullpen Check

Mound Musings: AL Bullpen Check

This week Brad Johnson studies closer situations in the American League to identify possible shake-ups as well as potential trade material including White Sox David Robertson.

Mound Musings: Bullpen Check in – NL

Mound Musings: Bullpen Check in – NL

Brad Johnson examines closer situations in the National League, including St. Louis where a battle between Seung Hwan Oh and Trevor Rosenthal could be on the horizon.

Mound Musings: Advanced Metrics and 20/20 Eyesight

Mound Musings: Advanced Metrics and 20/20 Eyesight

Brad Johnson talks about the metrics he uses to assess pitchers but also advises going old school and watching specific pitchers, like Justin Verlander, to accumulate one’s own data.

Mound Musings: My 2017 “Home” League Mound Corps

Mound Musings: My 2017 “Home” League Mound Corps

This week Brad Johnson gives readers a look into his own fantasy pitching staff for his highly competitive hometown keeper league. One of the stars of his roster is Noah Syndergaard.

Mound Musings: Hold on There!

Mound Musings: Hold on There!

Brad Johnson looks at relievers he believes could step into the closer’s gig at some point in the season but in the meantime deserve attention right out of the gate like Oakland's Sean Doolittle.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL West

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL West

In Brad Johnson’s final week of division deep dives, he takes a look at the American League West, featuring injured Angels closer Huston Street, who will miss the beginning of the season.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL West

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL West

Brad Johnson tackles the NL West this week in his pitching rotation coverage of each team. Can any other team in the division compete with the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw?

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL Central

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL Central

Brad Johnson is breaking down each team’s pitching rotation, and up this week is the AL Central, including Detroit Tigers veteran Justin Verlander, who has been stellar since coming back from injury in 2015.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL Central

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL Central

This week Brad Johnson takes an indepth look at each team’s rotation in the NL Central, including World Series winners Chicago Cubs and All-Star Jake Arrieta.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL East

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL East

Brad Johnson breaks down each team's rotation in the AL East and discusses whether fantasy owners should pursue Michael Pineda this season.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL East

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL East

Brad Johnson breaks down each pitching staff in the NL East and discusses how much of a discount he would need to draft Stephen Strasburg this season.

Mound Musings: The Kids on Parade Watch List for 2016

Mound Musings: The Kids on Parade Watch List for 2016

In one of his favorite columns of the year, Brad Johnson compiles a list of young pitchers who he believes will make a big impact once they’re firmly in the majors, including Dodger Julio Urias.

Mound Musings: The 2016 Season Pitching Awards

Mound Musings: The 2016 Season Pitching Awards

It’s time for Brad Johnson’s annual Mound Musings awards. Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is on his list after impressing Johnson with his continued consistency over two great years in Washington.

Mound Musings: I Was Born a Ramblin’ Man

Mound Musings: I Was Born a Ramblin’ Man

With the season winding down, Brad Johnson takes this week to discuss a few of his favorite topics, including the “Do No Harm Principle,” in which he uses Clayton Kershaw and Alfredo Simon as examples.

Mound Musings: A Who's Who of Rotation Aces for Draft Day 2017

Mound Musings: A Who's Who of Rotation Aces for Draft Day 2017

Brad Johnson details his top three draft-board arms for next year in both National and American Leagues. At the top of his list is Clayton Kershaw, who Johnson believes will continue to have major first-round impact.

Mound Musings: See You in September?

Mound Musings: See You in September?

Brad Johnson examines pitchers who might be worth a look for your fantasy team during the season’s final month, including Texas Ranger Derek Holland, who came back from injury in late August.

Mound Musings: Targeting 2017 – American League

Mound Musings: Targeting 2017 – American League

This week, Brad Johnson focuses on pitchers in the American League who will be in demand next year, like Yu Darvish, so if you’re out of the title hunt this year, it's a great time to do your homework for next season.

Mound Musings: Targeting 2017 – National League

Mound Musings: Targeting 2017 – National League

If your season is all but over this year, Brad Johnson says that this is a great time to lay the foundation for a big 2017 by targeting pitchers who will be in demand next year, like Noah Syndergaard.

Mound Musings: Let's Talk Bullpens

Mound Musings: Let's Talk Bullpens

In this week’s article, Brad Johnson tackles one of his most frequently asked questions, which has to do which teams’ closing situations are in flux including the Cardinals and Trevor Rosenthal.

Mound Musings: The Tradewinds Blow

Mound Musings: The Tradewinds Blow

With the non-waiver trade deadline over, Brad Johnson examines the starting pitcher trades he believes could significantly impact fantasy roles for the remainder of the season, including the Ray’s Matt Moore to the Giants.

Mound Musings: Quantum Leap, the Sequel

Mound Musings: Quantum Leap, the Sequel

Last week, Brad Johnson traveled through time to bring us the NL pitchers he things are going make a huge impact in the summer of ’18. This week, he predicts the future for AL pitchers, including Yu Darvish.

Mound Musings: Quantum Leap

Mound Musings: Quantum Leap

Brad Johnson time travels to mid 2018 to study National League pitchers who he believes will be the top performers of that season. Topping this futuristic list is New York Met Noah Syndergaard.

Mound Musings: Turnaround Time

Mound Musings: Turnaround Time

As the second half of the season gets underway, Brad Johnson focuses this week on pitchers he predicts will have a productive second half, like Cardinal Adam Wainwright.

Mound Musings: Will This Streak Last?

Mound Musings: Will This Streak Last?

In this week’s edition, Brad Johnson is analyzing pitchers who have solid numbers close to the halfway point of the season, but may not have the stuff to make it last for the rest of the season, including Cub Jon Lester.

Mound Musings: Dissecting Pitcher Injuries

Mound Musings: Dissecting Pitcher Injuries

Brad Johnson is back. This week, he looks at a variety of player injuries and their impact on the fantasy world, including Angels pitcher Garrett Richards’ UCL tear.

Mound Musings: Touching All the Bases!

Mound Musings: Touching All the Bases!

Brad Johnson offers his thoughts on who to watch, what to watch for and often-overlooked factors when evaluating pitching for fantasy teams, including his reasons for targeting Yu Darvish in his leagues this year.

Mound Musings: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Mound Musings: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

In this week’s edition, Brad Johnson discusses young impact pitchers, like the Rays' Blake Snell, who will be arriving soon at a ballpark near you.

Mound Musings: Building an Ace

Mound Musings: Building an Ace

Brad Johnson explains his five-tier system for figuring out an ace, like Clayton Kershaw, or future aces, on the waiver wire and in your lineup.

Mound Musings: Hold on There!

Mound Musings: Hold on There!

Brad Johnson knows that competing in the holds category is challenging. In this week’s article, he tries to make the task of finding holds producers, like Koji Uehara, easier.

Mound Musings: Shooting Stars

Mound Musings: Shooting Stars

A full month into the season, Brad Johnson helps sort out which surprisingly good pitchers, like the Reds Brandon Finnegan, are worth the long haul.

Mound Musings: How Patient Are You?

Mound Musings: How Patient Are You?

Brad Johnson explains that when a good pitcher starts a season with bad stats, i.e., Cardinal Adam Wainwright, fantasy owners need to figure out whether a turnaround is coming.

Mound Musings : Assessing Emerging Opportunity

Mound Musings : Assessing Emerging Opportunity

Brad Johnson explains what to look for when determining which pitching prospects will soon get opportunities. Find out why Brandon Finnegan gets the edge against more talented pitchers.

Mound Musings: Checking the NL Bullpens

Mound Musings: Checking the NL Bullpens

Last week, Brad Johnson gave us an in-depth look at AL closer situations, now the NL gets its turn, including the Diamondbacks' Daniel Hudson.

Mound Musings: Checking in on AL Bullpens

Mound Musings: Checking in on AL Bullpens

This week, Brad Johnson takes an in-depth look at American League closers to keep an eye on, including A’s Sean Doolittle.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL West

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL West

Brad Johnson concludes his series looking at pitchers to watch with the NL West, and leading the way is Arizona's Patrick Corbin.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL West

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL West

Brad Johnson looks at some intriguing starting pitchers in the AL West, including Texas' Yu Darvish, whose draft-day discount should pay off handsomely once he returns from injury.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL Central

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL Central

Brad Johnson continues his tour through baseball with a look at pitchers to watch in the NL Central, including St. Louis' Adam Wainwright.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL Central

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL Central

Brad Johnson continues his series of arms to watch and one of the biggest jumping out in the AL Central is Cleveland's Danny Salazar.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL East

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL East

If Brad Johnson can have only on Mets starter, would it be Noah Syndergaard or one of his brethren fireballers? Who else is on his list of arms to watch?

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL East

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL East

Brad Johnson makes the case that Kevin Gausman will prove a draft-day bargain, if the Orioles will just stop impeding his progress. Who else is on his list of arms to watch?

Endgame Odyssey: Panning for Saves

Endgame Odyssey: Panning for Saves

In his annual piece for the RotoWire magazine, Brad Johnson highlights non-closer relievers capable of returning significant value in 2016.

Mound Musings: He Can Pitch for Me Any Time

Mound Musings: He Can Pitch for Me Any Time

Brad Johnson looks at the impressive life and career of Mark Buehrle

Mound Musings: Kids on Parade

Mound Musings: Kids on Parade

Brad Johnson reveals his 2016 watchlist of young arms, including Tampa Bay lefty Blake Snell, who could crack the rotation by midseason next year.

Mound Musings: Looking Ahead

Mound Musings: Looking Ahead

Part two of Brad Johnson's look at pitching prospects for next season, featuring Baltimore's Kevin Gausman

Mound Musings: Looking Back, and Looking Ahead

Mound Musings: Looking Back, and Looking Ahead

Brad Johnson lines up the potential breakout NL pitchers of 2016

Mound Musings: Aces High

Mound Musings: Aces High

Brad Johnson's (very short) list of top-of-rotation starters to target in 2016 drafts.

Mound Musings: See You In September

Mound Musings: See You In September

Brad Johnson is making the most of September's expanded rosters.

Mound Musings: He's a Keeper!

Mound Musings: He's a Keeper!

Brad Johnson looks at potential keepers for 2016, including Kevin Gausman, who can still be a true top-of-the-rotation starter.

Mound Musings: Going to the Bullpen

Mound Musings: Going to the Bullpen

Brad Johnson on changing relief situations and how bullpens are setting up for the stretch drive.

Mound Musings: New Faces in New Places

Mound Musings: New Faces in New Places

Brad Johnson continues his examination of the trade deadline deals and how David Price and the rest will fare in their new homes.

Mound Musings: Trade Winds

Mound Musings: Trade Winds

Brad Johnson analyzes the Cueto, Hamels, Kazmir and Tulowitzki trades and what it means for fantasy owners.

Mound Musings: Tossing a Side Session

Mound Musings: Tossing a Side Session

Brad Johnson looks to see which direction the trade winds are blowing.

Mound Musings: Back to the Future

Mound Musings: Back to the Future

Brad Johnson's review of the arms at this year's Futures Game, including Houston's Mark Appel, who continues to be something of an enigma.

Mound Musings: Opportunity Knocks

Mound Musings: Opportunity Knocks

Brad Johnson on pitchers that could be real values if the right situations arise.

Mound Musings: Know When to Hold ‘Em

Mound Musings: Know When to Hold ‘Em

Brad Johnson is expecting big second-half performances from some slow-starting pitchers.

Mound Musings: Know When to Fold ‘Em

Mound Musings: Know When to Fold ‘Em

Brad Johnson is losing faith in some of this year's most surprising pitchers.

Mound Musings: The Next Generation

Mound Musings: The Next Generation

Brad Johnson looks at some of MLB's new arrivals and previews the arms yet to come.

Mound Musings: Draft Day

Mound Musings: Draft Day

Brad Johnson recaps the first-year player draft and some pitchers to watch in the coming years.

Mound Musings: Ramblin' Man

Mound Musings: Ramblin' Man

Brad Johnson's latest pitching news, notes, and optimistic thoughts about Stephen Strasburg.

Mound Musings: Why Isn't Joe the New Closer?

Mound Musings: Why Isn't Joe the New Closer?

Brad Johnson on the ideal closer's resume, the Mets' six-man rotation and more.

Mound Musings: It's a Trap!

Mound Musings: It's a Trap!

Brad Johnson's latest will help you avoid some potential pitching pitfalls.

Mound Musings: You Can Do Better!

Mound Musings: You Can Do Better!

Brad Johnson has words of encouragement for Chris Sale and some other some big-time arms.

Mound Musings: Take the Money and Run

Mound Musings: Take the Money and Run

Can Dallas Keuchel and Dan Haren keep this up? Brad Johnson says no.

Mound Musings: Chicks - and Bogfella - dig Strikeouts!

Mound Musings: Chicks - and Bogfella - dig Strikeouts!

Brad Johnson on the many advantages of the K. Also - how will the Cards replace Wainwright?

Mound Musings: The NL Arms Race

Mound Musings: The NL Arms Race

Brad Johnson takes a look at the next wave of National League arms, including the Mets' Noah Syndergaard.

Mound Musings: Time to Start the New AL Arms Watch

Mound Musings: Time to Start the New AL Arms Watch

Brad Johnson looks to ride the next wave of great American League pitchers

Mound Musings: Surprises Are In Store?

Mound Musings: Surprises Are In Store?

How many of this spring's big surprises will turn into real values? Brad Johnson discusses.

Mound Musings: The Do No Harm Strategy

Mound Musings: The Do No Harm Strategy

Brad Johnson details how to spare your rotation harm even when not all of your starting pitchers are elite.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL West

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL West

Brad Johnson hopes Jake Peavy's struggles last year will drive down his draft-day price because the veteran hurler can still help a fantasy team.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL West

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL West

Brad Johnson hopes nearly a year off with injury will drop Derek Holland's draft-day price because he could be a bargain this year.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL Central

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL Central

Brad Johnson recognizes the risk in Michael Wacha, but the young hurler's upside is worth betting on, especially at a discounted draft-day price.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL Central

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL Central

Brad Johnson turns to the AL Central this week for pitchers whom fantasy owners should highlight on their cheat sheets, including Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL East

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL East

Brad Johnson continues his look around the big leagues and finds some intriguing arms in the NL East, including the Mets' Noah Syndergaard.

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL East

Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL East

Brad Johnson makes the case that drafting Masahiro Tanaka and his questionable elbow is worth the risk at what likely will be a reduced draft-day price.

Endgame Odyssey: Closer Roles In Flux

Endgame Odyssey: Closer Roles In Flux

Yet again, the Mets have uncertainty with their closer role heading into spring training. Brad Johnson breaks down the unsettled ninth-inning situations around the league.

Mound Musings: Kids on Parade Watchlist

Mound Musings: Kids on Parade Watchlist

Noah Syndergaard struggled most of this year with nagging minor injuries, but he needs to be on every fantasy owner's radar.

Mound Musings: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, Part II

Mound Musings: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, Part II

Prospect pitcher Kevin Gausman is up to stay and is built to be a workhorse for the Orioles.

Mound Musings: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Mound Musings: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Nathan Eovaldi can handcuff hitters with both velocity and movement and should be ready next season to help owners from the get-go.

Mound Musings: 2015 Draft Day Aces

Mound Musings: 2015 Draft Day Aces

Clayton Kershaw is, of course, the top fantasy pitcher heading into 2015, but who else should be on your short list of starters to watch?

Mound Musings: State of the Staff Overviews

Mound Musings: State of the Staff Overviews

The Nationals have solidified their position atop the division thanks to pitching, and Stephen Strasburg hasn't even hit his stride yet.

Mound Musings: Working Around Trouble

Mound Musings: Working Around Trouble

The best pitchers know how to work around trouble, and few are better at it than Felix Hernandez, who has allowed a mere two home runs with runners on this year.

Mound Musings: Poor Man's Darvish

Mound Musings: Poor Man's Darvish

The Padres' Odrisamer Despaigne made it out of Cuba with marginal stuff, but he's hard to hit because he has a wide aresnal of offerings.

Mound Musings: Two-Strike Studs

Mound Musings: Two-Strike Studs

Putting hitters away in two-strike counts is one of the most important factors when evaluating pitchers, and no starter does it better than Felix Hernandez.

Mound Musings: The Tradewinds Continue to Blow

Mound Musings: The Tradewinds Continue to Blow

Do the Cardinals have the magic to help Justin Masterson turn around his season?

Mound Musings: Playing for Keeps

Mound Musings: Playing for Keeps

For many owners, it's time to look toward next season, and that means identifying arms, like Nathan Eovaldi, who are the real deal.

Mound Musings: Looking into the Future

Mound Musings: Looking into the Future

Noah Syndergaard is one of many prospects who impressed at the Futures Game, but as a closer?

Mound Musings: Tradewinds are Blowing

Mound Musings: Tradewinds are Blowing

The Phillies are said to be quietly checking for potential trade partners, and Cole Hamels is likely available.

Mound Musings: Second-Half Arms in the Spotlight

Mound Musings: Second-Half Arms in the Spotlight

If R.A. Dickey can harness his knuckleball a bit better, his home-run tate could drop in the second half of the season.

Mound Musings: Do Ya Feel Lucky?

Mound Musings: Do Ya Feel Lucky?

Head-to-Head leagues often especially prone to luck, but are some pitchers, like Chris Sale, who have skills to overcome it?

Mound Musings: Super 2 To You Too

Mound Musings: Super 2 To You Too

With Super 2 status passed, more prospect hurlers could be promoted soon, joining the likes of Baltimore's Kevin Gausman.

Mound Musings: How to Improve the Game

Mound Musings: How to Improve the Game

The slow torture of high pitch counts is making the great game of baseball about as fun as watching grass grow. Even the command savvy Masahiro Tanaka lasted only six innings against the ultra-patient A's.

Mound Musings: Draft Day Pitching Preview

Mound Musings: Draft Day Pitching Preview

LSU's Aaron Nola is considered the most MLB-ready pitcher this year in a draft class that is rich in pitching prospects.

Mound Musings: Fraud Alert

Mound Musings: Fraud Alert

Is it easier to spot the future star or the flavor of the month? And where does that leave Dallas Keuchel?

Mound Musings: Dealing with the Pain

Mound Musings: Dealing with the Pain

As more and more pitchers, like Miami's Jose Fernandez, go under knife, fantasy owners have to learn how to deal with injuries.

Mound Musings: The Frustration Rotation

Mound Musings: The Frustration Rotation

Like a number of frustrating pitchers, Yovani Gallardo can dismantle the best bats in the game when he's on, and get battered by mediocre ones when he's not.

Mound Musings: Prospects Watch - National League

Mound Musings: Prospects Watch - National League

Noah Syndergaard is getting his feet wet at Triple-A, but the day is coming soon when he will join the Mets rotation.

Mound Musings: Prospects Watch - American League

Mound Musings: Prospects Watch - American League

The Orioles likely will wait until June to call up prospect Kevin Gausman, but when he finally arrives he should stick in the O's rotation for a long time.

Mound Musings: WHIP it Good

Mound Musings: WHIP it Good

Mike Minor is close to returning to the Braves, and a solid defense behind him should help keep his WHIP low.

Mound Musings: Swing and a Miss

Mound Musings: Swing and a Miss

Brad "Bogfella" Johnson talks about why strikeout potential is an important part in evaluating fantasy relevance of starting pitchers

Mound Musings: How to Find the Next Closer

Mound Musings: How to Find the Next Closer

Jim Johnson is already out in Oakland, but what should owners look for in closers-in-waiting?

Mound Musings: The Time to Sell High

Mound Musings: The Time to Sell High

Is it too early to sell a pitcher like Justin Masterson? How soon should you considering selling high?

Mound Musings: Pitching Depth as a Fantasy Tactic

Mound Musings: Pitching Depth as a Fantasy Tactic

You're better off stashing high-upside arms like Derek Holland rather than wasting roster spots on generic utility players barely above replacement level.

Mound Musings: NL West Spotlight

Mound Musings: NL West Spotlight

Tim Lincecum's star has fallen, but does that offer a profit-making opportunity on draft day?

Mound Musings: AL West Spotlight

Mound Musings: AL West Spotlight

Is Yu Darvish a top-five pitcher? Should fantasy owners treat him as such in drafts? Do the walks matter?

Mound Musings: NL Central Spotlight

Mound Musings: NL Central Spotlight

There's value to be had with Shelby Miller, whose draft-day value has been driven down by bad memories of last year.

Mound Musings: AL Central Spotlight

Mound Musings: AL Central Spotlight

Even a modest draft-day discount on Justin Verlander will prove valuable for fantasy owners this season.

Mound Musings: NL East Spotlight

Mound Musings: NL East Spotlight

If durability concerns provide a slight discount for Stephen Strasburg this year, it's time to pounce.

Mound Musings: AL East Spotlight

Mound Musings: AL East Spotlight

Matt Moore is definitely an arm to watch in the AL East this season, but has he reached his ceiling yet?

Mound Musings: Getting  a Hold on the 2014 Season

Mound Musings: Getting a Hold on the 2014 Season

If Kevin Gausman doesn't make the O's rotation this spring, he could end up a decent sources of holds for fantasy owners.

Baseball Draft Kit: Endgame Odyssey

Baseball Draft Kit: Endgame Odyssey

Unstable closer situations can create excellent buying opportunities. Brad

Mound Musings: Kids on Parade Watch List

Mound Musings: Kids on Parade Watch List

Taijuan Walker is one of the younger arms on this year's list of pitchers who made their marks in 2013, but he's also one of the best.

Mound Musings: Looking Back, and Looking Ahead, Part II

Mound Musings: Looking Back, and Looking Ahead, Part II

Jarred Cosart has plenty of upside, but fantasy owners, and the Astros too, must remember to have ample patience.

Mound Musings: Looking Back, and Looking Ahead

Mound Musings: Looking Back, and Looking Ahead

Jose Fernandez is not smoke and mirros - he's for real. This week we look at a number of

Mound Musings: Playing for Keeps

Mound Musings: Playing for Keeps

Back from his recent injury trouble, Matt Moore is an easy keeper for next year, provided he's at a reasonable price.

Mound Musings: 2014 Cream of the Crop

Mound Musings: 2014 Cream of the Crop

Yu Darvish might not be the top starting pitcher entering 2014, but he'll be one of the top hurlers off the board.

Mound Musings: The Trials of Innings Limits

Mound Musings: The Trials of Innings Limits

Matt Harvey's is quickly approaching his innings limit this season, creating havoc for fantasy owners.

Mound Musings: Bullpens and Crystal Balls

Mound Musings: Bullpens and Crystal Balls

LaTroy Hawkins is filling in as closer after David Aardsma predictably flopped, but the New York bullpen is a mess.

Mound Musings: Observations A La Carte

Mound Musings: Observations A La Carte

Patrick Corbin has been a fantasy surprise in Arizona this year, but how likely is he to continue to perform at his current level?

Mound Musings: Trade Deadline Fallout

Mound Musings: Trade Deadline Fallout

Ian Kennedy might be the biggest winner in this year's trade deadline, going from a hitter's haven where he watched his mistakes fly out of the yard to a pitcher's paradise that should help him right the ship.

Mound Musings: State of the Staffs

Mound Musings: State of the Staffs

Stephen Strasburg is young, but this is his time to step up and be a leader for the Nationals, who could be poised for a second-half push.

Mound Musings: Futures Game Fallout

Mound Musings: Futures Game Fallout

Noah Syndergaard pitches older than his young age and, as he showed at the Futures Game, gives the Mets a lot to like.

Mound Musings: Ticking Time Bombs

Mound Musings: Ticking Time Bombs

Is Dan Haren a ticking time bomb? Here's a look at pitchers to avoid in the second half.

Mound Musings: Digging For Buried Treasure

Mound Musings: Digging For Buried Treasure

R.A. Dickey is just one of several arms for the Blue Jays who could have a resurgent second half and provide fantasy owners with a nice payoff.

Mound Musings: Wheeling Into A Rotation Spot

Mound Musings: Wheeling Into A Rotation Spot

Zack Wheeler's had two starts for the Mets, but what he has showed thus far bodes well for his fantasy future.

Mound Musings: Captain Greybeard

Mound Musings: Captain Greybeard

Despite their woes this season, the Marlins boast a trio of impressive pitchers, headlined by greybeard Nathan Eovaldi.

Mound Musings: The Changing Landscape

Mound Musings: The Changing Landscape

Teams are increasingly using the draft to find players who are nearly major-league ready. Such is the case with the Astros' first-overall selection of Mark Appel, who could be in Houston later this year.

Mound Musings: Kids on the Rise

Mound Musings: Kids on the Rise

Arguably the Astros' best pitching prospect, Jarred Cosart is waiting patiently for his callup to the big-league club.

Mound Musings: More Arms Arriving

Mound Musings: More Arms Arriving

Michael Wacha turned in a sterling major-league debut, but long term, what should we expect from him and other prospect pitchers set to be called up?

Mound Musings: New Arms Arriving Daily

Mound Musings: New Arms Arriving Daily

Jake Odorizzi finally got an opportunity with the Rays, and other prospect pitchers are about to get theirs as teams reach into the minors for callups.

Mound Musings: Making the Crystal Ball Less Cloudy

Mound Musings: Making the Crystal Ball Less Cloudy

High ceiling, low ceiling or no ceiling. When it comes to pitchers, which is easier to spot? And What does that mean for a pitcher like Derek Holland?

Mound Musings: The Days of Whine and Closers

Mound Musings: The Days of Whine and Closers

Addison Reed has been one of the reliable closers in a season that has seen seemingly more volatility than most years.

Mound Musings: Location, Location, Location

Mound Musings: Location, Location, Location

What do restaurants and pitchers have in common? Location, location, location. Matt Cain's recent struggles can be blamed on inconsistent location.

Mound Musings: Chicks Dig Strikeouts

Mound Musings: Chicks Dig Strikeouts

Few things in baseball compare to the K, especially these days with so many pitch-to-contact hurlers. Stephen Strasburg might be aiming for too much of the latter.

Mound Musings: In the Zone

Mound Musings: In the Zone

Does Cliff Lee throw too many strikes? Brad Johnson takes a closer look at the importance of pitch location, and setting up opposing hitters.

Mound Musings: Avoid Time Bombs

Mound Musings: Avoid Time Bombs

Josh Collmenter's over-the-top delivery initially fooled hitters. When hitters adjusted, Collmenter imploded. Here's how to avoid those ticking time bombs.

Mound Musings: Pitching Insanity

Mound Musings: Pitching Insanity

Cleveland "ace" Justin Masterson still lacks an effective pitch to get out lefties, so why should you expect different results?

Mound Musings: The Dream Staff

Mound Musings: The Dream Staff

Stephen Strasburg is any easy pick, but who else makes the Dream Team of pitching?

Mound Musings: NL West Spotlight

Mound Musings: NL West Spotlight

After a nightmare year last season, Tim Lincecum should come at a healthy discount this season.

Mound Musings: AL West Spotlight

Mound Musings: AL West Spotlight

Like many southpaws at this stage of their careers, Derek Holland is still finding, or at least looking for, consistency.

Mound Musings: NL Central Spotlight

Mound Musings: NL Central Spotlight

Adam Wainwright is high on the list for potential draft-day value this season as he is now healthy.

Mound Musings: AL Central Spotlight

Mound Musings: AL Central Spotlight

It would be hard to imagine Chis Sale having a better year than he had in 2012, but it's not beyond the realm of possibility.

Mound Musings: NL East Spotlight

Mound Musings: NL East Spotlight

This week's installment of the season-opening pitching series turns to the NL East.

Mound Musings: AL East Spotlight

Mound Musings: AL East Spotlight

Mounds Musings opens the 2013 season with a new look and with its spotlight on the AL East.

End Game Odyssey: Closer Carousel in Chicago?

End Game Odyssey: Closer Carousel in Chicago?

Carlos Marmol has been the Cubs' closer for the past few seasons, but a new addition could compete for the role. Brad Johnson examines that, and some of the more intriguing closer situations, in 2013.

Bogfella's Notebook: Kids on Parade

Bogfella's Notebook: Kids on Parade

Trevor Bauer makes Bogfella's list of young pitchers to watch.

Bogfella's Notebook: More Targets For Next Year

Bogfella's Notebook: More Targets For Next Year

Adam Wainwright represents a class of pitchers that Bogfella likes to go after - established pitchers a full year removed from a significant injury.

Bogfella's Notebook: Keeper Decisions

Bogfella's Notebook: Keeper Decisions

Bogfella will bid adieu to Tim Lincecum after this season.

Bogfella's Notebook: September Viewing Tips

Bogfella's Notebook: September Viewing Tips

Andrew Bailey is finally giving us reason to find a picture with him in a Red Sox uniform.

Bogfella's Notebook: Wait Until Next Year

Bogfella's Notebook: Wait Until Next Year

Bogfella looks at potential callups for September and beyond.

Bogfella's Notebook: Collection of Random Thoughts

Bogfella's Notebook: Collection of Random Thoughts

Bogfella weighs in on a handful of different pitching topics.

Bogfella's Notebook: NL Bullpen Review

Bogfella's Notebook: NL Bullpen Review

Chaos in Milwaukee, excellence in Cincinnati.

Bogfella's Notebook: AL Bullpen Review

Bogfella's Notebook: AL Bullpen Review

Joakim Soria's spring training injury was the start of a chaotic spring for AL closers.

Bogfella's Notebook: More Traded Pitchers

Bogfella's Notebook: More Traded Pitchers

Francisco Liriano now calls the South Side of Chicago his new home.

Bogfella's Notebook: Chips Beginning to Fall

Bogfella's Notebook: Chips Beginning to Fall

Monday brought a flurry of trade activity, but is the Rays' James Shields one of the next big names on the move?

Bogfella's Notebook: Arms to Avoid

Bogfella's Notebook: Arms to Avoid

A.J. Burnett has found greener pastures in Pittsburgh, but Bogfella warns that it may not last.

Bogfella's Notebook: Futures Game Pitchers

Bogfella's Notebook: Futures Game Pitchers

Bogfella reviews the top pitching prospects that appeared in the Futures Game.

Bogfella's Notebook: The Bogfella Nine

Bogfella's Notebook: The Bogfella Nine

Derek Holland is on his rehab assignment now and has caught Bogfella's attention.

Mound Musings: Second-Half Names to Know

Mound Musings: Second-Half Names to Know

Bogfella's Notebook: Pitchers on the Move?

Bogfella's Notebook: Pitchers on the Move?

Jair Jurrjens was frequently mentioned in trade rumors this offseason. Will the Braves still offer him around prior to the trade deadline?

Bogfella's Notebook: The King Remains the King

Bogfella's Notebook: The King Remains the King

Bogfella took a good look at Felix Hernandez's recent start over the weekend and came away impressed.

Bogfella's Notebook: Is Liriano's Resurgence For Real?

Bogfella's Notebook: Is Liriano's Resurgence For Real?

Francisco Liriano has had a couple of good outings after a miserable start to the season. Is he viable going forward? His fastball command is the key.

Bogfella's Notebook: Two Pitchers Coming Off Great Games

Bogfella's Notebook: Two Pitchers Coming Off Great Games

What did Bogfella see in watching Johan Santana's no-hitter?

Bogfella's Notebook: A Matter of Trust

Bogfella's Notebook: A Matter of Trust

Phil Hughes got knocked around by the Angels on Monday night. What are Bogfella's thoughts on Hughes?

Bogfella's Notebook: Which Season is the Outlier?

Bogfella's Notebook: Which Season is the Outlier?

Justin Masterson is still lacking an out-pitch against lefties.

Bogfella's Notebook: Go Time For Gallardo

Bogfella's Notebook: Go Time For Gallardo

Is Yovani Gallardo an ace?

Bogfella's Notebook: Hochevar Out of Synch

Bogfella's Notebook: Hochevar Out of Synch

Luke Hochevar killed a lot of lineups last week with two disaster starts.

Bogfella's Notebook: Beware the Blowups

Bogfella's Notebook: Beware the Blowups

Examining Chad Billingsley's early results.

Bogfella's Notebook: April Performances

Bogfella's Notebook: April Performances

Bogfella is worried about Tommy Hanson's new delivery and the velocity that he's generating.

Bogfella's Notebook: Taking Notice

Bogfella's Notebook: Taking Notice

Tim Lincecum has started poorly - what can we learn?

Bogfella's Notebook: Early Closer Review

Bogfella's Notebook: Early Closer Review

Bogfella takes a tour of the bullpens.

Bogfella's Notebook: What the Formulas Won't Tell You

Bogfella's Notebook: What the Formulas Won't Tell You

James Shields' mechanical adjustments made a huge difference last season.

Bogfella's Notebook: Spring Training Eye-Openers

Bogfella's Notebook: Spring Training Eye-Openers

Bogfella is skeptical about Francisco Liriano's spring training rebirth.

Bogfella's Notebook: Bogfella's $1 Pitching Staff

Bogfella's Notebook: Bogfella's $1 Pitching Staff

Are you looking to compose a staff chock-full of $1 pitchers? Bogfella has some names in mind for you.

Mound Musings: Giving Pitchers the Eye Test

Mound Musings: Giving Pitchers the Eye Test

Bogfella's Notebook: Eight NL West Arms to Watch

Bogfella's Notebook: Eight NL West Arms to Watch

Is Clayton Kershaw undervalued?

Bogfella's Notebook: Eight AL West Arms to Watch

Bogfella's Notebook: Eight AL West Arms to Watch

Bogfella's Notebook: Eight NL Central Arms to Watch

Bogfella's Notebook: Eight NL Central Arms to Watch

Even in seasons where he wasn't returning from injury, Adam Wainwright has been consistently undervalued.

Bogfella's Notebook: Eight AL Central Arms to Watch

Bogfella's Notebook: Eight AL Central Arms to Watch

Chris Sale has caught the Bogfella's eye.

Bogfella's Notebook: Eight NL East Arms To Watch

Bogfella's Notebook: Eight NL East Arms To Watch

Bogfella's Notebook: Eight AL East Arms To Watch

Bogfella's Notebook: Eight AL East Arms To Watch

Clay Buchholz is on Bogfella's radar this draft season.

Bogfella's Notebook: End Game Odyssey

Bogfella's Notebook: End Game Odyssey

Bogfella's Notebook: Bridging the Gap

Bogfella's Notebook: Bridging the Gap

It's hard for any team to measure the Phillies' depth in starting pitching, given that Cole Hamels (pictured), Roy Oswalt and Vance Worley are their third, fourth and fifth starters.

Bogfella's Notebook: Value Reflections

Bogfella's Notebook: Value Reflections

Ian Kennedy is a pitcher whose value spiked in 2011.

Bogfella's Notebook: Pitchers on the Do Not Draft List

Bogfella's Notebook: Pitchers on the Do Not Draft List

Bogfella's pitchers-to-avoid list.

Bogfella's Notebook: The Bogfella Watchlist

Bogfella's Notebook: The Bogfella Watchlist

Kids on Parade

Bogfella's Notebook: Pitchers of Note in 2011

Bogfella's Notebook: Pitchers of Note in 2011

Justin Verlander is the easy choice for most valuable AL pitcher. Who is Bogfellla's surprise pick for the NL?

Bogfella's Notebook: Top Arms for 2012

Bogfella's Notebook: Top Arms for 2012

In this week's column, Brad shares what he looks for in an ace and sets the table for 2012.

Bogfella's Notebook: Pitching in Keeper Leagues

Bogfella's Notebook: Pitching in Keeper Leagues

Stephen Strasburg is working his way back to the major leagues from Tommy John surgery.

Bogfella's Notebook: The Dynamics of Closing

Bogfella's Notebook: The Dynamics of Closing

What does Bogfella look for in a closer?

Bogfella's Notebook: Let's Make a Deal!

Bogfella's Notebook: Let's Make a Deal!

Beyond the movement of big names, sellers have to replace the pitchers they unloaded at the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

Mound Musings: Trade Deadline Fallout

Mound Musings: Trade Deadline Fallout

Ubaldo Jimenez is among a number of pitchers whose trade deadline status will impact fantasy rotations and bullpens.

Bogfella's Notebook: Twelve Second Half Slippers

Bogfella's Notebook: Twelve Second Half Slippers

Jeff Karstens tops Bogfella's list of pitchers who could fall off over the second half.

Bogfella's Notebook: Twelve Arms For the Second Half

Bogfella's Notebook: Twelve Arms For the Second Half

Derek Holland is a feast-or-famine pitcher currently on a roll.

Mound Musings: Scouting Japanese Pitchers

Mound Musings: Scouting Japanese Pitchers

Bogfella's Notebook: Fireballers At the Futures Game

Bogfella's Notebook: Fireballers At the Futures Game

Bogfella reviews some of the standout pitchers from the Futures Game.

FAAB Factor - AL: Fishing For Trout

FAAB Factor - AL: Fishing For Trout

Mike Trout surprisingly got the call by the Angels this week. How much should you bid?

Bogfella's Notebook: The Pitch Count Dilemma

Bogfella's Notebook: The Pitch Count Dilemma

Is the focus on limiting pitcher workloads making a difference?

Bogfella's Notebook: Adjust, Adjust, Then Adjust Again

Bogfella's Notebook: Adjust, Adjust, Then Adjust Again

Chris Carpenter has had to adjust his repertoire of pitches this season.

Bogfella's Notebook: The Double-A Report Card

Bogfella's Notebook: The Double-A Report Card

Dillon Gee goes under the Bogfella's microscope.

Bogfella's Notebook: Potential

Bogfella's Notebook: Potential

Bogfella's Notebook: The Organizational Context

Bogfella's Notebook: The Organizational Context

Luke Hochevar alternately tempts then frustrates his fantasy owners.

Bogfella's Notebook: Recognizing the Ticking Time Bomb

Bogfella's Notebook: Recognizing the Ticking Time Bomb

How to identify when a pitcher is about to go on a bad stretch.

Bogfella's Notebook: It's the Little Things

Bogfella's Notebook: It's the Little Things

Minor mechanical adjustments have yielded great results for James Shields this year.

Bogfella's Notebook: Seeing is Believing

Bogfella's Notebook: Seeing is Believing

The benefits to seeing your guy pitch.

Bogfella's Notebook: Power vs. Finesse

Bogfella's Notebook: Power vs. Finesse

Bogfella discusses the nuances in finding power pitchers for your fantasy staffs, and talks about the mess that is Francisco Liriano right now.

Bogfella's Notebook: Like Fine Wine ... Better With Age?

Bogfella's Notebook: Like Fine Wine ... Better With Age?

Bogfella discusses age-and-level when scouting pitching prospects, and talks about Mat Latos' early-season struggles.

Bogfella's Notebook: Which Pitch Can Make You Rich?

Bogfella's Notebook: Which Pitch Can Make You Rich?

Breaking down the various pitches in a hurler's arsenal.

Bogfella's Notebook: It's Not All Hit or Miss

Bogfella's Notebook: It's Not All Hit or Miss

You can learn a lot about a pitcher from the batters, including by the type of foul balls they hit.

Bogfella's Notebook: Go to the WHIP!

Bogfella's Notebook: Go to the WHIP!

Why you should target low-WHIP pitchers, all things being equal.

Bogfella Scouting Notebook: Opportunity Knocks

Bogfella Scouting Notebook: Opportunity Knocks

Bogfella Scouting Notebook: Role Playing

Bogfella Scouting Notebook: Role Playing