With the MLB Draft complete, many high school and collegiate players are off to play professional baseball for the first time. However, there is one major amateur event still going on: the College World Series. Some of the top talent from this year’s draft will take part in the grand finale of the NCAA Tournament. Here are some names to look out for during this weekend’s event.
I recently had a three-day weekend at my disposal. Naturally, I used this as an opportunity to catch a minor-league ballgame. I’m currently stationed in Charleston, West Virginia, so the nearest team with home games that weekend was the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
This season, I’m trying to really expand my fantasy baseball competitive landscape. I am in a number of leagues with industry experts, and this one is no different. I jumped at the opportunity to compete against Bernie Pleskoff, founder of ClubhouseCorner.com and co-host of the Short Hops podcast with RotoWire’s own Derek Van Riper.
To be the best, you have to beat the best. That’s a major philosophy that drives what I do in life, so I thought I should also apply that to my fantasy baseball portfolio. Just before the new year turned, I joined a “Beat Todd Zola” league that slow drafted over the course of roughly two weeks. With 15 teams, 50 rounds and no trades or drops during the season, this was certainly going to be a change from other drafts I had done before.
Naturally, most people only talk about the headliners of the offseason trades (and with good reason). Giancarlo Stanton pairing up with Aaron Judge could threaten Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle for the greatest slugging duo in Yankees history. Dee Gordon adds a whole new dimension to an already potent Mariners lineup. However, the prospects who round out these deals are frequently just as intriguing. With that in mind, it’s time to investigate how the prospects traded to the Marlins in the past week will be affected by their change in scenery.
With just one weekend left in the regular season, many fantasy teams are closing in on a league championship. However, pitching options are becoming scarcer now that teams have less to play for. As such, one way to overcome this obstacle and win a championship can be to grab a pitcher off waivers and stream him to close out the season. With that in mind, here are some inexpensive pickups for the final weekend of the year.