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Posts tagged ‘Corey Hart’

Welcome to December, Goodbye Free Agents!

Okay, so it’s tough to actually draw a line and say, “from now on, we’re talking about 2009” during the offseason, since we have free agents, WBRL free agents, arb-eligibles, and protected lists all happening at various times.  For the purposes of atomicroadrunners.com, we’ll use December 1st.

While I’ll be posting individual wrap ups for each player later this offseason, as of December first, the Current Roster has been updated, and the following players are no longer active Atomic Roadrunners:

WBRL Contracts Expired:

  • P Brandon Webb
  • P John Maine
  • 1B Prince Fielder
  • SS Jose Reyes
  • OF Shane Victorino
  • OF Corey Hart
  • OF Lastings Milledge

Traded to an AL Team in 2008:

  • 1B Mark Teixeira

Traded from an AL Team in 2008:

  • 3B Casey Blake
  • OF Brandon Moss
  • P Joe Blanton

Signed after the August 19, 2008 protection deadline:

  • C Pablo Sandoval
  • P Luis Ayala
  • P Jason Motte

RotoProfessor Analyzes Corey Hart

Brewers OF Corey Hart put up solid numbers again this season, but his late-summer swoon really took the shine off another 20/20 season. Hart would have saved everyone some trouble if he had been on the DL in September, as he certainly didn’t help the Brewers’ playoff push. RotoProfessor has a breakdown of Hart:

The Milwaukee Brewers have a ton of offense, with much of the attention rightfully going to Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun. They have another key player in Corey Hart who deserves a ton of respect, though rarely is it thrown his way. Let’s take a look at the numbers he posted last season:

612 AB
.268 AVG (155 H)
20 HR
91 RBI
76 R
23 SB
.298 BABIP
.300 OBP
.459 SLG

Those numbers were down from what he posted in 2007, but it was his second consecutive 20/20 campaign, having hit 24 HR and stolen 23 bases the prior season. That is the type of OF’er that fantasy owners should be looking for as a #2 or 3, because he has the potential to help you across the board.

Yes, his 2008 average was down a little bit, but that could be credited to an awful close to the season. In 98 AB’s in September, Hart managed to hit just .173, a number that certainly dragged down his overall performance. Prior to the All-Star Break he was hitting .289, showing how productive he could be.

He also failed to hit a HR in September, meaning that it was a completely lost month. In 2007 he hit .330 with 6 HR over the final month of the season, so it certainly isn’t a trend for him to fold down the stretch. I would expect him to hit for a little bit more power over the course of the full season, assuming he doesn’t have another outage.

I know with his speed you’d like to see him score a few more runs, but he hits primarily fifth, behind Braun and Fielder. That gives him plenty of chances to drive in runs (which he did), but it is going to limit his potential to score them. The mid-80’s may be his limit, unless the Brewers really add a ton of offensive talent behind him.

He’ll also turn that magical age of 27, a season in which a lot of people look for players to have huge offensive breakouts. Obviously it’s no guarantee, but it is definitely something worth considering.

Let’s take a look at what I would expect from him in ‘09:

.288 (168-584), 28 HR, 93 RBI, 82 R, 23 SB, .308 BABIP, .332 OBP, .526 SLG

Basically, what I’m projecting is more of the same from Hart, with an improved batting average and power stroke. Given the collapse of last season, I don’t think this is unreasonable at all. So, if owners in your league opt to ignore him, given his overall numbers last season, do not hesitate to snatch him up. He’s a great option in all formats, and one cold stretch shouldn’t change that at all.

There was a time that he would have been put in the conversation when people were debating over Alex Rios, Curtis Granderson and Nick Markakis. Things have changed after he folded last season, and now he can be had rounds later (possibly as many as 3). That certainly makes him a great value pick, since he has the talent and potential to outperform the others in ‘09. Considering where he’s getting drafted he’s not a breakout player, but he certainly has a chance to outperform all projections.

Jones Finishes Sixth in Internet Baseball Awards MVP Race

Baseball Prospectus recently released the results of the 17th Annual Internet Baseball Awards, and Chipper Jones finished sixth in the balloting for National League MVP. 2008 IBA Cy Young Tim Lincecum placed ninth overall. Below are the results:


Rnk Name                   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10       B       P
  1. Albert Pujols       1233   97   38   17    5    7    4    2    2    1    1406   18650
  2. Hanley Ramirez        26  454  191  164  105   76   46   38   14   15    1129    8477
  3. Lance Berkman         14  223  195  167  159   89   74   46   31   26    1024    6853
  4. Chase Utley           21  105  196  155  149  101   85   54   45   16     927    5899
  5. David Wright          10   93  163  152  171  118  104   63   50   28     952    5694
  6. Chipper Jones         14   70  131  128  133  115   81   68   47   28     815    4793
  7. Ryan Howard           53  116   75   80   64   44   38   28   35   24     557    3880
  8. Manny Ramirez         32   63   72   65   79   50   40   42   49   51     543    3205
  9. Tim Lincecum           5   33   61   77   94   61   70   50   44   22     517    2803
 10. Ryan Braun             7   49   61   94   55   53   56   44   37   22     478    2732
 
 12. Jose Reyes             3   12   35   38   63   68   59   72   58   45     453    2027
 23. Prince Fielder         0    1    5    7    9    9   10    7    4    2      54     268
 24. Brandon Webb           0    1    2    4    6    5    7    8    8    6      47     188
 39. Mark Teixeira          0    0    0    3    1    1    0    0    1    1       7      35
 42. Shane Victorino        0    1    0    1    0    3    0    0    1    0       6      33
 62. Brandon Phillips       0    0    0    0    0    1    1    0    1    2       5      13
 74. Corey Hart             0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    1    0       2       8
 88. Chris Iannetta         0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0       1       5
 95. Brandon Lyon           0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0       1       4
104. Ryan Theriot           0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1       1       1

It seems that I may have placed the vote for Theriot . . .

Hart’s Season: A Series of Down Endings – But Still 20/20

Brewers OF Corey Hart went 0-for-4 Saturday against the Cubs, lowering his second-half batting average to .242. He also has just five home runs since the All-Star break. Despite his second-half struggles, Hart has put together his second straight 20-20 season. He probably still has some upside in the power department, but think of him as just a No. 2 or 3 Fantasy OF entering 2009. (CBS Sports)

Final Week 2008 – Diminished Capacity

The Roadrunners are dealing with quite a few injuries as the season winds down, and these are affecting my stats over the final week:

Catcher: Both Chris Iannetta and Pablo Sandoval are day-to-day after weekend injuries.  Sandoval had a strained quad, while Iannetta was pulled from Sunday’s game with severe leg cramping, which isn’t good for a catcher.  Both are day-to-day over the final week.

Infield: Brandon Phillips is on the 60-Day DL due to a broken finger from two weeks ago.  Ryan Theriot‘s Cubs have already clinched, and he and other regulars are being rested over the final week in preparation for the post-season.  Chipper Jones‘ latest injury is shoulder inflammation, which has limited him to pinch-hitting appearances since last Friday.  Depending on the pitching matchup, he may sit occasionally.  Even September call-up Mat Gamel admitted he was injured, and he was shut down with a sore elbow, though this is likely what caused his poor second half.

Outfield: Remember when the Roadrunners had ridiculous depth of somewhat-decent outfielders?  Well, no more.  Corey Hart is slumping badly, though at least the Brewers are striving for the wild card – they’ll trot him out there each day.  Brandon Moss just learned that he has some bad knee cartilage, and he has been shut down, and may require surgery that’ll have him miss part of Spring Training.  Ten days ago Chris Dickerson hurt his foot, and he had been hobbled.  Finally an MRI detected a hairline fracture in his heel, so he’s shut down as well.  Jody Gerut has only one start since August 27th due to a strained finger tendon, making it impossible for him to hold a bat – though he has been a pinch runner.  Gregor Blanco has been sitting of late as the Braves try to figure out which of their young outfielders will be in their plans for next season.  Blanco should be safe, but he’ll be no more than a No. 4 OF.

Pitching: The pitching isn’t in bad shape in this final week.  In addition to the Noah Lowry pickup (he was rehabbing while on the 60-Day DL when picked up), John Maine has basically been shut down for the season. Well, but no one told him that – there’s a chance he’ll be on the playoff roster (if the Mets win the wild card), but he has a bone spur that requires surgery.  Idiotic Giants manager Bruce Bochy has been driving Tim Lincecum into the ground, and yesterday’s start showed that he might not have anything left in the tank.  Lincecum of course leads the majors in pitcher abuse points, and I’d like to personally thank Bochy for ruining Lincecum’s career for a fourth-place 70-87 squad that’s 12 games out of first.

Roster Moves – September 23rd – Final Week

FAAB Acquisition:

  • P Jason Motte, Cardinals [$0 bid, reserve]

Up:

  • OF Corey Hart

Down:

  • OF Chris Dickerson

Cut:

  • P James Parr

Notes:

  • This is the final week of roster moves for the 2008 season.
  • The Atomic Roadrunners have had 71 different players on the roster this season.
  • Of the “original” 36 players from Draft Day, 19 remain.

Hart Notches Two Doubles in Extra Innings

Brewers OF Corey Hart doubled twice on Thursday in an extra-inning loss to the Cubs. Hart went 2-for-6 with an RBI. Hart isn’t exactly having a good run at the plate right now, but he still has too much potential to bench in Fantasy. Stick with Hart through thick and thin. (CBS Sports)

Hart Still Not So Great, Even with 2 RBI

Milwaukee OF Corey Hart only managed one hit in the Brewers win over the Cubs on Wednesday, but it was a big one. Hart went 1-for-5 and singled home two runs for his 85th RBI on the year. He’s batting .274. Hart isn’t exactly having a good run at the plate right now, but he still has too much potential to bench in Fantasy. Stick with Hart through thick and thin. (CBS Sports)

Roster Moves – September 16th

FAAB Acquisition:

  • P James Parr, Braves [$0 bid, reserve]

Up:

  • OF Chris Dickerson
  • SS Ryan Theriot
  • P Mike Gonzalez

Down:

  • OF Corey Hart
  • 2B Brandon Phillips
  • P Brandon Lyon

Cut:

  • P Jaime Garcia

Notes:

  • MI Blake DeWitt moves from MI to 2B, and Theriot is activated at MI
  • Stanimals acquired former Roadrunner C Carlos Ruiz in an attempt to bolster his lineup.  Stanimals and Goodfellas are tied for fourth place.

Hart Disappoints Batting Leadoff in Doubleheader

Corey Hart went a combined 1-for-8 while leading off in both games of Sunday’s doubleheader. Hart was in a 1-for-21 slump, so manager Ned Yost’s response was to see just how many more outs he could make if he got an extra at-bat per game. Hart’s OBP stands at .312 for the season. (Rotoworld)