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At no point in the season do 50 at-bats or 18 innings mean more than they do right now. A guy goes out and hits .222 in spring and people drop that player 14 spots in their rankings. Another player hits .386 and guess what, he's now a potential breakout star in fantasy baseball. I always caution people not to read too much into small sample sizes, and I also tell people not to put an overabundance of value into spring stats. Maybe a batter faced a lot of Double and Triple-A pitchers and he hit .480 off them. Maybe he hit only .190 against big league arms. You see him hitting .320 and think he's had a great spring. Is that really accurate? Maybe a pitcher, unconcerned with the results, went out and threw his curve ball 40 percent of the time and got hammered because he was working on honing a new grip with the pitch. Does he all of a sudden stink? The bottom line is that spring numbers don't always tell the whole story. I'll touch on a few players though that really stood out this spring and give you my thoughts on what some reasonable expectations should be for the players in 2013.
Injuries are coming hot and heavy, but our focus switches to the on field performances of the night in Major League Baseball. Our top story is one of fantasy baseball's favorite younger brothers shows us exactly what he is capable of, one of my favorite rookies is on a power surge, and a pitching coach affects fantasy baseball yet again. We talk about two players that have had career nights that you completely can't count on, as well as one pitcher that I am liking more and more as he puts it togther in the last six weeks of the year. Finally there is some injury news as well as a prospect who you need to know just in case he continues to shine. There aren't too many days left in the baseball season which means that now more than ever you need Rounding The Bases.
It is the start of Week 13 in the fantasy baseball season and we are now just a couple of weeks away from the All-Star Break and it is time for you to really figure your place in your leagues. It is never too late to make a move unless you have say 28 points in a roto league. Perhaps the best prospect left in the minor leagues got the call today and a couple of Cubs made like it was 1999 today. I will give you a player coming off of the Disabled List that could help your team if he was dropped, and a pitcher that you might like that you shouldn't. It is just a typical Monday in the world of fantasy baseball so enjoy Rounding The Bases.