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As the season draws to a close, I take time to answer questions from readers to show them my appreciation for following my work.


1. Greg from Ontario asks, “What do we make of Kris Medlen? Is he keeper worthy and which pitcher would you compare him to?”


Medlen is a very interesting pitcher, because he only pitched over 100 innings twice in his career. He had 107 innings pitched in 2010 and has reached 104 innings in the 2012 season. I think the Braves always thought of Medlen as a guy who could either pitch out of the bullpen or start if needed. The Braves have to be thrilled that a guy with a career ERA of an even 3, is putting up a phenomenal 1.56 ERA, but I’m sure they know there’s room for regression on Medlen’s part.


GB%: 52.8 %
K/9: 7.44
BB/9: 1.56
HR/9: 0.17
BABIP: .280
FIP: 2.22


As you can see by the numbers above, Medlen has everything going right now and looks like he’ll be in the Braves rotation for the foreseeable future. Medlen reminds me of Kyle Lohse, a guy that will need to hit his spots to be effective.


However, he clearly hasn’t faced the strongest opponents in all of his starts. Lets face it, when you pitch against the Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres (twice) and Colorado Rockies you’re going to put up good stats. Medlen also took on the Washington Nationals and pitched seven effective innings against them.


In short, the answer is he’s pretty solid and definitely keeper worthy in deep leagues, but you can’t expect these numbers to last.


Thanks for the question.


2. James from Ridgeway, Ontario asks, “As of right now, with two thirds of the season being over, who do you see as the top ten pitchers and top ten hitters next year?”


I recently wrote an article on my personal top ten starting pitchers, which you can see by clicking here.


As for my top ten hitters, should be pretty self-explanatory.


Miguel Cabrera
Joey Votto
Ryan Braun
Andrew McCutchen
Matt Kemp
Troy Tulowitzki
Jose Bautista
Josh Hamilton
Mike Trout
Prince Fielder


Edwin Encarnacion and Albert Pujols just miss the top ten, but I expect big things from both of them going forward.


Thanks for the question.

3. Stu from England asks, “I own Todd Frazier in two dynasty leagues and he’s a very intriguing player to me. He has shown that when given playing time, he can hit for a pretty solid average and has 24 HR and 77 RBI in only 455 career at bats. Going into 2013, do you see him being an everyday player for the Reds or will Dusty Baker deploy him in a utility or bench role?”


This is a tough one, but I really do believe that Frazier is going to be a fixture in the Reds lineup going forward. Scott Rolen is aging fast and has nothing to offer except occasional power and tremendous fielding ability. Frazier is a player, who has developed slowly, but he’s heading right for his prime and he’s a really good hitter.


Providing he starts for the Reds, I can definitely see Frazier putting up 20-25 home runs along with 80-85 RBI.


Thanks for the question.


4. Tyler from Maine asks, “Which Arizona starter is the most appealing to you for next season? Tyler Skaggs, Trevor Bauer or Patrick Corbin?”


At the beginning of the season, I would’ve said Bauer for sure. Now, I’m going with Skaggs, who’s clearly more polished at this point in time than the other young Arizona arms.


Bauer still has the best upside of the three, but there were reports that he wasn’t listening to his catcher and throwing his own pitches while in the major leagues. That’s concerning to me, especially when you have a veteran like Miguel Montero calling the game. I understand young pitchers can be cocky, but that’s unacceptable and Bauer needs to mature before he’ll start posting great numbers.


Thanks for the question.


5. Bryce from Calgary asks, "I'm looking for some advice on this team, who would you keep and are their any prospects worth looking at?"


Head-to-head keeper league, stats are: R, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, OPS, W, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, QS.


Looking at your roster below, I see a team that has a pretty solid group of hitters, but really needs more pitching in order to compete in such a deep league.


The thirteen players I would keep are Perez, Hardy, Trout, Heyward, Bautista, Napoli, Profar, Myers, Lynn, Capuano, Miller and Bundy. 
I’d be dangling everyone except Bautista, Heyward and Trout, ask around in your league and see what you can get for guys like Weeks, Brantley, Markis, Napoli and all the others.


C- Salvador Perez (KC)
1B- Chris Davis (BAL)
2B- Rickie Weeks (MIL)
3B- Luis Cruz (LAD)
SS- J.J. Hardy (BAL)
LF- Mike Trout (LAA)
CF- Michael Brantley (CLE)
RF- Jason Heyward (ATL)
UTIL- Nick Markakis (BAL)
UTIL- Cameron Maybin (SD)
BN- Mike Olt (TEX)
BN- Avisail Garcia (DET)
BN- Jurickson Profar (TEX)
BN- Omar Infante (DET)
BN- Zack Cozart (CIN)
BN- Will Myers (KC)
DL- Jose Bautista (TOR)
DL- Mike Napoli (TEX)
SP- Lance Lynn (STL)
SP- Chris Capuano (LAD)
SP- Mike Leake (CIN)
RP- Johnny Venters (ATL)
RP- John Axford (MIL)
RP- Shelby Miller (STL)
P- Miguel Gonzalez (BAL)
P- Darren Oliver (TOR)
P- Casey Kelly (SD)
P- Santiago Casilla (SF)
BN- Aaron Harang (LAD)
BN- Justin Masterson (CLE)
BN- Dylan Bundy (BAL)
BN- Chris Tillman (BAL)
DL- Johan Santana (NYM)


Good luck and thanks for the question.


6. Gabe from Toronto asks, “How do you explain the Red Sox abysmal season?”


Before the season began, I was worried about the Red Sox and I didn’t think the team was nearly as strong as they were hyped to be. The pitching rotation was incredibly weak and it did not seem like they were a very close team. I was worried about improving teams like the Blue Jays, Orioles and A’s. Sure enough, the Red Sox sit in the basement of the American League East and have decided they need to completely rebuild the team.


Since they’re the Red Sox, they’ll have lots of money to throw around and I can never see this team as a bottom feeder. Josh Beckett was a problem and he’s now with the Dodgers, along with Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. When I saw that trade I was stunned, but stunned because the Dodgers took on a boatload of salary. You allow a big market team to take that much money off the books, that means they certainly could be players in the free agent and trade market during the off-season.


Its not all bad either, Allen Webster is an unheralded young pitching prospect, who has drawn rave reviews from Houston Astros pro scouting coordinator Kevin Goldstein, who used to work for Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. The Red Sox also got a young fireballer in Rubby De La Rosa, as well as James Loney and Jerry Sands in the trade.


I look forward to a full season of Will Middlebrooks, who could make a big impact if he can stay healthy and better things from the Red Sox for years to come. Not to mention top prospects Matt Barnes, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley.


Thanks for the question.


7. Dustin from Calgary asks, “Is Brandon Morrow a true number one pitcher and what can we expect from Alex Rodriguez next year?”


Brandon Morrow is the ace for the Blue Jays, there’s no question about that. Something Jays fans probably don’t realize is Morrow has made huge strides after coming up a fireballer with the Seattle Mariners. He used to just throw hard and his command was not great, but now he’s a completely different pitcher. His transition is similar to Brandon McCarthy, who completely remade himself as a starting pitcher after coming over to Oakland.


Now, he’s a pitcher who knows how to utilize all of his pitches and his command has improved immensely over the past few years.


As for Rodriguez, I think the Yankees would realistically be happy with 20-25 home runs and 70-80 RBI. Anything else is just gravy, as A-Rod continues to get up there in the age category (37). He’ll always be overrated in fantasy circles, so my advice is to target another third baseman in your drafts next year.


Thanks for the question.


Mac can be found on the forums as dmvincent, and you can also follow him on twitter @MacVincent1.


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