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Mark Hendrickson Baltimore Orioles
I've given him double the minimum wage and here's why.

His K/W, as we see, spiked sharply up last year. Also his K/IP, which we don't see so here it is.

.75 last year

.58 the last three years

So Mark Henderson, soft-tosser that he is, was missing bats last year with significantly more frequency than in the past. But, when the ball was put in play, it fell in for a hit with signicantly more frequency. Or at least more frequency.

Here's that data.

BIP 2007: .321

BIP the last three years: .309

As most people know, I have many bones to pick with Voros McCracken. Balls in play don't land for hits totally at random: pop-ups are just a heck of a lot easier to catch. Nevertheless, when a pitcher strikes out batters far more often in a given season, but more balls in play land for hits, you have to consider that he could have been victimized all season long by bloops that fell for hits and sharp grounders that found holes.

That, combined with a nice spring training, wants me to at least have the option to say $2 when someone else says $1.

Now, if you get Hendrickson for $2 and he earns $10, before you thank me, you can thank ads by Google. I clicked on one for something called Fantastics baseball at the bottom of the comments page -- figuring somebody better -- and in due course arrived at

http://www.insiderbaseball.com/blog/2008/02/the_luck_of_the_bounce_bhip.html#more

It's good stuff. The article itself and, from what I can see (it's a subscription site), the entire web site.

If anyone here has subscribed to insidersbaseball.com and wants to give it thumbs up or thumbs down, that's one of the purposes of this site.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 14 '08
Billy Butler Oakland Athletics
Sleeper! Jeebus, people don't know Butler should be forced to use crayons when they draft. His only issue is position but the kid will mash.
Mark Bond booond
Mar 14 '08
Johnny Cueto San Francisco Giants
Mike, I see, has already given Cueto a hefty salary. I'm leaving him an R1, because now that the bids add up (in the software) it's much harder to find the money. I'll do it when I have to.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 14 '08
Manny Parra Chicago Cubs
He's still an R1 in the software. But serious money will have to be found for him if he goes north with the Crew.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 14 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
I've just raised my bid ($9) to match what it is in the software. And in the text files. And in the Excel files. To get the very latest bids from PK, MF and AP, click on Old Timey on the comments page.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 14 '08
Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers
How many homers did Ruth hit as a pitcher in 1919?
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 14 '08
Billy Butler Oakland Athletics
He's one of Aaron Gleeman's sleepers in his most recent Rotoworld column. Sign me up for one of those leagues where Billy Butler's a sleeper!
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 14 '08
Carlos Ruiz Seattle Mariners
Have him at $3 if I want him but probably won't have room (have better keepers)....will make me sad to throw him back as I think he is a nice safe investment and a great bet for a small profit.
paul schneider badgermania
Mar 14 '08
Mike Mussina New York Yankees
I want to see Tom Selleck take some cuts for the Tigers in his old Magnum P.I. get-up.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 14 '08
Hit his 3rd HR in the last two games today.

Making a case to start the season as the CF if he keeps this up.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Mar 14 '08
Mike Mussina New York Yankees
5 perfect innings today vs. the Pirates (no, Michael Keaton was not in the line-up today for the Bucs).

He kept the ball away and threw his curveball for strikes for a second strait start.

That being said, the radar gun never even got warm today. If the Yankees could get a 2004 or 2005 season out of him, they would be ecstatic.

Anything over $5 would have me looking elsewhere.


Keith Cromer Slyke
Mar 14 '08
Adam Lind New York Yankees
As expected, was optioned to AAA today.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Mar 14 '08
Mark Hendrickson Baltimore Orioles
Another solid outing today allowing one run on three hits over five innings, and struck out six.

The 5th starter for the Marlins.

Probably a reserve pick at best.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Mar 14 '08
Michael Bourn Chicago White Sox
Stole his 6th base today.

Possibly a Juan Pierre type year minus about 20 points in BA.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Mar 14 '08
Eric Hinske Arizona Diamondbacks
The kind of guy I'd pay $1 for and hope for $6-8 worth of production. Nothing more.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 14 '08
Dustin McGowan Philadelphia Phillies
got to love an extreme groundball pitcher in the AL. the very definition of "post-hype."
Kris Kay BigTrain
Mar 14 '08
John Lackey Chicago Cubs
is there a better defensive OF out there? Aybar could help out too if he lands the full-time gig.
Kris Kay BigTrain
Mar 14 '08
Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers
Still on fire, going 3 for 3 today. Up to .577 this spring.

If he keeps this up, I can see him going for $25 - $28 in my league.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Mar 14 '08
revamped bully will bump his win total. will wager 18 but this could be the year he wins 20.
Kris Kay BigTrain
Mar 14 '08
if the change comes around, watch out!
Kris Kay BigTrain
Mar 14 '08

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