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“Wizard of Goz” HI/LO Week #1- Surplus in San Diego

Playing the Hi/Lo game is all about preying on emotion. It can be played two ways, you can peddle a hot player who sooner or later will return to earth OR you can target a player struggling or hurt, in hopes of a turnaround. The key to the bamboozle is timing. On Tuesday, in the late afternoon I wrote the article you will see below. Unfortunately, that night the slumbering bat of Hunter Renfroe came alive and would have foiled the whole scam. Nonetheless, read below the genesis of what could have been.

It all starts with an overcrowded and very talented outfield- SEE TABLE BELOW

Player (age) origin GP HR RBI OPS Also of note


1st round pick


117 26 68 .763 Torrid 2nd half

Clocked 19 HRS



D.R signee 40 7 19 .691 Power/ speed




D.R signee 87 16 31 .838 Imposing at 6’5” and 275 lb

legendary exit velocities



D.R signee 141 8 51 .675 Speedy guy


2nd round pick


11 39 .763 Hurt



Myers lineup spot is safe due to his salary ($5.5 million), overall resume and the fact that he can be moved to 1B or 3B in a pinch. By far, he is the worst defender of this bunch. That leaves four guys, all making chicken feed by MLB standards (<$600,000), for two spots. Cordero is the only lefthanded bat which will assure him of P.T at times. Margot is a prototypical lead off speedster with occasional power. That leaves the lumberjacks, Reyes and Renfroe. Spring Training stats revealed all looked good except H.R.

As an owner of Renfroe on three (of six) teams I am doing a slow burn at the moment (after five games and one appearance!) and at the same time wondering did I not look at the Padres roster? I have to believe that plenty of teams in MLB are goo goo eyed looking at this wealth of talent. Perhaps a guy or two will be sent to the minors or maybe traded, but whom?

Maybe, no one not named Myers will really be an important factor this season, but maybe not. The excitement in San Diego is real and if the young pups can hang with the big dogs this will be really interesting. As far as HI/LO you could get out a Ouija Board and hope, or scrounge through the league rosters and find the confounded owner of Hunter Renfroe and cook up a multi-player deal with him as a spare part.

Every owner has their own panic level. For the shrewd owners, it takes at least a month of ineptitude before considering massive changes. But for others it can be a lot quicker. Regardless if you’re seeking a “bust”or peddling a “boomer” there is a very basic process. First and foremost, offer a trade that WILL BENEFIT THE OTHER TEAM (example: if a team has a 6.34 ERA, they’ll be looking for starters!). Secondly, try to make at least a two for two trade. This will lessen the what does he know that I don’t suspicion. Thirdly, don’t ever be a jerk and brag about it if you get over.

Playing the Hi/Lo can be risky business, sometimes the guy you think is unconscious will go on to have a banner year. Sometimes the guy you trade for that sucks never pulls out of it, or comes back from injury and never regains form. CRAP HAPPENS. The bottom line: Use Hi/Lo as just another tool along with waiver wire pickups and regular type swaps based on need in search of fantasy glory. 

Next week we’ll visit a few players to target either sucking wind or off to surprising starts.



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Our guest this week is Brandon Ziman. Brandon is the newest baseball writer to join the crew in 2019. His articles publish every Thursday and covers the minor leaguers.

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