5 March 2011
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Freddie Freeman (Icon SMI)
10. Freddie Freeman, Atl, 1b – Fast Freddie Freeman is a misnomer; he isn’t very fast (but how can you resist the moniker? It just flows so well). Freddie, however, makes up for his lack of speed with the ability to hit for power and average. If he translates his 2010 triple A line of 73/18/88/.319 to the majors, he’s a cheap Billy Butler at the end of your draft. He didn’t exactly impress during his 24 PA debut with the varsity team, striking out a third of the time and hitting .167, but again, it was only 24 appearances. With no Derrek Lee around, Freeman has the starting first base gig all to himself. He plays a loaded position, but if Mr. Freeman gives you 20 hr 95 rbis and hits .295 – not completely out of the realm of possibility – you will be happy you didn’t select Chubbs Butler way earlier.
19 February 2011
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8 home runs in a month? Coming right up (AP Photo/John Dunn)
Every year, highly regarded prospects with little to no previous MLB exposure are hyped as possible fantasy studs for the upcoming season. It may not surprise anyone that, for the most part, first year players struggle to live up to expectations for a myriad of reasons: injury, lack of roster space/position blocking, regression at the high A level, financial reasons (read: arbitration eligibility deferral). But this doesn’t stop us in the fantasy world from dreaming that we will draft the next Jason Heyward or Ryan Braun or pick up the next Mike Stanton, Kevin Maas or Shane Spencer off of waivers (Yes, I am a Yankee fan; I am enlightened) – and hopefully avoid the next Alex Gordon or Brandon Wood.
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