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Andre Ethier kept his hit-streak alive with a weak infield blooper to the left side.28 and counting!
Anyway, here’s what else I saw:
Alex Avila – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Hey, Brian told you he had power last weekend!
David Ortiz – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…He’s batting .277 now. Surprised me too!
Jacoby Ellsbury – 2/4, 3 R, 2 SB…Good one, Mike. Sure Brett Gardner will put up equal stats…
Paul Konerko – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…Drop-off from last year? I think not! 8 HR and 24 RBI while hitting .302. Nice!
Alex Rios – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…Box Score filler-upper!
Ryan Braun or Carlos Gonzalez at #1? That was the debate, though one guy even ranked Carl Crawford as his #1. Madness!
And…Ryan Braun takes home our #1 OF ranking, but it was close. You could definitely make an argument for either, but the composite sided with the guy who has done it more than once before. You’ll notice our individual rankings are all over the place, showcasing our different views. When compiled, it’s a pretty safe list with hidden gems when compared to the latest ADP data. There is lots and lots of value late in the draft, so if you miss out on top-tier guys while stockpiling other positions you can always get a proven vet in the 30s and 40s.
Onto the Rankings…
|1||Ryan Braun – MIL||1||2||2||1||1||1.4|
|2||Carlos Gonzalez – COL||2||3||1||2||2||2|
|3||Carl Crawford – BOS||3||1||3||4||3||2.8|
|4||Josh Hamilton – TEX||5||5||4||5||4||4.6|
|5||Matt Holliday – STL||4||6||5||3||5||4.6|
|6||Shin-Soo Choo – CLE||6||10||6||6||8||7.2|
|7||Matt Kemp – LAD||7||4||7||18||6||8.4|
|8||Nelson Cruz – TEX||22||9||9||7||7||10.8|
|9||Andrew McCutchen – PIT||9||11||8||14||12||10.8|
|10||Hunter Pence – HOU||13||12||13||11||9||11.6|
|11||Jason Heyward – ATL||10||13||15||9||11||11.6|
|12||Andre Ethier – LAD||15||14||12||12||16||13.8|
|13||Justin Upton – ARI||8||8||11||32||10||13.8|
|14||Jose Bautista – TOR||17||22||10||10||13||14.4|
|15||Jacoby Ellsbury – BOS||19||7||18||26||15||17|
|16||Alex Rios – CHW||20||17||16||13||23||17.8|
|17||Ichiro Suzuki – SEA||12||41||14||8||14||17.8|
|18||Jayson Werth – WAS||11||15||27||19||17||17.8|
|19||Jay Bruce – CIN||14||16||19||34||18||20.2|
|20||Corey Hart – MIL||16||31||20||29||26||24.4|
|21||Shane Victorino – PHI||28||25||21||35||20||25.8|
|22||Aubrey Huff – SF||25||26||25||15||39||26|
|23||Delmon Young – MIN||21||18||28||42||24||26.6|
|24||Drew Stubbs – CIN||23||21||30||41||19||26.8|
|25||Nick Markakis – BAL||18||24||36||25||31||26.8|
|26||Mike Stanton – FLA||24||37||31||28||21||28.2|
|27||Chris Young – ARI||33||27||22||39||25||29.2|
|28||Torii Hunter – LAA||30||30||41||17||37||31|
|29||Nick Swisher – NYY||45||29||33||23||29||31.8|
|30||Martin Prado – ATL||26||28||32||52||22||32|
|31||Juan Pierre – CHW||36||32||39||21||34||32.4|
|32||Curtis Granderson – NYY||32||40||23||36||33||32.8|
|33||Brett Gardner – NYY||27||20||40||38||44||33.8|
|34||B.J. Upton – TB||41||38||17||58||27||36.2|
|35||Colby Rasmus – STL||40||23||29||–||28||36.2|
|36||Carlos Lee – HOU||50||43||24||27||40||36.8|
|37||Bobby Abreu – LAA||42||46||34||22||42||37.2|
|38||Vernon Wells – LAA||35||58||43||20||36||38.4|
|39||Adam Jones – BAL||37||33||46||40||38||38.8|
|40||Angel Pagan – NYM||34||36||45||45||46||41.2|
|41||Jason Bay – NYM||31||56||35||51||35||41.6|
|42||Jose Tabata – PIT||47||19||48||46||56||43.2|
|43||Ben Zobrist – TB||–||52||50||16||41||44|
|44||Grady Sizemore – CLE||39||42||51||–||32||45|
|45||Michael Cuddyer – MIN||53||47||53||24||51||45.6|
|46||Carlos Beltran – NYM||38||35||56||57||47||46.6|
|47||Luke Scott – BAL||60||57||26||44||48||47|
|48||Ryan Raburn – DET||29||48||37||–||–||47.2|
|49||Magglio Ordonez – DET||–||45||44||30||58||47.6|
|50||Michael Bourn – HOU||56||50||47||47||45||49|
|51||Carlos Quentin – CHW||43||–||38||–||43||49.2|
|52||Manny Ramirez – TB||48||44||42||59||57||50|
|53||Austin Jackson – DET||52||55||59||55||30||50.2|
|54||Andres Torres – SF||–||54||52||37||49||50.6|
|55||Rajai Davis – TOR||44||39||–||60||50||50.8|
|56||Denard Span – MIN||–||53||58||31||54||51.4|
|57||Coco Crisp – OAK||–||34||–||–||55||54.4|
|58||Alfonso Soriano – CHC||49||–||49||–||52||54.4|
|59||Desmond Jennings – TB||–||–||–||33||–||55.4|
|60||Ryan Ludwick – SD||51||–||55||49||–||55.4|
JUSTIN UPTON…Upton is coming off a year in which he took a considerable step backwards. Through his first 3 seasons in the big leagues he had consistently improved his statistics as his playing time increased, expect a bounce back this year. For more, continue reading (here).
JACOBY ELLSBURY… Remember this guy? He’s a season removed from stealing 70 bases, scoring 94 runs, and batting .301. Ellsbury was a wasted pick for lot of fantasy owners last year, when he missed all but 18 games, but now he’s healthy and ready to go. I’ve seen this guy ranked all over the place (including our individual rankings) but he has the potential to be a top 10 outfielder. Don’t wait too long to grab him. .295/90/7/55/60
B.J. UPTON…Even though BJ Upton hit .237 last year, he still finished the season ranked as the 29th fantasy outfielder in Yahoo. His speed is too good to repeat his .304 BABIP and his career mark is .334.The 26 year old is fully healthy so his power should be back to stay. Other than Carl Crawford, he is the best candidate to go 20/40. .259/78/20/73/45
SLEEPER: JOSE TABATA…Most forget Jose Tabata was a touted Yankee prospect, but certainly remember his estranged wife. After his June call-up, Tabata went .321/53/3/31/14 in July/August/September. Extrapolate that and he goes .321/106/6/62/28 in a season. At only 22 he has plenty of time to develop into a double-digit HR hitter and the speed is real. Currently the #51 OF off the board. I have him at #19 with a projected 2011 line of .300/90/10/60/30.
BUST: MATT KEMP…Fantasy Managers have been waiting for the great Matt Kemp break out for the past couple seasons and I’m here to say they shouldn’t hold their breath. His unsustainably high BABIP, high K% and low BB% really caught up to him in 2010. He also forgot how to steal bases being caught almost half the time. Questions about his desire and makeup all spell reasons to stay away as other managers continue to way over pay for Kemp taking him as early as #16 overall. .278/85/25/85/25
In the past three years, Jayson Werth has averaged 29 HR, 92 R, 83 RBI, 17 SB, and .279 AVG. In 2010, Jayson Werth established a career-high .352 BABIP. This number suggests luck because of his career-low line-drive rate of 17.5 percent.
Last week we looked at the September Star phenomenon and how an astute eye could have forecasted a Jose Bautista 2010 breakout. This week we take a look at our first nominee, Drew Stubbs, to determine if he’s destined for 2011 stardom.
Before we get into Stubbs’ prospects, let’s examine the last 5 years of 20-30 players:
Today’s focus: Toronto Blue Jays
First, the good news! You know how people always toss around terms like “immovable contract”. Well when you have team owners like Arte Moreno trying to make a splash, there is no such thing. This was proven beyond the shadow of a doubt when Toronto was able to unload Vernon Wells deal this offseason with a trade to the Angels. Alex Anthopolous has now catapulted to the top of my genius GM list. Between ridding the Alex Rios contract and now Wells, the Jays now have considerable financial flexibility in the future.
Other than that, I’m afraid there’s not a lot of positives. The Jays will continue to compete in a loaded American League East that’s been a 3 team race for several seasons now. They will still have their breakout star from last year in Jose Bautista, but counting on 50+ home runs again is probably a stretch.
Notable Losses Include: Vernon Wells, Shaun Marcum, Scott Downs, Brian Tallet, Kevin Gregg, John Buck and Lyle Overbay .
Notable Pick Ups: Frank Francisco, Juan Rivera, Chad Cordero, Brett Lawrie, John Rauch, Octavio Dotel, Carlos Villaneuva, Rajai Davis and Manager John Farrell
Not exactly a who’s who list in baseball on the pick up side, but some serviceable players. While the team has been able to build up the farm system and add financial flexibility, realistically they are looking at 2012 before they could truly be competitive. I see no more then a .500 team at this point.