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AL Waiver Wire Gems

J. P. Arencibia, C, Toronto Blue Jays (47% owned Yahoo, 42.3% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .216/25/12/37/0 (avg/runs/hrs/rbis/sbs)

J.P. should bash around 25 home runs before the year is out. Not many catchers can match that power production. You will take a big average hit – I think Arencibia has bottomed out though – but that is pretty standard at this traditionally thin – and even thinner this year – position. He is basically Mike Napoli with more at bats (Ron Washington seems like he has finally come around on playing Napoli every day, finally). If Naps is owned in your league, which he should be, J.P. is a decent consolation prize.

My Projection (rest of season): .235/32/13/35/1

Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox (46% Yahoo, 51.3% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .241/34/7/24/2

Becks raised his average almost 50 points last year in the 2nd half, and has shown some signs of life lately; I wouldn’t get too excited about him, but at one of the weaker positions in a line-up that is due to bust out, he should outperform the 1st half numbers pretty easily. The former #1 pick should produce solid MI stats the rest of the way.

My Projection (rest of season): .275/37/10/36/3

Rajai Davis, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (38% Yahoo, 55.2% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .243/34/1/23/24

Davis went through a brutal cold streak which dropped his average from .288 to .224, prompting me to drop him along the way.  Of course, now he has turned it back on, stealing 6 bases and raising his average 20 points in the last week. Might as well get back on the Rajai Train while he’s hot, as he can single handedly win you steals and help big time in runs any given week. But be prepared for big gaping holes of production from time to time.

My Projection (rest of season):  .260/34/3/25/25

Edwin Jackson, SP, Chicago White Sox (37% Yahoo, 30% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 4.30 ERA/1.44 WHIP/92 Ks/5-7 W/L

All Sox and Jays so far. Jackson’s numbers look horrible, but lately he has been better, even if the ERA and WHIP haven’t gone down much.  In his last four starts, he has K’ed 27 and walked just 4, while giving up a manageable 26 hits in 26.2 IP.  We all know Jackson has the talent and stuff to go on a useful fantasy run for you, and now might be a good time to test him out, as his xFIP is 1 run lower than his ERA and he has been pretty unlucky, dealing with a .341 BABIP.  I’d be worried about using him against Detroit post-All Star break if he gets a start in that series, but against KC or Cleveland, I’d give him a whirl.

My Projection (rest of season): 4.05 ERA/1.30 WHIP/80 Ks/7-6 W/L

Mark Trumbo, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (30% Yahoo, 52.9% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .256/32/15/38/8

Trumbo continues to put up respectable power numbers, and has even stolen 8 bases thus far, a nice little bonus from a first baseman. He has two HRs in his last three games, and could flirt with 30 by year’s end, which isn’t too shabby for any player, let alone a back up 1B. He won’t walk, and his average probably will not get any higher than it is now, but if you are still holding onto Adam Dunn (cough, cough, like myself), you might want to consider swapping him out for Trumbo, especially if its desperation time in your league.

My Projection (rest of season): .250/30/13/35/5

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Fantasy Prospect Preview: Part Deux

 

Lonnie Chisenhall (Chuck Crow/Cleveland Plain Dealer)

15. Lonnie Chisenhall, Cle, 3b – Chisenhall is by no means a lock to even make it past triple A this year, but because Cleveland’s infield is in shambles, especially at the hot corner (Jayson Nix anyone?), I like his chances of being brought along by mid-season to man that position.  Chisenhall put up very versatile, if not amazing, numbers in AA last year: 81/17/84/.278 in 117 games.  Plus his strikeout rate was under 17% while his BABIP was .297, a solid sign that he wasn’t just getting lucky.  He showed less power than in high A ball in ‘09, but it wasn’t too drastic of a drop-off.   He will start the year in double or triple A no doubt, but if Nix is replacement level or worse as expected, don’t be surprised to see him called up early.  3b isn’t that deep in fantasyland, so keep an eye on Lonnie Chiz during spring training; he might not be draftable, but he should be um, pickupable later in the year.  Some of the previous prospects may make an earlier impact, but Chisenhall has the potential to provide a bigger boost to your team when it counts.

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2011 American League West Previews: Angels

Today’s Focus: LOS ANGELES ANGELS of ANAHEIM


2010 Record: 80-82 (3rd in Division; 10th Best Record in AL)

Since 2004, the Halos have won the American League West 5 times. 2010 was not one of those years. After registering 97 wins in 2009, they failed to break .500 for the first time since 2003. After Kendry “Gramatica” Morales went down like Frazier, the team lost all focus scoring 202 fewer runs than they did in 2009. They were hoping Dan Haren could save their season, but the Rangers proved to be for real…as did the A’s since they finished ahead of them as well. The Rally Monkey of 2002 seems like a distant memory, so perhaps 2011 is their year?

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2011 American League West Previews: Rangers

Today’s Focus: TEXAS RANGERS


2010 Record: 90-72 (AL Champion; Division Champ; 4th Best Record in AL)

Last season ended with a 5-game World Series loss to the San Francisco Giants. Not bad for a once dazed-and-confused team out of Spring Training that saw Josh Hamilton fall off the wagon (or is it on the wagon?) and Manager Ron Washington test positive for cocaine. Despite the adversity, Washington finished 2nd in AL Manager of the Year Voting and Hamilton won his first MVP Award even after missing much of September.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: FIRST BASE

Is it any surprise that Albert Pujols is our consensus #1? Didn’t think so. Much like the catchers, we all agreed that there is clearly a #1 at the position without question. We may never know Albert’s true age, but one thing is certain, he is getting older and two guys last year made a run at dethroning him: Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto. In 2011, we may even see Adrian Gonzalez join them in the chase.

(Image: Zuma Press)

Does your Top 10 look like ours?

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Albert Pujols – STL 1 1 1 1 1 1.0
2 Miguel Cabrera – DET 2 2 3 3 2 2.4
3 Joey Votto – CIN 3 4 4 2 3 3.2
4 Adrian Gonzalez – BOS 4 3 2 5 5 3.8
5 Mark Teixeira – NYY 5 6 6 4 6 5.4
6 Prince Fielder – MIL 6 5 5 6 7 5.8
7 Ryan Howard – PHI 7 7 7 7 4 6.4
8 Kevin Youkilis – BOS 8 11 9 9 8 9.0
9 Justin Morneau – MIN 9 9 8 13 11 10.0
10 Kendry Morales – LAA 10 8 14 14 9 11.0
11 Buster Posey – SF 12 13 12 8 10 11.0
12 Adam Dunn – CHW 13 10 10 11 13 11.4
13 Victor Martinez – DET 14 12 11 10 14 12.2
14 Paul Konerko – CHW 11 15 13 15 12 13.2
15 Billy Butler – KC 15 14 16 12 17 14.8
16 Aubrey Huff – SF 17 19 18 17 15 17.2
17 Derrek Lee – BAL 17 15 18 16 17.4
18 Mike Napoli – TEX 16 16 19.0
19 Adam LaRoche – WAS 18 20 20 18 19.4
20 Carlos Pena – CHC 16 20 19.8

 

PAUL KONERKO

Since it’s Valentine’s Day I’m going to come out and say it, I love Paul Konerko.  The 34 year old has averaged 31HR, 95 RBI and a .280 average for the the past 10 seasons, and last year was one of his best (39HR, 111RBI, .312).  The best part about Konerko is that he always slips in drafts, which makes him a middle round bargain to fill out one of your utility spots.

BILLY BUTLER

Billy Butler is one of the best young players you don’t know due to his playing for the woeful Royals.  None of his individual numbers will blow you away but his above average production across all categories (except SB) makes him a valuable fantasy contributor that can be had as a bargain in middle rounds.  He is also a September Star that you’ll want during your playoff run.

IKE DAVIS

My Ike Davis ranking doesn’t show up on our list, but I had him ranked 18th, right behind Derrek Lee. His MiLB career BABIP suggests he has room to grow even from where he was last year (.321), which means his AVG will rise, as will the rest of his counting stats. With a healthy Mets team, I don’t see why Ike can’t go .280-85-23-85-4 (along with 35-40 2B & 80BB if your league counts them). For a 24-year old, that is pretty solid and a low cost option in the later rounds.

SLEEPER: GABY SANCHEZ

First full season in the bigs he hits .273 with 19 HR’s! Only 27 to start the season, I think we can expect bigger things this year from Gaby. Gotta be better than the slim pickings at the bottom of the 1st Base list.

BUST: ADAM LAROCHE

Career high K%(30.7) and BABIP(.330) both suggest major decline. Washington is tougher on lefties with a 94 HR park factor versus Arizona’s 114. Take a chance on a high ceiling guy and don’t waste it on LaDouche.

 

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: CATCHER

THE CATCHERS…Well here we are, finally rolling out the much-anticipated 2011 Positional Rankings starting with the Backstops. To no one’s surprise, Joe Mauer tops our composite rankings as the #1 Catcher for this upcoming season. Mauer could not repeat his 2009 success, but to call his 2010 a bust would be absurd. Mauer looks to rebound and keep his throne.

Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images

Enjoy and comment as necessary!

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Joe Mauer – MIN 1 1 1 1 1 1.0
2 Victor Martinez – DET 2 3 2 2 3 2.4
3 Buster Posey – SF 3 4 3 3 2 3.0
4 Brian McCann – ATL 4 2 4 4 4 3.6
5 Carlos Santana – CLE 6 6 5 6 5 5.6
6 Geovany Soto – CHC 5 9 6 5 6 6.2
7 Mike Napoli – TEX 10 5 7 8 7 7.4
8 Kurt Suzuki – OAK 7 8 13 7 8 8.6
9 Jorge Posada – NYY 12 11 8 10 9 10.0
10 Miguel Montero – ARI 8 10 9 13 11 10.2
11 Matt Wieters – BAL 11 7 14 9 10 10.2
12 Carlos Ruiz – PHI 9 12 18 11 14 12.8
13 Chris Iannetta – COL 13 16 10 12 13 12.8
14 Russell Martin – NYY 15 13 12 15 12 13.4
15 John Buck – FLA 16 17 11 16 17 15.4
16 A.J. Pierzynski – CHW 17 14 20 17 15 16.6
17 J.P. Arencibia – TOR 16 14 16 17.6
18 Miguel Olivo – SEA 18 15 18 18.6
19 Ryan Doumit – PIT 19 19 17 19 20 18.8
20 Yadier Molina – STL 14 19 19 18.8

MIKE NAPOLI

I am sticking to my words: “Napoli could wind up a Top 5 Catcher.” The guy is in one of the best parks and lineups in all of baseball. 30 bombs is NOT a stretch.

J.P. ARENCIBIA

Last year’s Pacific Coast League MVP is pretty much guaranteed to be the starting catcher in Toronto this year.  He has almost no major league experience but his minor league home run total’s (32HR in 2010) make him worth a flier in the late rounds of the draft.  Expect some growing pains, but Arencibia could be a cheap source for power.

CARLOS RUIZ

Chooch continues to be one of the most under rated players in MLB.  He was the Phillies 2010 MVP for his clutch hitting and handling of their pitching staff.  All projections are calling for him to regress this season – but looking at graphs of his last three seasons he is trending up in all the right categories.  Ruiz could be a tremendous consolation prize if you like to draft your catcher(s) in the later rounds.

SLEEPER: JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA

Salty has + power for a catcher and looks to be the likely starter in Boston. In that lineup you can expect a lot of RBI and Run chances. Only downside potential is the number of AB’s Varitek may steal from him.

BUST: KURT SUZUKI

Weak 260-275 AVG with low double-digit HR totals. Suzuki’s move to the bottom 3rd of a poor Oakland lineup will kill his counting stats. If you wait to draft a catcher, at least draft one with power potential.

Napoli to Arlington: The Fallout

As Napoli gets passed around like the village bicycle once again, what does this mean for all parties involved?

TEXAS:

Mike Napoli IMO rockets up the C rankings. Why? This guy can hit HR on the Moon and now he heads to the friendly confines of Rangers Ballpark. He might even bat higher than .260 this year too. To go along with 30 bombs and the opp to get tons of R and RBI in that lineup, Napoli could wind up being a Top 5 Catcher. Yeah, I said it. TOP 5 CATCHER!

Neftali Feliz I believe is locked in now as the closer. Silence the crowd that wants him in the rotation. Feliz will be elite once again.

Yorvit Torrealba will back Napoli up – well, he’ll be oohing and ahhing watching from the bench.

TORONTO:

Frank Francisco heads to Minimal Fantasy Valueville in Toronto. I guess Frank Frank could get a shot to close, but I’m not banking on it.

J.P. Arencibia is relevant once again. He’s Napoli-lite, but will have to fight off the other-other Molina. Take a flier on him – he could be Napoli, or he could be Iannetta…