Monday, February 14, 2011

KeithyP's Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

Mike Stanton - OF - FLA - The Marlins called up the 6-5 233 lbs outfielder last season and he did not disappoint.  In 100 games he racked up 22 HRs, 59 RBI, 45 R, and 21 2Bs.  He did however strike out 123 times, the worst of all OF with over 300 ABs (32%).  Stanton was however the only player to hit 20+ HR with under 400 ABs, so you can assume its safe to say he will hit the 25 HR mark given a full season of play.  Being on the Marlins and a rookie last season most people will look over him, if they do not forget him all together.  He can give you Jay Bruce(CIN) type value as a power hitter (25+ HR) who will hit for a decent .260 - .270 average but strike out over 125 times.  If you can get Stanton in the mid to late rounds, you will be very happy with his production as a 3rd OF/Utility player.

Yuniesky Betancourt - SS - MIL - I seem to be the only person on the Internet that is ranking Yuni higher than the 20 overall SS, so I hope I am right about this one.  In terms of production, YB gets its done.  Since 2008, YB is 10th in RBI (178) among all SS (Jhonny Peralta actually leads this category with 253).  And among SS in that period with over 800 AB, Betancourt is 12th in SO with only 150!  Now playing for the high powered Brewers offense, Betancourt's numbers from last year are destined to rise.  His 78 RBI and 60 runs scored, for the Royals, could see almost a jump of +10 in each category just because of his supporting cast.  A SS that hits .260, has 80+ RBI and scored 70+ runs can play on my Fantasy Team any day!

David Freese - 3B - STL - Limited to 70 games last season due to surgeries on BOTH ankles.  In that little window Freese showed promise and had 36 RBI and 12 of his 71 hits were doubles.  He was on pace for a 26 2b, 80 RBI season while batting close to .300 with a .360 OBP.  If he can fully recover from these surgies, hitting in the same lineup as King Albert, Matt Holliday and Colby Rasmus will be a great benefit to Freese and his owners.  His minor league #s show that there is potential for up 15 HRs but don't draft him for power.  He can be productive as there will be plenty of opportunity to knock in runs and score some himself. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/eric_mack/02/11/faantasy-baseball-27s/

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