SleepersApril 9, 2009

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Sleeper Watch

By R.J. White

As a 24-year-old in Triple-A, Chris Getz had nothing but success in 2008, hitting .302 with 11 HRs and 11 SBs in 404 ABs. He had a solid 53/41 K/BB ratio, and during his minor league career, Getz has actually walked more times than he struck out. His slugging percentage in Triple-A jumped 67 points from his previous year’s slugging percentage in Double-A. To sum it all up, Getz took a huge leap forward in 2008, and his very impressive season was enough to earn him a shot at the second base job with the White Sox in 2009.

That brings us to Spring Training. This spring, Getz hit .333 in 75 ABs, with a homer and four steals. He notched six walks versus seven strikeouts on his way to easily winning the starting 2B role with the big league team. In his first game with the team on Tuesday, Getz went 2-for-4 with a run. With how good he’s been over the past year and some change, it’s a wonder that Getz is only owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues.

What does the future hold for Getz? He’ll probably have limited power early on, but 10-15 HRs in a full season at the Cell is not out of the question. As his speed is his best asset, he should be able to steal at least that number of bags, with the potential for more. And the way he’s seeing the ball, the average shouldn’t be a drain on your team. Oh yeah, Ozzie Guillen batted him in the two hole in his first game and will probably stick with him there if he can keep the average high enough. Add it up and Getz deserves a spot at your MI position at the very least. Pick him up now before he has a good week or two and that percentage-owned number skyrockets.

R.J. White (or daullaz) has been actively involved in fantasy sports for over 14 years, making him an addict at this point. He loves writing, the Atlanta Braves, music, the Buffalo Bills, theatre, the Philadelphia Eagles, his family, and the number 42, though not in that order.
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