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Postby phr3ak » Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:15 am

This guy doesnt have the Minor League numbers to back up what he did last year. Im still wondering if he could add up to the numbers he posted or even repeat them. Still Ive read KC is going to put him at the third spot in the lineup, something that helps him at draft day.

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Postby Ender » Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:23 am

He's had slow steady growth in power combined with slow steady growth in flyball rate so I'd say the power is mostly for real. His hit rate was a bit high last year so I'm guessing he's more of a .270's hitter than .290's but he's young enough to grow into that .290 naturally this year.
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Postby stumpak » Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:07 am

He could be for real, but never trust a 100% in 3 good months. I think there is more risk involved with Teahan than many people are asserting. His upside is not that great and there is a meaningful downside. Based on this, I wouldn't pay too much for him or want him as my starting 3B unless we are talking AL only leagues.
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Postby Ender » Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:21 am

He falls into the backend of that Ensberg, Chavez, Blalock tier for me, he might not have more upside than those guys but he'll be able to slide into OF which helps a lot in my deep league. I wouldn't want him as my starting 3B but as my CI I'm fine with him, or my 4th or 5th OF.
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Postby JakeTrain72 » Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:03 am

I think he is going to surprise people this season. I'm not saying he is going to crack the top 5 3B, but he will be a decent 5-cat guy that will provide great depth and be worth starting.

His upside is a .290s AVG with 80 Runs and 100 RBI with 20 SB and 25 HR. I dont think that is "limited" based on his ADP. Now I am not going to project those numbers and expect them at this point, but he didnt just have three good months, he was amongst the best fantasy players overall for three months.

I know people tend to hesitate on a guy who has only 3 good months in a season. But keep in mind he had three good months after his three less spectacular months. This shows adjustments and improvement, not regression. Then consider he put up those kinds of numbers with last season's Royals. KC should have an improved team offensively this year.

I will target Teahan as my top bench or Util or CI player and would be fine with his production should one of my guys go down with an injury for a month or two.
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Postby 05worldserieschamps » Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:27 am

I think he is for real, but he shouldnt be playing at 3B for long. Gordon is one the way and should be starting by the All-Star break.
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Postby Fantasy Sports Genie » Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:17 am

Personally, I think he is for real, but he shouldnt be playing at 3B for long. Gordon is one the way and should be starting by the All-Star break.

I kid! I kid! But in all seriousness, I have him at a very attractive cost in my keeper league, and am trying to decide whether to protect him or not. Do we know anything about his shoulder injury from last year? Is that likely to hinder him at all this year, or is that pretty much cleared up?
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Postby J35J » Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:44 am

Its still kinda up in the air with most people here with who the "real" Teahen is. Most all of his career he was nothing but an opposite field type hitter who hit for little to no power because of it. He told stories about playing whiffle ball with his brother for years and where they played the only way to hit home runs was to hit it to his opposite field. That naturally translated over into his MLB career. He was that type of hitter all the way up til they sent him down last year and then he finally seemed to realize he needs to pull more pitches on the inside and in the middle of the zone.

I'm a little skeptical on if he has truely turned that corner yet...... its hard for me to take "the" early '06 Teahen out of my mind when he was no better than Berroa..... :-o

I think i'm leaning toward him being another Randa type though.... .280 15-18hrs 85rbi
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Postby J35J » Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:45 am

Fantasy Sports Genie wrote:Do we know anything about his shoulder injury from last year? Is that likely to hinder him at all this year, or is that pretty much cleared up?



Everyone says he is good to go. Shouldn't hold him back at all......though I wouldn't expect them to say anything less.


I personally wouldn't worry about it.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:26 pm

J35J wrote:Its still kinda up in the air with most people here with who the "real" Teahen is. Most all of his career he was nothing but an opposite field type hitter who hit for little to no power because of it. He told stories about playing whiffle ball with his brother for years and where they played the only way to hit home runs was to hit it to his opposite field. That naturally translated over into his MLB career. He was that type of hitter all the way up til they sent him down last year and then he finally seemed to realize he needs to pull more pitches on the inside and in the middle of the zone.

I'm a little skeptical on if he has truely turned that corner yet...... its hard for me to take "the" early '06 Teahen out of my mind when he was no better than Berroa..... :-o

I think i'm leaning toward him being another Randa type though.... .280 15-18hrs 85rbi


my thought exactly, but hoping for better though ;-D
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