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Postby Philly Pride » Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:00 pm

As a part-time OF, Michaels has been able to post solid averages in the last three years with the Phillies. Partially due to Citizens Bank Park being itself, but the guy can legitimately hit.

Cleveland is a pitcher's park, we know that. But Michaels could still be able to produce fantasy wise with around 15 HR, 8-10 SB, and good averages and RBI/runs depend on where he bats in the lineup. Recently he has been projected to bat second.

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Postby stumpak » Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:09 pm

I totally disagree. The thing that makes him the most valuable in real baseball are the walks he takes. But who cares about this in 5x5?

The reality his that he is a zero cat fantasy player. Sure his BA is OK, but he has very little power and provides very little in terms of SBs. In 808 career ABs he has 6 SB and 21 HRs.

Compounding this is the fact that he is moving from a strong hitters park to a poor hitters park and that his career stats are distorted ina way that is favorable to him due to a disporportionate amount of ABs against lefties. And oh yeah he is 30 years old and wil lnot be getting any better.

Over a full season in Cleveland he might deliver something like .280/10/3. This would not even excite people if he were a 2B, but an OF with those stats is utterly from a fantasy perspective.

Like I said, it is a idfferent equation for real MLB, where he does have some clear value to the Indians.
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Postby Wharton93 » Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:21 pm

If the definition of sleeper is you will fall asleep reading his unexciting box scores, then yeah, he's a sleeper. He won't add much value in most leagues. He, along with 3 or 4 other bums, patrolled CF for the Phillies last year and all of them are long gone.
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Postby Philly Pride » Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:22 pm

Sleepers are players that have potential to produce. Am I saying that Michaels will get those numbers? No, but I am saying that he has a shot at getting those numbers.
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Postby bronxxbomber » Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:35 pm

I definitely agree. If he can continue to get on base I have no doubts that he'll a least score a bunch of runs.
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