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Postby dorje3 » Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:25 pm

In 2007, between AAA and the majors, Ankiel registered the kind of power numbers that warrant or dignify pojections for gaudy future returns.
Yet he seems to be relatively uncoveted in standard Yahoo! leagues, and I haven't heard a lot of buzz about him here in the cafe.
His K rate is mildy alarming, but what's not to like?
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Re: Rick Ankiel

Postby AmazinYanks1990 » Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:27 pm

I wonder the same thing. If he wasn't mentioned as a user of HGH, could things right now possibly be different? Would there maybe be more hype behind him?
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Re: Rick Ankiel

Postby JTWood » Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:52 pm

I haven't had a chance to really watch him hit this year, but if you watch footage of him last year, it's apparent that he has a very poor conception of the strike zone. He is indeed a masher, but I don't doubt that he will have prolonged streaks where's he's missing the ball, too.

Of course, it is also worth noting that he bats in front of Albert. If Albert goes down, expect Ankiel's numbers to drop as well.
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Re: Rick Ankiel

Postby kcs261 » Sun Apr 06, 2008 11:19 pm

I was one of the biggest Ankiel bashers. I never liked the guy. And I thought it was a joke when he moved to the outfied. So, as much as I hate to say it, the guy has a sweet swing. I really think the guy is legit and is a guy to grab. I live in STL and have watched these games, and he has an easy and fluid swing where he strokes the ball deep with what appears to be minimal effort. The best part is that he is killing left-handed pitching as a lefty hitter. That'll keep him in the lineup every day. I think it's a mistake to underestimate him and would easily recommend putting him in your final outfield spot.
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Re: Rick Ankiel

Postby RAmst23 » Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:56 am

JTWood wrote:I haven't had a chance to really watch him hit this year, but if you watch footage of him last year, it's apparent that he has a very poor conception of the strike zone. He is indeed a masher, but I don't doubt that he will have prolonged streaks where's he's missing the ball, too.

Of course, it is also worth noting that he bats in front of Albert. If Albert goes down, expect Ankiel's numbers to drop as well.


He seems to understand the strike zone better this year, and is hitting off speed pitches well.

One thing you need to know about Ankiel is his ridiculous work ethic. This guy worked himself into being a solid defensive CF, and the ability to hit at the big league level. A .270/25/80/80/10 is possible from Ankiel as long as he gets a full season worth of ABs and avoids injuries.
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Re: Rick Ankiel

Postby moochman » Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:22 am

As it stands right now, Ankiel will have to play himself out of my line up.
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Re: Rick Ankiel

Postby BigTex24 » Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:36 am

So far, Ankiel is winning the Ankiel vs Hamilton debate.

I'm sure it helps that Poo Holes is batting behind him.
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Re: Rick Ankiel

Postby dorje3 » Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:04 am

It will be interesting to see how the next week and a half treats Ankiel as the cardinals embark on a seven game road trip. I don't know about his minor league splits, but Ankiel batted .319 w/ 9 HR, and 33 RBI at home last year, while managing only 2 HR, 6 RBI and a .244 AVG on the road...

Sometimes this can be a fantasy blessing, albeit a stressful one. The Ervin Santana effect. But how valuable could Ankiel be if he generated a season's worth of power in half the at-bats (start him at home)?
That said, I think that Ankiels home/road splits should even out as he gains confidence. He's always been a bit of a head-case, tho. :-o
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Re: Rick Ankiel

Postby FantasyFreak » Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:10 am

Wow thanks for bringing that to my attention, I didn't realize his home/road stats were so different. For his career...

Home - .290 13HR 43RBI in 162 AB's

Away - .224 with 2HR and 9RBI in 116 AB's
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Re: Rick Ankiel

Postby BitterDodgerFan » Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:27 am

the OG Natural...i tried getting him in drafts this year but got caught waiting too long. looks like he's a lock for 30hrs. :~(
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