Emilio Bonifacio: Cheap speed alert - Fantasy Baseball Cafe 2014 Fantasy Baseball Cafe
100% Deposit Bonus for Cafe Members!

Return to Baseball Leftovers

Emilio Bonifacio: Cheap speed alert

Moderator: Baseball Moderators

Emilio Bonifacio: Cheap speed alert

Postby Millhouse » Wed Aug 06, 2008 5:07 pm

If you need to make up some ground in SB's, this could be your cheap ticket...

ROTOWORLD: Emilio Bonifacio – 2B Nationals – Recently acquired from the Diamondbacks in exchange for Jon Rauch, Bonifacio is now the Nationals' second basemen of the future. Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2001 and debuting in the U.S. in 2003, Bonifacio has made a slow but steady progression towards the majors. While he did show decent batting averages, Bonifacio's bat only looked strong the one year he played in the extremely hitter-friendly environment that is Lancaster of the California League. What did get Bonifacio noticed was his defense, which draws rave reviews and projects to be somewhere between above average and Gold Glove-caliber in the majors.

Fantasy owners aren't really interested in defense, but Bonifacio's is good enough that it will keep him in the lineup as long as he can maintain a decent batting average. The 5'10", 190-pound switch-hitter was batting .314 with 20 doubles, five triples, and a homer in 398 at-bats before his callup, and that came with a decent 68/31 K/BB. Since he'll put the ball in play most times and has incredible speed, Bonifacio could scratch out a batting average around .280 despite a lack of power.

And that's the most alluring part about Bonifacio's game, his speed. He's swiped a minimum of 40 bases in each of the last four seasons, topping out at 58 and always doing so at a good percentage. He's slipped in both opportunities and effectiveness this year with just 21 steals in 31 tries, but Bonifacio is a true 40-steal threat. He could be equivalent to Luis Castillo minus some walks and plus some defense, but he'll likely settle in as a poor man's Castillo instead.

The Nationals have already handed him the second base job and leadoff spot in the lineup for the rest of the season. General manager Jim Bowden also went as far as to say they have Bonifacio penciled in as the club's leadoff hitter for 2009, though he'll need to justify that position at least a little down the stretch. I suspect he'll struggle to hit for much average this year and into next, and then establish himself as a decent regular in 2010. That said, as long as his defense and promise are keeping him in the lineup, Bonifacio is a very useful fantasy asset given his wheels. He could be somewhat under-the-radar given he's not a top prospect, but he's worth pursuing fairly aggressively.

Recommendation: Pursue in NL-only leagues and all deep keeper formats.
Millhouse
Major League Manager
Major League Manager


Posts: 1163
(Past Year: 98)
Joined: 26 Mar 2007
Home Cafe: Baseball

Re: Emilio Bonifacio: Cheap speed alert

Postby neoforce » Wed Aug 06, 2008 5:35 pm

We discussed Bonifacio a lot in the Rauch trade thread at viewtopic.php?f=7&t=357957

In general, people aren't too high on him. Remember the old adage, you can't steal first base.

A nice speculation pick, but don't expect too much. All young guys are hyped to some degree.
There are a few things with the New York Yankees that never change. That's pride, tradition, and most of all, we have the greatest fans in the world. -Derek Jeter, 9/21/08 -- last words from old Yankee Stadium
neoforce
Major League Manager
Major League Manager

User avatar
Eagle Eye
Posts: 1128
(Past Year: 1)
Joined: 17 Mar 2008
Home Cafe: Baseball

Re: Emilio Bonifacio: Cheap speed alert

Postby Old_Style » Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:02 pm

I don't care if the guy pans out of not. He still has one of the coolest names in the bigs.
Image
Old_Style
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
CafeholicCafe WriterMock(ing) DrafterPick 3 Weekly WinnerMatchup Meltdown SurvivorLucky Ladders Weekly Winner
Posts: 6885
Joined: 24 Feb 2006
Home Cafe: Baseball
Location: at the last neighborhood corner tavern

Re: Emilio Bonifacio: Cheap speed alert

Postby acsguitar » Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:16 pm

Old_Style wrote:I don't care if the guy pans out of not. He still has one of the coolest names in the bigs.


he sounds like a made man
I'm too lazy to make a sig at the moment
acsguitar
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
Graphics Expert
Posts: 26722
Joined: 7 Apr 2004
Home Cafe: Baseball
Location: Back in General Talk WOOO!!!

Re: Emilio Bonifacio: Cheap speed alert

Postby jmudukes2008 » Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:29 pm

acsguitar wrote:
Old_Style wrote:I don't care if the guy pans out of not. He still has one of the coolest names in the bigs.


he sounds like a made man


yea...isn't he the guy who shot spider? :-b
Image

July 4th, 4:51 pm: Big Pelf is going to be an all out star...Pick him up before someone else does.
jmudukes2008
Minor League Mentor
Minor League Mentor

User avatar
Cafe Writer
Posts: 558
Joined: 20 Mar 2007
Home Cafe: Baseball
Location: Washington, DC

Re: Emilio Bonifacio: Cheap speed alert

Postby Leena » Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:38 pm

I picked Bonifacio up in a keeper league. Speed at 2nd is getting tougher to find.
Leena
Softball Supervisor
Softball Supervisor

User avatar

Posts: 82
Joined: 18 Feb 2007
Home Cafe: Baseball

Re: Emilio Bonifacio: Cheap speed alert

Postby BigZ38 » Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:58 pm

At a MI spot that i've been trying to fill, 6 or 7 steals here on out could mean a 3 or 4 point difference for me
Image
BigZ38
Minor League Mentor
Minor League Mentor

User avatar

Posts: 717
(Past Year: 1)
Joined: 19 Mar 2006
Home Cafe: Baseball

Re: Emilio Bonifacio: Cheap speed alert

Postby Millhouse » Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:34 pm

BigZ38 wrote:At a MI spot that i've been trying to fill, 6 or 7 steals here on out could mean a 3 or 4 point difference for me


exactly..by no means do i think he's the next brandon phillips, but for owners like me who need to make up a few steals down the stretch at the MI spot (where kelly johnson, in my case, ain't really getting it done on the basepaths), i think you could do worse.
Millhouse
Major League Manager
Major League Manager


Posts: 1163
(Past Year: 98)
Joined: 26 Mar 2007
Home Cafe: Baseball

Re: Emilio Bonifacio: Cheap speed alert

Postby jaronson » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:01 pm

Speed at 2nd is getting tougher to find.

Shhh...

Emmanuel Burriss...not exactly tearing it up in in San Francisco, but batting a respectable .270 with 9 steals in 62 games this season (called up April 20).

The Giants organization bumped him up directly from their A minor league team (he was drafted in 2006, in the first round, 33rd overall) where he hit .288 and stole 103 bases in 190 games over the last two seasons.
jaronson
College Coach
College Coach

User avatar
Pick 3 Weekly Winner
Posts: 136
Joined: 15 Mar 2003
Home Cafe: Baseball
Location: Des Moines, IA, USA


Return to Baseball Leftovers

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests

Forums Articles & Tips Sleepers Rankings Leagues


Today's Games
Tuesday, Oct. 21
(All times are EST, weather icons show forecast for game time)

San Francisco at Kansas City
(8:07 pm)

  • Fantasy Baseball
  • Article Submissions
  • Privacy Statement
  • Site Survey 
  • Contact