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Postby Johnny Tuttle » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:34 pm

To respond to an earlier poster about Hicks, I think BA's well known as loving the tools and upside, and to Hicks's credit, he's got all of the tools of a Halman or a Engel Beltre.....with plate discipline. That's a heady combination, and I'm actually glad Callis didn't hold it against him that he was held in extended ST this year. He's very young and raw, but he's quite a talent.

On the SP side that's dominated this thread, I agree that Kelly's not got a lot of pro-innings, but as with Hicks, the upside here is very high. BA and BP, too, FTR, do go for highest upsides at most possible times. The only site I frequent that places a lot of value on floor, too, is project prospect.

Would I personally take Kelly over a Bumgarner or SP higher up the ladder? No, but a lot of that is my valuing pitchers who are more or less ready to go to the bigs. Kelly's very young, but he's far from the bigs, too; that means a lot of years of IPs before he's of use to us. With SP for fantasy, I like the ones who've both made the leap to AA and who are healthy enough to get to the show. Strasburg doesn't quite qualify by these standards, but I'd consider him close anyways; he's an obvious exception to a big generalization.
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