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Smoak Screen or Fantasy Asset?

Postby NYMetsIn2k4 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:51 am

Well Chris Davis did it to us once again, hes a bum and hes back in the minors. His #s alone were enough to warrant his demotion but Justin Smoak's emergence in AAA is a large reason why the Rangers pulled the trigger so early. Ive heard of Smoak's defense for a few years now but hes been tearing up the Minors with his bat as well and he has a tremendously high on-base percentage this year. Anytime a prospect gets called up in Texas' Stadium/lineup, its intriguing but especially when you consider that hes a 1st baseman (a position that generates serious power #s), its extremely interesting. The question that I pose to the Fantasy Cafe Universe is this... Is Justin Smoak the kind of prospect thatll contribute more to the real life game of baseball, than he will in Fantasy? Or... Can Smoak seize his opportunity in Texas' lineup and put up pretty decent rookie #s?
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Re: Smoak Screen or Fantasy Asset?

Postby jake_twothousandfive » Fri Apr 23, 2010 1:27 am

I don't know too much about him. But a patient switch hitter with plus defense and decent power playing in that stadium has my attention. He certainly has the tools to be successful. This is the kind of guy that you want to be too early on rather than too late for fantasy purposes.

I'd be inclined to give him a shot if you have some room.
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Re: Smoak Screen or Fantasy Asset?

Postby The Mighty Trow » Fri Apr 23, 2010 1:35 am

He'll probably help Texas more than he will your team because of his defense. His ISO is last year was .153 in AA and .117 in AAA. Small sample size, sure, but the MLB average is around .150 IIRC. With only 200 or so Pro at bats, he'll have to adjust via trial by fire. He will get on base but i think his HR ceiling is in the 10-15 range.
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Re: Smoak Screen or Fantasy Asset?

Postby Montana168 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:56 am

he is a must add in pretty much every league right now. he is an elite top 10 prospect that has outstanding plate discipline, which will lead to a high avg, and projects for big power, altho his power hasn't completely shown up yet. he is hitting in texas, so the lineup around him is going to protect him a lot and he should see good pitches. he is a more mature prospect than some of the other guys ranked in the top 10, so his game should translate to the bigs rather quickly. bottom line is, with this type of prospect, if you dont add him now, someone else will.
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Re: Smoak Screen or Fantasy Asset?

Postby mblax10 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:19 am

Why are people focusing on his defense? When was the last time a guy became a top 10 prospect because of defense at 1B? Very few guys in the minors can touch his bat. He's a must add in every league unless you don't like 300/400/500 potential.
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Re: Smoak Screen or Fantasy Asset?

Postby ROC AllStars » Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:27 am

I agree, he's a must add at this point. He dealt with a nagging quad injury last season that contributed to his lower offensive production in AA/AAA. His plate patience and willingness to take a walk will serve him well in the majors. Now that he has the full time job, I don't expect him to lose it.
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Re: Smoak Screen or Fantasy Asset?

Postby Jimboozie » Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:00 am

Snag him fast if you can, another owner beat me out last night! doh!
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Re: Smoak Screen or Fantasy Asset?

Postby Roger LaFrancois » Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:21 am

I picked him up a week ago in my 20 team 30 player/team league and am happy I did so.

This morning I picked him up in my 12 team league. Am a little unhappy about having to drop Frank Francisco but I still consider it a good move.
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Re: Smoak Screen or Fantasy Asset?

Postby thedude » Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:21 am

He has pretty good upside. He might not hit at the major league level right away, but the upside is such that I would add him if you have the bench spot.
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Re: Smoak Screen or Fantasy Asset?

Postby j24jags » Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:14 pm

He has great upside and definitely can be a difference maker this season. I drafted him on a couple of my teams and stashed him waiting for this day.
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