MTUCache wrote:a candidate to pick-up for a potential hot start and then ship him out before you have to start worrying about inning-caps and/or injury risk. Something to keep an eye on...
he is goin to throw ~185 innings this year, and closer to 200 if the padres can somehow find a way into the playoffs. i dont see any innings limit having an affect on him next year, if SD even puts any kind of limit in place. while injury concern is legit, ALL pitchers are at least somewhat a risk. and latos will be no more risky than any other young pitcher who has has thrown his career high innings the previous season
1. At this point, Posey's my #3 catcher. His counting numbers have nearly equaled Martinez's in roughly 4/5 the ABs, and he's carried a higher BA. He's younger, and appears less likely to break down. Also, after disappointing years from Suzuki, Montero, and Wieters, I'd bump Napoli up a few spots.
2. Kelly Johnson was the #5 2B in my league. How is he 18th? Also, Casey McGehee will not be 2B eligible next year.
3. I understand he's kinda hard to believe in, but is Bautista really the #7 3B? I'm going to have trouble taking Youk or Beltre ahead of 50+ HR. On the other hand, I can certainly understand any and all skepticism. Going to be interesting to see where he's taken next year.
4. OF #8 -- .273, 73 R, 17 HR, 69 RBI, 17 SB. OF #21 -- .284, 90 R, 24 HR, 89 RBI, 18 SB. Those numbers are comparable to Braun, much less Upton. Hunter Pence is underappreciated.
5. 2.28/1.16, 70 K in 50 IP, 22 Saves in 24 Save Ops. I know John Axford came out of nowhere, but a lot of good closers do, and his peripherals suggest his season wasn't luck based (in fact, his FIP was actually lower than his ERA). I'd be thrilled if I can get him after the likes of Aardsma, Gregg, Jenks, and F. Cordero.
He apparently is going to play baseball overseas (forget where) to replace his military commitment.
B-Chad wrote:Pedroia's LD rate of 20% is reason to believe he'll maintain a higher BA then Cano. It should also be noted he hits more FB's then Cano, which means that even if he posts a lower HR/FB then Cano, he should come in reasonably close to Cano in HR's
DaSh 1s wrote:He apparently is going to play baseball overseas (forget where) to replace his military commitment.
Yep. Something along the lines of, if he brings the national team a championship, they will forgive his military obligation. I think I saw it on Rotoworld a couple weeks back. Not sure what happens if they don't win the championship though...
What about overall rankings for 2011? I was talking to a buddy today who I happen to be playing for the championship, he has Hanley, I have Tulo, and ironically, we traded them to each other last season (I got much more than just Tulo at the time). He could see Tulo at #3, and with the death pool SS is set to become, I can agree, though I don't know if I'd do it drafting today.
I say Pujols and Hanley are still 1 and 2. 3 is wide open...Tulo, Cabs, Longoria, Braun for proven guys, and newfound (as in this is their first season in the top 10) wonders like CarGo, Cano, and Votto. And of course the enigmatic Hamilton. All have a case for #3.