Garry26 wrote:Matt Harvey- SP, Mets. He looks like he is ace quality stuff, but will be overlooked because he's in the Madoff scam shafted, Fred [S]Coupon[/S] err...Wilpon Mets.
Hiroyuki Nakajima- Shortstop. A 300 hitter with some steals.
So far I have not found any Ace type Japanese pitchers though. Those are the really good ones. Matsuzaka before he got hurt, Yu Darvish, and a couple others that are OK, but not ace-types. I don't think they're top 10 SP material, but rather that they're fairly unknown 200K to 200 inning 'ace' types. So they're not drafted as early as they should. So I can draft another known player earlier on, and still draft the Japanese guy later.
Basically, I get an extra top player that I wouldn't have gotten otherwise. That's their value. Which will not work with the Shortstop. I suppose I can grab a closer when I would normally grab a SS, but that's not as valuable as grabbing a power hitting 1B and still have a decent 200K SP available later.
Will Nakajima have any more success than Nishioka did with the Twins? Japanese closers have had some success so Fujikawa looks like a good sleeper candidate for the Cubs.
daullaz wrote:I don't think Harvey or Nakajima qualify as post-hype sleepers, though.
I like Harvey alot, but he's definitely not a post hype sleeper. In fact I think Harvey will be a "hyped sleeper" if there is such a thing. I think by the time the March drafts roll around there is going to be quite a bit of "buzz" around Harvey and he will be appropriately valued if not maybe over valued.
I think Hosmer is still going to be going fairly high in drafts so I don't know if he's completely in the post-hype stage yet. One guy who's been mentioned that I think totally falls into post-hype is Montero who really only had one year of hype. This may not be his breakout year, but he put up semi decent numbers for a catcher last year and I'm seeing him out of the top 10 on a lot of catcher lists. I'd be happy with a small upgrade of last years numbers if I'm drafting him as the 10th-12th catcher taken and have the chance of getting something much better than last year. Expectations based on a small uptick from last year: .265, 20-25 HR, 80 RBI, 60 R. Upside: .275, 30 HR, 95 RBI, 70 R.
This was the name I was going to raise. How do the Giants fans on here feel about him for 2013? I expected much more out of him last year (something like .280, 20 HRs, and useful RBI/R numbers). I had high hopes for him given his good eye and great numbers in the minor leagues. I'll still consider a $1 flyer on him in my keeper league if I need a spot to fill but won't target him like I did last season.