by JustAnotherYanksFan » Sat Dec 25, 2004 12:56 am
Vernon Wells: I love this guy, and it's hard to imagine, taking '03 into account, that he'll do as poorly as last year. Still, keep in mind that he's a very aggressive hitter, meaning that there's a good chance that he needs good pitches in order to succeed. In '03, he was hitting in front of Delgado, who was having an amazing year, so I'm sure he saw great pitches. Last year, with Delgado injured much of the year, Wells wasn't spectacular even when healthy. So assuming Delgado doesn't end up on the Jays, Wells will be all by himself, and I think he'll have a much tougher time. On the other hand, even before he was hitting in front of Delgado, he was considered a good prospect...so basically, I'm torn, but all I'm saying is to take into account the fact that he'll probably be hurt by Delgado's absence.
Garrett Anderson: If his injuries settle down a bit, he could have a good year in a great lineup. Of course, that's a big "if."
Troy Glaus: He's hitting in a ballpark where it's fairly easy to hit homeruns, meaning that he's a 40+ HR guy if he's healthy. Of course, he's also a .250 guy, which I personally don't like to have on my team, but depending on the rest of your lineup, he could be a good later-round pick. If I remember correctly, his contract with Arizona didn't include any specific stipulations or incentives about his health (I may be wrong about this, but this is what I remember), which means one of two things: either Arizona was so desperate and had so little to offer to Glaus that they were forced to guarantee both huge money and the absence of a specific health-based stipulation, OR they concluded that he was healed enough that it wasn't an issue. Although I think Arizona's signings haven't been very smart, I don't think they're THAT stupid, which means there's a good chance he's healed.[/b]
I'm looking at some lower end guys, most of whom will be available in the draft of a shallow pool of players in my 20 team keeper league....
C: Miguel Olivo
1B: Jay Gibbons
2B: Ray Durham
3B: Morgan Ensberg
SS: Angel Berroa
OF: Austin Kearns
SP: Kip Wells
Kip Wells is my prime candidate on the lower end for a breakout season....I had him targeted last year for a huge season, but b/c of injuries he tailed off after a pretty solid start....Look at how his numbers improved from 2000 to 2003...better every single year in almost every category!....I know he's on the Pirates, but he has the tools and the potential to really break out this year....Disagree? Agree? Let me know
If your league doesn't count BB, Brandon Webb should be a stud. He lost 16 last year so the media labeled it as a "bad season". In reality, 3/4 of his starts were 3 ER or less and his era was right around three and a half. If the D'backs actually have even a LITTLE hitting this season, he should be a great asset.
Shawn Green, he has always hit in BOB, where he'll now be playing half of his games.
Matt Morris - Shoulder surgery and a hometown discount 9 million dollar pay cut may bring him back to the stratosphere. I see him pitching well from July on, if you can wait that long.
Danny Kolb - Good call Trev. This guy is good and should only get better under the tutulage (sp) of Boby Cox, Leo Mazzone, and John Smoltz.
John Smoltz - The guy is a bull dog, and there is no reason to beleive that he will not be successful as a starter. He said that starting would actually be EASIER on his arm because he didn't have to warm up all the time.
Octavio Dotel - Too good of stuff to be that bad. I know he wasn't horrible, but he should have been a lot better.
Dan Haren - Good stuff, good head, good park, maybe not a sleeper or comeback player, but i look for him to have a solid year.
Louis Gonzalez - Hurt last year. sure he's getting old, but he is hitting in a better line-up, so it might be interesting.
Aramis Ramirez - I know he had a great year last year, but if Sosa leaves, Ramirez will be the premier hitter in a pretty solid line-up. I look for a big year from him.
That's just a few.
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