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Postby Lime » Fri Feb 25, 2005 12:56 pm

Here's a guy who's shown that he has a Major League ceiling after winning the Eastern League MVP in 2003 when he hit .352/.402/.521.

The knock on him has been his thin body structure, which has taken a bite out of his power. Well, over the offseason Rios bulked up with an extra 15 pounds of muscle, and he could be a big factor in fantasy ball if you draft him.

Just a heads up. :-)

Oh, and he also stole 15 bases last year with 3 caught steals. With a ratio like that he could very well get some green lights this season.
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Postby AtlDynasty25 » Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:06 pm

Thanks for the advice
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Postby cordscords » Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:27 pm

Expect power to come too. Remember Joe Mauer is expected to be a 30 hr catcher in the future, and didnt hit many dingers in the minors. Rios has a good swing and a nice drive to the ball which will generate in hr's soon enough.

If Wells bounces back, he could find himself having a nice little season.
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Postby stumpak » Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:16 pm

I disagree. I would say that he is overrated for this season. The power is clearly not there yet. A decent ammount of SBs will never come so long as the Ricciardi philosophy carries the day in Toronto. I would be amazed if he does any better than .280/10/15 and it could be a lot worse. Not really even worth a flyer unless yo are in a keeper league.
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Postby Registered_Guest » Sat Feb 26, 2005 5:40 am

Always strange to me how he (Rios) is on the rise' (when he's shown no power) and Burroughs is 'on the downfall' (also shown no power) when Burroughs is all of a couple months older.
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Postby nikku88 » Sat Feb 26, 2005 9:16 am

Rios has shown a fair bit of power. He did well last year in Winter ball and showed gap power in the Majors. Burroughs has been in the majors for a while, so while it still could come, more than likely it won't.
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