Lyle Overbay, 1B (Arizona Diamondbacks) - The leading candidate to take over the regular first base job. He hits for incredible average (.345 last year, his lowest average in 4 years in the minors), and last season had his best power numbers with 19 jacks. Instructors have tried to get him to sacrifice some average for power, and it might be paying off. His defense is suspect, however, which may lead to more playing time for Mark Grace. Still, don’t cross this guy off the list for Rookie Of The Year honors.
Franklin German - (Detroit Tigers - RP) Should be a lock to make the Tigers opening day team. He’s the closer of the future and the future could be now. Don’t count Matt Anderson out of the mix, but since these are two of the most valuable chips on the Detroit team, don’t be shocked if one or both end up changing teams.
Mark Teixeira (Texas Rangers -3B) - A true 5 tool prospect, Teixeira just needs a place to play. The Rangers re-signed Herb Perry, and Hank Blalock may still have the edge as the top 3rd base prospect. Rumor has it that one of these guys may find themselves elsewhere by opening day. If so, keep an eye on Teixeira – he could hit .300, 20hr with 20 sb. If he plays in Texas, add a lot of RBIs to that as well.
Rafael Soriano (Seattle Mariner - SP) - Almost a sure lock to have a spot in the Seattle rotation, Soriano throws a 95-7 mph fastball, a kick ass slider, and changeup which has been described as “dominating.” He pitched almost 50 innings in the bigs last year before straining his shoulder. In rehab he was back to his overpowering self. Expect to see what he’s got this season.
anyone like or dislike these guys. opinions?
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