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stumpak wrote:I am wondering how people think these 4 young OFs will play out long-term:
Butler - Seems very low risk to be consistent .300/25 guy, but there is no SB contribution. Sort of like Hideki Matsui on a bad team.
C Young - Will he ever kick the BA into gear?
D Young - Maybe the highest fantasy ceiling with BA, HR and SB?
Hamilton - Likewise a high ceiling, but I don't see much more than a dozen SBs/year long-term.
Josh Hamilton is putting on a daily show in batting practice according to the official team website. Hamilton has been showing off his pure power by going the opposite way and putting balls on top of the indoor batting cage well beyond the left-field wall during the early stages of spring camp. Washington at one point went into the cage and checked his bat.
KronJon wrote:I really like Josh Hamilton this year. He will be hitting either 2nd or 4th in the Texas lineup (a great hitter's ballpark). He had an OPS of .922 last year, and on top of all this, here is a quote from rototimesJosh Hamilton is putting on a daily show in batting practice according to the official team website. Hamilton has been showing off his pure power by going the opposite way and putting balls on top of the indoor batting cage well beyond the left-field wall during the early stages of spring camp. Washington at one point went into the cage and checked his bat.
With that said, I have drafted two teams so far this year, and Hamilton is my 4th OF in both leagues.
And if all else fails, he makes a great quarterback!
As for Delmon Young, I am not impressed. His OPS was a measly .723. That is 200 points lower than Hamilton's OPS. Granted, he can steal some bases and is so young that his rate stats are bound to go up... but .723 is just ugly. The one plus on him last year is that he played 162 games, which is obviously something that we'd all be shocked to see Hamilton do. But for right now I need to see great improvement before I am comfortable depending on his fantasy production.
GotowarMissAgnes wrote:Butler is being underestimated by everyone. He will, in all liklihood lose OF eligibility, so maybe he does not even belong in this discussion. And he does not ofer any contribution on SBs. However, as a hitter, he's the closest thing to Albert Pujols to come along in the last 5 years. Only Butler among this group, imo, has the skills and the makeup to consistently hit in the mid to high 300s, AND hit 40+ HRs on a consistent basis. I'm not saying he gets there, but he's the only one he has that potential AND the dedication that it takes to get there from where he is, imo. I think it was Sickels who recently said that Butler could become a 350+ hitter who hits 20-30 HRs or a .300 hitter who hits 40+ homers, or, if he puts it all together, could become that .300 hitter with 40+ power that would rank himamong the elite fantasy players. Yes, the only thing he does is hit. But, that's a pretty darn important skill in baseball-in fact, it's the single most important skill for position players!
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