Saturday, April 10, 2010

85% Available All-Stars

In Matthew Berry’s column this past Thursday, he lists (in his words): “The first non-pitchers that I would pick up for each position that are available in at least 85 percent of leagues.” I thought it would be a good idea to check the player pool and see if my opinions differ.

The idea is not very different from my 20 under 20% column from last week, but this time we’re looking at it by position.

First, Mister Berry’s list…

1. Chris Iannetta, C, Rockies (10%)
2. Casey Kotchman, 1b, Mariners (1.4%)
3. Sean Rodriguez, 2b, Rays (7.9%)
4. Ian Desmond, SS, Nationals (4%)
5. Troy Glaus, 3b, Braves (11.8%)
6. Carlos Gomez, OF, Brewers (14.8%)
7. Austin Jackson, OF, Tigers (13.6%)
8. Skip Schumaker, 2b/OF, Cards (8.1%)
9. Clint Barmes, 2b, Rockies (9.6%)
10. Jhonny Peralta, SS/3b, Indians (13.8%)

Okay well, his list is a little messed up because it’s not clear what the “positions” are after #7. He chose, for some reason, to exclude pitchers. I’ll include one Starting Pitcher and one Relief Pitcher, and that will get us a nice and easy 10 positions.

Even though I prefer Sportsline data, I am using ESPN league numbers for consistency.

C: Jeff Clement, Pirates (2.2%)
He’s playing 1st base, so his body won’t wear down like a real catcher. He’s been an excellent hitter at every level, so I expect him to outperform most catchers.

1b: Gaby Sanchez, Marlins (3.1%)
Kotchman is an intriguing option as the #3 hitter for the Mariners, but he is not exactly expected to improve much or even approach 20 homeruns. I’ll take the chance Gaby shows more power.

2b: Chris Getz, Royals (1.6%)
Speed + opportunity = steals

SS: Jhonny Peralta, Indians (13.4%)
He’s got power and slid over to 3rd base, which could make him even stronger.

3b: Brandon Wood, Angels (4.4%)
I’m beginning to lose patience with Brandon Wood, but considering he’s still on my own team, he should be on this list. I’m not about to drop him for Scott Rolen.

OF: Mike Cameron, Red Sox (12.3%)
He’s one of those freaky athletes who’s body doesn’t age at the same rate as everyone else. I guess he could also be on HGH, but anyway, he’s 37 years old and arguably still the best athlete on his team.

OF: Luke Scott, Orioles (2.4%)
There is a really creepy Luke Scott promo commercial on local Orioles broadcasts. He is also a good source of cheap power.

OF: Michael Brantley, Indians (0.9%)
Only zero-point-nine percent owned is crazy low for Michael Brantley. He’s not just one-dimensional for speed. He won’t hit a lot of homeruns, but he is a decent hitter.

SP: Gio Gonzalez, A’s (0.7%)
He looked in control last night in Anaheim. Get on the bandwagon, plenty of seats available!

RP: Matt Thornton, White Sox (7.0%)
Bobby Jenks could lose his job, or at the very least visit the DL once or twice this year. Even if he doesn’t, Thornton will lower your team ERA & WHIP (slightly), while adding a few strikeouts each week.

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