Monday, March 29, 2010

Last-Minute Player Rankings

For everyone having a late Spring draft this week/weekend, here is a quick rundown of our latest player rankings with no comments or photos. Enjoy...

Catcher
Joe Mauer
Victor Martinez
Brian McCann
Matt Wieters
Jorge Posada
Ryan Doumit
Geovany Soto
Chris Iannetta
Mike Napoli
Miguel Montero
Kurt Suzuki
Russell Martin
Kelly Shoppach
Chris Snyder
Miguel Olivo
Carlos Ruiz
A.J. Pierzynski
Benjie Molina
Max Ramirez
Buster Posey
Ramon Hernandez
Yadier Molina
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Tyler Flowers
Justin Towles
John Baker
Jesus Montero
Angel Salome
J.R. House
John Jano

1st Base
Albert Pujols
Prince Fielder
Mark Teixeira
Miguel Cabrera
Ryan Howard
Joey Votto
Kevin Youkilis
Adrian Gonzalez
Justin Morneau
Adam Dunn
Carlos Pena
Jorge Cantu
Derek Lee
Chris Davis
Lance Berkman
Billy Butler
Nick Swisher
Kendry Morales
Adam LaRoche
Paul Konerko
Nick Johnson
Todd Helton
Martin Prado
Garrett Jones
James Loney
Jeff Clement

2nd Base
Chase Utley
Ian Kinsler
Robinson Cano
Dustin Pedroia
Ian Stewart
Ben Zobrist
Dan Uggla
Aaron Hill
Rickie Weeks
Asdrubal Cabrera
Brian Roberts
Howie Kendrick
Brandon Phillips
Jose Lopez
Martin Prado
Felipe Lopez
Placido Polanco
Kelly Johnson
Adam Kennedy
Sean Rodriguez
Scott Sizemore
Orlando Hudson
Mike Fontenot

3rd Base
Evan Longoria
Alex Rodriguez
David Wright
Kevin Youkilis
Ryan Zimmerman
Mark Reynolds
Pablo Sandoval
Chone Figgins
Aramis Ramirez
Gordon Beckham
Ian Stewart
Jorge Cantu
Adrian Beltre
Brandon Wood
Mark DeRosa
Miguel Tejada
Jake Fox
Chipper Jones
Martin Prado
Kevin Kouzmanoff
Michael Young
Jhonny Peralta
Alex Gordon
Adam Kennedy
Garrett Atkins
Mark Teahen
Josh Fields
Chase Headley
Jose Bautista
Edwin Encarnacion

Shortstop
Hanley Ramirez
Troy Tulowitzki
Derek Jeter
Jimmy Rollins
Jose Reyes
Asdrubal Cabrera
Alexei Ramirez
Miguel Tejada
Elvis Andrus
Jason Bartlett
Everth Cabrera
Stephen Drew
Erick Aybar
Marco Scutaro
Alcides Excobar
Rafael Furcal
Yunel Escobar
J.J. Hardy
Ryan Theriot
Jhonny Peralta
Maicer Izturis
Orlando Cabrera
Sterlin Castro

Outfield
Ryan Braun
Carl Crawford
Matt Kemp
Justin Upton
Jacoby Ellsbury
Grady Sizemore
Curtis Granderson
Matt Holliday
Nelson Cruz
Adam Lind
Jason Heyward
Nick Markakis
Jason Werth
Jason Bay
BJ Upton
Carlos Gonzalez
Shane Victorino
Carlos Lee
Jay Bruce
Ichiro
Andrew McCutcheon
Carlos Beltran
Nick Swisher
Adam Jones
Andre Ethier
Carlos Quentin
Denard Span
Jason Kubel
Kyle Blanks
Delmon Young
Desmond Jennings
Brad Hawpe
Julio Borbon
Mark DeRosa
Nyjer Morgan
Jake Fox
Juan Pierre
Dexter Fowler
Corey Hart
Hunter Pence
Nolan Reimold
Shin-Soo Choo
Travis Snider
Chris B. Young
Lastings Milledge
Manny Ramirez
Michael Cuddyer
Torii Hunter
Chris Coghlan
Rajai Davis
Bobby Abreu
Raul Ibanez
Colby Rasmus
Matt Joyce
Josh Hamilton
Mark Teahen
Garrett Jones
Drew Stubbs
Nate McLouth
Alex Rios
Mike Cameron
Cameron Maybin
Ryan Ludwick
Conor Jackson
Alfonso Soriano
Milton Bradley
Johnny Damon
Michael Bourn
Jack Cust
Kosuke Fukudome
Juan Rivera
Vernon Wells
Brett Gardner
Coco Crisp
Franklin Gutierrez
Elijah Dukes
Tony Gwynn, Jr.
Carlos Gomez
Scott Podsednick
Jermaine Dye
Fernando Martinez
Matt Diaz
Michael Saunders
Marlon Byrd
Jeff Francoeur

Starting Pitcher
Tim Lincecum
Felix Hernandez
Zack Greinke
Roy Halladay
Adam Wainright
CC Sabathia
Justin Verlander
Tommy Hanson
Stephen Strasburg
Johan Santana
Josh Beckett
Yovani Gallardo
Josh Johnson
Ricky Nolasco
Matt Cain
Chris Carpenter
Aroldis Chapman
Jon Lester
Cole Hamels
Cliff Lee
Clayton Kershaw
Jake Peavy
John Lackey
Ubaldo Jimenez
Javier Vazquez
Dan Haren
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Chad Billingsley
Francisco Liriano
Brett Anderson
Edwin Jackson
Wandy Rodriguez
Ben Sheets
David Price
Rick Porcello
Aaron Harang
Roy Oswalt
Scott Kazmir
Jair Jurrjens
Max Sherzer
Brian Matusz
Justin Masterson
Tim Hudson
James Shields
Carlos Zambrano
Matt Garza
Jorge de la Rosa
Clay Buchholz
Mat Latos
Wade Davis
A.J. Burnett
Erik Bedard
Rich Harden
Brandon Webb
Jonathan Sanchez
Jeff Niemann
Scott Baker
Brandon Morrow
John Danks
Gavin Floyd
John Maine
Randy Wells
Jered Weaver
Madison Bumgarner
Jake Arrieta
Chris Tillman
Rich Hill
Brad Penny
Johnny Cueto
J.A. Happ
Mark Buehrle
Ted Lilly
Ryan Dempster
Derek Holland
Randy Wolf
Mike Pelfrey
Tom Gorzelanny
Andrew Cashner
Kunichi Tazawa
Ervin Santana
Scott Feldman

Relief Pitcher
Jonathan Broxton
Mariano Rivera
Jonathan Papelbon
Joakim Soria
Heath Bell
Francisco Rodriguez
Brian Wilson
Jose Valverde
Frank Francisco
Carlos Marmol
Andrew Bailey
Rafael Soriano
Huston Street
Francisco Cordero
Brad Lidge
Trevor Hoffman
Matt Capps
Leo Nunez
Billy Wagner
David Aardsma
Bobby Jenks
Mike Gonzalez
Brian Fuentes
Ryan Franklin
Matt Lindstrom
Kerry Wood
Joba Chamberlain
Neftali Feliz
Chad Qualls
Jon Rauch
Brandon Lyon
J.P. Howell
Daniel Bard
Michael Bowden
Joe Nathan

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Osh's Intriguing List

So, Brilliant Reader Osh's fantasy draft is tonight. He emailed me yesterday asking if I'd be around as a lifeline during his draft. At the end of the email, he sent a list of players he found "intriguing", and I found it a good starting point for getting the ol' blog fired up again.

The following is his list of players with my comments to follow...

Sean Rodriguez, 2b/OF, Rays
Our team, Good Friends, briefly picked up S-Rod as a potential keeper last September. We dropped him a few days later, but how could you not be intrigued by his eye-popping minor league numbers? He hit 29 HR's in Triple-A last season and flashed power in cups of coffee in with the Angels in '08 and '09. I like him as a last round, or 2nd to last round pick, if you need a middle infielder. He shouldn't go too early until we know he'll be getting regular at bats.

The photo of he and his former teammate, Brandon Wood below, remind me that I like Brandon Wood much more as a sleeper. He plays third base for the Angels. More importantly, according to his manager, he is their starting third baseman.

Jason Heyward, OF, Atlanta
Yes, yes, and yes. We took him with the 1st pick in the 4th round of our league, where the 4th round starts the keeper round.

Austin Jackson, OF, Tigers
He's supposedly going to be the starting Centerfielder for Jim Leyland's Tigers. As we've seen over and over again, most recently last season with Rick Porcello, Jim Leyland will lean on rookies. I just see no power from AJ and not enough speed to put him in Rajai Davis, Julio Borbon, Nyjer Morgan territory.

Stephen Strasburg, SP, Nationals
To much league criticism, we took Stephen Strasburg with the last pick in the 3rd round. I still love him just about anywhere you want to take him. He's going to be good and it'll be soon. I suspect he will have better numbers than 2009 Tommy Hanson.

Aroldis Chapman, SP, Reds
I think if his stock drops because of his lower back tightness from earlier in the week, and a threat he may start the season on the DL, that is even more reason why he should end up on your team. His ailment is nothing to be too concerned about. When he finally gets on the field, he will showcase his natural talent and breathtaking ability to bountiful success.

Jon Rauch, RP, Twins
I like Rauch to be the closer for the Twins, but I don't love him because there has been so much chatter about the Twins trading for a more established closer, like Heath Bell or even one of the Blue Jays' bullpen arms. Kerry Wood being out 6+ weeks amkes him untradeable, so that's good for Rauch owners. Other low-rated closers I like this year are: Frank Francisco, Matt Capps, Mike Gonzalez, Brad Lidge, Carlos Marmol, and go ahead and take the Chris Perez/Kerry Wood combo. If Wood gets traded to close somewhere, you'll end up with two solid closers. If not, you let Wood sit in the DL slot and drop him or Perez, based on how the season goes.

Cole Hamels, SP, Phillies
I've never liked Hamels for fantasy because I thought he was too brittle and then overworked after their run to the World Series. The Phillies went deep in the postseason last season, but they rode Cliff Lee. I think Hamels is probably due for a bounceback season, but there is always someone in a draft who likes him more than I do. He really needs to get his curveball going to be successful because last year he got rocked, while throwing his fastball or changeup about 90% of the time.

Mike Aviles, SS, Royals
Um, no. He is a sleeper, but he probably stinks. I think Yuniesky Betancourt, Chris Getz, Alberto Callaspo, Alex Gordon, Mark Teahen, and even Josh Fields are likely ahead of Aviles on the depth chart at SS, 2b, and 3b. Who knows, though, it's not like he's trying to break into the Yankees infield.

Scott Sizemore, 2b, Tigers
Another Opening Day rookie starter for Skipper Leyland. I hope he doesn't let these kids see him chain-smoking cigarettes. Again, I don't see enough power or speed for our squad. He is hopefully better in real life than in rotisserie.

Kurt Suzuki, C, Athletics
Spoiler Alert: Kurt Suzuki isn't a Japanese ballplayer. He was born in Hawaii and went to Cal State Fullerton. I wonder if the perception many people have, that he is an import, have affected his value. I love Suzuki as a late pick to play catcher because he is going to bat 3rd for the Oakland A's. Anytime I can get someone batting 1st, 3rd, or 4th, I consider them, especially late in the draft and at a position like Catcher it's almost a no-brainer. Heck, Benjie Molina has been useful for a couple years simply because he'd been batting 4th for the Giants.

Jake Fox, 3b/OF, Athletics
I like Fox, too. He has the Power to play for anyone, and he's finally in the American League. We need to see how the AB's get distributed, but I think he can DH vs Righties and play the field vs Lefties, or something like that.

Marco Scutaro, SS, Red Sox
You can't argue with wanting a player in that lineup or ballpark, but we shouldn't expect Scutaro to put up prime Nomar numbers, average Jeter numbers, or even '08 Scutaro numbers. I'm very wary of players who have Career Years at age 34 contract years. I also notice how no-one wonders how Scutaro will react to the pressure cooker in Boston. Remember Edgar Renteria?

Chris Coghlan, OF, Marlins
We had Coghlan for most of last season, dropped him, then traded Madison Bumgarner for him who wound up neither being kept nor drafted. For some reason, Coghlan has less street value than Russell Batiste Jr's pack of Kool's. I see Coghlan as probably being a little better than David DeJesus, but not much more than someone who will provide HR's and SB's in the teens. I don't expect a 20/20 season, but he should have a good OBP. The only Marlin hitters I actually like, based on value and average draft position are Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu, Dan Uggla, and Gaby Sanchez, which leads me to the last player on our Brilliant Reader's list...

Cody Ross, OF, Marlins
Cody Ross is, in my mind, a poor man's Jayson Werth in 2008. We used to add/drop Jayson Werth on Good Friends, so that we could start him versus lefties. Few other owners in our league picked up on it, and it helped us get something like 12 or 14 really good games out of Werth. We even had him on Friday, May 18, 2008, when he hit 3 HR's against the Blue Jays. Similarly, I like Cody Ross versus lefties. The risk we run by looking at Ross as just a lefty masher is he could become awesome, like Jayson Werth. Still, when I see Cody Ross's stupid grin, which he's shown more than twice, it makes me think he's not that good.


Seriously, Cody? That's your smile?