Zach Britton – SP – Baltimore Orioles
Britton started the season off on a solid note by holding the Rays to only three hits and one run over six innings in his major league debut. The young lefty had a 6:3 strikeout to walk ratio while keeping his pitch count down. While he will have to face a lot of tough offenses in the AL East, he should be added in all formats because of his potential. Expect him to be really up and down depending on the team he is facing, but keep him in your lineup for all good matchups.
Alexi Ogando – P – Texas Rangers
Expected to be the Rangers set-up man, Ogando was only pushed into the rotation by a spring injury to Tommy Hunter. He was very impressive in his first start last week shutting out the Mariners for six innings while allowing only 2 hits. He struck out 4 while walking only two. He is expected to be moved back to the bullpen, but Manager Ron Washington has said that if Ogando continues to pitch like that they may have to reconsider. This uncertainty makes him a very risky, but fascinating fantasy option.
Michael Brantley – OF – Cleveland Indians
Brantley has been hitting leadoff for the Indians in the absence of Grady Sizemore and performing admirably. He is hitting over .300 and has shown the patience to be a consistent big league hitter. While he only has one stolen base so far, he has shown through his minor league track record that he could put up around 30 steals with consistent playing time. If he keeps up this level of play, expect the Indians to get him around 500 plate appearances this season even with the return of Sizemore looming.
Chris Iannetta – C – Colorado Rockies
Iannetta finally has a full time job this season. While his batting average is likely going to hover in the mid-.200’s he provides both power and patience that are rare in the catcher position right now that will help you greatly in categories like OBP and OPS. Iannetta could hit 25 home runs this season hitting where he does in the Rockies order. He is only sparingly owned in most leagues, but he may be one of the gems of the 2011 catching class in fantasy baseball leagues.
More Players to watch:
Brandon Beachy – P – Atlanta Braves – Struggled against the Phillies, but should bounce back.
Chris Sale – P – Chicago White Sox – Thornton’s struggles may give him a shot to close
J. P. Arencibia – C – Toronto Blue Jays – Shown impressive power so far this season.