For the first time since arguably the mid 1990’s, the Baltimore Orioles posses a true cleanup hitter in Vladimir Guerrero. Although he is a free swinger, he owns a .320 career batting average. He, along with Mark Reynolds and Derrek Lee, will provide more protection for the younger hitters in the lineup. The two young fantasy baseball studs who should benefit the most are Adam Jones and Matt Wieters.
Jones was the centerpiece in the deal that sent Erik Bedard to the Mariners. In his three years with the Orioles his average has increased by seven points each year, and could be poised for a breakout year in 2011. (more…)