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2011 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Ike Davis & Top 10 1B

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Davis swings a big stick.

Every year, fantasy baseball fanatics leaf through dozens of magazines and scan numerous websites to find “the next big thing.”  It’s always satisfying to find fantasy baseball sleepers, and this list of potential first baseman sleepers could help put your team in contention for the league title.  If you want to achieve fantasy glory, scan this list of first baseman to find a great 2011 sleeper.

Ike Davis, Mets – Davis burst onto the scene in the Big Apple last year and provided a much needed boost to the anemic offense of the Mets. Despite hitting 19 homers and driving in 73 runs in his rookie campaign, many scouts believe Davis is already close to reaching his ceiling. However, depending on the health of his oft-injured teammates, Davis could once again make some noise if he has some protection in the lineup. He could be a great pick at the end of a draft.

Freddie Freeman, Braves – Remember Jason Heyward? Thought so. Well, Freeman has the same type of potential at the plate. Freeman tore up Triple A pitching last season batting .319 with 18 homers and an .898 OPS, and at the start of this upcoming season, he will be only 21 years old. The possibilities for Freeman are endless and there will be much excitement surrounding the young stud, but as a rookie he will almost certainly hit a few rough patches along the way.

Mitch Moreland, Rangers – This guy has already been through a lot at the age of 25. Moreland was finally given an opportunity to play after the Rangers demoted Chris Davis, traded Justin Smoak, and then demoted…Chris Davis…again. After an impressive 2010 World Series, Moreland is ready step in and be the everyday starter for Texas. Hitting in one of the league’s more hitter-friendly ballparks should bode well for Moreland, who has the potential to be a solid BA-HR combo first baseman. Draft him really late or wait to see how things play out early in the year.

Gaby Sanchez, Marlins – Sanchez was another rookie first baseman who had a solid 2010 campaign. Batting .273 with 19 homers and 85 RBIs is a nice start to a big league career, and Sanchez has the ability to improve a little bit on those numbers. He has the potential to bat .300, which is reassuring, but don’t expect a huge boost in power. Sanchez is a solid overall hitter and could be a nice pick up in later rounds.

Justin Smoak, Mariners – In the 2008 MLB Draft, Smoak was considered a Top 5 talent with tons of potential. Due to his switch-hitting ability, Smoak has drawn comparisons to the powerful Mark Teixeira, and in 2011, it will finally be time to act on his big-time potential. Traded from the Rangers to the Mariners last season, Smoak will start for Seattle on Opening Day. Hitting in spacious Safeco Field might be a tough park for Smoak to deliver immediate power, but his solid plate discipline should certainly help him have a decent year. Look to draft Smoak in deeper leagues if need be.

Kila Ka’aihue, Royals – After being drafted in 2002, Ka’aihue has spent much of the first eight years of his career bouncing around the minors. Well, after absolutely destroying Triple A pitching for much of 2010 (over 1.000 OPS and .463 OBP), the Royals will see if the 27 year old Ka’aihue can deliver at the big league level for a full season in 2011. Ka’aihue could finally provide Kansas City with that middle-of-the-order pop they have been missing for quite some time now. His ability to get on base is also a plus; however, rumors are that Ka’aihue is simply filling up a spot until the Royals next big-time prospect, Eric Hosmer, is ready for the Big Show. Draft at your own risk.

Matt LaPorta, Indians – Since being traded from the Brewers in 2008, LaPorta has been a prize possession for the struggling Indians. Unfortunately, LaPorta has yet to deliver on his tremendous talent. After two straight seasons with some time spent in the minors and nothing left to prove at the Triple A-level, 2011 is an important year for LaPorta to show he belongs in the majors. The Indians could really use his 25-HR potential in their lineup, but they also hope he can improve on his abysmal .221 average from last year. LaPorta could be a serviceable late round pick in deeper leagues.

Carlos Pena, Cubs – He isn’t a sleeper in the true sense of the word, but Pena’s consistently awful batting averages (.227 in 2009, .196 in 2010) are a reason to be scared. However, this guy has some serious pop in his bat and that is definitely a reason to target his services. He has already proven that he can deliver in the power department, and a move to the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field in 2011 could put Pena back in the 35-homer range. Additionally, it would be almost impossible to think that Pena’s batting average could get any worse, so look for him to improve in that area as well. He could be a huge steal on draft day.

Derrek Lee, Orioles – Due to an ailing thumb injury last year, the ever-consistent Lee saw his numbers decrease quite a bit in 2010. Long one of the more steady choices at first base, Lee will get another chance to prove he still has the skills with a move to Baltimore for the 2011 season. Camden Yards is a great ballpark for hitters, and batting in a lineup with Guerrero, Reynolds, Jones, and Markakis could certainly prove beneficial to Lee’s numbers. He probably won’t return to his old self, but it’s not too crazy to expect a good year from Lee. He could be a great pick if he can stay healthy.

Chris Davis, Rangers– Davis absolutely mashes minor league pitching. On the flip side, he struggles mightily against major league pitching. This unfortunate combination has landed Davis the label of a “Four A Player:” he is too good for the minors, but he might not be able to cut it in the majors. However, the Rangers are not ready to give up on him just yet. He has a ton of potential, and his proven ability to hit homers (21 in 113 games in 2009) is a plus, but he desperately needs to cut down on strikeouts and improve his plate discipline in order to survive. A crowded, lethal Rangers lineup will not help Davis’ chances to be an everyday player in Texas, but he makes this list because rumors of a potential trade could help jumpstart his career. Do not draft him, but stay tuned to see what happens.

Fantasy Baseball Top Prospects: Mark Trumbo Bursts Onto The Scene with Impressive Spring Numbers

Saturday, March 12th, 2011
Mark Trumbo Fantasy Baseball Prospect

Mark Trumbo has quickly been making a name for himself.

The Grapefruit and Cactus circuits are both well underway and prospects all over the league are starting to establish themselves while others have watched their stock slip. With the spring training schedule already about half done, the time to impress coaches and management is now for many of these youngsters. With roughly three weeks to go until teams head north for the summer months, many of the prospects listed below have very limited time to unseat the seasoned veterans ahead of them on the depth chart and onto your fantasy baseball team. Lets take a look at who made big moves this week and other that fell off.

1) Jeremy Hellickson – TB  (LW:1)

The young Rays flamethrower maintains his firm grasp on the top spot this week. (more…)

2011 Fantasy Baseball: American League East Preview

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

The AL East is loaded with talent...as always.

When talking baseball, the discussion often starts and ends with the American League East, winners of nine of the last 18 World Series. Throw in what some call the greatest rivalry in sports, and the AL East is an incredibly dynamic division. On one hand the division is filled with enough talent to fill an All-Star fantasy roster. On the other hand, the fans of the division can be very prideful, to a fault. So if you’re in a league with a Red Sox or Yankee fan, know that those players are likely to go way to early. With that in mind, here’s the AL East preview. (more…)

2011 Fantasy Baseball: Top Prospects (1-12)

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Jeremy Hellickson comes in at number 1 on our list and looks to have a big rookie campaign for the Rays.

We’re ready to reveal prospects 1-12 in our 2011 Fantasy Baseball Top Prospects.  Incase you missed 13-25, here’s what you’re in store for. Throughout the season this space will document and examine the prospects of baseball’s top, well…prospects. Were going to start with a top 25 of youngsters and follow that up with a weekly top 10 prospect power ranking (PPR from here on out) column. Since prospects come and go with great regularity, we will keep only the most legit of minor leaguers as the focal in order to maintain continuity. These baseball rankings will be fluid and ever changing, so expect fresh and insightful content every time out. Here are the top prospects of 2011.

1) Jeremy Hellickson (TB) – Hellickson is projected to begin the season in the majors with the Rays. With his outstanding command, Hellickson already received a nice deal of exposure to the big show in his 4 starts last season. (more…)

2011 Fantasy Baseball: Top Prospects (13-25)

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Jesus Montero finds himself on our fantasy baseball prospect list and possibly in the NY lineup.

Welcome aboard. Throughout the season this space will document and examine the prospects of baseball’s top, well…prospects. Were going to start with a top 25 of youngsters and follow that up with a weekly top 10 prospect power ranking (PPR from here on out) column. Since prospects come and go with great regularity, we will keep only the most legit of minor leaguers as the focal in order to maintain continuity. These baseball rankings will be fluid and ever changing, so expect fresh and insightful content every time out. Now that we got that housecleaning out of the way, lets dive right into the inaugural top 25 for the beginning of the 2011 season. We’ll begin with 13-25, to be followed shortly by ranks 1-12.

25. Zach Britton (Bal) – Britton is expected to begin his 2011 season at AAA Norfolk, but don’t be surprised to see him make an impact at the big league level sometime this season. (more…)