Monday, March 10, 2008

Keeping up with our favorite sleepers in Spring Training

Let it be known that sometimes spring stats can be deceiving. Anyone who touted Ronnie Paulino last season as a big time sleeper were severly disappointed during the season after Paulino hit .400+ in spring training. Don't let it happen to you. So what I am going to do here is every few days or so I will pick out a few players that we all have on our sleeper lists, maybe some question marks, and maybe some players in position battles, and we'll keep track of them so that you can make better decisions in your upcoming fantasy drafts!

Now, there are a ton of good players doing well and a ton of good players doing poorly. remember that some of the "good" players could be guys working on new things, so don't take Corey Hart hitting a paltry .192 so far this spring as any indication anything is wrong. You just never know what a guy is working on in the spring unless you are right there with him. Plus, its normal for some guys to take longer to get going than others, so when we are speaking about sprint training stats, remember to be listening with an open mind...

As of 3/10/08
Matt Kemp - Batting .333 with 10 hits in 30 AB with 2 SB, 2 HR, 8 RBI - Looks like the Dave Winfield comparision is working towards an everyday OF spot. You have to like this guys potential!

Billy Butler - Batting .400 with 10 H in 25 AB with a .483 OBP - The talk was about placing Butler at 1B but with Ross Gload and Ryan Shealy fighting for a spot and doing well so far, I think you'll still see Butler as the DH.
Lastings Milledge - Batting .367, 11 H, 4 SB in 30 AB - Looks like Milledge showing the speed, but where's the power?
James Loney - Batting .379, 11 H in 29 AB with a .438 OBP - Continuing right where he left off. At this point, its probably safe to assume he will have the full-time 1B job.

Ian Kinsler - Batting .476 with 10 H in 21 AB with a .593 OBP - Only 21 Ab but you have to like this small showing if Kinsler is going to be a lead off guy!
Felix Pie - Batting .321, 9 H, 2 HR, .406OBP in 28 AB - This is what you like to see from a future star who has had some question marks around him.

Some of The Fantasy Man favorites....
Carlos Pena - Batting .463 with a .563 OBP and a HR
Rickie Weeks - Batting .130 with 10 K in 23 AB - He does however have 4 SB
Josh Hamilton - Batting .471 with a .500 OBP in 17 AB

Johnny Damon - Batting .333 with a SB
Felipe Lopez - Batting .125 in 24 AB
Kevin Kouzmanoff - Batting .231 with a HR in 13 AB

Jeremy Hermida - Batting .148 with a HR in 27 AB

This is like betting on football games! At half time your winning every bet, but by the end of the game, its a different story!!....or vice-versa!


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