Monday, March 22, 2010

NL King - Solid Late Round Hitters

The following players are nice players to fill in you roster at the end of the draft. These players are not sexy but can give you good numbers in those final spots on your roster and these numbers add up if you make enough good picks at the end.

Catchers
Jeff Clement - Pitt - In most leagues he will qualify at catcher because the last year Clement was in MLB in 2008 he played 38 games at catcher. He will be the Pirates starting 1B so in most leagues after the 1st week Clement will also qualify at 1B. Could give you nice numbers and would be a great fit as your #2 catcher. Plus Clement will not be beaten down like a catcher because he will be playing 1B.

Ronny Paulino - Fla - John Baker is the starter but Paulino can hit. Lifetime Paulino is a .277 hitter & has a little pop. Had solid seasons in Pittsburgh in 06 & 07 as a starter. Again solid #2 catcher in an NL only league.

Corner Infielders
Daniel Murphy - 1B & OF - NY - I have my doubts but some believe he should hit for a good average and is a tireless worker. Will bat 5th or 6th at the beginning of the season. Not a bad option as your corner and also qualifies for the OF.

Gabby Sanzhez - 1B - Fla - Has proven everything on the minor league level. Logan Morrison appears to need another year of seasoning so unless the Marlins trade for someone (Mike Lowell ???), Sanchez deserves a shot.

Middle Infielders
Jeff Baker - 2B & 3B - Cubs - In flashes Baker has shown ability. Would love to see what he can do if he was given a real chance. The boy has pop.

Ronnie Belliard - 2B - LA - The mini Manny is always a few lbs too heavy but every year no matter what team he's on he gives you nice numbers as your 3rd middle infielder.

Emilio Bonifacio - 2B & 3B - Fla - Looks like Florida will have him as the super utility which is what he is best suited for. Will give you cheap steals as your 3rd middle infielder.

Orlando Cabrera - SS - Cinn - Gets over looked when you compare his numbers to the big boys. But can give you close to 10HR with decent R & RBI and low double digit SB's. If the Reds have him batting towards the top of the order could be a nice player this year.

Felipe Lopez - 2B - Stl - Does not steal anymore (only 14 SB's last 2 seasons) but can give you nice numbers as your 3rd middle infielder. Plus with the Cardinals having questions at potential SS & 3B Lopez could be all over the infield eventually this year giving position flexibility.

Martin Prado - 1B, 2B & 3B - Atl - Gives you great position flexibility on day one, hits for average with little pop and should be decent in R & RBI as well.

Outfielders
Melky Cabrera - Atl - Can give you nice numbers accross the board. I don't know if the Melk Man is an every day player but if not over exposed he will give you solid numbers over 350 to 400 AB's.

Matt Diaz - Atl - Similar to Melky but rakes lefties.

Ben Francisco - Phil - He is the Phillies 4th OF but keep in mind Ibanez is 37 and Fransico has some nice pop & speed. Can be a nice 5th OF on your squad.

Scott Hairston - SD - Comes back to San Diego. Hit 17HR the last 2 seasons in big ball parks.

Aaron Rowand - SF - Has looked great this spring, dropped 15 lbs since last year, going to bat lead off and has stated he is on a mission to have a strong year.

Seth Smith - Col - Colorado has a lot of OF's but if they can find Smith 300 plus AB's he can be a good pick up for you.

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