Here's a quick little splash of fantasy baseball advice heading into the season and your last minute fantasy drafts. Very little is made of a Spring Training performance, but every year a few guys make you look twice. I really don’t think springs matter, but in some cases it could be a small indication of great things to come:
Norman Notes: Fully recovered from Tommy John surgery in August 2009, now having a tremendous spring hitting 95 on the gun. Stephen Strasburg stole all the headlines, but JZ could end up being the National’s best pitcher. Target Zimmerman is the late rounds as a possible mega sleeper.
Norman Notes: This Spring, he’s batting .339, slugging .597 with a .994 OPS with 3 homeruns and 11 RBIs. We all know he can hit at the major league levels, now at 27, can Gordon can finally have a full quality season?
Norman Notes: I hope you listened to me about Neftali Feliz. The Rangers announced he will close this year. Could be the best closer in baseball, draft him accordingly.
Brad Lidge: Lidge is not my favorite fantasy player, and an injury risk. He’s 34 now, and having shoulder problems. Ryan Madson is a much better pitcher and could be a steal at the draft (or a free agent acquisition if you’ve already drafted).
Chase Utley: With his knee tendonitis acting up, he’ll start the year on the DL, but if he falls far enough in your draft, he could be a bargain. Half a season of Uley, is still better than a full season of most other second basemen.
Kendrys Morales: 7 years and he finally realizes an S is missing? He’s going to start the year on the DL. Like Utley, if he falls far enough, I like him as a deeper sleeper.