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As the inclusion of B.K. Kim and John Rocker on that K/9 list above shows, trying the map the career path of a young power reliever is tough. And he's got eons to go to prove that he has anything nearing Wagner's longevity. But, equipped with strikeout stuff that would make "Billy the Kid" proud, Kimbrel could be a new-generation Wagner as long as he stays healthy.
Given his strikeouts and current batted balls, a .250-.260 average is about the best one can hope for. He could easily manage a 20 HR/ 20 SB pace even in this reduced state, too. Obviously, that’s still a start in most leagues — or at the very least a bench/matchups play. But in a ten-team, three-man mixed-league outfield, he might not make the cut.
But that slash line there helps illustrate the point that Blanks' talents are not to be overlooked: he's one of the few guys who might have the power to overcome the limitations imposed on him by his home park, because 334 feet down the left field line can do only so much to contain a 6'7" 270 pound hitting machine, and he's got the plate presence to serve as an above-average hitter among first basemen.
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Overall Kotchman is a solid, if unspectacular waiver wire grab. He is still just 28 (hard to believe isn’t it?), and so a breakout season doesn’t necessarily mean fluke. He’ll continue to hit for a good average, even if he does tail off, and have some, not a lot of power. If someone with a bit more upside like a Kyle Blanks is out there I’d rather have Blanks. However I’d take Kotchman over another very similar player, Mike Carp, just based on the team he plays for.
Strasburg will likely be really good when he’s on the hill, but I’m thinking he’s a five inning type the ROTW, so don’t go overboard with your expectations for 2011. Also, for those of you in keeper leagues, look at how the Nationals handled Jordan Zimmerman this season if you want to know what to expect from Strasburg next year. That’s right, I’m thinking 160 innings for SS next year, so factor that in to your 2012 rankings.
It has been reported by the team that Sizemore is returning to the Indians in early September. He should then retake his position in CF from Kosuke Fukudome. He is no longer a threat to steal bases, 0 SB so far this season, but has been a decent source of power, 10 HR in 232 AB.
His fly ball percentage (39%) is right around league average, but his line drive rate (25%) puts him right in line with the best in baseball. As a guy who hits the ball with authority that often, and in the air more than on the ground, [Eric] Thames has the requisite profile for owners in need of homers. As a potential bonus, he could chip in enough RBIs — he knocked in 17 during the month of July — to aid that category, too.
Andino may only have eight stolen bases on the season, but six of those have come in the last month and a half. Since the all-star break, Andino is batting .282 and he has scored 18 runs in the last 30 days, which is the third most of any eligible fantasy 2B, tied for second most among eligible 3Bs and third most among eligible SSs.
Gindl has a compact swing that he repeats consistently and a solid feel for hitting. He will flash above-average power, but at the major league level will probably be more of a 10-12 homer type guy in a full season, with doubles as well. He has a good eye, will take a walk, avoids excessive strikeouts, and has shown he can handle both breaking stuff and fastballs, at least at the minor league level. Although he likely fits best as a fourth outfielder, especially if the Brewers are comfortable using him in center field, I think Gindl has the skills necessary to have a productive major league career. He strikes me as the kind of player who will sneak up on people and have some surprisingly impressive seasons at his peak.
Unlike his counterpart, Beckham, there are no questions about where Lee will play defensively at the major league level. Managers in the Lo-A Midwest League voted Lee the best defensive shortstop in the league in 2010. For the most part, defensive accolades hold little importance in the fantasy world. In this case, they hold more importance than most because it will likely result in Lee forcing Beckham to find a new defensive home.
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