SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on September 23, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Asdrubal Cabrera was about as good as it gets in 2011. Cabrera was so good in fact that it can be argued, persuasively, that he was the best American League fantasy shortstop in the just completed season. Is there any chance in hell he will be able to repeat his bust out campaign in 2012?
Brad Boxberger is quite likely going to make the Padres out of spring training in the 2012 season. He carries a good repertoire of pitches, especially for someone who will be coming out of the bullpen. He is capable of good high-end velocity with secondary pitches that give nice variations in speed. His stuff is well-suited for a relief role where the batters only get to see him one time in a game. Petco will be an excellent park for Boxberger to learn how to pitch at the major league level. We don’t expect that it will take him long to adapt to the level of competition. Though Huston Street is slotted as the closer for the Padres, it would not be surprising to see Boxberger claim a role as a high leverage reliever as the season progresses. His stuff is very good and the 2011 numbers reflect that. Boxberger should be at minimum a productive middle innings reliever. However, he has the potential to be a very good closer in the major leagues. With his remarkable 13.5 k’s/9, Boxberger could be shutting down opposing batters in the 8th and 9th inning fairly quickly. Consistency will be the key to Boxberger’s success, and if he can develop that, he will be a top end closer for years to come. Padre fans may not think much of the 3rd prospect in the trade now, but he may be one that they appreciate later.
2012 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft | Review of Round 1 - Fantasy GameDay
1) Ryan Bruan OF - MIL (Note: pick made before the news) 2) Jose Bautista 3B/OF - TOR 3) Albert Pujols 1B - LAA 4) Troy Tulowitzki SS - COL 5) Robinson Cano 2B - NYY 6) Matt Kemp OF - LAD 7) Miguel Cabrera 1B - DET 8) Joey Votto 1B - CIN 9) Adrian Gonzalez 1B - BOS 10) Justin Upton OF - ARI 11) Prince Fielder 1B - fa 12) Jacoby Ellsbury OF - BOS 13) Evan Longoria 3B - TB 14) Carlos Gonzalez OF - COL 15) Jose Reyes SS - MIA 16) Roy Halladay SP - PHI
2012 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft | Review of Round 2-Fantasy GameDay
17) Clayton Kershaw SP - LAD 18) Mark Teixeira 1B - NYY 19) Ian Kinsler 2B - TEX 21) Hanley Ramirez SS - MIA 22) Dustin Pedroia 2B - BOS 23) Justin Verlander SP - DET 24) Felix Hernandez SP - SEA 25) Curtis Granderson OF - NYY 26) Andrew McCutchen OF - PIT 27) Josh Hamilton OF - TEX 28) Mike Stanton OF - MIA29) Jay Bruce OF - CIN 30) David Wright 3B - NYM 31) Carlos SantanaC/1B - CLE 32) Cliff Lee SP - PHI Elvis Andrus SS - TEX