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Farm Futures: Fast Track to Washington? - RotoWire.com

Harper is jumping up draft boards, but I am not buying the 2012 hype yet. He was drafted in mt NFBC league in the 14th round. Wasted pick...


Every prospect is a unique case and the team makes the decision to promote them or to slow them down based on skills first, and then for financial reasons. Harper is on a major league contract already, so that helps make this decision somewhat unique but looking at what Harper did in Double-A and the issues he has shown against left-handed pitching even in the Arizona Fall League makes me hope that Johnson is just giving writers something to talk about before camp starts. Harper was taken with the ninth pick of the 15th round in the latest expert mock draft and has a current ADP of 212. In a reset draft, that’s a risky move.

Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy: How to value HR/SB with a low batting average?

I always avoid the 20/20 with an AVG that hurts you pick... Some of these players however can be had at a value if they drop to much...

Chris Young, B.J. Upton, Danny Espinosa. They all have one thing in common: terrible batting averages yet enticing home run/stolen base totals. There are two things I can guarantee almost every single fantasy league champion will have on their roster at the end of this season: superstars (read: early round picks that stayed healthy) and plenty of guys who outperformed their ADPs.

2012 Fantasy Baseball's Best Kept Secret : Fantasy Baseball - RotoAuthority.com

One of the most debated players entering into 2012 is Emilio Bonifacio . Where are you drafting him this year?


A conservative projection for Emilio Bonifacio is .270/0/80/30/30, with upside for .310/5/105/50/50. Qualifiying at SS, Bonifacio is tremendously underrated in drafts. His current ADP at Mock Draft Central is 177. As recently as January 20th, Tristan Cockcroft of ESPN ranked him 21st among SS for 2012. Is there really much difference between Elvis Andrus (ADP 44) and Emilio Bonifacio in 2012, apart from Andrus's entrenchment at his defensive position and his superior supporting cast? Sure, Andrus is only 22, but what reason do we have to think he'll ever hit for more average or more power? Will he get faster as he gets older? In short, unless you are fortunate enough to end up with one of the big three (Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez), please wait on the SS position in 2012. Do not reach for a middling SS in the middle rounds. Pick from the fruit of Lance Berkman and Brandon Beachy while others reach for Erick Aybar at pick 100, and then smile broadly when you select Bonifacio during the inevitable closer run, somewhere around pick 150.

Draft Day Decision: Why Curtis Granderson Is Too Big Of A Risk Early In The 2nd Round | Rotoprofessor


I’m not about to say that I wouldn’t like to own Granderson, but things look a lot different when you are talking about someone that may hit .250 with 30 HR, 90 RBI, 100 R and 15 SB as opposed to the sick numbers he posted in 2011. He’s a great player, but I would rather use a second round pick to get one of the elite middle infielders in the game. Reyes/Pedroia/Ramirez all have the potential to post similarly productive numbers, though all will do so with a higher average and by filling a shallower position. If I have the choice, I’m picking one of them over Granderson every time.

R&A: The Importance of the Early Rounds | BaseballHQ.com


The adage "you can't win your draft in the first round, but you can lose it" might be a bit strong—a first round bust doesn't necessarily end your title hopes—but it's grounded in truth. A poor performance, not just by your first round player but by any of player drafted in the first several rounds, significantly decreases the likelihood of a championship. Likewise, nailing your first round pick is a big step in the right direction, but it's still just the first of many steps on a long journey to your title.

The Top 30 Positions Players in Baseball: How They Were Seen as Prospects - Minor League Ball


The Top 30 Position Players in Baseball: How They Were Seen as Prospects This is the season for prospect lists. I thought I would take a trip through the wayback machine and write a prospect list of a different sort, taking the Top 30 Position Players in Baseball (in 2011 as measured by Fangraphs WAR) and looking at how they were rated as prospects.

Late Round Target: Padding Your Stolen Bases With Jose Tabata | Rotoprofessor


At the end of the day we are looking at a hitter who could easily hit .270 with 85 R and 25 SB, and could significantly outperform those baseline projections. As an end round play in any format is anyone going to complain?

Late Round Target: Padding Your Stolen Bases With Jose Tabata | Rotoprofessor


At the end of the day we are looking at a hitter who could easily hit .270 with 85 R and 25 SB, and could significantly outperform those baseline projections. As an end round play in any format is anyone going to complain?

2012 Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheets | RotoRob

Great set of 1B ranks here by the great Tim McLeod and RotoRob

Brett Gardner Player Projection No. 72 | Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove

What They're Saying: CBS Sportsline - #27 Outfielder; Tristan Cockcroft of ESPN.com - #24 Outfielder & #78 in the Top 250 Players; RotoChamp- #127 in the Top 300 Players; Mock Draft Central - #26 Outfielder and #93 overall Projection: Yes Bourn may put up better numbers, and yes, he is being drafted ahead of him, and yes, we ranked him a few spots behind Gardner. This could be the year that Gardner closes the gap. .275 AVG, 7 HR, 50 RBI, 97 R, 50 Steals, .363 OBP in 584 AB's

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Three Up: H Ramirez, Castro, Andrus Three down: A Cabrera, J Reyes D Jeter

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