Fantasy Baseball Links 2-6-12

What Does Corey Hart’s Injury Mean For the Brewers? | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

In deep leagues I am spending a few extra Bucks on Aoki, although this should really affect NL only leagues at this point...

With Hart potentially out for a couple of weeks, Gamel should have a bit more leeway to begin the season. If he gets off to a poor start, the front office might show more patience in the former prospect. Even if Hart comes back early, there’s still a chance he’ll need more rest than usual. The Brewers were expected to depend on Gamel this season, they’ll need him now more than ever.

PLAYING TIME: Down-Harted again in Milwaukee | BaseballHQ.com

More opinions below on who can step in for Hart. BaseballHQ the Gomez has the most upside of the three candidates...

Now once again after Ryan Braun's reinstatement, Milwaukee is faced with a thin OF and playing time questions. A first take suggests that Nyjer Morgan's job in CF is solidified, while Carlos Gomez (OF, MIL), light-hitting contact import Norichika Aoki (OF, MIL) and one-trick speedster Corey Patterson (OF, MIL) fight for the vacated AB. Gomez' plus running metrics—42 Spd, 89% SB%—and that 2011 power surge suggests that he has the most upside of the current choices. But dreadful patience, pitch selection and plummeting ct% leaves him just as likely to hurt you as to help. Barring a 3-4 week hot streak, all these names should be avoided if possible, particularly until the dust clears on the Brewers' plans.

Prospect Instinct | Archie Bradley, RHP Arizona Diamondbacks | Baseball Instinct - Do You Have It?

In dynasty leagues I still consider Bradley a great buy low. There were so many arms from the 2011 draft class that Bradley has been overlooked. ACE potential here...

Our Instinct: Mid 90′s fastball, power curve, athletic mechanics and big, hulking 6’4″ and 225 frame. The makings of a prototypical power pitching innings eatings stud that normally rates very high on prospect lists. Well, Bradley came in high at #29 for our Baseball Instinct 360...

Player Profile: Alfonso Soriano | Baseball Guys

Soriano should still hit over 20 home runs and contribute with 5 stolen bases or so. His average is now a small liability, but there is some value to be had with the 36 year old...

I’m not saying Soriano is a superstar, or that he’s a building block – he is not. However, I do think that he is being overlooked, and the data supports me. Soriano isn’t an option to help in the average or stolen base columns, but lots of players we roster in the fantasy game have deficiencies. However, when you just look at what Soriano did last season you are smacked in the face with the fact that only 14 outfielders in the game hit at least 25 homers with 85 RBI last season. Given that he is going off the board in the 80′s at the outfield position on draft day, you have to see my point right? Grab Soriano as your 5th outfielder and watch him rack up the homers and the RBI… at least he’s still good for that.

The Future of Arizona's Young Aces - Seedlings to Stars - A Minor League Baseball Site - Draft and Prospect News, Blogs, Opinion and More

As you can see the Diamondbacks have a wealth of arms that will surely keep them at the top of the NL West even if the new Dodger ownership comes in and spends a ton of money. Even if Bradley take a while to develop, Skaggs and Bauer area ready to step in right now, which will take the pressure off and allow Bradley to develop on his own time. The interesting thing to take a look at is the depth of the Arizona offense. I would guess that either one of these guys will be moved, or Arizona will move either Kennedy or Hudson some time soon to recoup as much value as possible. It’s not as though their window is short, so moving one of them now while teams still have some payroll cost certainty and value will probably be their best bet to get some offense injected. They could really use a boost at third, and with the surplus of offense at the position you could possibly see a multitude of suitors across MLB.

Falling Off: Alex Rodriguez | Terez Owens Fantasy Sports

Many have left A-Rod for the dogs, but if the Germans can do to A-Rod what they did to Kobe, there could still be a big season left in 2012. When power is scarce, a 35 HR campaign would not surprise me...

Even though he has a clean bill of health heading into 2012, he will turn 37 in July and could be headed for another injury or just plain regression this season. Let someone else spend the high draft pick or the auction dollars to acquire A-Rod for his name recognition. Projected 2012 Numbers: .282 BA, 25 HRs, 89 RBIs, 76 Runs and 2 SBs

Bold Predictions for 2012 Fantasy Baseball: Catcher

The Sox are poised for a solid platoon with Shoppach Vs lefties and Salty Vs righties. I don not see playting time for Lavarnway just yet...

I see the value Shoppach has (he’s great at throwing out would-be base stealers, a huge problem for the Red Sox last season, and he hits lefties well) but Saltalamacchia seems expendable. Lavarnway has been described as a future DH, but the Red Sox started him in some must-win games last September and he played solid defensively and spent most of his time batting sixth in a very good lineup. Lavarnway and Shoppach should be the team’s catching duo.

Deep League Primer: Searching For Power In The Later Rounds | Rotoprofessor

Gamel is a player that I will try to beat my league mates to. Nothing but upside here. Quad-A or finally a breakout in 2012. I will gladly invest in the 18th round...

Mat Gamel – 1B/3B – Milwaukee – Reported to spring training about 25-30 pounds lighter than last season and should be taking over as the starting 1B due to the departure of Prince Fielder. If he plays all season, as I am expecting, my projection is 18 HRs and a .260 average.

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