Roto Roundup: Robinson Cano, Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt, and more

Stephen Dunn

Ray highlights some of the top fantasy performers from Satuday;s roto action, including thoughts on Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence, Ubaldo Jimenez and a rant about the Yankees-Red Sox being forced down our throats by the major sports networks.

I posted this tweet on Twitter yesterday afternoon, as it seems to me that the major sports networks think that all we want to watch is every Yankees-Red Sox game:

I got a few retweets from that one, but it is getting absurd with the amount of times the networks are showing these two teams play. MLB Network showed them on Friday night, FOX showed them yesterday afternoon, and, of course ESPN has the game this evening. Thank God there is a football game on NBC this evening. Good Grief.

I live on the east coast, so some of my readers my get other games based on where they live in the U.S., but for a non-Yankee/non-Red Sox fan, the networks are just forcing this rivalry down our throats.

What do Fake Teams readers think? Let me know in the comments below.

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Breakout Prospects in 2013

Brian Creagh wrote about some of the top breakout prospects this season in his article published a few days ago. You can check out his piece in the link below, where he gives his thoughts on Rosell Herrera, C.J. Edwards, Jorge Polanco and several others:

Breakout Prospects in 2013

Hunter Pence: 20-20 club member

Coming into the season, there are the usual list of guys who most fantasy owners project as having the ability to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases including Mike Trout, Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, and a few others. But Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is one guy who has never stolen 20 bases in his six year career, but this year he has.

Pence had a huge night at the plate last night, going 3-5 with a HR and 7 RBI in the Giants 19-3 thrashing of the Dodgers. Pence is now hitting .293-.343-.488 with 23 HRs, 84 runs, 89 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 23 attempts. Pence is a free agent at the end of the season, but has stated he would like to remain with the Giants. Looking ahead to 2014, I am not sure if he will continue to steal 20+ bases, as he turns 31 in April, but he should continue to put up a solid batting average, hit 20+ home runs and drive in 65+ runs hitting in the middle of the Giants lineup.

For more on Pence and the Giants, make sure you check out McCovey Chronicles, SB Nation's Giants fan site.

Brandon Belt: Reaching his potential?

Brandon Belt was a favorite of the prospect community a few seasons ago, but lackluster performance and Bruce Bochy's insistence on playing veterans reduced his fantasy value. This season is a different story, as he is playing every day and showing signs of the potential prospect experts saw in him.

Last night, Belt had perhaps his best game in the big leagues, going 5-6 with a HR, double and 6 RBI in the Giants 19-3 win over the Dodgers. He is now hitting .289-.362-.483 with 16 HRs, 72 runs, 62 RBI and 5 stolen bases in 137 games this season. Is there more power in his bat? I think there might be, and he will turn 26 in late April. He won't be one of the top 12-15 fantasy first baseman, but he is a late round pick in drafts with a chance to outperform his draft round in 2014.

For more on Belt and the Giants, make sure you check out McCovey Chronicles, SB Nation's Giants fan site.

Robinson Cano Speculation: Bound for Seattle?

I was reading Buster Olney's blog post this morning and he is hearing people in the game speculate that the Mariners may be in heavy on Robinson Cano this offseason. Here is what he wrote:

The Robinson Cano negotiations in the offseason might yield the unexpected, writes Bill Shaikin. I’ve heard more speculation in recent days -- and that’s all it is at this point, speculation -- about the Seattle Mariners.

Obviously, the Yankees really need to keep Cano if they want to continue to compete in the AL East, but with the way their starting pitchers have performed this season, they may want to focus on adding several starters instead of giving Cano the monster contract he is sure to get this offseason.

Should Cano leave New York for Seattle, his fantasy value will take a big hit in my opinion, leaving the # 1 spot in the second base rankings for Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis.

What do Fake Teams readers think about a possible move to Seattle for Robinson Cano?

Round'em Up

The turnaround by Ubaldo Jimenez this season is a big surprise for fantasy owners, and he continued to pitch like an ace last night. Jimenez limited the White Sox to just one run on 8 hits, a walk and 8 strikeouts in 8.1 innings in the Indians 8-1 win. Jimenez has pitched great of late as he has won his last three starts. He has given up two runs or less in 19 of his 29 starts this season, and is now 12-9 with a 3.49 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and a 165-76 strikeout to walk rate. He has lowered his ERA by a full run over his last 10 starts.

Mariners starter Jame Paxton was matched up against fellow pitching prospect Michael Wacha last night, and Paxton walked away with the win. Paxton was dominant as he shut out the Cardinals for six innings, giving up just two hits, walking two and striking out five to win his second game of the season. He is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and has given up just six hits in his two starts thus far.

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