By Jimmy Hascup
I had the opportunity to send several questions over to the fantasy manager at Baseball Prospectus, Marc Normandin. I’m one of the believers that you can’t get enough opinions in the fantasy-sports world and the more you get, the more you are able to combine all the voices and make judgments on your own. BP is a site I greatly respect and I was fortunate enough to have Marc take time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions – and give a bit of advice – pertaining to the 2010 season.
1) Who are your top breakout players for this year from the NL and AL, respectively.
From the NL, I expect Carlos Gonzalez to breakout–he was a guy that kept slipping in fantasy drafts for some reason, and I don’t understand it. He’s a big-time sleeper, but won’t be after this year. As for the AL, though he did a little of this in the second half of last season, look for Brett Anderson. He’s going to show everyone that he’s already an ace, and well ahead of the more highly-touted Rick Porcello as far as performance goes.
2) Who are your top rookies (besides, of course, Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg) from the AL and NL that you see making an impact in fantasy leagues this season?
Aroldis Chapman is the big one for me. I’m curious about how his control and secondary stuff translates in the majors, but his fastball is devastating in any league, at any level. He’s young, and is going to be fun to watch, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he was able to perform at the same level as Strasburg in his debut season.
In the AL, I’ll go with Brian Matusz, who I think is already a very well-established pitcher. People may not trust him because he hasn’t been out of the minors long, but if you’ve been watching him in 2010, you already know what I mean. Read more