Archive for November 30, 2010

Top 20 Starting Pitchers For 2011

This is an extremely rough first draft of my pitching rankings and faces a lot of changes as the offseason progresses (as well as being expanded significantly).  Keep that in mind as you look things over.

While the top pick is clear-cut, after that things are extremely wide open.  Especially from about 14 through 25 (though not all are shown on the rankings), there is likely to be a lot of movement because all of the pitchers are so closely bunched together.  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. Roy Halladay – Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
  3. Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants
  4. Jon Lester – Boston Red Sox
  5. CC Sabathia – New York Yankees
  6. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
  7. Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals
  8. Ubaldo Jimenez – Colorado Rockies
  9. Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers
  10. Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels Read more

First Round Pick Analysis: Ryan Braun

By many accounts Ryan Braun disappointed in 2010.  A certainty in the first round heading into the year, his performance has left many fantasy owners on the fence on whether they should once again spend an early round pick on him.

Let’s take a look (please note, when I talk about the first round I am referring to a standard, 12-team league):

2010 Campaign: Braun “struggled” en route to hitting .304 with 25 HR, 103 RBI, 101 R and 14 SB.  Granted, the numbers were a regression across the board (he hit .320 with 32 HR, 114 RBI, 113 R and 20 SB in 2009), but are they really numbers that we should be upset with?

There were only nine players in baseball who had at least 100 RBI and 100 R in 2010 and only one other was an outfielder (Carlos Gonzalez).  It certainly is an accomplishment that is often overlooked, but one that is extremely important to fantasy owners. Read more

Regression Candidate: Can Rickie Weeks Replicate His 2010 Success

Did Rickie Weeks finally put things together in 2010?  He’s been talked about as a potential breakout star for some time, though injuries and inability perennially short-circuited those hopes.

The 2010 season was the first time Weeks played in more then 129 games as he posted the following impressive line:

651 At Bats
.269 Batting Average (175 Hits)
29 Home Runs
83 RBI
112 Runs
11 Stolen Bases
.366 On Base Percentage
.464 Slugging Percentage
.332 Batting Average on Balls in Play

Now, the question is, can he replicate this success in 2011? Read more

Prospect Report: Can Zach Britton Thrive In The AL East?

The Orioles have progressed left-handed pitcher Zach Britton slowly since he was drafted in the third round of the 2006 draft out of high school.  In fact, they hadn’t advanced him more then one level in a year, giving him a slow climb through the system.  That came to an end in 2010, however, having pitched in Double & Triple-A and posting the following numbers:

10 Wins
153.1 Innings
2.70 ERA
1.24 WHIP
124 Strikeouts (7.3 K/9)
51 Walks (3.0 BB/9)
.300 BABIP

His strength lays in his ability to generate groundballs.  Baseball America, who recently ranked him as the Orioles second best prospect for 2011, said the following:

“Britton has the best sinker in the minor leagues and generated a 2.8 groundout/airout ratio last season. Showing more than just good action, his fastball sits in the low 90s and peaks at 94 mph. His slider is also a plus pitch, though at times throws it too hard while trying to get more break out of it. His changeup has developed to the point where he’s willing to throw it behind in the count and use it to get quick outs rather than strikeouts.” Read more

A Look At Chris B. Young: Was 2010 As Good As It Gets?

by Will Overton

If you play fantasy baseball, or any kind of fantasy sport really, you probably know what it’s like to have

that one guy you continually bite on every year no matter how many times they burn you. For me, Chris B. Young is one of those guys. No matter how unfulfilled his potential was, and no matter how bad his batting average was, I would always let myself get sucked right back in the next year by the tantalizing power/speed potential he possessed. Last season was the first year I forced myself to let him go, but as soon as he showed signs of maybe having it together I was quick to get him back on my team, it just felt right.

Young’s 2010 season was probably the best Chris Young we have seen so far in the major leagues thus far, as he really did a little of everything, and even though his average wasn’t much to look at, it was better than what it has been. Let’s look at his complete 2010 stats.

.257 Batting Average
92 Runs
27 Home Runs
91 RBI
28 Stolen Bases
.341 On-Base Percentage
.452 Slugging Percentage
.296 BABIP  Read more

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