The Triple-A season is just a few days old, but that hasn’t stopped some players from trying to making us take notice. Let’s take a look at a few players who have the potential to make a fantasy impact (or at least we want to believe that they can considering their previous hype):
Chris Davis – Texas Rangers
In his first three games he has gone 6-12 with 4 HR, 8 RBI and 4 R. No, that is not a typo, Davis has already launched four long balls. This is his shtick though, isn’t it? He abuses Triple-A pitchers but, when he gets his opportunity in the Major Leagues, he struggles miserably (.248 average).
Of course, while the power is impressive, he has struck out four times on the young seasons. That’s a big number and has been a constant problem over his brief Major League career. Whenever he’s gotten a chance to play (806 AB) he has posted a 34.5% strikeout rate.
Someone will probably want to give him a look (it’s hard to imagine the Rangers going down this road yet again), but don’t let the quick start get you too excited. He’s showing the same signs that he always has, and that spells trouble.
Emmanuel Burriss – San Francisco Giants
He has started the season at 2-9 with one walk, yet he has stolen six bases. How is that even possible? With Andres Torres getting hurt yesterday the Giants could be looking for a sparkplug at the top of the order.
Burriss hasn’t seen extensive Major League AB since 2009, when he hit .238 with 11 SB in 202 AB. Back in 2007 he stole 68 bases in the minor leagues, so there is no questioning his speed. He suffered a fractured foot in 2010, which certainly contributed to his lost season, but he clearly is trying to prove that he has put the incident behind him.
He’s only appeared in one game in the outfield in his career, so seeing him replace Torres is probably a longshot. Still, his early season stolen base barrage has got to make you take notice, especially if you are desperate for some speed.
Everth Cabrera – San Diego Padres
The speedster opened the year with a three stolen base game (4-7, 1 RBI, 3 R and 3 SB) and has added another one since. He struggled in 2010 in the Majors, hitting .208 with 10 SB in 16 attempts, so it is going to take a lot more than just one game in order to convince the Padres to give him a shot.
He’s a name those in deeper leagues know, and one that is worth monitoring. Still, given his past struggles, it is probably going to be some time before the team gives him an opportunity to produce.
What are your thoughts of these players? Is there any chance any of them make an impact in 2011? Who are you watching?
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