Originally written February 05, 2012 on Baseball Professor:
One of my favorite time-killing activities is looking through MLB team depth charts. I’m a very forgetful person, and with 750 players in the majors at any given moment (and another 450 rounding out each team’s 40-man roster) there are a lot of players who just sort of slip my mind. Juan Nicasio was one of these players. Then, one day last week, I was looking at the Colorado Rockies depth chart when Nicasio’s name stood out to me. I had completely forgotten about him. I’d forgotten how great he was in the minors, how elite his walk rates were and how excited I was when he was called up. I even forgot he was hit in the head by a line drive, fell to the ground, smashed his head on the mound, broke his neck and had a metal plate inserted to fix it. Now Nicasio’s back, and he’s a prime 2012 fantasy baseball sleeper. How many innings will he throw? Apparently Nicasio was throwing to hitters behind an L-screen back in the Dominican Republic in January, and he’s projected to be in the Rock...
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