Found February 09, 2013 on
Los Angeles Angels
I love Doug Fister. If we didn’t have two people contributing to these projections, he’d probably end up higher in these rankings. However, George does have valid points whenever I start getting a little too excited about Fister’s fantasy prospects, and those points primarily surround Detroit’s porous infield defense.
Fister has one of the strongest ground ball tendencies in the game, and Detroit’s infield doesn’t have the best defensive reputation. Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Jhonny Peralta? Yikes.
Well, they’re actually not that bad. Omar Infante has proven to be great defender at second base, last year posting the second-best UZR at the position (10.1, behind Darwin Barney‘s 13.1), and Peralta has posted a UZR/150 over nine in three of the last four years after posting negative values in the prior five seasons. Fielder was only slightly below average last year (-1.6 UZR/150), and, well, Cabrera was atrocious at -11.2 UZR/150.
Still, that makes Detroit average on the left ...
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I was listening to the Dear Mr. Fantasy podcast yesterday with guest Eno Sarris of Fangraphs.com, and he ran through the list of catchers who have had multiple good fantasy seasons after the age of 31. While “good” was never statistically defined, it included the usual suspects: Mike Piazza, Jorge Posada, maybe Ivan Rodriguez, and I’m probably forgetting one or two. Regardless...
DETROIT -- Alex Avila had a glow about him during the recent TigerFest at Comerica Park that made those around him smile, too.
Whether the greater cause of his visible joy was pondering becoming a father for the first time or knowing his knees no longer throbbed like bad toothaches was debatable.
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Austin Jackson has been solid as the Tigers' everyday center fielder for three years now, and that won't change in 2013. The question remains, which Jackson will the Tigers get, the 2011 version that saw his average plummet, or the 2012 version with a strong walk rate and a .300 average?