If these guys are around in the mid to later rounds make sure to invest them.
9) Ben Revere (OF, Minnesota Twins)
As a late pick I REALLY like Revere. Last year in 117 games he stole 34 bags; this season he should easily steal 40+. We know Revere lacks power, but other than that he doesn’t hurt you fantasy wise. Although he only hit .267, in September Revere turned it on with a .311 BA, and went on a 13-game hitting streak. One of my favorite Revere stats is that he only struckout 41 times out of his 450 AB’s last season, that really helps guys like me who tend to draft the Ryan Howards and the Mark Reynolds.
8) Wei-Yin Chen (SP, Baltimore Orioles)
Ever since Jeremy Lin came into the picture I’m high on Taiwanese guys. The Baltimore Orioles signed two foreign pitchers in Tsuyoshi Wada and Wei-Yin Chen, one of them is bound to do well right? I’m personally betting on the 26 year old Wei-Yin to do some damage. Although Chen can’t really throw over 90, his ERA for the Chunichi Dragons over the past four years was 2.48. In Chen’s Spring Training debut against the Twins last week, he threw two scoreless innings and K’d 3, including my Ben Revere (see above). Since nobody has seen this dude’s stuff, it might not be a bad idea just to grab him and judge him for the first few weeks.
7) Zack Cosart (SS, Cincinnati Reds)
Prospect Zack Cosart could be a steal if he is hitting leadoff on the high-scoring Reds. Last year in just 11 games before going on the DL, he hit 2 bombs and batted .324, if that’s a thumbnail of what we can expect then get him on your team ASAP. BUT He probably won’t do exactly that. You can optimistically expect a .280 BA and 14 HR’s, which would be an awesome late pick at a thin SS position.
6) Edison Volquez (SP, San Diego Padres)
Everybody in their fantasy career has said, “Volquez sucks”, and you were probably right if you said that after 2008. But meet your Comeback Player of the Year. Volquez last year went 5-7, with a 5.71 ERA, and an 8.69 K/9. But now with the move to Petco you can add at least 5 more wins, take two points off his ERA, and hopefully leave his K/rate alone. Remember the last washed up ace that played with Volquez and went to Petco, Aaron Harang? He went 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA before being traded to the Dodgers.
5) Salvador Perez (SP, Kansas City Royals)
Finally a solid young hitting catcher other than Carlos Santana. Last season Perez in only 148 AB’s, hit 8 doubles, 3 HR’s, 21 RBI’s and had a batting average of .331. He’s not going to hit for power (12 max), but he can definitely hit .300 and get 25 doubles for your squad.
4) Brandon McCarthy (SP, Oakland Athletics)
With Cahill and Gonzalez gone, McCarthy is the new ace of the Oakland A’s. When McCarthy was with the Rangers his ERA was over 4 for three consecutive seasons. But with huge improvements last year with the A’s his ERA dropped to 3.32. I think it’s safe to assume he’ll get at least 10 wins and an ERA under 3.65.
3) Paul Goldschmidt (1B, Arizona Diamondbacks)
Finally the powerful Goldschmidt will be in the lineup everyday. His batting average might not help your team, but Paul can easily hit over 25+ homeruns in a high-powered Arizona offense. If you can’t get him late then you might want to wait for Brandon Belt as an alternative.
2) Dee Gordon
Matt Kemp said he was going for a 50/50 season, if that’s the case the Dodgers are going to have to two guys with 50+ SB’s. Gordon is freaky fast, and can hit .300, (which he did last season in 233 AB’s). The Shortstop position has a huge drop-off from the top guys so Dee Gordon would be a great pick late.
1) Brennan Boesch (OF, Detroit Tigers)
Last year for the Tigers Boesch increased his BA from .256 to .283, and I expect it to increase for a 2nd consecutive season. With Fielder and Cabrera in the lineup, even if he’s hitting behind them or in front of them Boesch’s numbers will increase. He hit 16 bombs in 115 games, and if he stays healthy he should be able to hit 20+ homeruns. Boesch also had 25 doubles last year; I’m projecting at least 30 in a full season. Make sure to get him.