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BallparkBob’s Top Sleepers for 2012

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy baseball designated hitters, Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Games, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

We all love value picks.  We all love sleepers.  Who will be this season’s Lance Berkman, Joel Hanrahan, or Ian Kennedy? BallparkBob reviews his top sleepers at each position for the 2012 season.   Catcher — Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals Wilson Ramos is best known as the guy who got kidnapped in Venezuela this off-season before a daring rescue saved him.  But, he may be quite more well-known in 2012 now that Pudge Rodriguez is gone.  The 24-year-old’s ability to hit for power and average makes him an enticing sleeper for 2012.  In just 389 at bats, Ramos hit .267 with 15 homers, 52 RBIs and 48 runs scored.  He will not be pushed by backup Jesus Flores and should get the vast majority of the playing time.  Based on his 2011 season, Ramos is capable of a .270...

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2011 Busts, 2012 Superstars

Posted by on Mar 11, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball 101, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

This post was written and contributed by Kellen Hunter. Picks for 2012 During the fantasy baseball draft, nothing quite beats the thrill of getting the most in-demand players on your roster. If you’re serious about your team, you spend hours poring over predictions and stats, making your picks and setting your lineups. But sometimes, a player that looks great on paper just fizzles on the field. That pick that was such a coup during training camp turns out to be an albatross that brings down your whole team… Just like some of these 2011 fantasy baseball must-haves who turned out to be duds: Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota Twins Players returning after injuries are always risky, and Justin Morneau is a textbook case as to why. The once consistent hitter hit only four HRs in 2011 and had an average...

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5 MLB Prospects Most Likely to Be Called Up in 2012

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post submitted by Mike Wright. Mike played all kinds of sports growing up and adamantly follows everything sports now that he is too old to contribute at a high level. He currently works with The Phoenix Bats Company, a company that creates world-class wood bats, such as their famous maple bats, for amateur and professional ball players around the world and loves writing on different sports topics. With the beginning of spring training every year, each MLB team takes the opportunity to get long looks at their prospects as they do all they can to convince their teams that they are ready for the jump to the majors. Certainly not every prospect will be ready for the jump, however, at some point during the season, they could be called up on to impact the major...

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Worst Fielders in Baseball

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

Earlier, we listed the best defensive players in baseball, according to Bill James’ Runs Saved analysis.  Today, we look at the other side–the worst fielders in baseball. James’s analysis looks at the worst fielders at each position, according to runs given up compared to the average fielder at the position.  This is a compilation of statistics for the past three years. Baseball’s Worst Defensive Players FIRST BASE Adam Dunn -31 Paul Konerko -25 Ryan Howard -24 SECOND BASE Dan Uggla -28 Jeff Keppinger -21 Skip Schumaker -21 THIRD BASE Mark Reynolds -38 Michael Young -37 Chris Johnson -31 SHORTSTOPS Yuniesky Betancourt -46 Orlando Cabrera -35 Derek Jeter -29 LEFT FIELD Raul Ibanez -21 Delmon Young -20 Ryan Braun -14 CENTER FIELD Dexter Fowler -18 Vernon Wells -17 Nat McLouth -13 RIGHT FIELD Brad Hawpe -16 Carlos Quentin -16 Michael...

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Baseball’s Best Fielders

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 4 comments

It doesn’t matter any when it comes to fantasy baseball, but we all know that defense is an integral part of the actual game of baseball.  And, when it comes to defensive ability, you tend to get varying opinions.  That’s because defense is not as easily quantifiable as offensive statistics are. So, when we see somebody like Bill James quantify defensive stats, we have to share them with you.  Here are the Runs Saved leaders over the past three seasons at each defensive position. Top Defensive Players FIRST BASE Daric Barton – 26 Adrian Gonzalez – 18 Albert Pujols – 15 SECOND BASE Ian Kinsler – 46 Ben Zobrist – 43 Aaron Hill – 35 THIRD BASE Adrian Beltre – 48 Evan Longoria – 42 Ryan Zimmerman – 42 SHORTSTOP Brendan Ryan – 65 Yunel Escobar – 37 Troy...

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Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Catchers; Sleepers: Outfielders

Posted by on Feb 19, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers, Radio Shows | 0 comments

From the February 18 Spadora on  Sports radio show, Fantasy Baseball Dugout editors review rankings for starting pitchers and catchers for the 2012 season.  Plus, BallparkBob continues his series on sleepers–this time discussing the outfield position.  Kate Upton and MLB2K12.  Plus, a tribute to Hall of Fame catcher Gary...

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