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Ivan Nova: Fantasy Baseball Prospect 2011

Posted by on Mar 20, 2011 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

Ivan Nova is one of many MLB prospects who may go from relative unknown to league wide name in 2011. Before the Yanks failed to land a big name free agent pitcher in the offseason, Nova was nothing more than a second-tier 24-year old prospect in their farm system. He had a strong 2010 campaign in the minors, going 12-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 145 innings. That productivity only led to 7 unimpressive Major League starts last season. Now that the Yankees are forced to complete their 2011 rotation from within, Nova has taken full advantage of the opportunity he’s been given during Spring Training. Following six innings of no hit ball on Wednesday against Baltimore’s lineup of mostly Major League talent, Nova looks like a lock to take the no. 4 slot in the...

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Prospect: Brandon Belt

Posted by on Mar 18, 2011 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers | 0 comments

Brandon Belt has some big shoes to fill in 2011. As a highly-touted prospect first baseman of the world champion San Francisco Giants, Belt’s rookie campaign is likely going to follow in the footsteps of reigning NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey. In a similar scenario to 2010, most of the rookie hype in 2011 is once again focused on NatsTown as we all await the arrival of Bryce Harper to the Bigs. While Harper has already been sent to minor league camp, the 22 year old Belt – rated the no. 23 prospect by Baseball America – is giving the champs pause as they go through Spring Training. Considering the fact that Posey finished the season as the year’s best rookie, it would seem that all eyes instead should be on Belt… not Harper (for now). While...

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Why Ben Francisco is the Safest Corner Outfield Pick

Posted by on Feb 27, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects | 0 comments

Phillies Spring Training 2011 Jayson Werth may wish that he was Ruben Amaro Jr., but he isn’t.  And, the Phillies decided to not sign Werth for 2011 despite his contributions the past several seasons.  Rather, the Phillies used that money to sign Cliff Lee whom they should not have let go to begin with. Why did the Phillies take this option?  Domonic Brown and a lesser known Ben Francisco who has been the Phillies # 4 outfielder. There’s no denying Domonic Brown’s pedegree.  Domonic Brown is # 4 ranked of all MLB prospects just behind a guy named Bryce Harper.  In a September call-up last year, however, Brown did not impress.  Brown hit .210 with 2 homers in 62 at bats last year, but rode the bench in post-season.  Watch Brown in Spring Training this year and you’ll notice a...

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Prospect: Kyle Drabek

Posted by on Feb 12, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

Kyle Drabek certainly has the pedigree.  His father Doug is a former Cy Young Award Winner.  In speaking of his father, Kyle said: “It was like having a pitching coach who lives with you … He taught me so much, not only about the physical part of the game but the mental part too.” Some teacher.  Drabek was the 18th pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2006 draft.  He signed for $1.55 million, apparently more money than the young Drabek knew how to handle.  He blew out his elbow in 2007 while pitching for the Lakewood Blue Claws of the Sally League and spent most of the 2008 season on the shelf.  But, that wasn’t the end of Drabek’s problems.  He also was arrested twice for public intoxication and banged his car into a tree.  Some scouts have described...

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Prospect: Freddie Freeman

Posted by on Feb 5, 2011 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects | 0 comments

Sweet swinging Freddie Freeman enters the 2011 season carrying the weight of being given the Atlanta Braves first baseman job outright.  With free agent Derek Lee gone to the Orioles and Troy Glaus still looking for work, the 21-year-old Freeman hopes to follow in the footsteps of Atlanta’s Rookie of the Year runner-up Jason Heyward from last year. Freeman, from Fountain Valley, California, certainly has the size at 6’5″ and 225 pounds.  Freeman throws right, but hits left; this is something that his father insisted on even way back in Freddie’s t-ball days.  At his first t-ball practice, his father instructed his wife to take Freddie off of the field if his t-ball coach had him on the right side of the plate.  Wife Rosemary had to pull him off the field.  Unfortunately, Freddie’s Mom passed just a few...

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2011 Top Fantasy Baseball Prospects

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Prospects | 2 comments

When you enter your 2011 fantasy baseball draft, you’ll need to know about the top prospects in the draft.  Of course, when it comes to top prospects, you need to track them through Spring Training.  Some will show that they are clearly ready for The Show.  Other general managers will opt for a veteran to fill in the gap for another season so that the prospect can obtain additional seasoning in the minors and delay his eventual arbitration date when the team will have to shell out the big bucks. When it comes to top prospects, these are the top 2011 fantasy baseball prospects who will likely start the season in the Big Leagues. J.P. Arencibia, C, Blue Jays — Arencibia has a smashing debut when he clubbed a homerun off James Shields on August 7, 2010 on the...

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