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Desmond In, Incumbent Out, in Washington

Posted by on Mar 30, 2010 in Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers | 0 comments

In Spring 2005, Ian Desmond was in Major League spring training camp in Veira, Florida with the Nationals.  It was less than one year after he had starred at Sarasota High School. While taking swings in the batting cage, Frank Robinson, a pretty fair player himself, said to Desmond: “Hey kid.  When you are 22-years-old, you are going to be pushing for a spot in the Big Leagues.” General manager Jim Bowden added:  “He reminds me of Derek Jeter.” Desmond is now 25-years-old.  It took longer for him to get to the Show than Robinson thought.  But, he’s there now.  On Sunday, manager Jim Riggleman announced that Desmond had beat out Cristian Guzman for the starting shortstop position.  This was no easy task.  Guzman is a 2 time all-star with a lifetime batting average of .271 and a salary...

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2010 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers: Hitters

Posted by on Mar 17, 2010 in Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers | 0 comments

A few days ago, we analyzed the 2010 fantasy baseball pitcher sleepers to watch in 2010.  Today, we take a look at the more important side of the equation–fantasy baseball hitters sleepers. Unless you like to mortgage the present for the future, or play in a deep keeper league,  most of us don’t want to pick sleepers who won’t be up in the majors until September.  Hence, the players you see in all italics below will be definites for starting the 2010 fantasy baseball season in the majors and with starting roles.  Keep your eyes on these guys as your 2010 fantasy baseball draft comes closer to see if they are going to stick in the bigs to start the season. Austin Jackson, Tigers , OF — Jackson will get a chance to show his stuff early as a...

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Fantasy Baseball Rookies 2010

Posted by on Mar 15, 2010 in Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 1 comment

Outside of it being a fantasy baseball dynasty league, when it comes to drafting a rookie, I am always looking for the player that has the best chance of helping my team in the current season. If you are participating in a one year league or a league with keepers are allowed, it really does no good to roster a player like Josh Vitters down in Single-A when you could use that roster spot for a guy that is going to provide immediate dividends for you in 2010. For evaluating rookies, I am focusing on two things. The first being the players skill set and the other is the chance for an opportunity. Keep in mind that even if an opportunity is not currently present, skill wins out at the end of the day and will force an opportunity...

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Week 1 Spring Training Cheat Sheet

Posted by on Mar 11, 2010 in Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 2 comments

Below is our first 2010 review of the top three hitters and pitchers in each standard 5×5 fantasy baseball category during 2010 Spring Training. Judging a hitter or pitcher on Spring Training performance is difficult because both hitters and hurlers tend to face some competition that won’t make an Opening Day roster. Spring Training stats can be useful in discovering, however, in discovering who might breakout in the upcoming season or which rookies can make an impact when they are called up later in the year. In the case of sluggers like Ryan Howard, Spring Training numbers just reinforce the notion that they are warm weather superstars – guys who dominate during the summer months and are notorious slow starters because they play in a four-season climate. Any thoughts on how spring training can positively or negatively affect a...

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2010 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleeper Pitchers

Posted by on Mar 9, 2010 in Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 3 comments

by BallparkBob Everybody is looking for a sleeper in their fantasy baseball draft.  Whether you win the fantasy baseball league or not, having bragging rights for finding that rookie sensation is a nice consolation prize, even if you don’t end up winning the pennant. While finding that unknown diamond in the rough is great for your ego, you’re more likely to find a dud than a stud. Here’s a look at some of the top 2010 fantasy baseball pitcher sleepers and fantasy baseball pitcher prospects for your 2010 fantasy baseball draft. Stephen Strasburg, SP, Nationals — Its hard to say Stephen Strasburg is a sleeper, but he is a newcomer.  Probably the most highly-touted pitcher to ever put on a uniform, Strasburg will likely start the season in the minors, although the hype has never been higher for a...

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