Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Minor League Fantasy Baseball Prospects from Heater Magazine

Here are some big time fantasy baseball players to watch that I picked out of Heater Magazine:

Chris Davis, 1B, Tex – the move of Blalock to first base blocks him but he just got promoted to AAA, features high average and 30+ HR power

Chase Headley, OF/3B, SD – should get called any day now, has rebounded from slow start, I think he could immediately hit 285 with 25-30 HR type power, given SDs weak offense he should bat high in the order giving him tons of run and RBI opportunities

Colby Rasmus, OF, Stl – has struggled to adjust to AAA but is finally heating up, may be down for a month or 2 but his early struggles mean buy low, might not have a big impact until next year but I think the price is right

David Price, SP, TB – (featured left in Bowman Gold rookie baseball card) sort of like the Colby Rasmus of pitchers, minor arm issues set him back a couple of month, he should rise quickly and could help in a stretch run, he’s an elite prospect and very polished pitcher, for all of the Kershaw hype I think Price will be the better big league pitcher late this year and through all of next – and again the price is right

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fantasy Baseball Trades

I made a couple of trades on my fantasy baseball league. Bare in mind that we enforce a salary cap throughout the season.

Trade #1

Edinson Volquez, SP $2 – I believe in this guy a lot but he has a huge walk rate an unsustainable HR rate, he’ll normalize a little bit the rest of the way making him a little more replaceable than he may appear at first – I was dying to sell high on this guy

Ryan Theriot, SS $10 – I believe in him too but would have had to cut him anyway to make room for Young

Michael Young, SS $17 (shown left, Diamond Cuts auto baseball card) – As a first place team I traded high on some guys to buy a little low on a proven veternan, Young will be my middle infielder along with BJ Upton and Jimmy Rollins, I like his ability to hit over 300 and push 90 RBIs

Trade #2

Eric Gane, RP $1 – glad to get rid of him

Johny Cueto, SP $1 – I really love this guy but wanted a little more stability in the rotation to make up for the loss of Edinson Volquez

John Maine, SP $1 – got pounded for me the other day but I like his ability to maintain top 30 status among starting pitchers, this fantasy baseball league has 10 teams which I think makes Maine a solid #4 starter or serviceable #3 – goes a long way to making up for the loss of Volquez