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Jesse Litsch Toronto Blue Jays
I like this kid a lot. I think he could put up very good numbers. His K/BB rate in the minors was very good at every level and his WHIP was solid. He's still very young and is a good bet in a keeper league during the crapshoot.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 11 '08
Andy Sonnanstine Chicago Cubs
Here's a crapshoot pitcher to grab if you're in a league where you have the ability to drop players who aren't on the DL or minors.

He has had terrific minor league numbers at every level, especially WHIP, because he doesn't walk anyone.

An especially good gamble in leagues with higher IP requirements.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 11 '08
Ian Kinsler San Diego Padres
He went for $28 in the Sportsline expert auction. I think everyone's thinking breakout, but I'm still concerned enough about the splits I outlined below to temper my expectations a little bit.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 11 '08
Robinson Cano New York Mets
He went all the way to $32 in CBS Sportsline. Like Rotoman, everyone's expecting a power spike, but people I know who watch the Yankees say that's not how Cano's swing is tailored. He might get to 25 HR simply due to the raw talent he has, but 30 would be stretching it. I do like the walk jump. I've seen players take that small step forward follow it up by taking an even bigger step forward, and seeing all their other numbers ride the crest of that particular wave.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 11 '08
Melvin Upton Jr. San Francisco Giants
And he went all the way to $37 in the Sportsline expert auction. He was the fourth most expensive hitter. He'd still have to put up some monster numbers to earn $37 or more in a 5x5.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 11 '08
Casey Kotchman Florida Marlins
Jurgen, that's a lot of ifs. And I'd take the under on every one of your numbers.

I like Kotchman. He's was a terrific prospect and has had two major setbacks, the mono in 06 and the hit by pitch last year.

That said, I don't think he can possibly put up the numbers you posted, even in an ideal season this year.

I'd set his best at around .315 100 20 100 4, but I'd expect .305 90 17 90 3.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 11 '08
Cole Hamels Chicago Cubs
Hamels is a beaut. Poised, pinpoint and a portsider, he's already in the elite class. Health problems have held him back, but my friends in Philly love him. He handled the pressure of being #1, so improvement is logical. No way you'll get him for $21. Up the ante, sir.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 11 '08
Casey Kotchman Florida Marlins
I'm sorry, but I don't get what everyone sees in Kotchman. He always gets hurt, he has no power and I have this feeling that Paul Konerko is going to have a red hat on one of these days. How anyone can think he could be the #1 first baseman in the AL is a 911 call from the funny farm. He definitely knows balls from strikes, but he hits like a shortstop, not a first baseman.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 11 '08
I'm high on Broussard: he's left-handed, he's moving to an extreme hitters' park, he has no competition other than one-month Shelton and double negative Frank CAN'TalaNOTto, and there's no reason he can't reboung to 2006. I'd take 21 taters and .289 any day. He's definitely a top 10 first baseman as of now. I have him for $4, but $8-$9 gives you a good chance to profit decently.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 11 '08
Justin Verlander Houston Astros
With his team and stuff Verlander is as good a bet as anyone now to win the AL Cy Young in '08.

While not quite in Scott Kazmir territory, he tends to throw a lot of pitches and doesn't get quite as deep into games as often as he should with his stuff. He's still something of a work in progress... I wouldn't be surprised to see his K rate drop again if he resumes working at pitching to contact like '06.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 11 '08
Well, the good news is that Mike can go borrow one from the NL...there are plenty of them there.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 11 '08
Casey Kotchman Florida Marlins
Mike, if you pencil Kotchman in for the 1991, 1994 or 1996 Hal Morris, I'll take it right now.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 11 '08
Cole Hamels Chicago Cubs
If I were looking for one fellow in the sub-Santana/Peavy/Webb category of NL aces, this would be my guy. (Maybe the injury fear keeps him down a buck or two.)

Changeup artists might not be as sexy as the flamethrowers, but Johan Santana is proof they can do quite nicely, thank you very much.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 11 '08
Ryan Church Pittsburgh Pirates
Good points all Slyke.

I like Church as a roto 4th outfielder that will likely fall in under $10. I can see him improving slightly, but if he earns $14, I will not be surprised at all. I, like Slyke, see an uptick in HR.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 11 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
Here's another good example of how misleading ERA and WHIP, by themselves, can be.

Sherril may not be a lights out closer, but he is also better than a middle reliever with a good year last year. He is a tough specialist who is just hitting the 30 plateau for pitchers.

Oh, and not to pick on you Jobu, but please remember that Bryan Harvey saved 45 games (and blew 9 saves) for a Florida team that only won 64 games.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 11 '08
Clay Buchholz Toronto Blue Jays
If you thought you'd sneak him onto your roster... it aint happening anymore. You'll pay, and there'll be no discounts.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 11 '08
Nate McLouth Washington Nationals
McLouth might be a better roto player than real-life player, but, on the other hand, the Pirates stink anyway.

Keep in mind that he made progress. WHile he only hit .258, he did have a .351 OBP, much improved from his previous year. He swiped 22/23 bases, and his full season numbers translate to about 20HR and 40 SB. Of course, that includes 140Ks, and that is not acceptable.

I like McLouth. Besides, McCutchen isn't ready and you know it.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 11 '08
Magglio Ordonez Detroit Tigers
A propos of nothing... Magglio really came alive in September '06 as the Tigers limped to the playoffs. He looked very much like the hitter he'd become in '07 slugging .340/.404/.553.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 11 '08
Nyjer Morgan Cleveland Indians
Morgan did go in the endgame portion of CBS for $1. He wasn't really on the radar last week, but, apparently is now in the mix.

Here's the rub with Morgan - he still got caught 28% of the time he tried to steal in the minors, and played A and AA as a 26 year old. He also stunk in the AFL.

I think this is McLouth's job.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 11 '08
CBS had Santana go for $44 and Peavy for $39. I paid $42 for him in an inflation keeper 5x5, and I got my money's worth.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 11 '08

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