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J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles
I think Hardy is a good bet to duplicate last year's numbers. You hope he is a little more consistent last year and does not have a repeat of last year's June and July, when he was just plain awful. LFH-Zeke - I would expect more than that stat line...$15 looks like a good get to me.

The 4x4 and 5x5 bids look right to me.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 27 '08
Honestly, I don't see much upside. Don't get sucked into his second half stats...he still hit .177 with a .254 SLG% in the first half. I would not expect more than last year's earnings. A $1 catcher.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 27 '08
Mark Reynolds Colorado Rockies
The Tracy health issues lead most to believe (me included) he will be the starting 3rd baseman on opening day. Sure, the 129 K's in 366 AB's will get your attention, but so should the .844 OPS. Very streaky last year, but the ball jumps off his bat. I think the 4x4 bid is right on...there is lot of reason to think he will improve on last years numbers.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 27 '08
Put up over .900 OPS in August and September as a full time player. His K/W ratio was consistent most of the year at 3.5 but in the final month over 90AB, it dropped to 2. Is this a harbinger of things to come? I think this guy is a stud waiting to happen. Thoughts?
Andrew Palmer LFH-Zeke
Jan 27 '08
J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles
I just added him to my team (4x4 NL 13 team keeper dynasty league) in a trade at $15. I'm hoping for .270-15-65-2. Nothing bad about paying for a solid player who should put up decent numbers. Everyone keeps kicking around the 2.8 HR a month statistic. I'll take 17 HR in a season from my shortstop any day.
Andrew Palmer LFH-Zeke
Jan 27 '08
Matt LaPorta Baltimore Orioles
Now that Ryan Braun has moved to LF and Hall to 3b, an outfield of Hart, Cameron and Braun doesn't leave much room for LaPorta. Especially since a lot of the reports tend to think he's not too far away from the Show. Someone is going to get traded -- who?
Andrew Palmer LFH-Zeke
Jan 27 '08
Boof Bonser Minnesota Twins
Boof's said he's lost 20 pounds. I've added a dollar to my bid limit so I'm ahead of Mike.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 27 '08
Scott Sizemore Miami Marlins
.356/.416/.578 in 90 AB in the AFL.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 27 '08
Tied for the home-run lead in the AFL with six -- playing in only 12 games. Hit .318, slugged .773 and walked enough to get an even .400 OBP. That's an OPS of 1.173. Granted in 12 games. At age 25.

Didn't make it onto the lsit of top 20 propects.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 27 '08
Matt LaPorta Baltimore Orioles
In Arizona this fall, LaPorta played left field, where "he should eventually grade out as at least average," acording to Baseball America. "Most of the pop LaPorta exhibited (in slow-A) was of the pull variety, and Surprise hitting coach Sandy Guerrero worked extensively to get the 22-year-old to use the whole field more consistently. LaPorta's BP sessions were primarily focused on right field, and he began to carry over opposite-field power into games in the AFL."

LaPorta tied for the league lead in home runs with six. Scouts ignored -- or downplayed -- the fact that he hit .241 (in 112 AB) and made him the league's No. 4 prospect.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 27 '08
Finished relatively strong last year. Still VERY young for a catcher--hitting skills generally develop later. Has always had a lot of hype as an ex-Yank prospect--now enough time has passed for they hype to dwindle a bit. Catching talent is thin in the AL--what's the upside on this guy?
Thomas Odom Mendoza
Jan 27 '08
Geovany Soto Chicago White Sox
A 26 HR explosion in the PCL at age 24 doesn't really tickle my fancy here. A 93/54 K/W is encouraging, but to me, it implies that he gets his bat on the ball, and in the majors, those long PCL flies are outs.

On the other hand, he is (at least as of now) a starting catcher, and you need to bid accordingly.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Jan 27 '08
Apparently, lots of scouts who watched him were very impressed with both the way he bulked up, and the ability he showed at the plate. Not without risk, certainly, but I think going $5 to $9 is a good play. Certainly a mid-level NL catcher with some power . . .
mike fenger mike
Jan 27 '08
His 2007 explosion came out of nowhere. Never hit more than 9 HR's in any ML season, so few expected him to hit 26 in AAA and 3 more with the Cubs last year. Looks like he will be their opening day starting catcher. His minor league scan is not impressive, which is why the Cubs never viewed him as more than a back-up catcher at best.

A lot of folks like him and think he could be a top NL roto catcher this year and a steal on draft day. I am not convinced. One good year in the PCL is not enough to excite me, sorry. Definitley worth a couple of bucks bid on draft day based on starting status, but don't get into a bidding war for a guy with his light resume.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 27 '08
Scott Rolen Cincinnati Reds
I saw Rolen play a few times last year at Busch, and I have to say that he just didn't seem like he had his heart in it at times. Little wonder with the constant barrage of speculation and jabs at him and LaRussa in the Post-Dispatch.

That said, mentally the guy likely has some things to look forward to in 2008. He's out of St. Louis now, and all indications (waive of the NTC; public comments regarding LaRussa) are he was excited about it.

Regarding adjustment to the AL, he has his former defensive tandem partner Eckstein to work with. They might not have been best friends, but their familiarity with each other's defensive strengths and weaknesses have to give Rolen a bit more confidence on the field. And at least on three occaisions, hes told the media that his shoulder feels great and range of motion has returned. As RotoMan mentioned, here's a case where looking at Rolen's power-related numbers in spring training may be a helpful indicator for the year. But that may be too late for many teams drafting early.

Overall, I believe there is room for cautious optimism here. The 5x5 here is $20, but you might not have to go that far given the uncertainty of his status. At 32, the chances of re-capturing 2004 are likely gone forever. If you can get him for $14 or $15 and receive 2006 numbers, it's golden. Whatever value you set as your limit, be firm, especially if you're risk aversive.

Shawn Douglas ShawnD
Jan 27 '08
Roy Oswalt Colorado Rockies
Both Mike's and Toz's comments ring true with me as well. I view 2007 as a hiccup for Oswalt and expect him to bounce back to put up numbers similar to 2004-06. Bid confidently.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 27 '08
Erik Bedard Tampa Bay Rays
Mike is right on with his comments. In our league there is a good chance Bedard goes for $33-$35. If he gets dealt to Seattle, that might go up a tick or two.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 27 '08
Jeremy Bonderman Seattle Mariners
I agree with Mike. Based on my previous comment, I am a fan of Bonderman and think he will be worth a $10 gamble.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 27 '08
Sam Fuld Oakland Athletics
Eye-catching numbers in the Arizona Fall League (.402 BA, .626 SA, 10-for-12 in SB) didn't impress the people who actually saw him enough for Fuld to be voted among the league's top 20 propects. I'm sorry I wasn't there to see him go 1-for-2 in his last game, then get taken out for a pinch-runner to get a round of applause from the 20 people in the park who weren't scouts.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 27 '08
Erik Bedard Tampa Bay Rays
My own personal bid is ridiculous for a pitcher who hasn't thrown 200 innings in a season yet, but I want Erik Bedard, and the bid I've currently got on my sheet is what I know it's going to take. You might get Bedard with Alex's $26 bid, but in Stage Three everyone's got their eye on this guy. If you really want him, you're going to have to really push the envelope.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 27 '08

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