New kids on the diamond: Castro's raw tools in need of fantasy polish
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That first sentence really stung if you stayed up until 3 a.m. on Saturday morning to snatch the kid once he was added to your league database. Castro is a valuable prospect for the Cubs because of his defensive range, contact skills, and sparkplug energy. Nevertheless, for fantasy purposes, he has miniscule power (nine home runs in three-plus seasons in the minors), horrible base-stealing instincts (caught stealing 16 times in his last 48 attempts) and no plate patience to take advantage of his wheels. He's also only 20-years old, skipping Triple-A, and hitting in an atrocious spot at the bottom of the Cubs order. All of these factors scream "PASS" in non-keeper mixed formats. That bomb in his first major league at-bat simply fueled the overhype machine.
This dude deserves love if only because he was called up to replace self-proclaimed bad-boy
Surprisingly, I received three e-mails last week regarding Pearce once he was promoted. Why? Sure, he tore up Triple-A this year (.349 BA, two HRs, .605 SLG), but it was his third year at the level and he's 27. Even though he has some sexy pop, it's much too inconsistent and he's too much of a sucker for breaking pitches to produce in other areas. You're looking at a Quad-A All-Star and a fantasy scrub. He will get some ABs merely because he's on the woeful Pirates. Don't waste a roster spot in NL-only leagues even if you're a blood relative.
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Turner is the complete package. The 6-5, 210-pound righty has a mid-90s heater, impressive curve, and well-advanced command for his age. The Tigers will surely put the 18-year-old Turner on the fast track like
I am starting to feel extremely guilty about the way I continuously trash Mets' prospect
All statistics as of May 9, 2010.