New kids on the diamond
Are these "tweeps" kidding me? We're talking about a position where
That said, you Posey owners need to simmer your expectations on the power front. Posey's frame (6-1, 205-pounds), compact swing, and home park limit his power potential. A .300-plus batting average and a sweet amount of runs scored are almost a lock because of his all-fields hitting style and ability to get on base via the walk (13-percent walk rate at Triple-A). Just don't expect 15-plus bombs the rest of the way.
Here's a quick tip before we get to the rest of the "New Kids." Posey is now owned in 40 percent of leagues post-promotion. However, there's a better fantasy catching prospect simmering in the minors who is only owned in eight percent of leagues. His name is
Poor Walker. He's one of those forgotten prospects and he likes to talk about it. Walker had a nice line at Triple-A: .321 BA, six HRs, .561 SLG, and 10 stolen bases. The good news with Walker is he's going to stay in the lineup in Pittsburgh if he's semi-productive because the Pirates' lineup is pathetic, and Walker can play all over the field. The bad news is I'm not a believer. Walker's Triple-A success in 2010 can be attributed to the fact he's had 1,000-plus plate appearances at that level. Further, his impatient approach will end up sinking him in the bigs. Take a sniff in NL-only leagues if you need infield help, but ignore Walker in mixed formats.
Speaking of forgotten prospects, remember this "can't-miss" gun. Tillman made his major league debut last year and was hammered to the tune of a 5.40 earned run average and 1.554 walks plus hits per innings pitched. The 6-5, 200-pound righty was recalled last week when
Ottavino got a start last week because
True story. I was at a middle school baseball game last week to watch my youngest cousin strut his stuff. In the fourth inning, the cleanup hitter on his squad lashed a ground ball "bomb" down the left-field line. Yeah, the kid could run, and the outfield grass resembled a putting surface at Augusta National. Anyway, he returns to the dugout and says: "That was
Litsch is just about ready to return from Tommy John surgery. In three major league seasons, the 25-year old has averaged a 3.83 ERA, 1.297 WHIP, and 2.30 BB/9. The problems with Litsch are he barely misses any bats (4.80 career K/9) and has a tendency to give up light-tower shots because of his sub-par stuff. He's worth an AL-only league stash because of his consistency. However, because of the lack of Ks, don't go near him in mixed leagues unless you play in a format such as
C'mon, we all saw that
After a horrific April (9.37 ERA/.352 BAA), Hudson rapidly tumbled down the prospect charts. Hudson is coming off a year where he posted a 2.32 ERA, 166 strikeouts, 34 walks, and a .200 BAA in 147.1 IP across four minor league levels. Yet, people wrote him off for 2010 after one bad month. Ridiculous. D-Huddy was back in business in May, however, with four wins in six starts (37 IP), a 2.43 ERA, 44 Ks, eight BBs, and a .200 BAA. C'mon, how long will
All statistics as of May 30, 2010.
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