MLB fantasy roundtable: Expectations will test Bauer, Rizzo
Each week of the baseball season a committee of SI.com fantasy experts will meet at pitching mound and offer their insights into the most intriguing questions facing fantasy players.
This year, Bauer is on a roll, having gone 11-1 between Double and Triple A this year, and has more strikeouts than any player in the minors, despite pitching half of his 16 starts in the hitter-friendly PCL. His skills should translate quickly and he'll have a chance to remain in the D'backs rotation even when the pitcher he's replacing, Joe Saunders (who happens to be at the center of trade rumors) returns from the DL.
Rizzo, the most productive power hitter in the minors this season, should enjoy the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Even a slight hot streak will make him the darling of the North Siders, whose teams is devoid of any stars. Rizzo should be able to amass double-digit home runs with 40 to 50 RBIs the rest of the season, depending on where Dale Sveum slots him in the lineup. With so few quality first basemen in the NL, he's a serious target for those in NL-only keeper leagues.