David Sabino
Wednesday March 30th, 2005

There's a premium on speed and power in the outfield. That's why the consistent Vladimir Guerrero, Bobby Abreu and Manny Ramirez take the top spots. Carlos Beltran could easily have been ranked at No. 1 too. He's that good.

Gary Sheffield's shoulder has healed and not only is his play in the outfield going to be better, he's going to be able to swing even harder and will run a bit more.

As Carl Crawford develops power, he's moving into the very top of the fantasy elite. Keeper-league players pay attention.

Miguel Cabrera is one of the best young hitters to come along in a long time. He's capable of a .325-35-125 season.

Jose Guillen had a hard time in Anaheim, but he's the focal point of the National's new and improved lineup.

Expect Pat Burrell to have a big season now that his wrist is healed and he's reunited with his old hitting coach, Milt Thompson. A hot Burrell in Citizen's Bank Park is a scary thought for the opposition.

Jeromy Burnitz is going to have a precipitous fall from the Rocky Mountain high that he was on last season. Even Wrigley Field won't be able to keep him out of the ranks of the average.

Larry Walker has at least one great season left in him. The Fragile One can challenge teammate Pujols for a batting title batting second for the Cards.

Richard Hidalgo should find Ameriquest Park to his liking. Don't be scared away by his poor showing last season.

Gabe Gross earned himself a share of the right field job for the Blue Jays and could keep it with a hot start. Same goes for Astrols left fielder Luke Scott. Houston center field prospect Willy Tavarez can fly and is a 40-to-50 steals threat if he gets the playing time. Eli Marrero should play at least 135 games for the Royals and could be one of the biggest steals of your draft. Same goes for Atlanta's Ryan Langerhans, who is first in line to step in when Raul Mondesi and/or Brian Jordan break down. This is the year Larry Bigbie of the Orioles finally breaks out. He's got one of the sweetest swings in the game.

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