Through another week of the season we’ve seen a couple people emerge, some continue to slide and a few hidden gems that could help your fantasy team.
…Kendry Morales is going to bath 5th or 6th behind Bobby Abreau, Vlad, and Tori Hunter. With the already impressive spring and the vote of confidence by manager Mike Scioscia who believes he can hit between 20 and 30 hr Morales can be had at a very cheap price. Fantasy Advice: Look for him late in mixed league drafts to be a solid run producer.
….Chris Davis has improved his BA over the course of the week, up to .235. Fantasy Advice: Davis will be a good source of power, but be careful not to get caught up in the hype.
…Paul Konerko is batting .345 with 3hr and is off everyones radar. Fantasy Advice: Another good run producer that can be had LATE in a draft.
…Brandon Wood continues to hit and limit his strike outs. He is still batting .379 this spring. Fantasy Advice: Wood will be a solid late round pick. Look for a .260 BA and 20hr from the use to be can’t miss prospect.
…Has anyone noticed Carlos Gomez has an OBP or .375 with a nice BB/K ratio? Don’t rely heavily on Gomez but monitor his progress in the crowded Minnesota outfield. Fantasy Advice: Highly valuable in AL only leagues but a reach at this point in mixed leagues.
…Bradley Bergesen, the 23 year old righty has an amazing 11k/1bb ratio in 11.2 IP. This is not unexpected success as Bergesen was the Orioles minor league Pitcher of the Year last year posting a 3.10ERA with 16 wins. Fantasy Advice: If Bergesen is able to lock down a rotation spot he will be valuable in deep AL only leagues. Keeper leagues should take notice!
…Glen Perkins has a 1.50 ERA this spring is should be able to put nice peripheral numbers together this year, minus strike outs. Fantasy Advice: For a solid starter who won’t hurt your team Perkins will have value in AL only and large mixed leagues.
…A couple young to keep monitoring are Gio Gonzales (SP Oak), Luke Hochevar (SP KC), Wladimir Balentien (OF Sea), Jeff Clement (C/DH Sea), Gaby Sanchez (1B Fla). All these guys could help your team this year and be bargains in the later rounds of any draft.
Now for some injury concerns in the AL…
…Bad news from the WBC for the AL MVP Dustin Pedroia. The Red Sox second baseman has an abdominal strain. Fantasy Advice: No need to panic yet, it looks minor at this point, but monitor the situation. Word is it’s about a one week hiatus for Pedroia at this point.
…More bad news for the Red Sox as Julio Lugo had arthriscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Fantasy Advice: Lugo was an intriguing late option both at SS and for SB’s, the surgery really puts a damper on his worth. Expected to be ready in April it’s best to keep an eye on him and snag him off the waiver wire if he starts seeing playing time upon his return.
…Justin Duchscherer’s elbow soreness is becoming a major concern for the 2008 surprise break out. Fantasy Advice: Duchscherer had limited fantasy upside because of his low K numbers even though he did have great peripherals last year. If his elbow is still bothering him on your draft day, pass, a move from the pen to the rotation may have caused this injury and derailed this hurler.