Fantasy Baseball Insider - book sample (random players) - 2017

AMERICAN LEAGUE

 

Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox, Bats Right, Age 24 Anderson, a first-round pick in 2013, has a nice rookie season but he still swings at too many breaking balls outside the strike zone (117/13 K/BB ratio). He also needs work on his defense although he is improving in that area. Hell have value for the steals unless he continues to struggle with his discipline. Then he will be hitting low in the lineup that means less steals. He missed half of 2014 with wrist and ankle injuries.

 

 

 

AB

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

2016

White Sox

410

57

9

30

10

.283

.306

 

Projected

600

73

10

39

18

.262

 

 

Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox, Bats Left, Age 22 Benintendi has a sweet line-drive swing and excellent plate discipline. He rose to the majors quickly and has to be considered one of the top rookie candidates this year. Of course, opposing pitchers will adjust by throwing him fewer fastballs (he saw a steady supply last September), scouts think he should be able to make the adjustment as he did in the minors. Hell also hit a bunch of doubles, some of which will eventually carry out of the park. A sleeper.

 

 

AB

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

2016

AAA-AA

392

70

9

76

16

.312

.378

2016

Red Sox

105

16

2

14

1

.295

.359

 

Projected

475

70

13

71

12

.271

 

 

Alex Bregman, Houston Astros, Bats Right, Age 23 Bregman is a sweet swinger with a lot of confidence and potential. He began is major league career in a 1-for-35 slump but never doubted himself and hit well the rest of the way. All the while learning to play third base and left field after getting drafted as a shortstop. He has an infectious draw to him, AJ Hinch said. I really like his approach to the game humble but confident enough. Real baseball player. Upside = 25+ homers

 

 

 

AB

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

2016

Minors

314

71

20

61

7

.306

.400

2016

Astros

201

31

8

34

2

.264

.314

 

Projected

525

81

20

78

6

.270

 

 

Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins, Bats Right, Age 23 Buxton has line drive power, good speed and top defensive ability in center field. But he struggled initially last year and was sent down to the minors a couple of times. He has trouble laying off breaking pitches out of the strike zone. But upon his recall, he fared much better batting.287 with nine homers in September, looking a lot more confident against the breaking stuff while improving his patience at the plate. He also needs to stay healthy having battled injuries the last three seasons. But he is young with a lot of upside. If he stays healthy and cuts down on the strikeouts, he could be a big sleeper. Upside = .270 with 25 steals

 

 

 

AB

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

2015

Twins

129

16

2

6

2

.209

.250

2016

Twins

298

44

10

38

10

.225

.284

 

Projected

450

51

15

51

15

.245

 

 

Cheslor Cuthbert, Kansas City Royals, Bats Right, Age 24 Cuthbert was being groomed as a super utility guy last spring but, when Moustakas got hurt in May, he became the starting third baseman the rest of the way. He hit well for most of the season but faded down the stretch. He played 1B-2B-3B in 2015 and played a little outfield in spring training. This spring they are going to give him some time at second base. But he is an average defender at best at those positions. He will also DH a lot as the team has an opening there as well.

 

 

 

AB

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

2015

Royals

46

6

1

8

0

.217

.280

2016

Royals

475

49

12

46

2

.274

.318

 

Projected

450

45

12

45

2

.262

 

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Jorge Alfaro, Philadelphia Phillies, Bats Right, Age 24 Alfaro was one of the best catching prospects in the minors last year and could take over for the Phils at some point this year. He has power potential, athleticism and a strong throwing arm. He has decent speed and hits the ball to all fields. He needs to refine his strike-zone judgement and his defense behind the plate. Injuries have hindered his development. He has also played some 1B-RF. Rebuilding teams should grab him on reserve.

 

 

AB

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

2016

AAA

404

68

15

67

3

.285

.325

2016

Phillies

16

0

0

0

0

.125

.176

 

Javier Bez, Chicago Cubs, Bats Right, Age 24 Bez, a second baseman by trade, but will operate as a super utility guy this year. He has power potential but still has serious contact issues (227/34 career k/bb ratio). He has 2B-SS-3B eligibility so he has a lot of value for that and the homers and steals. He missed a month with a finger injury in 2015.

 

 

 

AB

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

2014

Cubs

213

25

9

20

5

.169

.227

2015

Cubs

76

4

1

4

1

.289

.325

2016

Cubs

421

50

14

59

12

.273

.314

 

Projected

450

51

17

62

12

.253

 

 

Michael Conforto, New York Mets, Bats Left, Age 24 Conforto has power potential as scouts like his advanced approach at the plate vs. both lefty and righty pitchers. He is also a very hard worker but struggled terribly last year. He focused too much on homers and got pull happy and started dropping his shoulder, Keith Hernandez explained. Hes so strong that hes going to hit 20 homers without even trying. The Mets still likely him and are trying to trade one of their outfielders to make room for him. He is miscast in center though. Upside = 20+ home runs

 

 

 

AB

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

2015

Mets

174

30

9

26

0

.270

.335

2016

Mets

304

38

12

42

2

.220

.310

 

Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates, Bats Left, Age 25 Frazier is probably the top candidate to replace Sean Rodriguez as the super utility guy this year. He played 2B-3B and all three outfield positions last year but only has OF eligibility for now. He also has a lot of shortstop experience in the minors. He has good speed and a history of strong plate discipline but he has little power and needs work defensively in the infield. Grab him late or on reserve for the speed.

 

 

 

AB

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

2016

AAA

261

34

0

22

17

.333

.401

2016

Pirates

146

21

2

11

4

.304

.356

 

D.J. LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies, Bats Left, Age 28 LeMahieu is an excellent defender at second base with a little pop and a little speed. He improved his plate discipline again last year that contributed to his NL batting title as did playing half his games at Coors Field. He hit the ball hard all over the field, even on the road, so his batting title was not a big fluke. But this will obviously be his career year and he will likely be way overpriced in most drafts this year.

 

 

 

AB

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

2013

Rockies

404

39

2

28

18

.280

.311

2014

Rockies

494

59

5

42

10

.267

.315

2015

Rockies

564

85

6

61

23

.301

.358

2016

Rockies

552

104

11

66

11

.348

.416

 

Projected

550

90

8

61

12

.301