Burning Fantasy Baseball Questions: Baltimore Orioles

by Nicholas Minnix on January 14, 2013 @ 13:42:04 PDT

 

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KFFL answers important fantasy baseball questions about each Major League Baseball team as spring training approaches. What must fantasy baseball players know about the Baltimore Orioles?

Where does Adam Jones rank among studs?

Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson
Johnson's SV bloated

Actually, he doesn't compare, not quite. Rotisserie players will be confident in whom to choose between him and, say, Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp, Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout and Carlos Gonzalez. Is Jones, at the age of 27 and following his line that includes a .287 average, 32 round-trippers and 16 stolen bases, on the cusp of joining them, however?

Some of his liners will get over that left-field wall in Camden Yards in a hurry, but it's not quite enough to offset Jones' tendency to hit grounders a little more often than regular 30-home run hitters. Of course, he has the speed to swipe 20 bases, but his low rate of walks and sub-80 percent contact rate conspire to limit the number of stolen base opportunities he creates.

Jones is a fantastic athlete who is just really good at baseball. There's nothing wrong with that. There's room for escalation of his roto production, but probably not much of it; there's also some room for it to slide backward by several dollars. You're probably asking for disappointment if you're willing to pay top-20 money for him.

Why doesn't Jim Johnson rank among top-end closers?

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.


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