Fantasy Baseball Tumbling Dice: Hitting Prospects, Ultra Style
Last week we used our virtual space here at KFFL to review some pitching prospects that were probably below the radar of the bulk of fantasy players.
These names were culled from the Mastersball Top 250 Prospect List (see details below on how to purchase) where we try to go deep, looking at algorithms based upon age, experience, and "relative skill," which basically means command of the strike zone. Hitters who have a solid OBP, just as pitchers who display good strikeout-to-walk numbers as well as a good WHIP, in my view have that skill.
The results, to recap, are the usual suspects, but it is also possible for a 19-year-old just out of the Midwest League to compare with a player who is 22 and primed for promotion from Triple-A on fairly equal feet.
And, that can lead to discovering players a little ahead of the curve (which is almost as fun as winning, right?).
So, while last time we looked at arms, this time it is the sticks (rank on our Top 250 in parentheses):
Francisco Lindor (#22): Lindor is a 19-year-old who also played in the Midwest League last year. Over 122 games and 490 at-bats, Lindor posted .257-6-42 numbers, with 24 doubles and 27 swipes. Lindor also walked 61 times to 78 strikeouts (.358 OBP). With Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis already in tow, it'll be interesting to see how the Indians find room for Lindor.
Alen Hanson (#23): A 20-year-old middle infielder out of the Dominican Republic, Hanson was signed in 2010, meaning he has three years of duty logged in the Pirates chain. Hanson spent 2012 at the Sally League going .309-16-62 over 489 at-bats, clubbing 33 doubles, 13 triples, while swiping 35 bags. He also bagged 55 walks to 105 strikeouts, again a fine ratio for a full-timer of just 19 at the time.
Jose Ramirez (#50): A just 20-year-old middle infielder with the Tribe's system, Ramirez excelled in the Midwest League last year, posting .354-3-27 totals over 277 at-bats. Just 15 doubles and three triples, but he is only 5-foot-9, 165 pounds right now. Ramirez also swiped 15 bags, walked 24 times to 26 whiffs (.403 OBP) and scored 54 runs. A teammate of Lindor, he might give the Tribe the baseball equivalent of QB controversy. It must be tough.
About Lawr Michaels, MastersBall.com
Lawr Michaels has been a player in the fantasy baseball industry since he began writing for John Benson in 1993. He has written for STATS, Inc, was the first fantasy columnist for CBS Sportsline, and has appeared in numerous journals and on websites. In 1996, he founded CREATiVESPORTS, a staple for serious fantasy players, which he merged into Mastersball in 2010.
Over the years, Lawr has participated in a wide variety of playing formats and won numerous titles, including AL Tout Wars crowns in 2001 and 2009. Along with his Mastersball duties, Lawr works for MLB.com as a statistician.
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