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Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland Athletics
Still not sure you believe in him? Understandable. But his control of the strike zone continues to improve while he's on the big league job. There's no doubt that he has real power, however -- the type that should yield 20 home runs in 500 at-bats.
The A's have an exciting, if unpredictable, lineup, and Donaldson, 27, is well on his way to achieving that much PT, at least. He's hit .242 with two bombs in 16 games. Considering how some third basemen have disappointed thus far, this converted catcher is definitely worth a look.
Tony Cingrani, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Seriously, have you seen this kid's stats? There was a run on this 23-year-old southpaw to open the week, when rumors that he'd probably replace Johnny Cueto (strained lat muscle) in Cincy's rotation for a few starts. Since then, it's like folks have forgotten the whole thing.
Hello! It's official, and has been for a couple of days: Cueto to the DL (for at least three to four starts), and Cingrani to the Reds' rotation. He makes his debut today, against the Miami Marlins. Could it get any better? A little: He faces fellow phenom Jose Fernandez. At least Cingrani gets to stare down the much worse offense, even with Giancarlo Stanton back in the lineup.
Brandon Crawford, SS, San Francisco Giants
At least one scout, prior to the start of this campaign, felt that this would be a breakout season for the defending champs' glove-first shortstop. Which means he's never been known for his bat, even on the farm. But his plate discipline is at least average, and he takes plenty of pitches. Some observers believe that the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder carries latent power, and there's evidence to support their theory.
Are his 2013 numbers becoming part of that pool of evidence? Actually, as Fangraphs' Chad Young points out, with some assistance, Crawford began to take steps forward last year. Entering play today, he'd batted .320 with a couple of dingers in 50 at-bats -- and then he went deep on Thursday as part of a 3-for-4 day.
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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