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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Chicago Cubs

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Chicago Cubs

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1 Geovany Soto, C, Chicago Cubs
2 Koyie Hill, C, Chicago Cubs
3 Derrek Lee, 1B, Chicago Cubs
4 Jeff Baker, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs
5 Mike Fontenot, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs
6 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Chicago Cubs
7 Ryan Theriot, SS, Chicago Cubs
8 Xavier Nady, OF, Chicago Cubs
9 Tyler Colvin, OF, Chicago Cubs
10 Sam Fuld, OF, Chicago Cubs
11 Kosuke Fukudome, OF, Chicago Cubs
12 Marlon Byrd, OF, Chicago Cubs
13 Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs
14 Tom Gorzelanny, SP, Chicago Cubs
15 Randy Wells, SP, Chicago Cubs
16 Ryan Dempster, SP, Chicago Cubs
17 Carlos Zambrano, SP, Chicago Cubs
18 Ted Lilly, SP, Chicago Cubs
19 Sean Marshall, RP, Chicago Cubs
20 John Grabow, RP, Chicago Cubs
21 Angel Guzman, RP, Chicago Cubs
22 Carlos Marmol, RP, Chicago Cubs

Geovany Soto, C, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
204264910281.240.325.441.766

Part of Geovany Soto's sophomore slump came from luck; part of it was an oblique strain. His batting eye improved from his first MLB campaign, though, and he shed 40 pounds this offseason. This low-end No. 1 mixed catcher can net you ample dingers for a relatively low cost, but his batting eye is shaky enough to be wary of a significant clip rebound.


Koyie Hill, C, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Koyie Hill should slot into backup duty behind starter Geovany Soto. He doesn't have a lot of power and isn't very patient at the plate. His fantasy value is nil unless something happens to Soto.


Derrek Lee, 1B, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Don't buy Derrek Lee's 35 homers from last year. His HR/FB spiked. No obvious signs of a skills crash, yet, but his gradually declining contact rate hints you should prepare for one. Lee's draft price will be cheaper than his '09 performance, but he comes with ample drop-off risk.


Jeff Baker, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
294347810404.265.326.429.755

Jeff Baker will compete with Mike Fontenot for the second base job. Baker's versatility should see him start a few games at other spots around the diamond. He doesn't have a great eye and doesn't make much contact, but Baker has shown some power in part-time work. NL drafters are best to make him a middle infielder, not their starting second baseman.


Mike Fontenot, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Mike Fontenot isn't locked into the starting job at second; Jeff Baker will compete with him for it. This may even wind up as a platoon, which would favor Fontenot. His batting average should bounce back, to an extent, but since his skills don't look like they'll grow much, try not to make him your NL-only starter at second.


Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4917514020894.285.368.487.855

A dislocated shoulder sent Aramis Ramirez to the DL in May and bothered him the rest of the way, but his power remained on a full-season pace. The four-category contributor should continue to hit around .300. Even if a longer season strips some of his power, he should easily outperform his draft stock and is one of the best profit opportunities in a spotty third-base class.


Ryan Theriot, SS, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Ryan Theriot's contact rate is still high but has declined two straight years; another drop in average may be next. Theriot's batting eye came at the expense of more homers; bet on his history of discipline coming back before you do a power repeat. Luckily, the light stick kept running, and he may hit leadoff - these fuel his late deep-mixed value.


Xavier Nady, OF, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Xavier Nady's second career Tommy John surgery interrupted positive year-to-year trends. Injury negatively affects slugging percentage, most notably. Nady will platoon in right, but some potential for increased playing time. He's a risky investment if others view him as buying opportunity. Some upside here, but it requires patience and doesn't warrant much, if any, overspending.


Tyler Colvin, OF, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
8612213141.244.278.442.720

Tyler Colvin hasn't played any Triple-A ball yet and still needs to develop some patience at the plate; he's not ready for the bigs. He isn't worth rostering in any league.


Sam Fuld, OF, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
891322175.247.306.360.666

Sam Fuld will likely see backup duty around the outfield. His BB/K is rock solid; he just doesn't hit for average or power. Speed is the name of his game. He could round out a deep NL bench, but Fuld's roto value is in the hands of Chicago's other outfielders.


Kosuke Fukudome, OF, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Kosuke Fukudome's high-level batting eye and decent contact ability make an average bump possible, but lefties still haunt him. A platoon in right field could be in Fukudome's future after the signing of Xavier Nady; that alone makes a mixed-league investment dicey. We may have already seen Fukudome's peak.


Marlon Byrd, OF, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4215611314561.268.312.444.756

Marlon Byrd joins hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, his aide in Texas last year. Fourteen of Byrd's 20 homers came at home last year. His new digs help dingers, too, but his flyball rate might return toward his career norms. He likely won't bring a great mixed return if he becomes anything more than your No. 5 outfielder or utility bat; he's streaky.


Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5046212328826.244.298.468.766

Alfonso Soriano was bothered by a knee problem for most of the second half before undergoing arthroscopic surgery. In the first half he was his usual self: low average, plenty of power and some steals. Refreshed health and new hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo should help. Profit could be great if drafters undervalue him and you aim for a modest swipes rebound.


Tom Gorzelanny, SP, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4067582427633.221.27

Tom Gorzelanny could be a decent speculative pickup in NL-only leagues. He can be left undrafted in mixed universes. His K rate climbed last year (7.66) while his control returned to its pre-2008 form. There isn't a ton of upside here, but enough to make him worth a dollar or two if desperate.


Randy Wells, SP, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Sparkling Triple-A control the last two years was the only sign to predict Randy Wells' '09 brilliance. He made a living off grounders, too. He doesn't strike out many batters, though, relying too much on control. Based on his farm history, Wells' HR/9 was extremely fortunate. Don't pay for a repeat of his fortune.


Ryan Dempster, SP, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Despite Ryan Dempster's drop in run support and wins, his control improved. Though he probably fits somewhere between his 2008 and 2009 levels, Dempster's high-level grounder tendency should aid his approach; his latest turn as a starter has seen his skills stabilize. He has turned into a safe No. 3 mixed starter.


Carlos Zambrano, SP, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Newfound training regiment involving boxing has Carlos Zambrano in best shape of career, he says. That might help him ease the back problems that sent him to the DL last year. Given the return of his K/9 to 2005-06 levels, worth investing an extra dollar or two to make sure you snag him. He could bring a solid return on a midrange investment.


Ted Lilly, SP, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Ted Lilly might not start the season on time; the Cubbies aren't rushing his rehab from November shoulder surgery. Lilly's price might drop as a result. If his reports are positive, you could probably deal with a normalization of his control and HR/9; there's still enough K potential here to buttress your staff as a No. 3 starter, if you're desperate.


Sean Marshall, RP, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4166612120682.861.23

There's not a ton to like with Sean Marshall. He has decent command of his pitches, it has yet to pay off. He remains stuck as a swingman on this staff. Strictly view him as an end-gamer in NL-only leagues.


John Grabow, RP, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

John Grabow will mainly serve as a setup man to Carlos Marmol. He's a lefty, so even if Marmol falters, manager Lou Piniella may opt to keep him in a matchup role, although he'd still likely see save chances. However, his ratios aren't strong enough, and the path isn't clear enough, to warrant drafting him.


Angel Guzman, RP, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Angel Guzman's career is in jeopardy. He has a torn shoulder ligament that will keep him out indefinitely. He was slated to be one of the options manager Lou Piniella would go to if Carlos Marmol falters as closer. Guzman has posted decent skills worth for a rental, but avoid him on draft day. You can wait to see if he can pitch this season.


Carlos Marmol, RP, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2053422532574.251.40

Carlos Marmol's nasty stuff and will boost any team's strikeout rate. It's his control that is the issue. He improved that significantly in the second half last year but stumbled a bit after assuming the closer role. Still, he's firmly in the second roto tier of stoppers, but Marmol could easily perform as a No. 1. His returned profit could be high given you won't have to invest a ton in him.