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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Los Angeles Dodgers

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Los Angeles Dodgers

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1 Russell Martin, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
2 James Loney, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers
3 Casey Blake, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers
4 Rafael Furcal, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
5 Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
6 Andre Ethier, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
7 Manny Ramirez, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
8 Chad Billingsley, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
9 Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
10 Hiroki Kuroda, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
11 Jonathan Broxton, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Russell Martin, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
421489117576.216.315.382.697

Downward slide from Russell Martin's 2008 continued in 2009, especially regarding HR/FB. Canadian added weight to restore power and is seeking consistent approach. Strong plate skills suggest BA rebound - that could stifle SB decline, too. View last year as his floor. Reaching 2007 heights won't happen but hitting 2008 marks isn't unrealistic. A groin strain will cost him Opening Day and maybe a little longer, but it doesn't add much risk to his middle-rounds value. He's not as attractive as some others in his tier, but there's enough upside to take him if a run starts.


James Loney, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5165114710662.285.337.401.738

James Loney's 2009 was almost an exact mirror of 2008 as far as stats go. Even if batting eye dips a little, general maturation should mitigate massive drop. Other plate skills suggest average remains intact. Homers continue to be MIA with few signs of appearing. The 25-year-old would probably have to sacrifice average if he wants to add more power. He's a valuable non-traditional CI that won't cost a lot. Need to find power elsewhere, though.


Casey Blake, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Increased walk rate gives hope for him offering something else at 36, but his flyball rate has dropped in the last two years. How much longer can his HR/FB set his 20-homer pace? Positive: makes hard contact, so clip should remain serviceable. No surprises here: Late-rounder in deep mixed to fill out your roster with somewhat stable run production.


Rafael Furcal, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
34549933369.270.329.348.677

Rafael Furcal's eye tanked last year, which jeopardizes his clip, already a shaky asset for him. Groundballs increased, but he's not going to easily beat them out anymore. Positives: He'll approach 100 runs in this fairly strong lineup. Reaching 20 steals, as unsafe a bet as that is, is safer to gamble on him as a deep mixed middle infielder and a low-end NL-only starter.


Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
46170131227313.284.353.492.845

Hard not to love upticks in flyball percentage, FB/HR, contact rate and BB/K. Absence of Manny Ramirez might have played part in Matt Kemp's scaling of the 100-RBI mountain for first time, but Man-Ram was present for Kemp's biggest month. Expect stolen bases to become tradeoff for power, but not alarmingly. Oozing talent plus last year's campaign put him on cusp of 30-30 season. Mixed first-round price tag and offseason limelight make him a little chancy.


Andre Ethier, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4125111412532.277.353.434.787

A three-year upward trend finally saw Andre Ethier's power breakout. Appeared to sacrifice some of his near-.300 average for dingers (more K's, less contact, fewer hits but higher HR/FB); easiest correction for average could come if he improves lefty and road BA. He's done both in the past, only for short stretches; increased exposure to lefties should pay off. He's drafted toward the end of the top 20 mixed outfielders, but his potentially elite return in the non-steals categories could make it tough to snag him without reaching a bit.


Manny Ramirez, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Not bad for a suspension-shortened season. Manny Ramirez became more selective, but his HR/FB points to fading power. Even with his improving batting eye, he's risky. He can perform as a No. 1 outfielder, but at this stage, there are options with more upside and equal or less downside.


Chad Billingsley, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4060602621513.901.35

Chad Billingsley's '09: tormented by mechanical issues, nagging leg injuries and terrible July and September showings. High walk rate looks to be chronic, but high dominance neutralizes that a little. Strand rate fix could bring him back up to low-end No. 1 mixed starter level, but make sure he's your No. 2, at best.


Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
17021216859562142.501.06

Youth brings typical pitching caveats, including walks, flyballs and struggling with runners on base. Clayton Kershaw grew, however, by not relying on his curveball as much and adding a slider. Raw talent unquestioned; if he isn't your mixed ace, he'll bring a profit. Build a more stable staff around him, and you'll be fine.


Hiroki Kuroda, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
13019519379461443.651.23

Dominance is mediocre, but that increased last season. Hiroki Kuroda makes living off control and groundballs. Came back well after taking liner off noggin. At 35, not much upside here, but there is late-round rotation stability in deep mixed.


Jonathan Broxton, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2144411816373.681.30

Oozes dominance, and his fastball velocity increased. Control has been shaky, but as a closer, Jonathan Broxton could easily improve on his strand rates. Groundball increase justifies ERA drop. Will toe injury pop up again? Seems fine, but injuries like that could linger. He'll be taken among, and often before, closers with longer track records. Broxton boasts the most upside, but he'll cost a bundle.