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Fantasy baseball player profiles: St. Louis Cardinals

Fantasy baseball player profiles: St. Louis Cardinals

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1 Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals
2 Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
3 Felipe Lopez, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
4 Skip Schumaker, 2B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals
5 David Freese, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
6 Brendan Ryan, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
7 Colby Rasmus, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
8 Ryan Ludwick, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
9 Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
10 Brad Penny, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
11 Chris Carpenter, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
12 Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
13 Jason Motte, RP, St. Louis Cardinals
14 Ryan Franklin, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4766114314714.300.348.464.812

Defensive whiz has improved Yadier Molina's batting eye in each of the last three years. Doesn't appear to attempt home runs much anymore - helping keep his average up. Molina won't hurt you, but he probably won't help you outside of batting average for the position. He will aid you in finding safe backstop at-bats late in your draft.


Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
57981166281004.287.355.499.854

Nit-picking: dipping line-drive and contact rates, but Albert Pujols' power explosion calms you down. Maybe steals come down, but he had reached double digits before last year. Thin argument when you're complaining about him hitting .327 instead of .357. Once-in-a-generation hitter the near consensus No. 1 overall pick.


Felipe Lopez, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Hard to put stock in such a large BB/K improvement, but Felipe Lopez's walk and strikeout percentages both have been trending positively. Contact rate? Not so much. He hasn't run for two straight years, and 2005 homer rate was called out long ago. There isn't much upside here, and .300 is exception, not rule. He might see occasional time at several positions for St. Louis, though. You're settling if he's your mixed MI.


Skip Schumaker, 2B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
21623561211.259.328.338.666

Skip Schumaker's value comes from his runs scored in Cardinals lineup and his .300 average. Many hope for double-digit steals, but that's far from certain. He's best used as an NL-only starter at the keystone for his two-category stability.


David Freese, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4776213514722.283.358.428.786

David Freese, 26, flashed power at Triple-A in last two seasons despite shaky batting eye. Though he looks like the front-runner, Freese will battle for the third base job. Deep mixed leaguers can watch competition unfold unless they're desperate, in which case Freese can be a flier pick. 


Brendan Ryan, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
23123503174.216.280.299.579

Wrist injury stalling Brendan's Ryan's Spring Training. Absurd BABIP prone to drop despite the solid contact he makes. High groundball pace will probably keep his average respectable, though, and he'll contribute double-digit steals as a starter. A low-end NL-only shortstop if he's on track for Opening Day.


Colby Rasmus, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5016312123742.242.309.443.752

Discovered elusive walks in second half, but everything else tanked. Perhaps fatigue- or illness-related; hiatal hernia weakened him midseason, possibly afterward. Still needs to solve lefties. Reports say he had trouble with his old bats coach; Mark McGwire could help him capture his power stroke. Late improvements in patience point to some growth. The now-healthy Colby Rasmus is worth a late gamble. 


Ryan Ludwick, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4646111416670.246.318.431.749

BABIP and performance against righties normalized Ryan Ludwick's batting average, as expected. There isn't much upside to this late bloomer; '08 looks anomalous. But power remains, even if that was inflated, too. Flyball increase plays to that strength. Maintains RBI-happy spot in order, too. He resides outside the top 100, but he can suitably fill out five-outfielder lineups as long as power is your only expectation.


Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5448915821915.290.379.471.850

Toiled in Oakland, shined hitting behind Albert Pujols. Matt Holliday willl stick there for awhile. Didn't show homer weakness in latter pitcher-friendly park. He'll cool off in full season there: He didn't attempt many steals in his lineup spot. Regenerated flyball count and sustained batting eye solidify top-30 rank.


Brad Penny, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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00000000.000.00

Brad Penny admitting he pitches to contact must've pleased pitching coach Dave Duncan, who could make Penny the next Joel Pineiro. Penny loved coming to the NL last year, where his approach and hard fastball play better. He knows how to eat innings; Duncan gives him a chance to become more efficient, a long-standing quandary for Penny. Oozes sleeper potential but will probably be more expensive in NL-onlys.


Chris Carpenter, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Perpetual injury risk had Cy Young-type season. Chris Carpenter hadn't pitched that many innings since '06. You know elite groundball ability and impeccable control are there when he's healthy. Skepticism will organically lower his price, so most are already taking the gamble into account. Here, you want someone else to pay full price. Of course, if you could snag him as your No. 3 pitcher, it's probably worth the dice roll. 


Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
16022020677412003.151.12

Adam Wainwright fixed a delivery flaw early on before his groundball and K rates climbed. Used more diverse arsenal (more curveballs) after broken finger shortened '08. Burnout risk: innings jump after lighter year; even with budding dominance, still throws high pitch counts. Grounder-dominance combo usually leads to elitehood, but he's a low-end ace because of workload and durability concerns.


Jason Motte, RP, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2343351615443.351.16

Jason Motte RP St. Louis Cardinals

Former catcher realized he couldn't just throw 100 mph heat every launch. Tinkering with breaking stuff produced late-season improvements and hope heading into second MLB season. Learning curve a little steeper considering his recent position switch, so Jason Motte might still be working things through. Elite dominance potential makes him best saves speculation candidate on Cards roster and arguably one of the best in roto.


Ryan Franklin, RP, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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00000000.000.00

Ryan Franklin's dominance increase probably came as the result of a cut fastball, which may or may not be his slider. Increase in grounders produced BABIP, strand rate and homer ratios that might be illusions; history doesn't support the late bloomer's growth. Helping him is the lack of alternatives (save maybe Jason Motte), so he'll probably keep the gig for the majority of the year, at least. He presents risk as a midrange stopper; don't go overboard.