Will this be the year that the Seattle Mariners Jesus Montero breaks out? The former top prospect of the New York Yankees put up modest numbers in 2012 with 46 runs, 15 HR, 62 RBI, and a .260 AVG. Not exactly the numbers of a fantasy baseball superstar.
People in dynasty leagues will be thrilled that the Mariners are giving Montero a shot at the full time catching job. As a catcher, if Montero continues to develop he will be a hot commodity, where as a designated hitter, he would probably go undrafted in many leagues. Look for 66 runs, 17 HR, 68 RBI, 0 SB, and a .269 AVG.
The Texas Rangers signed A.J. Pierzynski this offseason, making Geovany Soto a backup, and not a fantasy option. Pierzynski is coming off a career year, and moving to a great hitter’s ballpark as Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, what they couldn’t get a sponsor, should make for another nice offensive season for Pierzynski. Look for 56 runs, 16 HR, 62 RBI, 0 SB, and a .273 AVG.
If Crash Davis was the player to be named later, than the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Chris Iannetta is the prospect that never developed. After an injury plagued first season in Los Angeles, look for Iannetta to put up 47 runs, 12 HR, 45 RBI, 2 SB, and a .237 AVG.
As a Derek Norris owner in a dynasty league, I was so angry when the Oakland A’s signed John Jaso this offseason. The best thing I can hope for is a platoon situation in Oakland this season. Norris is pretty much undraftable except in long term dynasty leagues. Look for Jaso to put up 43 runs, 8 HR, 44 RBI, 3 SB, and a ..258 AVG.
If the A’s Norris is undraftable what does that make the Houston Astros Jason Castro? I don’t think there is a category below undraftable in fantasy baseball, if there is, that is where Castro should reside. Expect 42 runs, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 0 SB, and a .251 AVG.
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