The NL West gives us fantasy baseball’s best catcher in the San Francisco Giants Buster Posey and best sleeper option in the Colorado Rockies Wilin Rosario. Mark them both down on your draft boards, as if you would like to have either of them on your fantasy team, you will have to spend an early draft pick on them.
Posey looks to build on an MVP 2012 season and a World Championship. He is by far baseball’s best catcher, and should be for years to come. Expect him to put up 76 runs, 20 HR, 82 RBI, 1 SB, and a .305 AVG.
The Rockies Rosario will give you more power than Posey, but will not hit for the same average As Posey. The upside to Rosario over Posey is you will be able to snag him a few rounds later than Posey. Look for Rosario to put up 63 runs, 25 HR, 72 RBI, 3 SB, and a .262 AVG.
I have always wondered why so many people love the Arizona Diamondbacks Miguel Montero. It could be because I have only owned him in a points league where strikeouts count against you. Montero has much more value in standard roto leagues, and should be a solid option in 2013. Look for him to put up 61 runs, 15 HR, 66 RBI, 0 SB, and a .272 AVG.
Is there anyone less exciting in fantasy than the Los Angeles Dodgers A.J. Ellis? Okay, I’m sure there is, I just haven’t looked hard enough. On the plus side Ellis will be hitting in one of baseball’s best lineups, or at least baseball’s most dysfunctional lineup. Look for Ellis to put up 44 runs, 8 HR, 45 RBI, and a .255 AVG.
The San Diego Padres catching situation gives us yet another promising prospect that never developed at the big league level in Nick Hundley. The job would have been Yasmani Grandal’s except for a little 50 game PED suspension that he will be serving. Don’t even draft Hundley in the deepest of leagues, as in 2012 in 225 at bats, Hundley hit a whopping .157 with 3 HR. While filling in for Grandal, look for Hundley to put up 25 runs, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 0 SB, and a .226 AVG.
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