While watching the Italian team play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, one can’t help but notice the amount of attention on first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
In the elimination game loss against Puerto Rico on Wednesday night, Rizzo looked like a veteran. He hit a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning, which put his team up 3-0. He finished the game 1-for-3 with three RBI and two walks, but the Italians eventually lost the international thriller 4-3.
Rizzo is only 23-years old, but he has faced off with some of the best first basemen in the game on a nightly basis during the WBC. Also, the fact that he played in every game for the Italians has given him an amazing experience and bolstered his confidence. Look for him to be a completely different player during the 2013 season.
Rizzo will anchor first base for the Chicago Cubs this year, and will be a great value for fantasy baseball fans to look for after the sixth round. He may not draw the attention of Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols or Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto, but Rizzo will be highly sought after in any type of dynasty league.
The former sixth-round pick has really shocked scouts with his sudden power since being called up, as Rizzo drilled 15 home runs in 87 games last year. This season will be his first extended stay in the majors, though, so fantasy owners should expect even better numbers from the kid in 2013.
Rizzo may not be a reliable fantasy starter just yet, but he is worth the risk in any type of dynasty league.