Fantasy Baseball: Top 10 Players On Rise After 2013 World Baseball Classic
Top 10 Fantasy Players On Rise
With the 2013 World Baseball Classic finally in the books, the baseball world can focus on the upcoming fantasy baseball season. The season starts in a couple weeks and after the Classic everyone will be going through some serious baseball withdrawal.
The Classic did give us a chance to scout some serious fantasy talent, so naturally there were some players that saw their fantasy value go up as a result of the international tournament.
At first, New York Mets 3B David Wright seemed like a shoe in for this list, but the rumors that he may start the season on the DL due to a back injury he suffered in the WBC certainly will not help his fantasy value. If anything the WBC hurt his draft stock, but that is a story for another day.
Additionally, New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano had a monster performance at the WBC, as he had 15 hits in 32 at-bats. He single-handedly won some games for the DR this year and looked in midseason form the entire tournament. However, the second baseman is a sure fire first round pick, so it is hard to imagine his value actually going up after the Classic.
To help you in your drafts this spring, here are the top 10 fantasy baseball players on the rise following the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
10. 1B Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs (Italy)
1B Anthony Rizzo – Rizzo entered the WBC as a novice to big league play, but his time at the Classic will certainly give him confidence heading into the 2013 fantasy season. Rizzo may not be an everyday starter just yet, but he took his first steps towards becoming a fantasy superstar at the WBC this year.
9. OF Michael Saunders, Seattle Mariners (Canada)
OF Michael Saunders – In 11 at-bats during the WBC, Saunders had eight hits and knocked in seven runs for the Canadian team. He was on fire during this year’s Classic and showed that he can be a reliable third outfielder to target this season.
8. C Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians (Dominican Republic)
C Carlos Santana – Santana went from 27 homers in 2011 all the way down to 17 last year. The backstop hit two monster homers during the WBC, and looks ready to post another 25-plus home run season.
7. 1B Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers (Mexico)
1B Adrian Gonzalez – Gonzo had a very strong WBC, despite the fact that Mexico was sent home early. He hit one home run, drove in three runs, and was walked six different times. He had a somewhat disappointing 2012 season, but fantasy owners can expect him to post another 100/35/100 season in 2013.
6. C Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins (United States)
C Joe Mauer – Mauer was another catcher that had a huge Classic. He had nine hits in only 21 at-bats, including six singles, two doubles and one triple. Mauer looks ready to have another All-Star fantasy baseball season.
5. 3B/SS Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers (Dominican Republic)
3S/SS Hanley Ramirez - Han-Ram went to three straight All-Star games between 2008-10 and was widely considered the most dangerous fantasy shortstop in baseball. However, since then he has severely struggled and has fallen back to the middle of the pack.
Ramirez has looked like a different player since heading to LA, though, and his strong WBC performance is very promising as we enter the 2013 fantasy season. He may not be the number one fantasy option at short anymore, but he can still finish inside the top-five this year.
4. SS Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves (Netherlands)
SS Andrelton Simmons – Simmons wasn’t on many fantasy radars this spring, but the WBC has made some recliner scouts take notice of this kid from the Netherlands. He hit .333 in the WBC with two home runs, 6 RBI and six runs scored.
3. OF Angel Pagan, San Francisco Giants (Puerto Rico)
OF Angel Pagan – Pagan was once thought of as a waiver wire guy, but in recent years has become an amazing roto-league find. He was the heart and soul of the Puerto Rican team during the Classic and his .364 batting average was the main reason why the team made the finals.
2. 1B Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins (Canada)
1B Justin Morneau - Many people questioned if Morneau would be healthy enough to be an everyday contributor this fantasy season. He hit a ridiculous .636 in the Classic and finished with seven hits in 11 at-bats. I think it is safe to say that Justin Morneau is back.
1. SS Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays (Dominican Republic)
Jose Reyes - Reyes showed some surprising pop in the Classic. He hit one home run and had two other doubles hit the top of the outfield wall. He finished hitting .314 and his strong WBC showing could have cemented him as the number one shortstop in fantasy.
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