After fans long awaited opening day, the first series of the season came and went in the blink of an eye. It’s full steam ahead for the fantasy baseball season and despite having completed just three games, owners are beginning to get a sense of how their team is going to shape up. The off-season tends to lull fans (specifically fantasy players) into a false sense of optimism or confidence in certain players. We tend to buy into hype about players and it begins to overshadow our own judgments that linger from last season.
This segment is dedicated to the top hitter and top pitcher from the first MLB series. Both of these players are coming off of tremendous seasons and appear primed for even greater things in 2013. Another thing that these two players have in common is that they were both undervalued in fantasy drafts. Again, this can be attributed to the mind games that we play with ourselves as we evaluate players based on everything except what our eyes have seen.
Top Hitter: Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles. Davis came over in a trade from the Texas Rangers during the 2011 season. He immediately showed that he had more to offer than his platoon role in Texas allowed him to display. Davis launched 33 bombs in his first full season will Baltimore but this rising star isn’t content with living in the past. Despite being the 21st first basemen off the board in average drafts, Davis has come out swinging. He has reached base in eight out of his first 12 at-bats including three home runs and 11 RBIs. 2012 may have been a preview of what Davis has to offer, which may catapult him into top-five first baseman territory.
Top Pitcher: Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers. Darvish came without one out and one strikeout of what would have been the greatest statistical pitching performance in baseball history. If Darvish had recorded the final out of his near perfect game via a strikeout, Darvish would have set the record for most K’s in an unblemished start. Darvish posted a modest 3.90 ERA in his rookie season in American baseball but his track record and his stuff suggest that he could reach elite status very soon. He was a valuable pick-up as the tenth starting pitcher off of the board in drafts. He has the potential to be a top-five pitcher, especially if he continues to be as good as he was in his first start.