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Fantasy Baseball 2013: Mailbag; Edition One

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It’s back!

Over the course of last year’s fantasy football season, I wrote a numerous amount of mailbag columns, in which I answer reader’s questions via Twitter or Facebook. Well, now that the fantasy baseball season is in full swing, why not do the same? Whether it’s a start or sit, pitching or minor league question, feel free to send it to me on Twitter, night or day, @aPfeiferRS. Let’s get started.



AP: There are a handful of exciting minor league prospects just waiting for their time to show the world what they can do on the bigger stage. Wil Myers immediately comes to my mind. He has 25-30-home run power and his glove will keep him in major league team’s lineups on a daily basis. In 99 Triple-A games, Myers batted .304 with 24 home runs and 74 RBI. The Rays rank 15th in runs and batting average as a unit, so perhaps calling up Myers will get them out of the middle of the pack and to the top tier level. I expect Myers to find himself in the majors around late April and should be owned right off the bat. No pun intended.



AP: Great question, Dave. Yes, the closing situation in Detroit is quite a nuisance. Phil Coke appeared to be the guy to own, but after blowing a 9th-inning lead on Wednesday, others weren’t so sure. Now, the Tigers have brought back Jose Valverde on a minor league deal. Valverde certainly has the track record in the big leagues, leading the American League in saves (49) just two years ago. I think Valverde should certainly be owned in deeper formats because I feel that the Tigers wouldn’t have even brought him back if they weren’t considering plugging him into the closing job. As of right now, I hate this closer-by-committee situation in Detroit with Coke and Joaquin Benoit. I’m avoiding it if at all possible.



AP: Look, you could certainly make the case for either guy. However, if I had to pick one to have a better 2013 campaign, I think I’d go with Longoria. While both are elite in terms of the third base department, I think Longoria has a better shot to go off this season. He is coming off of a red hot Spring, in which he batted .391 with two homers and 14 RBI. The average is still there, batting .333 through six games, and the RBI and homers will certainly arise. However, the number I like most about Longoria is 27, as in his age. It’s that magical number in sports, indicating that a player is just about to hit the prime of his career. Wright, though still elite, is 30-years old, so I’ll take the age advantage with Longoria. I also prefer Longoria’s supporting cast much more than Wright’s. With an improved, more patient hitter batting lead off in Desmond Jennings who can get on base, and guys like Ben Zobrist already off to a hot start, Longoria will have potential to drive in a boatload of runs. Give me Longoria, but you can’t go wrong with either.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

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