April 9, 2013 posted by Chuck Anderson

Added and Dropped: Not All Prospects Are Created Equal

Added and Dropped:  Not All Prospects Are Created Equal
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Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Boston Red Sox

Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Boston Red Sox

Some last minute roster decisions shook up depth charts and significantly altered some players’ value since mid-March.  Baseball America’s #31 prospect is now in far greater demand than their #1.  2009’s #3 prospect is not receiving much interest from fantasy owners either.




Jackie Bradley Jr.:  He officially made the Red Sox roster after most drafts. Many expected him to spend at least twenty days in the minors.  His stock is inflated but, he is a quality player who lacks fantasy star power.  His power is questionable, especially in his first major league exposure.  He stole 24 bases in 2012.  He is batting low in a retooled Boston order that could struggle to score. He does have some value in leagues that use OBP or walks.


Drop for him:  Garrett Jones, Alejandro De Aza, Drew Stubbs

Don’t drop for him:  Cameron Maybin, Jon Jay, Starling Marte


Gerardo Parra:  He is hitting leadoff while Adam Eaton is disabled.  He is similar to Bradley, but has over 1800 major league plate appearances entering the season.  His strongest categories will be runs scored and average.


Drop for him:  Nick Markakis, Ichiro Suzuki, Domonic Brown

Don’t drop for him:  Dayan Viciedo, Carlos Gomez, Josh Reddick


Jed Lowrie:  Nothing surprising is happening here.  Lowrie offers good power for a shortstop and kills left handed pitching.  Projecting 400 plate appearances would be optimistic given his health history, but he is a good waiver wire add for any team cycling the bottom of the roster.


Drop for him:  Marco Scutaro, Andrelton Simmons, J.J. Hardy

Don’t drop for him:  Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond, Asdrubal Cabrera


Matt Carpenter:  He caught fire over the weekend, going 5-9 with five runs scored and four RBI.  Owners are eagerly awaiting 2B eligibility and he will start building towards it when David Freese is activated.  He had 125 wRC+ last year, that would have placed him fourth among second basemen.


Drop for him:  Brandon Moss, Kyle Seager, Aramis Ramirez

Don’t drop for him:  Kendrys Morales, Manny Machado, Ike Davis



Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto Blue Jays



Colby Rasmus:  Even with Jose Bautista unavailable Toronto opted to sit Rasmus against a left-handed starter Sunday.  He is theoretically entering his prime years, but has shown no progress since landing in Canada.


Drop him for:  Gerardo Parra, Justin Ruggiano, Michael Saunders

Don’t drop him for:  Aaron Hicks, Andy Dirks, Raul Ibanez


Jurickson Profar:  Owning the consensus #1 prospect sounds like fun until he clogs a bench spot and his parent club extends one of the players blocking him.  Profar has a .556 OBP and three steals in his first four Triple-A games.


Drop him for (redraft leagues):  Jean Segura, Jedd Gyorko, Zack Cozart

Don’t drop him for:  Dustin Ackley, Gordon Beckham, Brian Roberts


Bruce Rondon:  Not only did he fail to win the closer’s job, but he did not even break camp with the Tigers.  The final straw for many came when Detroit signed Jose Valverde to stabilize the bullpen (insert joke here).  New closers are emerging, so waiting on Rondon is impractical.


Drop him for:  Kelvin Herrera, Jim Henderson, Mark Melancon

Don’t drop him for:  Carlos Marmol, Octavio Dotel, Alfredo Aceves


Ryan Dempster:  One key to his late career success was lowering his walk rate, so it was alarming that he gave four free passes in five innings to a weak Yankee lineup.  In Texas only six of his twelve starts earned a game score over 60, so expect inconsistency.


Drop him for:  Hisashi Iwakuma, Justin Masterson, Dan Straily

Don’t drop him for:  Matt Harrison, Josh Beckett, Tommy Hanson




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