We will be posting our yearly player blurbs. Here we have part 2 of OF. When they are all complete they will be in a single place, and we will be updating this as we do more, but wanted to get you all the information as quickly as we can. Authored by the mysterious “T” who is a FSWA Member,Â FantasyBaseball & FantasyFootball Writer and Podcaster of “Perusing the Perimeter” forÂ FantasyTrade411.com,Â follow him on twitter @Whudey.
Norichika Aoki MIL
,Batting .288-10-50 in 2012 as the Brewers’ Leadoff hitter surprisedÂ many fantasy owners as well as Milwaukee brass. As long as Aoki
remains the leadoff hitter he presents solid value, stealing 19 basesÂ and hitting for a respectable average of .278 in the second half of
the season. There is a very good chance he puts on an encore performance in 2013.
Carlos BeltranÂ STL
Finally putting together a full season for the Mets and Giants inÂ 2011, he hit .300 with 22 Home Runs. The Outfielder and his
troublesome knees signed with St.Louis the following offseason. WhileÂ he didn’t hit .300, Beltran’s .267-32-97 pleased owners who took aÂ gamble on him. Avoiding the DL has always been an issue,Â but after two years in a row in which he got at least 520 at-bats,Â Beltran can provide solid value as a power-hitting mid-roundÂ selection.
Roger Bernadina WAS
He will struggle to get playing time but in limited usage he stole 15Â bases and hit .291. An injury to any Outfielder on the Nationals couldÂ give Roger a chance to expand on progress made in 2012. However, his expected batting average was a lot lower than his actual batting average, so we expect him to regress in that department, potentially taking steals with it.
Gregor Blanco SF
A NL-only Outfield option for cheap speed. In 453 plate appearancesÂ Gregor stole 26 bags. You can do worse in the endgame, but you probably can do better as well.
Mike Carp SEA
The Power-hitting from 2011 never reached 2012 expectations. After aÂ DL stint to start the year for a shoulder injury, he never was the
same. An AL-only flier at best for power, and playing time is up in the air after the team’s offseason additions.
Ryan Braun MIL
A strong candidate for the Top overall pick come Draft Day thisÂ spring. Braun followed up his MVP year in 2011 (.332-33-111) with a
very similar year in 2012 (.319-41-112). Since 2007 no one in baseballÂ has displayed the type of elite consistency he possesses.
Peter Bourjos LAA
A very solid defensive Outfielder for the Angels, Bourjos will need aÂ trade/injury in order to see the field; with Trumbo, Hamilton, Trout,Â Morales and the expensive Wells around the at-bats will be at aÂ premium. His defense may give him the edge, forcing the others to DH, but with Mike Scioscia anything is possible; this is the manager who played Jeff Mathis, after all.
Jay Bruce CIN
The last two seasons The Reds’ Outfielder has averaged .253-33-98.Â While his Batting Average may be worrisome, Bruce is still very young atÂ 25-years-old and can make the adjustments necessary to improve thisÂ area which could mean a spike in his roto numbers across the board. Potential first-round value from a non-first-round pick? Who doesn’t like that?
Domonic Brown PHI
The signing of Delmon Young this offseason and playing behind JuanÂ Pierre a year ago doesn’t bode well for the young Outfielder to get aÂ chance to show his true potential. The .245 Batting Average in 2011Â and .235 the following year with about 180 at-bats each year tells youÂ all you need to know.
Tony Campana CHI
The Cubs’ Outfielder makes for an excellent NL-only cheap source ofÂ speed. Campana has yet to receive more than 175 at-bats but averages aÂ stolen base every six at-bats the last two seasons.
Chris Davis BAL
Texas Rangers gave up on the Power-Hitter in 2011 and shipped him toÂ Baltimore. Given full playing time Davis hit 33 Home Runs with 85Â RBIs. The Orioles’ Slugger may never hit for high average but hisÂ power makes him mixed league worthy. But not as a number one Â 1B
Tyler Colvin COL
In 2010 before having a broken bat lodged into his chest, Colvin hitÂ 20 Home Runs. The following year while recovering he struggled
mightily. The change in venue and the semi-regular playing time forÂ the Colorado Rockies resulted in a solidÂ .290-18-72 in 420 at-bats. A crowded Outfield may complicate playingÂ time but 31 games at first base should be promising that he couldÂ receive more plate appearances in 2013.
Carl Crawford LAD
In the two years removed from Tampa Bay, Crawford has yet to show anyÂ kind of a return on seven-year $142 million contract the Red Sox for his services. Boston cut their losses and shipped him toÂ the Dodgers. The injury concerns and poor performance recently makesÂ him a huge gamble, having failed to reach 20 stolen bases the last twoÂ seasons.
Allen Craig STL
Somewhat still under the radar Craig had a very impressive 2012. A solid bet to repeat the 22 Home Runs and 90 RBIs and stay around aÂ .300 Batting Average in 2013. He will have a much higher profile, and cost, this year so be warned.
Michael Cuddyer COL
The Ex-Twin from 2010-2011 was very consistent averaging .278-17-76.Â The move to Colorado was supposed to have provided a boost to hisÂ overall numbers but an oblique injury derailed his highÂ expectations. In 2013 he should return to his Minnesota Form with aÂ clean bill of health, and that form in Colorado should equal 30 HR.
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