February 1, 2013 posted by Patrick DiCaprio

OF Individual Player Blurbs, Part 3

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Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins, OF

Again, our desire is to get you these as quickly as possible-after we are all done they will be in one place. Thanks to the mysterious and irrepressible “T” for his help, follow him on twitter @WHUDEY.

Giancarlo Stanton MIA
Giancarlo Stanton improved his 2011 home run total from 34 to 37 in 2012. This was also in 100 fewer plate appearances. The young Miami Marlins Outfielder’s power potential has him creeping up draft boards into the late first round. Considering he offers not much else, and the expected lack of RBI opportunities, we do not endorse him as a first-round pick. Caveat emptor.

Ichiro Suzuki NYY
Before the trade to the Yankees last year, Suzuki’s skills were on a steep decline. The change of scenery seemed to have rejuvenated him, as he hit .322-5-27 with 14 steals in 67 games as a New York Yankee. There is a lot to like in Ichiro in terms of value for 2013 but it is a coin flip as to whether his performance can be repeated in Coors Field East.

Jose Tabata PIT
What happened to the 2010 version of Jose Tabata, when he hit .299 while stealing 19 bases, is a mystery. In the last two seasons he has averaged .255-3-18 and 12 stolen bases. The reality of full time at-bats is fading fast in a Pittsburgh uniform.

Eric Thames SEA
Eric Thames will have a tough time making the Seattle Mariners’ Opening Day Roster as a 4th Outfielder, let alone AL-only rosters as a cheap power flier. Ignore.

Will Venable SD
Will Venable is a consistent fantasy contributor, chipping in 23 or more stolen bases in each of the last three years. His batting average climbed 20 points in 2012 and the second half .810 OPS may be a sign of things to come. This will be a make-or-break season for him. When in doubt, bet on gravity, or in his case, “break.”

B.J. Upton ATL
Coming into 2013, B.J. Upton has serious 30/30 potential. But what else is new? After hitting 28 Home Runs in 2012 and stealing 31 or more bases every year since 2008 the wishful thinking is that playing with his brother returns the batting average to his .300 days as a 23-year-old. Your guess is as good as ours.

Justin Upton ATL
A trade from Arizona to Atlanta finds him in the same outfield as his older brother. J-Upton, whom many consider the better hitter of the brothers, was a major disappointment in 2012. This disappointment could net you a first-round talent two to three rounds later as he looks to bounce back in 2013. He has huge home-road splits, and the park is not exactly inviting more HR, so you may also get a tenth-round talent.

Jayson Werth WAS
Jayson Werth broke his wrist in Early May and was robbed of his power, hitting five Home Runs after averaging 23 the prior two seasons. Werth’s 2012 batting average of .300 will make it tough to gauge his projected output in 2013 but still holds substantial mixed-league value. He may be overrated in real baseball because of his contract, but for our purposes that means nada.

Josh Willingham MIN
After career highs in Home Runs (35) and RBIs (110) in 2012, and hitting one HR every 11.8 at-bats at Target Field, Willingham comes into 2013 with some fantasy expectations. As long as Josh Willingham is on the field, he remains a reliable fantasy asset. But the park and history say to bet against a repeat.

Chris Young OAK
Chris Young may never hit for high average but if he can return from injury and gets playing time, the power makes for a nice AL-only flier. In real baseball, his platoon with Seth Smith may end up as a top-ten outfielder. If you can make that work for you in a daily transaction league you are a winner and have our big thumbs-up.

Delmon Young PHI
Delmon Young hasn’t come close to the.298-21-112 line he posted in 2010, averaging .267-15-69 the last two seasons. 10 years after being selected number one overall in the 2003 draft, the hope is the move to a hitters’ park in Philadelphia improves his home run production. Pity the Phillies’ pitchers, however, with their projected outfield “defense.”

Ben Zobrist TAM
Ben Zobrist’s “Swiss Army Knife” appeal is his greatest fantasy asset, as Zorilla is eligible for Second Base, Shortstop, and Outfielder. The Rays’ utility man is a solid bet for another near 20/20 year in 2013.


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