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Fantasy Baseball 2012: 8 Young Players About to Become Fantasy Weapons

Stephen BrownCorrespondent IIMay 31, 2012

Fantasy Baseball 2012: 8 Young Players About to Become Fantasy Weapons

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    Fantasy baseball is one of my favourite fantasy sports. Unlike fantasy football, a lucky touchdown won't win you the week.

    You need to be smart with your pickups, ride a hot hand if you see it while staying true to what you believe.

    Giving up on a player or hanging onto him through the rough patch is the name of the game.

    In this piece we will look at eight young players who are about to become fantasy weapons. You should try and acquire these guys soon, before they blow up.

    NOTE: These are players who I believe will BECOME fantasy weapons. I won't be naming guys like Matt Moore and others who are essentially there. Most of my choices were, on average, outside the top 200 players at the beginning of the season. This is for deep leagues only.

Ernesto Frieri (26 Years Old)

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    Many of you know about Frieri at this point.

    He has been handed the closing role for the Angels (unofficially with Downs also getting some reps), but Frieri is a definite stud.

    After a trade from the Padres, Frieri is putting up great numbers with the Halos striking out 25 batters in 12 innings.

    Try and grab him if you can.

Lance Lynn (25 Years Old)

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    Like Frieri most of you should be aware of what Lynn is doing for the Cardinals.

    With an 8-1 record, 2.54 ERA and 1.07 WHIP Lynn should be an All-Star this season. He also has 60 Ks in 63 innings.

    Some GMs might want to cash in on his fast start, and the Cards might give him an innings cap.

    That being said, he can still produce and should continue to.

Mike Trout (20 Years Old)

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    Since Trout has joined the Angels they have been on a tear. Batting leadoff he has ample opportunities to produce and score a boatload of runs.

    He also has eight stolen bases in 29 games while batting .304.

    Has the ability to be as good as anyone in the MLB.

Jason Kipnis (25 Years Old)

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    Jason Kipnis in his first full year has been on a tear.

    Not known for his speed he has nine stolen bases in 49 games.

    With eight HR, 30 RBI and 34 runs this season, he has shown that his great 36-game stretch last season was no fluke.

Mark Trumbo (26 Years Old)

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    Mark Trumbo is having an excellent start to his season. Playing all over the field (1B, 3B, OF), his offense has been terrific batting .338 with 11 HR.

    Coming off of a 29 HR rookie campaign, Trumbo looks to be the real deal and will only improve as Pujols and Kendrick do.

Kenley Jansen (24 Years Old)

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    Everyone knew about Jansen's arsenal last season. Likewise everyone knew Javy Guerra's hold on the closing gig was weak.

    He has 36 strikeouts in 24 innings with a 0.88 WHIP.

    Opponents are batting a paltry .145 against the 24-year-old. He has the arsenal to be dominant for years to come.

Austin Jackson (25 Years Old)

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    Jackson who recently landed on the DL with an abdominal strain has been playing very well to date.

    The biggest knack on Jackson in his first few season were his high strikeout rate (350+ over the past two seasons), but he has shown great plate discipline this season and thus an improved K/BB ratio (29/20).

    An on-base percentage of .414 is ideal leading off in front of Cabrera and Fielder.

Aroldis Chapman (24 Years Old)

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    It would be odd if you were reading this piece and had no idea what Chapman was up to this season. He has yet to give up an earned run in 26 innings and has struck out 44.

    Need I say more?

     

    Get at me on twitter @the__ste (Double Underscore) for further fantasy advice and baseball content.

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