Fantasy Baseball: Flying Under the Radar
Here are several players to keep an eye on before the fantasy baseball season gets underway.
For the most part, all of these players are widely available in most leagues. All of them are available in at least 90 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but now is the time to act if you want to grab them while they're still sitting in your leagues free agent pool.
Those of you in deeper leagues, you may want to seriously consider opening up a roster spot for some of these players just waiting to break out this season.
Talk about a catcher with some serious pop. Teagarden has mashed 43 home runs in his 756 career minor league at bats. It also has to be mentioned that he has driven in 122 runs and scored 153 during that span.
He got a glimpse of action towards the end of last year and took advantage of the playing time. He hit .319, with 6 home runs and 17 RBI in only 47 at bats. Nearly half of his hits left the yard.
It appears as if Saltalamacchia will be the starting catcher for the Rangers and Teagarden will serve as the primary back up, but if Salty slips up at any point this season, expect Teagarden to take over the majority of the catching duties and provide a big time power surge for fantasy teams from a position where power is hard to find.
McPherson, a once-heralded prospect, who has been back and forth between the minor leagues and major league for quite some time now because of various injuries, may finally get his chance to shine this year.
McPherson showcased what he's capable of if he stays healthy. He led the entire minor leagues in home runs last year with 42. He also drove in 98 runs and scored 94 in 448 at bats.
McPherson is in the running for the starting third base gig in Florida. If he wins the job and can stay healthy, expect 25-plus home runs and 75-plus RBI.
Morales has a terrific track record in the minors. He is a career .337 hitter with some decent power throughout his career in the minor leagues.
He hasn't had the same success at the major league level so far, but he has only played in short stints in the big leagues. That is about to change.
Morales seems to be entrenched as the everyday first basemen for the Angels for the start of the season. This is Morales' biggest break of his career and I don't think he intends to waste this golden opportunity.
Dickerson's superb play at the end of last season seems to have won him the starting left fielder's job for Cincy.
In only 102 at bats in the last part of the season, Dickerson compiled a .304 batting average, 6 home runs, 20 runs scored, 15 runs driven in and 5 stolen bases. He showed he could be a potential 20/20 threat at the major league level, if given ample playing time, which he should get.
This one may be a bit of a stretch, but with the rarity of solid catchers, he may be worth a look.
Baker will be the starting catcher for the Marlins on opening day. He proved he's deserving of the role after hitting a .299 batting average in 197 at bats after his July call-up.
Baker probably won't provide a ton of power; maybe somewhere in the range of 10-15 home runs, but he will more than likely flirt with a .300 average. He hit .615 in his first seven grapefruit league games, which is a terrific sign he may pick up where he left off last season.