2010 Fantasy Baseball Draft Advice: Target This Guy, Avoid That One

Mr. Jones and MeCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2010

DENVER - OCTOBER 11:  Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the bottom of the fourth inning in Game Three of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Coors Field on October 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/ Getty Images)
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Entering your fantasy draft with a list of players you want to target and players you want to avoid is always a good idea.  Today, I am going to help you get started on constructing that list.

Here are my five biggest targets and my five biggest avoids for the 2010 season.


Five guys to target

Asdrubal Cabrera

Cabrera has a lot of upside, and the potential to be a five category contributor.  The power may not come in 2010, but he will post a nice average, score runs, drive guys in, and steal bases.  He is also eligible at 2B and SS in most leagues.

Orlando Cabrera

I love the move to the Great American Ball Park for this guy.  He is a scrapper who will give you 100 percent, and post solid numbers across the board.  He is a great later round value pick.

Carlos Gonzalez

My feet are bolted onto the Carlos Gonzalez bandwagon.  The guy is an immense talent.  The 13 homers and 16 stolen bases in just 278 at-bats last season were not a fluke.  He has 25 homer/25 stolen base upside in 2010.

Gordon Beckham

My only concern here is that the hype has gotten out of control, and he’ll be drafted too early.  Beckham is a star in the making, and will take a huge step forward this season.  He is going in about the eighth round in most drafts.  I would be happy to grab him in the late seventh or eighth.

Jon Sanchez

Sanchez has always been an enigma, but I think he finally puts it all together in 2010.  The Giants will be a much better team, which should help him win more games and boost his confidence.  He has a lot more upside than most guys you can take around his draft    position.

Five guys to avoid

Javy Vazquez

Vazquez was unbelievable in 2009, but things will be very different in 2010.  He has already proven to us once that he can’t handle to pressure of pitching in the Big Apple.  Why do you need him to prove it to you again?  The move to the Bronx and the AL makes Vazquez someone to stay clear of in 2010.

Garrett Jones

Twenty-one home runs in 314 at-bats from a career minor leaguer?  I am not buying that.  Jones has always fallen into the dreaded “Quadruple-A” category, and never was considered to be much of a prospect.  Let someone else think he’s going to hit 25 plus homers this season.

Jason Bartlett

Bartlett will have a decent 2010 season, but the 14 home runs last season were a fluke.  His previous career high was five, and he only hit one in 2008.  He will post a solid average and steal bases, but don’t draft him expecting double digit home runs.

Chris Iannetta

A lot of people have expected big things from Iannetta the past two seasons, but he has done nothing but disappoint.  He never adjusted to hitting big league pitching, and his value really plummeted when the Rockies brought in Miguel Olivo, who could steal a lot of at bats from Iannetta.  Avoid the Rockies catching situation all together.

Joel Pineiro

Cards pitching coach Dave Duncan resurrected Pineiro’s career last season, but things are much different in 2010.  The move from the NL to the AL alone will hurt Pineiro’s numbers, especially since the AL West will be a much better division in 2010. 

Leaving Duncan is a huge problem for Pineiro as well.  Who will he turn to in 2010 if he has mechanical problems?

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