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Brandon Jones Milwaukee Brewers
I look at the power numbers and strikezone control numbers last year and I see a guy who is getting up in age who hasn't proved he deserves an extended shot. He's clearly not a bum, but he's also not a sure thing for a big league shot. In the end game he might pay off, but don't get invested.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 14 '08
Joe Borowski Cleveland Indians
I would say Borowski needs to screw up for more than a week, more than three games, before he gets reassigned. I certainly don't think that the Indians have any illusions about his skills or his moxie. Which is why his leash is a lot longer than we'd expect. If he's halfway competent the team is better with him closing and Betancourt setting up, than the other way around.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 14 '08
Jorge Padilla Florida Marlins
Born: 08/11/1979
Birthplace: Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 200
Bats: R
Throws: R
Position: OF

May have started in the PCL and been demoted to the Texas League, where he was too old to be considered a propsect.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 14 '08
Brandon Jones Milwaukee Brewers
Baseball America's No. 5 prospect in the Southern League. "I'd have to imagine this was a hands-off prospect when they were making trades this winter," said one AL scout. Played left field for the Braves but has a right fielder's arm.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 14 '08
Joe Borowski Cleveland Indians
How long before Betancourt takes over as closer?
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 14 '08
Polanco was finally healthy for nearly an entire season and he put up the best numbers of his career. The Tigers lineup helps him tremendously as long as he stays in the #2 slot.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 14 '08
Carlos Guillen Detroit Tigers
Playing 1B should help his durability. The fact that he qualifies at SS helps his value. His walks in 2006 seem out of character. That helped his runs total. Other than that, he's got a pretty consistent level of performance when healthy and he's not old enough to expect a decline.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 14 '08
Yunel Escobar Los Angeles Angels
If he doesn't keep hitting for average, he has someone (Lillibridge) right behind him on the depth chart. Hence the caution -- some folks think Lillibridge will be better, sooner rather than later.
mike fenger mike
Jan 14 '08
In keeper leagues, chances are you don' thave much of a chance to get him anyway. If he is available, realize that you'll have to pay something of a premium based on what's expected in 2009. Not that you shouldn't do so for Gallardo, but try not to do it for more than one or two guys.
mike fenger mike
Jan 14 '08
Had teased his owners the past few years with his potential, but really took a step back in 2007. Many thought 2007 could be his year to finally get to .300 with double digits in HR's and steals, and after a great April (4 HR's), it looked like it would happen. However, he had a horrible 2nd half and ended the season with a 35 point drop in his BA and 74 point drop in his SLG% from 2006. I would say 2008 for DeJesus will be somewhere between his 2006 and 2007 stats, and bid accordingly. I would put my limit at $10.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 13 '08
Watch for a rebound in batting average. His power still hasn't developed, but he still has a chance to raise his HR to the 15 level. I'd bid safely to his historical average and then hope that he actually delivers everything at once. His 5x5 bid is too low given that he scores runs and bats leadoff.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 13 '08
With the priceless help of Baseball America, here's what I can tell you about Shaun Larkin.

Proper Name: Shaun Michael Larkin
Born: Sept. 7, 1979 in Garden Grove, Calif.
School: Cal State Northridge
Ht.: 5-9 Wt.: 175
Bats: L Throws: R

BA shows his Triple-A stats first, suggesting he began the year at Buffalo, where he appeared, oddly enough, in three games. Played in 13 games at Akron. His position is given as DH. So what we know about Shaun is that he's small and he's old and he was a devasting force at the plate in very limited action in Double-A.

Now get out your Mastercard and subscribe to Baseball America.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 13 '08
Magglio Ordonez Detroit Tigers
I have found in a league where most owners are in Stage 3 and some in Stage 2, bid enforcing higher than projected can be a dangerous game.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 13 '08
The Baseball Forecaster agrees with you, Eugene, projecting, in 539 AB, .302-23-108 for 2008. A very reasonable projection, one that brings your bidding to a halt right around his 2006 value and means you won't get him.

In my league I'm going to make sure he costs more than that.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 13 '08
Adam Moore Texas Rangers
Nice numbers in the California League, duly noting that HD stands for High Desert. Correct games played number is 115, position is (this is why he's worth profiling, even if he's not among Baseball America's top 20 prospects in the league) catcher.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 13 '08
Magglio Ordonez Detroit Tigers
Alex, other than 2007, the last time Ordonez raised his career average was 2003, at which point his career average was .307. It dipped down slightly to .305 before last season, when it went up 7 points to .312. Given that Detroit is a pitcher's park and that Ordonez is now going into his age 34 season, I would expect Ordonez to be more in the .298-.302 range he had his first two years in Detroit. That's definitely a good season, but expecting him to match his career average takes into consideration too much weight from his 2007 season.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 13 '08
Collin Balester Washington Nationals
Baseball America's No. 10 prospect in the Eastern League. 21, 6-5 190. "Fastball has late life," is usually in the 89-91 mph range and has been clocked as high as 94 mph. Curveball and changeup are both considered average. He had a little bit more difficulty against Triple-A hitters, according to most metrics, but according to Rating he actually pitched a little better.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 12 '08
Ian Stewart Washington Nationals
MLB games played: 3B-11. Pinch hit in 29 games. Rockies might try him out at 2B this year at Colorado Springs. Still very young and was Baseball America's No. 5 prospect last year in the PCL.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 12 '08
Looks like an ace. Only thing not to like is, even aces normally take their lumps first.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 12 '08
Yunel Escobar Los Angeles Angels
No speed, no power, but his batting average should stay on the plus side of the average player and, if it does, he will play every day.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 12 '08

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