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Baseball America's No. 2 prospect in the Hawaiian Winter League. "After having a breakout season during which he hit .304/.370/.476 across three levels of the minors, Jackson reported to Honolulu and never slowed down. A premium athlete, Jackson finally grew into his tools in 2007."

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 19 '08
Anthony Swarzak Atlanta Braves
The No. 12 prospect in the Arizona Fall League. As Baseball America explains, "Swarzak headed to Arizona after sitting out 50 games for testing positive for a drug abuse." Logged 22 IP in the AFL, posting a 2.05 ERA. Fastball in the 92-94 mph range, curveball had "tremendous depth."
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 19 '08
John Mayberry Detroit Tigers
The second row of stats are in fact for the Frisco RoughRiders in the Texas League (AA). Proving his batting average at both levels last year were no flukes, he hit .214 in the Arizona Fall League. Baseball America still found a place for him on its list of top 20 prospects (No. 19). His inability "to recognize pitches and lay off soft breaking balls away" could mean "he might not ever hit for a high average."
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 19 '08
Jordan Schafer Minnesota Twins
Baseball America's No. 1 prospect in the Carolina League, as he most likely would have been in the slow-A Sally League had he stayed there longer. "Think Grady Sizemore meets Steve Finley," in the words of one scout. Hit .324 in the far more advanced Arizona Fall League, albeit mainly with singles (6 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR in 105 AB). A third-round pick in 2005 who had hit .228 in his first two pro seasons.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 18 '08
Aaron Rowand Florida Marlins
2007 RHB HR index Citizens Bank Park: 145.

2007 RHB HR index Pac Bell Park: 74.

I don't normally get too concerned with the change of venue, but here you have to at least take note.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 18 '08
Luke Scott Tampa Bay Rays
There was a one year spike in park effect HR rate at Camden Yards last year, but over the previous 3 years it was not very different than Astros Park. He could hit 30, though if he's given 550 ABs.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 18 '08
Signed a two-year deal to play in Japan in 2007-2008.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 18 '08
Rich Harden Oakland Athletics
You're just reverse jinxing him, right?
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 18 '08
Carlos Quentin Minnesota Twins
He is a sleeper. He still might be a star, though time is getting short.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 18 '08
Luke Scott Tampa Bay Rays
The batting average is the only thing not to like. With the law of averages, and Camden Yards, he's going to hit around .275 this year, with, oh, 30 home runs.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 18 '08
Marcum gave up a lot of HR, but had a very good K rate and solid walk rate. His 5x5 bid is too low considering his ability to strike people out.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 17 '08
Howie Kendrick Washington Nationals
If he's healthy all year, watch out. This kid can hit.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 17 '08
Rich Harden Oakland Athletics
He's never going to be healthy. Forget it.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 17 '08
Kurt Suzuki Washington Nationals
I'm not exactly sure why, but I love this guy. He's going to compile runs and RBI and probably not kill you in avg. That's valuable from a catcher, especially when a lot of people will consider him a to be a crapshoot pickup.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 17 '08
Carlos Quentin Minnesota Twins
I still like his minor league indicators. He's never been healthy at the Major League level. Playing time could be an issue in Chicago, but he might be a sleeper.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 17 '08
Jason Bartlett Minnesota Twins
He's not going to hit HR, but he will score runs and steal bases in 5x5 league. His improved team offense should raise his RBI too. I think his average will improve this year, at least so it won't hurt you. 5x5 bid should be closer to $10-12.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 17 '08
Juan Encarnacion St. Louis Cardinals
His season ended with a foul ball to the eye on August 31, which was freakishly damaging. Rehab will be lengthy and there is a good chance he'll never play again.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 17 '08
Billy Butler Oakland Athletics
Butler did have a lot of doubles. In 600 ABs he'd prorate to 42. With 15 HR and a few triples, that's pretty powerful for a 21 year old. Considering power usually develops in the mid-late 20s, I would expect Butler's doubles to turn into HR in 2009-10. Until then, you'll have to settle for a very good batting average, good runs and RBI, and 15-20 HR.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 17 '08
I know there are a lot of people on the fence about Salty in 2008, based on his jump from AA to the majors last year and his struggles after moving to the AL, but I like him this year. The Rangers have soured on Laird (with good reason) and seem committed to have Salty as their everyday catcher. Despite the fact there were times last year he looked lost at the plate, he did hit 11 bombs in just over 300 AB's. Big kid, big swing, big power potential in that park.

I FAAB'ed him at $17 last year, so I will throw him back and I plan on being one of those bidding for his services again. I think he could surprise this year...a 20/75/.270 line is not out of the question.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 17 '08
C.C. Sabathia New York Yankees
Gooden threw many more innings. Here's a comparison of their early years from 19-26

Gooden: 218, 277, 250, 180, 248, 118, 233, 190
Sabathia: 0, 0, 180, 210, 198, 188, 197, 193

And as 26 year olds they threw a comparable number of innings, but Gooden threw 600 more pitches.



Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 17 '08

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