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    Sleepers and surprises around MLB

    By now we have all heard of Strasburg, Chapman and Howard. But what come from nowhere prospects are you looking at that have secured a major league job?

    For me, a guy flying totally under the radar is Ian Desmond of the Nats. From the Nats official website:
    Ian Desmond, SS: After being put on the fast track -- maybe the too-fast track -- in 2006, Desmond fell off the radar for a few years before enjoying a resurgence in 2009, hitting .330 between Harrisburg and Syracuse after missing the first two months of the season with a fractured hamate bone. He finished the year in the big leagues, batting .280 with four homers in 21 games, and will open the season at shortstop in Washington. He is outstanding defensively with range, energy and athleticism.
    That's an interesting infield, especially on the left side with Desmond and Zimmerman. They should make it easier for Dunn at 1B.

    Offensively, Desmond could be a 15 HR guy with 20+SB's. or more.

    Ian Desmond is TRF's Taco Bell breakout prospect.
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    Re: Sleepers and surprises around MLB

    Are you referring to Jason Heyward, or is there another prospect named Howard that I have not heard of?

    Anyway, another player who has emerged this ST is Sean Rodriguez at 2B for Tampa Bay.
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    Re: Sleepers and surprises around MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by RedEye View Post
    Are you referring to Jason Heyward, or is there another prospect named Howard that I have not heard of?

    Anyway, another player who has emerged this ST is Sean Rodriguez at 2B for Tampa Bay.
    I think Jason Heyward is being set up for a fall. I heard Kurkjian talking on ESPN radio yesterday talking about how Heyward will be the impact bat Atlanta is missing. People are talking about Heyward like he is the real deal already. We as Reds fans have seen even the best rookies will struggle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksfan2 View Post
    I think Jason Heyward is being set up for a fall. I heard Kurkjian talking on ESPN radio yesterday talking about how Heyward will be the impact bat Atlanta is missing. People are talking about Heyward like he is the real deal already. We as Reds fans have seen even the best rookies will struggle.
    I think you will see that they are right about Heyward. He may not come out and hit 30 HR's this year (or even next year) but .280 with an OPS above .800 could be the minimum he will do given 500 PA's. IMHO

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    If Eric Young can get 500 PA's he could steal 50+ bases easily and provide solid offensive production; his defese may be weak however.

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    Re: Sleepers and surprises around MLB

    Gaby Sanchez 1b Florida Marlins

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orenda View Post
    Gaby Sanchez 1b Florida Marlins
    I tend to think Gaby will simply be keeping the seat warm for Morrisson. Logan's plate discipline is uncanny for his age, which is one of the things Sanchez struggles with. If Sanchez has a good start to the year, it might buy him the rest of the season. But otherwise, I give it until July until his job is taken.
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    Re: Sleepers and surprises around MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp View Post
    I tend to think Gaby will simply be keeping the seat warm for Morrisson. Logan's plate discipline is uncanny for his age, which is one of the things Sanchez struggles with. If Sanchez has a good start to the year, it might buy him the rest of the season. But otherwise, I give it until July until his job is taken.
    I apologize to the forum for my immaturity but my ego needs to take this moment to update this thread.

    As of today Gaby Sanchez is at .308/.376/.481. He leads NL rookies in Avg and OBP and is second in Slg and OPS behind Tyler Colvin.

    Right now this guy is making a case for NL rookie of the year, although i would be surprised if the higher upside guy, Jason Heyward, doesn't end up with the award (which wouldn't really bother me).

    IMO he is the definition of an under the radar type of guy because of the position he plays, his age, and also because of the more glamorous prospects within his own organization, as Brutus kindly pointed out.

    Unless he switches positions at some point or has a dramatic increase in power, i don't think he will ever be an All-Star but he is proving himself to be a tough out and a solid everyday bat. (At least for now).

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    Jamie Garcia - SP Cardinals
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    Kyle Blanks - OF/1B Padres
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    Brian Matusz, SP, Orioles
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    Re: Sleepers and surprises around MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by HeatherC1212 View Post
    Brian Matusz, SP, Orioles
    I have him on 2 fantasy teams. I think he's poised for a huge breakout.
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    Re: Sleepers and surprises around MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by HeatherC1212 View Post
    Brian Matusz, SP, Orioles
    Always loved him. He was my favorite player in that draft.
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    Re: Sleepers and surprises around MLB

    Tyler Colvin as the Cubs 4th outfielder. Fair use snippet from Baseball HQ:
    3/29/2010 - A monster March has propelled Tyler Colvin (OF, CHC) onto the big-league roster, manager Lou Pinella confirmed Sunday. A .468/.468/.710 line in 62 AB tends to have that affect.
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    Re: Sleepers and surprises around MLB

    Yeah, I meant Heyward. Do'h!
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    I have him on 2 fantasy teams. I think he's poised for a huge breakout.
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