Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Heads Up!: Steroids for your Stretch Run pt1

Throughout the course of the fantasy baseball season I will try to keep our readers apprised of impact/up & coming players that should at the very least be put on your radar. My goal is to try to put that info out there while you still have a realistic chance of adding the players I target. These will be my Deadhead "Heads Up" picks--here are a few guys that could help you down the stretch, a time that can make or break any fantasy season(these players are owned in LESS then 50% of Yahoo leagues):

Jose Tabata(OF only): After toiling in the Yankees farm system for several seasons Tabata was sent to Pittsburg in the Xaviar Nady deadline deal of 2008. He found his path to the big leagues much easier in Pittsburg then he ever could have in New York, and after a mere 52 games in the outfield he's begun to make a name for himself. He's currently batting .310 with 12 steals and an impressive 32 runs scored. Plus, his 17/29 walk to strikout ratio isnt too bad for a first dip into the major league pool--a big Heads Up here, get him on your radar, if not in your lineup!!

Starlin Castro(SS only): Castro was called up in early May and made an immediate impact in just his first major league game by driving in a Cub rookie record six runs while tripling & belting his 1st career dinger. Now I'm sure nobody expected that kind of production to be the norm from young Starlin(cool baseball name BTW, isnt it?), but he's demostrated a steady bat and a pretty good knack at getting on base for a rookie. His .356 OBP isn't exactly lead off material yet, but his .310 BA, 36 RBI, 33 runs and 29 extra base hits thus far are nice peripherals for a player at a thin position like SS. Those of you in keeper leagues should take note, he has the raw talent to be a top tier shortstop in any format.

Pedro Alvarez(3rd base only): I wanted to try to keep this to no more then one player from any one team, but Alvarez demands that kind of respect, pure and simple! After being slected 2nd overall by Pittsburg in 2008 he proceeded to tear through the minors is just over a year & a half until he got the call to the big club on June 16th. After stiking out 22 times in his first 50 ML at bats he suddenly located his on switch to the tune of 10 HRs, 31 RBI and 20 runs scored--considering his slow start he did most of that damage in his last 30 games, which if you do the math, illustrates what kind of upside we're looking at here. You'll have to deal with the K's that accompany most young power hitters, but with 2 muti-home run games already under his belt, it goes w/out saying this is a BIG Heads Up!!

David Murphy(OF only): Murphy, who was a first round pick of the Red Sox back in 2003, has shown glimpses of his potential, but never seems to be able to hold onto a starting spot and run with it for any length of time. But the recent play of Julio Bourbon has opened up basically an every day spot in the lineup for Murphy and he has responded well. In the last few weeks playing nearly every day he's hit 5 HRs, driven in 14, but most impressively he boasted an 8/6 BB/K ratio. If you're in need of a power infusion you could do worse--he plays half his games in Arlington after all!

*If you're looking for help at any one postion feel free to comment/post any questions you might have--always happy to flex my baseball brain!

**Coming up next: Steroids for your Stretch Run pt2: I'll give you a few pitching options to help put your team over the top.

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