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Fantasy baseball player profiles: AL - Outfielders

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1 Carl Crawford, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
2 Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Seattle Mariners
3 Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Boston Red Sox
4 Bobby Abreu, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
5 Grady Sizemore, OF, Cleveland Indians
6 Denard Span, OF, Minnesota Twins
7 Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Cleveland Indians
8 B.J. Upton, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
9 Adam Lind, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
10 Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees
11 Torii Hunter, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
12 Nelson Cruz, OF, Texas Rangers
13 Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles
14 Alex Rios, OF, Chicago White Sox
15 Johnny Damon, OF, Detroit Tigers
16 Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota Twins
17 Carlos Quentin, OF, Chicago White Sox
18 Adam L. Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles
19 Franklin Gutierrez, OF, Seattle Mariners
20 Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers
21 Rajai Davis, OF, Oakland Athletics
22 Michael Cuddyer, OF, Minnesota Twins
23 Juan Pierre, OF, Chicago White Sox
24 Vernon Wells, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
25 Magglio Ordonez, OF, Detroit Tigers
26 J.D. Drew, OF, Boston Red Sox
27 Nolan Reimold, OF, Baltimore Orioles
28 David DeJesus, OF, Kansas City Royals
29 Mike Cameron, OF, Boston Red Sox
30 Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland Athletics
31 Julio Borbon, OF, Texas Rangers
32 Nick Swisher, OF, New York Yankees
33 Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees
34 Juan Rivera, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
35 Jermaine Dye, OF, free agent
36 Scott Podsednik, OF, Kansas City Royals
37 Matt LaPorta, 1B/OF, Cleveland Indians
38 Travis Snider, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
39 Delmon Young, OF, Minnesota Twins
40 Carlos Guillen, OF, Detroit Tigers
41 Milton Bradley, OF, Seattle Mariners
42 Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians
43 Luke Scott, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles
44 Rick Ankiel, OF, Kansas City Royals
45 Ryan Sweeney, OF, Oakland Athletics
46 Austin Jackson, OF, Detroit Tigers
47 Eric Byrnes, OF, Seattle Mariners
48 Felix Pie, OF, Baltimore Orioles
49 Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
50 Jeremy Hermida, OF, Boston Red Sox
51 Desmond Jennings, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
52 Gabe Kapler, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
53 Trevor Crowe, OF, Cleveland Indians

Carl Crawford, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4967613694220.274.321.415.736

Carl Crawford bounced back from a finger injury in '08, returning to his ridiculous steal elite-itude. What was also ridiculous: his 10.3 HR/FB, which gives one pause in the speedster's dropping flyball rates. What if that normalizes? Banking on a huge growth this year is a pipe dream, but his contact, larceny, runs and clip should keep flowing.


Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
316378242212.259.293.339.632

Elite contact and top-level swipes, but some warnings: Ichiro Suzuki's already mediocre batting eye tanked, and his line drive rate has declined in each of the last four years. This slow decay might become more pronounced soon. His stolen-base accuracy tanked, too. He still suffices as a No. 1 mixed outfielder, but don't ignore the red flags. 


Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Boston Red Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
53788151156240.281.338.432.770

Well, Jacoby Ellsbury ran more; and more efficiently, adding to his already scary prowess. Ellsbury also proved he can take a walk. He's hitting more flyballs but isn't sacrificing much contact. If you're going to pay for his top-level speed and runs, don't forget about power sources.


Bobby Abreu, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
9217233131.250.327.391.718

Patience was Bobby Abreu's virtue last year during another 100-RBI season. Too bad his power and his line-drive rate dropped; we can kiss his '08 homer potential goodbye. He does enough of everything else to make him useful, especially since the Halos love to run, but he'll be 36 when the campaign starts. Abreu can only drop. 


Grady Sizemore, OF, Cleveland Indians
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
398549713525.244.307.430.737

Elbow and groin injuries hampered Grady Sizemore before he underwent two surgeries, but Sizemore was leaving the yard, making contact and putting balls in the air often anyway. Renewed strength should extract more from his abilities. .300 hitter? No, but a 20-20 threat (minimum) when healthy. Return him to top-30 value. Take advantage if a fear-induced discount breaks out. 


Denard Span, OF, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5567015344318.275.328.381.709

The sparkplug built on his '08 MLB debut. Though Denard Span's skills might eventually make it stable, his '09 .311 clip is not supported by his inflated in-play average; he was also noticeably conservative in attempting steals. The light-hitting youngster's climbing contact assures he'll be useful as a four-category threat.


Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Cleveland Indians
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
572100160196319.280.385.451.836

Possible average killer: a stumbling of Shin-Soo Choo's batting eye, which is buoyed by his high-level walk rate. Line drives keep his clip up, though. His mediocre contact rate doesn't forecast further growth. He was fortunate in his steals success; that should come down. You'll pay for his five-category contribution, but he's a worthy safety valve within the first six mixed rounds.


B.J. Upton, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
49352115185021.233.311.394.705

Though B.J. Upton lagged in second-half plate discipline, the elder Upton, 25, turned up the speed to compensate. He hit more flies - a nice sign following his injury-related, homer-sapped 2008. His stolen base production is already cemented; waiting for him to leave the yard more won't be much of a sacrifice and might turn out to be one of the most productive gambles in all of baseball.


Adam Lind, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4586012420671.271.340.463.803

Solving lefties and second-half power swell propelled Adam Lind's breakout in first full season. Walk rate nearly doubled '08 figure, which might offset potential contact drop. Flyball rate exploded and HR/FB stayed at elite levels. Rough patches forewarn of streakiness, but he's entering his prime years. The signs point to a light drop-off, if any; don't be afraid to make him part of your core. 


Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
53176128257811.241.329.431.760

Overcoming lefty pitching remains Curtis Granderson's biggest task, one that the Bombers hope hitting guru Kevin Long can fix. Grandy still carries 30-homer pop - his new home helps; but his lineup placement (looks like sixth most often) may knock down his steals.


Torii Hunter, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5487915715783.286.325.431.756

What a surprise: Torii Hunter tried playing through injury. The 20-20 capability remains, but you should know to back him up if you take him. He walked more, so that's encouraging, but his .335 BABIP doesn't match up with his 16.3 line-drive percentage and dropping contact. Await a correction, but he's still solid. 


Nelson Cruz, OF, Texas Rangers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4906412727825.259.315.480.795

I told you so, Nelson Cruz said about '08. More flyballs surfaced, even as he battled nagging injuries. His legit 30-20 line will ease his batting average "contribution," but you don't pay for that last part, anyway. Don't be scared by his potential seven-hole spot.


Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
6168817713622.287.347.399.746

If Nick Markakis could hit lefties, he'd be more attractive. You enjoy his run production and ability to steal. You hate his reluctance to steal and the fact that 25 homers may never happen. Either way, he's a nice No. 2 mixed outfielder who's a safe bet in three categories and for health. Imagine if he really starts to exploit the Warehouse....


Alex Rios, OF, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
59391168188329.283.327.445.772

Alex Rios has disappointed in power for so long, let line drives slip between his hands in '09 and floundered in his White Sox time. But he's only 28, and his flyball rate returned to '07 levels. A full season at U.S. Cellular Field increases his homer potential; bank on 20 swipes first, but Rios carries true sleeper value at a steep discount.


Johnny Damon, OF, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Thank new Yankee Stadium for Johnny Damon's home run spike. That plus Yanks' desire not to run themselves out of big innings were reasons for SB attempts drop-off, age another. Depressed steals output, return to normal rate of homers, BA skills slowly headed south - not mixed top-100 material. Still, Damon is a reliable player, safe midrange investment. Watch for slight inflation now that he has signed.


Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
410429915590.241.314.420.734

The budding slugger's power is Jason Kubel most certain asset, but Kubel's moderate improvement against southpaws should keep his clip at least close to .300. He makes hard contact, too. His prime spot in the heart of Minny's order should help sustain his run production.


Carlos Quentin, OF, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
3905710019660.256.350.482.832

With a pin removed from his wrist, Quentin also needs to regain his plate approach. He'll work with hitting coach Greg Walker. Why you should buy low: Quentin hit 11 homers after his July return. He'll return something between his MVP-caliber '08 and his injury-stripped '09.


Adam L. Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
63493178309912.281.319.489.808

Before the season, Adam L. Jones promised he'd run more. Jones instead surprised us with his power maturity (maybe a bit ahead of schedule) and an absurdly high first-half BABIP. Injuries contributed to his second-half decline and probably hurt his ability to run. His line-drive rate sunk while his grounders swelled, but an increase in flyballs can ease any drop-off of his high HR/FB. He's a top-100 mixed player that's worth reaching a round for because of his 20-20 upside.


Franklin Gutierrez, OF, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Eye gradually improved since '07. Value in stolen base potential; M's trying to be more aggressive on base paths; Franklin Gutierrez has high success rates already. Fluky HR/FB lent to homer boom, but a flyball rebound would negate that figure's normalization and push toward 20-20 upside. He deserves a bench spot at least in mixed leagues, but don't overspend. 


Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5608115125925.270.327.473.800

Josh Hamilton hit earth even harder than expected, helped by a nagging pinched nerve in his back. For what it's worth, reports say he'll focus on taking more pitches in the three-hole. The 28-year-old actually hit more liners and flyballs last year; regaining his strength should help. A potential steal.


Rajai Davis, OF, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
3805710163043.266.314.379.693

Steals pace matched playing time. Rajai Davis walked some more, which helped beat the "can't steal first" rap. Must keep liner and groundball rates up to help in average; another year of flyball increase would hurt. Steals drive his mixed price up to the middle rounds. Banking on anything else is dangerous.


Michael Cuddyer, OF, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
45469127197210.280.339.502.841

Michael Cuddyer's spike in air shots cemented his best skill. Cuddyer dropped to a more believable batting eye, too. If you're hoping for more growth, it's best to instead settle for a 20-homer baseline. He doesn't post promising batting average skills.


Juan Pierre, OF, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

While Manny was trying to conceive, Juan Pierre reminded everyone how sparkplug-like he could be. He tries to swipe a bag about half the times he reaches, and he continued his line-drive prowess. With his contributions in the speedier categories, Pierre comes in as a valuable No. 5 mixed outfielder.


Vernon Wells, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Hamstring bothered Vernon Wells again last spring, but his increased swipes total didn't reflect injury. Maybe wrist surgery will help him do more with rebounded flyball percentage. Late-season batting eye improvement says there's some hope he can re-approach a respectable average. His 2006 power probably won't return, but he isn't far from revisiting 20-homer territory. A decent gamble.


Magglio Ordonez, OF, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Magglio Ordonez's flyball rate tanked, but he upped his contact and line-drive frequency. Personal and political issues weighed on his psyche, but his wood seemed too heavy for him to leave the yard. He turned it on after the break, indicating a slight rebound is on the horizon. Don't buy for 20 homers.


J.D. Drew, OF, Boston Red Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Known as the Energizer Bunny in Philly, this 34-year-old is starting to regain some juice. This highly skilled vet has a chronic injury bug, but J.D. Drew also has chronic talent; the only time he reached 500 at-bats was in 2004. Drew's contact rate hasn't fluctuated much, and his batting eye hasn't dipped below 0.75 since 2002. He'll be a cheap investment, too, as long as you consider him a bonus.


Nolan Reimold, OF, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
9914255141.253.312.455.767

Nolan Reimold played through an Achilles' injury last year but managed a successful rookie campaign, especially with such a low line-drive rate as a starting point. His plate discipline and capable thievery fostered his rapid promotion. As long as you don't throw too many eggs in his basket, don't be afraid to target Reimold before playing time competitor Felix Pie, who's less intriguing.


David DeJesus, OF, Kansas City Royals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
480661229456.254.328.385.713

At least David DeJesus is safe in his mediocre offerings across the board: something around .280, 10 home runs and 10 steals. This settle option fills rosters but doesn't fulfill fantasy dreams. His stability is worth a few extra bucks in AL leagues just for his playing time.


Mike Cameron, OF, Boston Red Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Well, at least you know what you're getting: 20 homers, a ton of strikeouts, some (declining) stolen base production and a hurtful batting average. Too bad UZR doesn't count toward roto leagues. Hopefully Mike Cameron will attempt more swipes than last year in this aggressively footed team, and one would think a pull hitter could succeed at Fenway Park.


Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
48773126125029.259.325.402.727

Shoulder injuries ended Coco Crisp's season, which saw him aggressively swiping bases. He showed significant improvement in strike zone command and suffered from a disturbingly low BABIP, which might have been injury-related. Crisp has a chance to lock down full-time duty as one of Oakland's basepath sparks. His lineup isn't dangerous, but that might lower his price. He doesn't necessarily warrant a deep-mixed selection, but AL drafters should pay a few extra dollars for him.


Julio Borbon, OF, Texas Rangers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Julio Borbon OF Texas Rangers

Steal-happy newbie wasted no time showing high contact and groundball rates, which will help Julio Borbon's average. However, limited PT contributed to good luck in his on-play clip. He's not a lock for full-time duty, either; we may see David Murphy in often. This, and a downturn in his first full season, should keep your bidding chiefly to his steals potential. 


Nick Swisher, OF, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5447213822701.254.348.432.780

Xavier Nady's injury opened the door last year. Patience and power are Nick Swisher's calling cards; he focuses more on reaching base than recording hits. Few see as many pitches. He fans often, too, but he also loves the new Stadium. A sure bet for 25-plus homers, sub-.260 average.


Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4777512874336.268.348.392.740

Despite competition, Brett Gardner will probably be the full-time left fielder. The speed? We love. The contact? Very promising. The power? Uh, did we mention the speed? Gardner did learn how to trot to first last season, and he made vast improvements against southpaws. The speed (and potentially runs) column suits Gardner best. He's applicable as a late-round steals threat in deep mixed.


Juan Rivera, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

In Juan Rivera's busiest season, he posted career-best homers and RBIs. He whiffed less and walked more. His contact hardened, reaffirming his power skills. The 31-year-old could sustain or improve this because his playing time is more certain. Do you want to rest your midround hopes on him? No.


Jermaine Dye, OF, free agent
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

A tale of two halves: first one from a 25-year-old, second from a 45-year-old. Jermaine Dye's back problems, age and post-break power failure should scare more folks. BB/K was best in years, but not highly positive. Maybe drafters think, We've seen this before. Yeah? Not this bad. But hey, a sale is a sale. Dye, 36, is likelier to succeed than others in mixed No. 4 or No. 5 outfielder range.


Scott Podsednik, OF, Kansas City Royals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Need swipes? Scott Podsednik could be a post-draft bench option in deep mixed. His flyballs jumped a bit while his success rate on flyballs jumped. Pods' new park should suppress his already meager home run potential, and his biggest red flag, his BABIP, should return him to something around a .270 average, at best.


Matt LaPorta, 1B/OF, Cleveland Indians
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Toe and hip surgeries cloud Matt LaPorta's Opening Day status, but timetable isn't bleak. Reports credit his expanded use of all fields late last year, but he'll probably have growing pains in his batting eye. LaPorta's contact rate isn't terrible for a hacker, though. Will probably start in left field but will also see time at first base, in all likelihood. Draft the power and consider everything else a bonus; he's an end-gamer in deep mixed.


Travis Snider, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
20323475204.232.293.365.658

Travis Snider's hacker profile will keep his batting eye improvements minimal, and he still needs to figure out lefties. Didn't face many southpaws in bigs; he might need more time in Triple-A. The power upside keeps him intriguing. Deep mixed and AL owners that choose to draft him probably won't see decent return until midseason.


Delmon Young, OF, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
21519567260.260.300.405.705

Officially post-hype,Delmon Young's attitude and in-box balance improved as he hit nine homers after July. He's assured a starting spot, too. You can pay clearance-rack prices to see if he can sustain his flyball jump. Extra patience and steals would help.


Carlos Guillen, OF, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

A two-month absence due to a shoulder injury didn't prevent Carlos Guillen from clubbing nine homers in the final two months. His batting eye remains above-average, but you can't count on batting average anymore. If you back into taking him in deeps, be prepared for moderate numbers across the board.


Milton Bradley, OF, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Those who overpaid last season paid the price. Injuries and a BABIP normalization reminded us of Milton Bradley's risk. His groundball rate has had a severe spike in the last two seasons. Deep mixed drafters shouldn't bother; this isn't Wrigley Field, after all. Let him prove he can hit before considering an in-season pickup. AL drafters should consider him depth.


Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Speed first, wait on everything else. Elite farm batting eye might ease transition. Take a late flier on Michael Brantley's swipes in mixed; that'll make him a tad more expensive in ALs, but the extra dollar will probably be worth it if he's your No. 5 outfielder.


Luke Scott, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

The consummate streaky waiver wire pickup, Luke Scott found time at first base last year, so he has dual eligibility. Yay. He's a power-and-nothing-else source; on the bright side, he's probably the full-time DH, so he can focus on his dish work. Watch his trade winds.


Rick Ankiel, OF, Kansas City Royals
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Rick Ankiel's ineptitude versus lefties hurts his overall contribution and might cost him playing time. Ankiel's walk and contact rates tanked, too. Though his flyball growth might have been hidden below an abnormally low HR/FB, he's moving to a terrible park for homers. The dingers column is his best bet, and unfortunately that's in jeopardy. AL-only drafters should pay modestly if they need to fill out a five-outfielder lineup.


Ryan Sweeney, OF, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
31334836281.265.328.412.740

His light stick doesn't look like it'll do much more than help you stay afloat in batting average. Increases in contact, groundball and line-drive rate support his high BABIPs. Ryan Sweeney will start the season in the lineup, but he might not be there midseason (read: Michael Taylor); that makes Sweeney an AL-only playing time eater and little else.


Austin Jackson, OF, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
55984159147017.284.351.440.791

A Curtis Granderson clone with some power yet to develop, Austin Jackson will have every opportunity to win the starting center-field gig this spring. His batting eye says he may need some more farm polishing, but the basepath speed acumen has arrived. That'll be your best bet if you take a shot.


Eric Byrnes, OF, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Crowded outfield and DH picture in front of Eric Byrnes, but injuries and age issues - both young and old - might open time for vet who boasts some pop and some speed. If hamstrings remain intact, decent playing time could help him build on his increasing flyball rate. Wise AL-only pluckers might back into a useful fifth outfielder.


Felix Pie, OF, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Felix Pie is involved in a battle for left field time with Nolan Reimold, the more highly regarded long-term option. Pie is a better bet to start out as the No. 4 outfielder; though he probably won't get much better, don't ignore the strides he made in line drives and contact. He didn't run much, which hurts his stock.


Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
396549717606.245.340.437.777

Matt Joyce stalled last year, but the big lefty bat has power potential, and Tampa will probably test it out by having him lead their right-field platoon. Gabe Kapler draws the short straw but may be a factor. Joyce is a gamble for homers in the final rounds of deeps.


Jeremy Hermida, OF, Boston Red Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

The formerly hyped bat is one of the better No. 4 outfielders to stash in deep leagues. J.D. Drew is hurt often, and who knows what they'll get from DH David Ortiz? Jeremy Hermida improved his patience last year and still hits the ball hard - not many flyballs or steals, though. Hermida's baseline has changed, but he can still exceed it - moderately, most likely - with proper PT; he'll be 26 when the season starts.


Desmond Jennings, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
55786145165629.260.340.424.764

A potential Matt Joyce-Gabe Kapler platoon stands in his way, but Desmond Jennings will have a shot to win a starting job this spring. Jennings' average should translate well, but his most MLB-ready commodity is his stolen base ability. Focus on the rooks that can specialize in one roto category; he's a tuck-away commodity in deep leagues and warrants a reach for stash-friendly AL leagues.


Gabe Kapler, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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We may see Gabe Kapler build on his late-blooming homer potential - flyballs and liners up, grounders down, for what it's worth in his limited skill set. Expect a platoon with Matt Joyce, at least to start; Kapler, 34, can't hit righties. AL-only drafters can't sleep on Kaps, but remember Desmond Jennings could throw a wrench into this.


Trevor Crowe, OF, Cleveland Indians
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This Crowe can fly but doesn't do much else. Trevor Crowe's BB/K doesn't project immediate MLB success. AL-only drafters could place him on deep rosters in hope of some steals during his sub work, but not much else sparks interest.