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Fantasy baseball player profiles: San Francisco Giants

Fantasy baseball player profiles: San Francisco Giants

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1 Bengie Molina, C, San Francisco Giants
2 Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
3 Aubrey Huff, 1B, San Francisco Giants
4 Pablo Sandoval, 1B/3B, San Francisco Giants
5 Freddy Sanchez, 2B, San Francisco Giants
6 Juan Uribe, 2B/SS/3B, San Francisco Giants
7 Mark DeRosa, 3B/OF, San Francisco Giants
8 Edgar Renteria, SS, San Francisco Giants
9 Nate Schierholtz, OF, San Francisco Giants
10 Aaron Rowand, OF, San Francisco Giants
11 Jonathan Sanchez, SP, San Francisco Giants
12 Barry Zito, SP, San Francisco Giants
13 Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants
14 Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants
15 Matt Cain, SP, San Francisco Giants
16 Brian Wilson, RP, San Francisco Giants

Bengie Molina, C, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Increasing flyball and homer rates make Bengie Molina a worthy midrange grab; tanking contact, line-drive and batting eye rates make him risky in just about every other category. Has this offense really improved that much? Buster Posey lurks; Molina might suit up less often. He'll pass for his pop, but beware pitfalls elsewhere.


Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5086615421892.303.381.492.873

How much big-league time will Buster Posey see? Was fatigued last year, and kid-glove treatment looms. Positives: Farm jumps were seamless, and focus on contact and solid batting eye mean clip might be first positive contribution. He's a No. 2 roto catcher everywhere, but a cautious bid makes him a gains opportunity.


Aubrey Huff, 1B, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Aubrey Huff's 32-homer '08 rightfully came back down to earth. His groundballs went back up, and he didn't have Camden Yards to help him for the whole season. His drops in contact, flyball and line-drive rate, along with his new pitcher-friendly home digs, don't prove he can regain much power. He's an NL-only corner infielder at best.


Pablo Sandoval, 1B/3B, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5186015021801.290.353.475.828

Pablo Sandoval's significant improvements in plate discipline and batting eye mean more since he skipped Triple-A before '08 call-up. Homer success on flyballs likely will come down a bit - he's a better bet as a contact hitter. His BABIPs will probably remain high.


Freddy Sanchez, 2B, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Recovery from shoulder surgery puts Freddy Sanchez's Opening Day status in jeopardy. Injuries spring up often. Sanchez's batting eye has dropped in each of the last four years, but his contact rate has remained acceptable. He can be left out of mixed processes and should be avoided as a NL-only second baseman. He's a better investment as a middle infielder if possible.


Juan Uribe, 2B/SS/3B, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
364448811464.242.297.401.698

Admirable injury fill-in last year who stuck in the lineup. Regained positive AB/HR rates. Don't buy Juan Uribe's average: An unreal BABIP dwarfed his career pattern. PT indeed drives his value: He'll probably fill in as long as Freddy Sanchez is sidelined. Count Uribe as a valuable mono-league utility man that could step in and be handy in deep mixed.


Mark DeRosa, 3B/OF, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Late-round positional versatility still drives Mark DeRosa's value. Power spike was bonus; sustained HR/FB and growing flyball rate means it isn't a total fluke. Offseason wrist surgery may return some line-drive life to his swing; with new home park, maybe he'll trade some power for batting average. Better served as mixed depth - more potential gain that way.


Edgar Renteria, SS, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Edgar Renteria's groundball increase would be flattering if he could still beat them out frequently. Maybe he regains a bit of power after elbow surgery, but this is a downward-moving commodity. It's hard to justify putting him on mixed rosters, and NL owners who have to settle for him should try to find backup plans.


Nate Schierholtz, OF, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4755212217666.257.309.442.751

Quad-A staple should receive chance to start in right. Adjusted swing in winter ball. Nate Schierholtz's flyball jump in limited time forecasts promising growth, but Schierholtz will need to improve his contact and line-drive rates to counteract his poor batting eye. Prime NL speculative pick that could have rental value during mixed-league season.


Aaron Rowand, OF, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Aaron Rowand's flyball increase was negated by AT&T Park. If you haven't figured it out, '07 is an outlier. He isn't even running anymore. There's too little he offers across the board to make Rowand anything more than an NL-only outfield filler.


Jonathan Sanchez, SP, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Jonathan Sanchez SP San Francisco Giants

Filthy stuff? Check. Control? Work in progress, but his WHIP has declined each of last two years. Jonathan Sanchez embraced his slider and curveball, contributing to his second-half dominance improvement. Late-season growth often sign of good things to come for youngsters, but his '09 BABIP due for a correction. Lot to hate, but more to like. A cautious late-round deep mixed bid would weigh the negatives properly. 


Barry Zito, SP, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Innings eater had a small breakthrough in dominance and control last year when Barry Zito backed away from his underwhelming heat in favor of more slider usage. With his skills leveled out, there isn't much more to be gained here, especially with his strand rate likely to come down. A mixed rental and NL-only staff filler.


Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11019117385781884.011.31

Tim Lincecum's increased use of breaking stuff helped groundballs, control and efficiency. Two years of giant workloads for young arm a bit troublesome but has repeatable delivery, despite its unorthodoxy. Innings warning adds risk to spending big on a pitcher, yet he's the closest thing to being a first-rounder. Inflation-driven prices will probably add to downfall and decrease profit odds. 


Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
14020616576601983.321.09

Giants brass will start Madison Bumgarner in Triple-A. Minor league dominance drool-inducing, and he continued that in first MLB stint, though his velocity hasn't returned after issues last season. Groundball-friendly stuff should help in case heat doesn't come around. He can be taken as speculation in the last few rounds of deep mixed setups, but he'll give a better return as an NL-only tuckaway. His price might be lower because of his spring trials, so you probably won't be losing much by giving him a try.


Matt Cain, SP, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
13020517276551753.341.11

Fortunate BABIP and strand rate primed for correction. Flyballs decreased again, but HR/FB and homers per nine went up; normalization in one category could balance out upon correction. Dominance dropped again, too, but led to better command. Workload risk looms over Cain, but he's one of the best opportunities for a No. 2 roto pitcher to jump to a true ace. 


Brian Wilson, RP, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4263512228613.141.25

Hints of stability: Dominance growing, control improving, and homer rates returning toward career norms. More cutters aided rebound, gave Brian Wilson versatility. Fear comes in flyball growth, though, especially if he has another '08 HR/FB flareup. Risks remain, but his dominance makes him passable as a low-end mixed No. 1.