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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Detroit Tigers

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Detroit Tigers

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1 Gerald Laird, C, Detroit Tigers
2 Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers
3 Scott Sizemore, 2B, Detroit Tigers
4 Brandon Inge, 3B, Detroit Tigers
5 Adam Everett, SS, Detroit Tigers
6 Johnny Damon, OF, Detroit Tigers
7 Austin Jackson, OF, Detroit Tigers
8 Carlos Guillen, OF, Detroit Tigers
9 Magglio Ordonez, OF, Detroit Tigers
10 Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers
11 Rick Porcello, SP, Detroit Tigers
12 Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers
13 Jose Valverde, RP, Detroit Tigers

Gerald Laird, C, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
12014301110.250.326.333.659

In Gerald Laird's busiest season, he couldn't build on his intriguing '08. What happened to the line-drive growth? He doesn't look like a full-time catcher, and Detroit may dispose of him soon. Laird should only be considered by desperate drafters in two-catcher mixed formats.


Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
572100185391242.323.416.582.998

Miguel Cabrera's increasing grounder tendency is unnerving, and he'll be in his eighth MLB season when he turns 27 in April. We're not telling you to panic, just be aware of the trend. He's still a first-rounder - steady, elite power and skill otherwise.


Scott Sizemore, 2B, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
23235586312.250.336.397.733

Scott Sizemore can do a little bit of everything, but is Detroit asking him to do it too soon as their starter at second? His recovery from his broken left ankle he sustained in the Arizona Fall League puts him on track for Spring Training play. He made hard contact in the minors. While he's a suitable backup plan for an AL-only starting second baseman, don't make him one in mixed; the return is much greater as a middle infielder there.


Brandon Inge, 3B, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Those who didn't sell high paid the price. Brandon Inge played on a torn knee ligament last year, which helped his regression toward the mean. Positive: Inge altered how he held the bat while waiting for pitches, which keeps his swing level. Some power, small batting average - there's no mystery here.


Adam Everett, SS, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Do you play Scoresheet? No? Then don't be tempted to take Adam Everett unless you forgot you needed a shorty in AL leagues. He makes unproductive contact and doesn't have a good history of dish discipline. Ramon Santiago will steal reps, too.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
14020517881582243.561.15

Start with a strikeout per inning: Build up your expectations from there for this mid-round boom candidate. Max Scherzer will need to harness a third offering to survive in the AL; stamina and efficiency have eluded him. Chase Field hurt, and Comerica Park isn't as forgiving to hurlers as many perceive. His second-half control growth leaves him on the upswing, though. 


Rick Porcello, SP, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11019019585461494.031.27

Rick Porcello's soaring groundball rate was his key to survival as a 20-year-old rookie. Don't forget he has the velocity to notch K's if he has to - or the team lets him take that approach. Drafters are pricing him at fair value. Beware the drop-off, though, given the strikeout evidence hasn't appeared yet - oh, and of course, his first-year workload.


Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
16022019275652143.071.17

Justin Verlander's K rate spiked partially due to a readjustment of his arm angle. He saves his juice for late in games and showed pleasant consistency. This and his rebound in control can temper his increasing flyball allowance and his opponents' hard contact; consider him a mid-level roto ace.


Jose Valverde, RP, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2343382017344.191.28

A calf injury cut into his '09, but Jose Valverde dominated post-DL. The vet remains aggressive with his fastballs and, despite a year of swelling aerial attacks, has seen significant groundball jumps in the last two seasons. Few mid-draft options are better as a No. 1.