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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Oakland Athletics

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Oakland Athletics

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1 Kurt Suzuki, C, Oakland Athletics
2 Daric Barton, 1B, Oakland Athletics
3 Mark Ellis, 2B, Oakland Athletics
4 Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, Oakland Athletics
5 Jake Fox, 3B/OF, Oakland Athletics
6 Cliff Pennington, SS, Oakland Athletics
7 Michael Taylor, OF, Oakland Athletics
8 Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland Athletics
9 Ryan Sweeney, OF, Oakland Athletics
10 Jack Cust, OF, Oakland Athletics
11 Rajai Davis, OF, Oakland Athletics
12 Ben Sheets, SP, Oakland Athletics
13 Brett Anderson, SP, Oakland Athletics
14 Trevor Cahill, SP, Oakland Athletics
15 Michael Wuertz, RP, Oakland Athletics
16 Andrew Bailey, RP, Oakland Athletics

Kurt Suzuki, C, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
33929816352.239.291.348.639

Power is growing: HR/FB staying steady and FB rising. Big workloads the last three years (especially the last two) forewarn burnout (Russell Martin). Might be a bit overvalued based on PT, but Kurt Suzuki doesn't hurt you in any category. Sometimes stability costs more. He's a safe low-end No. 1 mixed backstop. 


Daric Barton, 1B, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
32838835292.253.352.345.697

Post-hype youngster has shown little in bigs. His extra-base ability is in question despite his rising flyball rate. Daric Barton's contact is a better bet to keep him afloat as the A's give him what could be his last chance to win the job. Oakland has the powerful Chris Carter waiting. Barton should be a cautious AL-only investment if you miss out on more acceptable power options at first base or CI. Have a backup plan ready.


Mark Ellis, 2B, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
25530674242.263.321.349.670

Mark Ellis' skills are stabilizing, but it amounts to barely double-digit homers and steals and a hurtful clip. Consistency flies more in AL-only setups, where he could pass as a low-end keystoner.


Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
59514280.237.281.390.671

Might not remain an Athletic long, but Kevin Kouzmanoff moves to another unfriendly ambience. Batting eye growth was insignificant. Declining flyball rate doesn't spell increased homers. Playing time is his best asset, but Oakland has ample options. AL owners should pay low-level starter prices, and mixed drafters shouldn't pay much to use him as a corner.


Jake Fox, 3B/OF, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

This power threat doesn't have a starting spot right now in a crowded outfielder/DH/corner infield picture. Jake Fox's pure pop would be an immediate addition to the everyday slate if injury or slacking performance opens up a spot; GM Billy Beane doesn't shy away from trading from surplus, either. Fox's versatility makes him a premium AL-only bench target and a deep mixed post-draft watch candidate.


Cliff Pennington, SS, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
27629703246.254.322.344.666

Cliff Pennington has minimal competition for the starting shortstop job. He could steal 20 bases or so with a full-time gig. He's not dynamic but is serviceable, probably with a .280 average or so. The A's are aggressive on the bases. You don't want him as your starting AL shortstop, but if he's your middle infielder, gaining extra steals on a frequent basis would help.


Michael Taylor, OF, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
11611253131.216.287.345.632

This big and tall prospect is physically ready for the bigs and might receive the opportunity to compete for a spot this spring. Michael Taylor showed few ill effects in his farm progression. In fact, he increased his flyball rate in his two stops last year while also improving his stolen-base prowess. Oakland's park might scare you off, but he warrants a speculative pick in deep leagues that can afford to stash top prospects.


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.


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.


Jack Cust, OF, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

The poor man's Adam Dunn saw flyball growth, which negated Jack Cust's dwindling HR/FB. Oakland acquired ample pieces to give him competition or relegate him to platoonhood. He's roster filler in deep mixed. AL owners should spend a little more for his power, but cautiously keep aware of his playing time.


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.


Ben Sheets, SP, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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00000000.000.00

Ben Sheets hit 92 mph on the gun after missing the entire '09 season. He comes to a favorable pitchers' arena. Sheets typically posts high-level command, but talent is not the issue. His shaky health makes him a low-end No. 3 mixed option, if you're desperate, as long as you factor his medical chart into your bid.


Brett Anderson, SP, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
5092884135784.011.34

Second-half improvements often bolster breakout potential for youngsters the following season. A control freak, Brett Anderson's groundballs aided his summer dominance growth. He pounds the strike zone, which may lead to some correction. The A's will probably continue to monitor his innings, too. He's best suited as a shaky No. 3 mixed arm but might be overvalued; he's keeper gold, though. 


Trevor Cahill, SP, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10017616874661293.781.33

He's a less dominant version of Brett Anderson. Trevor Cahill has excellent groundball inducement but also suffered from homer issues. He was fast-tracked to the bigs and is probably a year away from being a legit contributor. AL-only pickers should probably pay an extra buck to see what he can do this year.


Michael Wuertz, RP, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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00000000.000.00

Michael Wuertz's K/9 came back with authority, and he boasted control to boot by moving exclusively to a fastball-slider combo. Even if command comes back to earth, Wuertz showed he could be trusted in save situations last year and boasts the best non-Andrew Bailey skills for saves speculation.


Andrew Bailey, RP, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Andrew Bailey should halt Oakland's tendency to shuffle saves. The righty has more heat and dominance than Brad Ziegler. Problems: His strand rate and BABIP are ripe for normalization, and he's experiencing elbow issues this spring, which he says might be workload-related. He's a risky No. 1, but if you grab him as a No. 2 mixed closer, you should be OK to handle his indicator corrections.