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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Seattle Mariners

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Seattle Mariners

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1 Jose Lopez, 2B, Seattle Mariners
2 Chone Figgins, 3B, Seattle Mariners
3 Milton Bradley, OF, Seattle Mariners
4 Eric Byrnes, OF, Seattle Mariners
5 Franklin Gutierrez, OF, Seattle Mariners
6 Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Seattle Mariners
7 Ken Griffey Jr., DH, Seattle Mariners
8 Erik Bedard, SP, Seattle Mariners
9 Cliff Lee, SP, Seattle Mariners
10 Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners
11 Brandon League, RP, Seattle Mariners
12 David Aardsma, RP, Seattle Mariners

Jose Lopez, 2B, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Flyballs trending in the right direction entering peak power years; homers look like Jose Lopez's safest offering. Poor batting eye puts average growth at risk - BABIP seems to fluctuate with line drive rate. His potentially permanent move to third base would add more roster flexibility. If you don't plan to spend on an elite second baseman, Lopez is a suitable choice that can support your power base.


Chone Figgins, 3B, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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901018172.200.302.289.591

Chone Figgins has seen a flyball increase for two straight years; his lofts aren't productive. Figgins' high-level contact rate should cement top-10 value among mixed third basemen, and his possible full-time move to second would once again give him beneficial roster flexibility. You should spend a little more in AL-only leagues considering the drop-off at third this year.


Milton Bradley, OF, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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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.


Eric Byrnes, OF, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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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.


Franklin Gutierrez, OF, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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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. 


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. 


Ken Griffey Jr., DH, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Ken Griffey Jr. had bone spur removed from his left knee. As if you needed more reason to be concerned about him. On his farewell tour, he can't be counted on for full-time duty, even as DH. Probably won't face all lefties. If he's on your AL bench, that's OK, as long as you plan for the lack of positional eligibility.


Erik Bedard, SP, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3060593029554.501.47

Erik Bedard might not see a major league mound until midseason, but he insists he'll start a game in May. History would side with the former. You know the K ability is there. If you can stash him and draft him at a fair late-round price, try it, but work around it. Don't pay for more than 100 innings.


Cliff Lee, SP, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
14021619677352083.211.07

Sustained groundball improvement and climbing dominance nurtured his '08 breakout. His already low HR/FB welcomes his move to Safeco Field in front of a top-notch defense. Cliff Lee logged ample frames - burnout warning. Control would be the first impact point. The risk diminishes, though, if you wait to make him a low-end ace.


Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
16022520680572183.201.17

It was a true breakout year for Felix Hernandez as his walks rebounded and his dominance increased - all while sustaining his groundball brilliance. Heavy workload at young age biggest warning sign. His command and HR/FB - the latter part of a positive trend - might have been over his head, but his skills cement him as a top-10, perhaps top-five, mixed starter.


Brandon League, RP, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3061592622413.841.33

Second-half growth and changeup love gave fireballer diversity. His high groundball levels double his closer potential. BABIP normalization might be negated by strand rate recovery. There are some cracks in David Aardsma. Bold Brandon League's name on your saves speculation lists.


David Aardsma, RP, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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David Aardsma's innate strikeout ability finally translated to shutting doors. His control remained an issue. Fluke alert: His HR/FB, LOB and BABIP scream letdown. Aardsma boasts gas, but his sputtering at the end of the year forecasted his normalized 2010 value. Pegging him as a No. 3 closer would acknowledge enough risk; Brandon League is a threat to Aardsma's security.