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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Toronto Blue Jays

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Toronto Blue Jays

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1 John Buck, C, Toronto Blue Jays
2 Lyle Overbay, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays
3 Brett Wallace, 1B/3B, Toronto Blue Jays
4 Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
5 Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
6 Travis Snider, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
7 Vernon Wells, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
8 Adam Lind, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
9 Marc Rzepczynski, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
10 Ricky Romero, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
11 Shaun Marcum, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
12 Brandon Morrow, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
13 Scott Downs, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
14 Jason Frasor, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
15 Kevin Gregg, RP, Toronto Blue Jays

John Buck, C, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
20018437271.215.288.350.638

Lucky stretch kept his clip up briefly. Lucky if John Buck breaks .250 for a full season, though. Power reflected by playing time. Upside minimal, but at least he'll offer decent power for a low-end No. 2 mixed backstop. Beware Jose Molina and prospect J.P. Arencibia


Lyle Overbay, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
24919617281.245.298.394.692

A roto placeholder, Lyle Overbay has seen his batting eye trend upward in the last four years. Makes hard contact but doesn't provide much lift; his batting average won't reach '06 levels without some luck. Ride his streaks as a pickup during a deep mixed season; he'll set you back as a power-desperate first baseman in ALs.


Brett Wallace, 1B/3B, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
68816380.235.297.426.723

Lyle Overbay or Edwin Encarnacion might be trade bait, which would allow the Jays to move Brett Wallace up. Count on him playing every day once he hits the bigs. Having displayed high groundball rates, batting average potential might blossom before power, but his Triple-A pop showed homers won't be far behind. Upside selection worth stashing on AL - and many deep mixed - benches. 


Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
56990156237811.274.335.490.825

Using a heavier bat, Aaron Hill paid off on his '07 doubles growth. Upward-trending flyball and HR/FB rates back his power boom, but that was a bit lofty. Sacrificed BABIP for homers, so he may drop in average if he's changing his approach; already has shaky batting eye. Power from second base will keep his price relatively high; pay for 20 homers, not 30. 


Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
52487142341007.271.370.523.893

A broken wrist hurt Edwin Encarnacion's chance to build on '08. Slump can be attributed partially to injury. Flyball explosion in previous season can't be ignored. Worse park for power, but he's entering peak power years. Dirt-cheap listing should prompt you to try him out on your deep bench. 


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.


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.


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. 


Marc Rzepczynski, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3045401717403.401.27

Marc Rzepczynski achieves dominance through deception, not power. Groundballs dictate his game. If he keeps putting himself in trouble with his walk rate, though, he'll be in line for a serious correction. Warning signs are there, and he doesn't have a rotation spot locked in yet. He's deep-league intriguing, but don't chase him.


Ricky Romero, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Post-hyper a front-runner for rotation spot. Ricky Romero's changeup-fueled breakout was halted by injury and a hard strand rate correction from which he never recovered. Command remains an issue, but dominance potential remains. Al-only drafters should know his name first; you can get away with leaving him for the post-mixed-draft pool.


Shaun Marcum, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Nearing completion of his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Shaun Marcum is expected to land a rotation spot. Before going down in late '08, the righty made a successful transition into starting by pushing his GB/FB up and started using a cutter. He'll be a good dice roll in AL-only setups and is an inseason pickup candidate in mixed leagues.


Brandon Morrow, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10014513659511263.661.29

The Jays reportedly want him to start; defining his role will help. Brandon Morrow's Joba-like handling has stunted his growth, but his strikeout ability has weathered the storm. Getting control in line and re-incorporating his changeup will give him leg up in rotation competition. Potential high reward in deep leagues for much less risk than '09 price.


Scott Downs, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3245431518343.001.36

Lower-body injuries forced Scott Downs to vacate closer role; was cruising beforehand. Decently dominant, grounder-heavy southpaw works in high strand rates, too. He'll be a setup man to start, but it wouldn't hurt to test whether Downs will earn some closures if his two competitors are already taken in deep leagues. He can help you without save chances.


Jason Frasor, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3050441922483.421.32

Jason Frasor will close to start the season. He added a splitter-changeup hybrid that transformed his game. High strand rate first red flag. Odd that flyball rate spikes with incorporation of downward-moving pitch. Has dominance to remain valuable even if ratios bite him this year, though. A mixed No. 3 stopper whose saves might be pilfered throughout the season. If he's your No. 1 AL closer, the return probably won't justify his price.


Kevin Gregg, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2045442124404.201.51

Kevin Gregg will set up to start the season. His flyball rate led to blowup in Chicago last year. Opponents' homer success on those flies dictate poor luck for the righty. Rogers Centre not as friendly for dingers as Wrigley Field. Has more career saves than those he competed with; his ERA and WHIP aren't helpful, but his useful K/9 adds to his saves speculation value as a potential late-round mixed steal.