The move of Prince Fielder to Texas in exchange for Ian Kinsler was not a move about Ian Kinsler so much as it was about salary and the future. They wanted to move Miguel Cabrera to a position where he would be less likely to hurt himself or the team defensively. But it also showed they were confident in the playing ability of Nick Castellanos.
On the list of “Best Hitters in Baseball,” Victor Martinez’s name is overlooked as his numbers have never wowed. He has one silver slugger under his belt, received in 2004 as a member of the Cleveland Indians, but more time at first base and designated hitter has forced comparisons to the elite hitters in baseball. With two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera batting behind him in Detroit, nobody expected Vic-Mart to out slug a triple crown winner. Martinez did in his free agent season, but at 36, what will the reward be?
The minor league season has concluded, but we are far removed from the days of baseball being confined to the summer months. Next week marks the beginning of the six week long Arizona Fall League where top prospects will compete against one another. The six teams form like Voltron with each Major League organization sending seven representatives; players will shuffle on and off of the roster from there. The Arizona Fall League is often the stepping stone from which prospects in the lower minors transition into Double-A the following year.
This week on FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets we’re going deep, looking at players who could be in line for playing time in the second half of the season. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all major fantasy platforms. In recent weeks, our top hitting targets have included Pirates Josh Harrison who is eligible just about everywhere on the baseball diamond and Tommy La Stella who’s batting .343 for the Braves.
Detroit has a tenuous hold on 1st place in the AL Central entering the summer months. Among first place teams, they have the second worst run differential, worst home record and the entire division is well within striking distance (the last place Twins are five games out as of June 8). The Tigers’ bullpen has not done them any favors thus far and a shake up is imminent to make a deep run in the playoffs. ROTOscouting has been a man among boys in discovering future closers this season, and Detroit’s situation presents buy-low opportunities for fantasy baseball owners.
It’s an exciting time as more prospects inch closer to a big league call up. Some, like Jon Singleton, have already started their major league careers. Singleton is one of the many FAAB fantasy baseball targets that ROTOscouting has covered this season. This week, we’ll expand our focus to a free agent veteran as well as a few more impact bats still in the minors. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. All players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all three major fantasy platforms.
It was a night to remember in daily fantasy baseball. Robbie Ray ($3,000) had a successful MLB debut and the game’s best mashers mashed. My lineup scored 47.83 points, yet finished outside of the top-10 in every 50/50. Of course a top-20 finish equals money, so a win is a win. Yesterday’s diamonds combined for 16.08 points at a combined salary of $8,500. That’s 1.89 points per thousand spent! Monday-Friday, subscribers will receive my best picks for less than $1 per week.
Today, we’ll feature an abbreviated Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds. Why? Because I’m cramming my lineup full of big boppers tonight and going for tournament glory. Yesterday, ROTOscouting squeaked out five, 50/50 cashes on the back of the great Alcides Escobar, a diamond here yesterday. His six-plus point effort put it over the top. Read diamonds Monday through Friday and use them to supplement a team of stars. For less than $1 per week, I’ll do all the dirty work and spend 1.5-2 hours per day finding the best possible values.
FAAB Top Targets: Fantasy Baseball Auction ValuesThis week’s crop of FAAB top targets includes a definite add for stolen bases, a talented power hitter with a fresh start and top prospect thriving in his everyday role. We’ll also look at a couple of intriguing middle infielders – one whose current slump has him being dropped in far too many leagues, and another who is in Triple-A forcing his way into the MLB picture.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a piece for FanGraphs called, “The Myth Of Truly Blocked Prospects.” In it, I gave my definition of “blocked” and concluded too few talented baseball players exist for any one player to be relegated to bench duty for too long. Last night’s trade is a prime example of this theory in action.
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