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Middle Infielders Top 40
« on: May 17, 2012, 08:27:40 PM »
1. Manny Machado :BAL:

The number one fantasy performer of the future at Middle Infield is Manny Machado.  Machado has the potential to be the top hitting MI of the future.  He has power, patience, and K rate is excellent for 20 years old. His K rate should end up in the 14 - 16%, while his BB rate will be 10-12%.  This is provided that all ends up correct in his development.  His power and hit tool are why he is, especially for a player that will stay at shortstop.  He has plus hit tool, with potentially plus power, while having enough speed contribute in other ways.  Camden Yards is a hitter friendly field and it appears that the Orioles should have a players like Jones, Wieters, Markakis, and Schoop in the lineup with Machado.  Machado has all of the makings of the next great shortstop, but he is at least two years away.  With shortstop and MI being shallow positions, he can offer offense, including power at a position that does not usually provide great scoring.  He should begin the seaon at AA.  Fantasy GMs should attempt to get Machado while he is in the minors prior to him making his major league debut.  For the potential of being a stud at a shallow position, the cost will be much cheaper now than when he debuts in Baltimore.

2. Jurickson Profar :TEX:

The number two fantasy performer of the future at Middle Infield is Jurickson Profar.  Profar has the potential to be another top hitting MI of the future.  He has very good talent hitting and on the defensive side. At 19, his approach was much greater than anticipated, he showed great patience, and much more power than anyone could have seen coming.  Last year in A Ball, both his BB rate and K rate were 12%.  His walk rate should end up 11 - 14%, and BB rate should end up near the same range at 10 - 12%.  The power may not end up with the spike of last year, but still could provide 12 - 22 homeruns per year. His hit tool, baseball intellect are both plus, while his power should be average to averga plus, his speed should also help fantasy GMs.  He should start in A ball, but advance to AA this year.  The Rangers have Andrus in position and have the ability to take their time to develop Profar.  It will most likely be 2014 or 2015 before he makes a major league impact.  Hitting with Rangers Ballpark as his home field is a great advantage, very good hitters ballpark. The lineup with the potential of Hamilton, Kinsler, Beltre, Cruz, and others. It will be very interesting to see how the Rangers handle their middle infield in the next several years with Andrus, Kinsler, and Profar in the mix.  Fantasy GMs can obtain Profar right now, but the price will be very high, fantasy GMs need to judge where they believe Profar will end up in his development.

3. Xander Bogaerts :BOS:

The number three fantasy performer of the future at Middle Infield is Xander Bogaerts.  Another very young, very high potential middle infielder.  Bogaerts power and advance approach at the plate for his age create the potential that many are excited about.  His BB rate of 8.4% at age 19 in A ball, is a very good approach, that shows patience.  16 homeruns in 296 at bats displays the power potential.  His K rate at 24% is high, but will improve as he ages and since he is facing players that
are years older than he, it is not bad.  Many question whether or not he will be able to stay at SS.  With Middlebrooks and Cecchini at 3B, the Red Sox have the time to be patient with him as a SS.  He will most likely not make a major league impact until 2014, he should start 2012 in A+ Ball. Fenway is a very good home hitters park and the lineup should include Adrian Gonzalez, Ellsbury, Pedroia, Cecchini, Jacobs, Bogaerts has a chance to be a fixture right in the middle of the lineup.  Fantasy GMs
should be patient on Bogaerts, he is still very young, but the price is currently very high on him.  If you own him, hold him and watch him develop.  Other GMs should look for an opportunity to obtain him at a good price.

4. Nick Franklin :SEA:

The number four fantasy performer of the future at Middle Infield is Nick Franklin.  Franklin is a power bat with a good approach that should move forward as a middle infielder, whether it is SS or 2B.  Some have said he may move to 3B, but with the depth at 2B and 3B, the Mariners have a need at SS and will be patient with Franklin's defense.  His BB rate should end up around 10 - 11%, with a K rate right around 20% or slightly lower.  He has a very nice approach with very good power for a middle infielder.  For his potential, it is better to look at his 2010 numbers.  2011 was a weird year where he was hit by a teammates bat and dealt with other nagging injuries, it seemed like he did not get on track. Safeco field is not the best hitters park and will limit Franklin's power in the future.  The lineup including Smoak, Montero, Ackley, Catricala, Carp, and Ichiro provides a very good young nucleus to fit into.  Franklin began 2012 in AA, but should advance to AAA very soon.  With Ryan and Kawasaki as the only SS players ahead of him, he has a great opportunity provided he can prove his worth defensively.  Fantasy GMs should attempt to buy low on Franklin now, before he gets to the hitting environment of Tacoma.  He is an excellent candidate to obtain at a lower price for better middle infield prospect that will contribute soon.

5. Kolten Wong :STL:

The number five fantasy performer of the future at Middle Infield is Kolten Wong.  Wong's advance approach at the plate and the game have him near the top of the list of middle infielders.  While he does not have the power potential of some others, he should hit 12 - 17 homeruns per year. His speed and OBP approach should make him a fixture at the top of the STL lineup for years.  His BB rate and K Rate almost mirror each other in 2011 at 10%.  A player that walks at that rate and strikes out this little is great for the top of the lineup to be a table setter.  Wong started 2012 at AA, but should advance to AAA soon.  His future is at the top of the STL lineup with Beltran, Berkman, Craig, Freese, Molina, and Adams, he will a welcome addition.  The opportunity for Wong is great with only Schumaker, Descalso, and Greene ahead of him at 2B in STL, these players fit more of the utility player mold.  While the potential is somewhat lower than those above him on the list, Wong is almost a sure thing to be the leadoff hitter in STL in 2013 and his all around game including OBP with good BB rate and very low K rate, speed, a little bit of power.  Fantasy GMs should look to obtain Wong while others are focused on players higher on this list.

6. Francisco Lindor :CLE:

The number six fantasy performer of the future at Middle Infield is Francisco Lindor.  Lindor is the top pick of the Indians this past draft. He is a table setter for the top of the lineup.  Very good obp guy, with great speed, and surprising power.  He is beginning the season in A Ball at age 18 and will be 18 at the end of the season.  Right now everything on Lindor is projection, but the scouting reports are very good on approach and work ethic.  Hitting at the top of the CLE order will be nice with bats like Kipnis, Cabrera and others.  His value is very high right now.  Fantasy GMs that own him should continue to hold to watch him display his potential, others should wait for a lower price to obtain him.  He will not contribute until 2014 or 2015.

7. Javier Baez :CHC:

The number seven fantasy performer of the future at Middle Infield is Javier Baez.  Baez was drafted the spot after Lindor and takes the next spot in the rankings as well.  His skillset is quite different, providing a plus hit tool with plus power potential.  Baez is beginning the season in A Ball and playing SS.  His approach and work ethic have been well documented as well and his potential is very high.  Hitting in Wrigley with Castro, Rizzo, Jackson, and others will help his numbers.  He will most likely make a move, many suggest 3B, but we hope that he transistions to 2B where his power would make him one of the top offensive options at that time.  Fantasy GMs that own him should continue to hold to watch him display his potential and also study his approach to make sure that all skills translate.  He will not contribute until 2014 or 2015.

8. Hak-Ju Lee :TB:

The number eight fantasy performer of the future at Middle Infield is Hak-Ju Lee.  Lee contributes in many ways on the diamond, with OBP skills and very stong defensive skills.  Lee was one of the key pieces traded from CHC to TB.  He has a good BB Rate around 10% and his K Rate should end up around 15 - 17%.  He is very good OBP table setter with good speed, but not much power.  Hitting in TB and the lineup including Jennings, Upton, Longoria, and Zobrist should help his numbers.  Lee started the year back in AA, but should be in AAA or the majors by the end of the year.  He has a good opportunity  with several options not taking full grasp of the starting SS position - Brignac, Rodriguez, and Johnson all look like backup options, but Lee could grasp the opportunity and stick.  Fantasy GMs should obtain Lee as an OBP option at MI that can contribute soon.  Many often forget about Lee and his skillset, but he can be a solid core piece soon.

9. Jonathan Schoop :BAL:

The number nine fantasy performer of the future at Middle Infield is Jonathan Schoop.  schoop is another nice MI option in BAL.  Often overshadowed by Machado because he is more raw and less developed, he is a strong prospect with very good power potential.  His BB rate looks like it will be adequate in the 7 - 9% range, but his K rate is low for a player with good power potential.  His K rate looks liek it will be 12 - 14%. Schoop is 20 and just beginning to develop his power.  He will begin the season at AA and should play most of the year there.  He began as SS, but will end up shifting to 3B or 2B, right now, the plan currently appears to be 2B.  He should contribute as soon as 2013.  With the current situation of 2B in BAL, his has a very good opportunity to graps the job, with Roberts struggling with injuries, and players like Andino, Antonelli, and Flaherty being better UTIL options.  Camden yards is a good hitters park and the lineup containing Wieters, Markakis, Jones, Machado, and others will be a very good young nucleus.  Fantasy GMs should consider Schoop as an under the radar MI option with very good potential.  He could develop into the potential of some of those higher on this list, but sooner.

10. Cory Spangenberg :SD:

The number ten fantasy performer of the future at Middle Infield is Cory Spangenberg.  Spangenberg has good OBP skills with good speed, but lacks power.  His approach is good, but he struggled with his promotion to last year to A Ball.  He is starting 2012 in A + Ball.  Some question if he can stick at 2B, an amatuer 3B, he is still struggling with some footwork issues.  The Padres have multiple options at 3B, so he will get an extended look at 2B, if he fails perhaps CF is an option.  His BB Rate
should end up around 8 - 10% and K rate should end up 14 - 18%.  His offensive skills actually play quite well in the roomy confines of PETCO. He puts the ball in play, walks, and uses his speed.  Being near the top of the lineup that includes Alonso, Grandal, Darnell, Gyorko, maybe Quentin, Maybin, maybe Venable, and maybe Forsythe has some possibilities. Spangenberg could move quickly, if he can prove his defense is worthy, potentially making an impact in 2013 or 2014 depending on when the Padres decide to implement the youth movement.  Fantasy GMs should consider him as an OBP option and the price should be realtively cheap, but there is risk that he could end up in OF.

11. Jean Segura :LAA:
12. Trevor Story :COL:
13. Billy Hamilton :CIN:
14. Taylor Lindsey :LAA:
15.Tyler Pastornicky :ATL:
16. Levi Michael :MIN:
17. Rougned Odor :TEX:
18. Zack Cozart :CIN:
19. Andrelton Simmons :ATL:
20. Scooter Gennett :MIL:
21. Christian Colon :KC:
22. Joe Panik :SF:
23. Brandon Crawford :SF:
24. Ivan DeJesus :LAD:
25. Sean Coyle :BOS:
26. Reese Havens :NYM:
27. Brian Dozier :MIN:
28. Jose Iglesias :BOS:
29. Tim Beckham :TB:
30. Adeiny Hechavarria :TOR:
31. Tim Beckham :TB:
32. Delino DeShields Jr :HOU:
33. Freddy Galvis :PHI:
34. Tommy La Stella :ATL:
35. Chris Owings :ARZ:
36.Oscar Tejada :BOS:
37. Didi Gregorius :CIN:
38. Ryan Brett :TB:
39. Orlando Arcia :MIL:
40. Vince Belnome :SD:


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Re: Middle Infielders Top 40
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2012, 11:31:38 PM »
Nice to see Tim Beckham in the 30s.  Or is he in the 40s?


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Re: Middle Infielders Top 40
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2012, 03:20:43 AM »
I thought he was ranked #420. Oh wait, that was something else...

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Re: Middle Infielders Top 40
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2012, 05:06:35 PM »
I thought he was ranked #420. Oh wait, that was something else...

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MLB's drug policy is a joke.  Big league players aren't tested for pot but minor leaguers are...anyone think weed is a performance enhancer for any "athlete" not named Joey Chestnut or Kobyashi?  Besides, Beckham was just taking his hitting coaches advice to "relax at the plate" to heart.   :disco:

 

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