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First Basemen: 2010 Fantasy Projections

Last year, I professed my unabashed man-crush on Pablo Sandoval. So it’s only fitting that he’s my “value pick” at first base according to my points-per-plate appearance calibration (using statistical projections from the 2010 Bill James Handbook). Displayed in the previous link is the point breakdown in a standard points league. My approach to deciphering value is based on draft position, depth, and potential for at-bats.

Last year, for example, Joey Votto‘s projected .91 fantasy points per plate-appearance put him above annual stars like Justin Morneau (.86), Kevin Youkilis (.85), and Carlos Pena (.87). However, as we all discovered, Joey Votto didn’t live up to his potential due to injury (for more on this projection, see last year’s article).
2010’s central difference is the influx of .90 pts/pa first base-eligible batters. Last year, only 7 players satisfied this requirement: Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, Miguel Cabrera, Lance Berkman, Mark Teixeira, Prince Fielder, and Votto. This year, however, 13 players surpass this threshold, nearly doubling the list of “effective” first base options.
Joining the seven players from 2009 in this group are Mark Reynolds (.99), Pablo Sandoval (.90), David Ortiz (.90), Adam Dunn (.90), Justin Morneau (.90), and *surprise* Chris Davis (.90).
Of the 13 players projected to average the most points per plate-appearance, I’d absolutely stay away from Chris Davis. Last year he was hyped to an ADP between the 5th and 7th rounds, an atmosphere WAY too high for a rookie… I don’t care how much he looked like Shane Spencer in his initial September call-up. In points-based-leagues, the value at this position is coming by way of Pablo Sandoval, Joey Votto, and Adam Dunn (in leagues that do not penalize strikeouts!). Pujols, Howard, Cabrera, Teixeira, and Fielder will all be gone before round two is complete in most drafts (under-statement of the century) and Berkman’s name, Morneau’s ability, and Mark Reynolds’ 2009 will be the next 1B off the board. At this point, in a standard 12-team league, four teams will be without first basemen, leaving fantasy favorites Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, Kendry Morales, and Carlos Pena available.
My advice? Let them go. Fill in the rest of your roster while the other members of your league fill up on the position. While they grab 1B, fill in your OF or pitching staff. Some will value Votto a bit more than players like Pena and Morales, but unless your peers view Sandoval as a solid 3B option, he should slip into the later rounds. Other than a brief stint on the bench with a sore back in 2009, Sandoval was one of the most reliable 1B options available.
Now comes the bad news: players to avoid based on pts/pa. I think this is the point were everyone stops expecting anything from James Loney (.76/pa). Essentially, the calibration equates him to Lyle Overbay (.75/pa)… aka, he’s useless in a points league. If he’s a singles-hitter, he needs more RBI opportunities, and with Manny Ramirez, Andre Ethier, and Matt Kemp on his team… he’s not going to get many.
The same can be said for Nick Swisher (.82), Russell Branyan (.82), and Michael Cuddyer (.82). Rather than spend mid-round picks on each of these streaky batters, grab a younger potential-laden player like Garrett Jones (.85) in the later rounds… especially due to his multi-position eligibility (OF/1B).
In the end, if you take anything from this 2010 first base projection, let it be that you can wait this year. In 2009, if you didn’t grab an early 1B, you were in a bad place to start the year. In 2010, you can afford to wait. As always, let your opponents make your decisions for you, it’s easier that way.

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>Shin-Soo Choo: 2009’s Rick Ankiel?

Okay, wipe the coffee you just spit out off your monitor…

If you’re asking yourself who’s Shin-Soo Choo, then you’re in dire-straights before the season even begins.  Choo, a former starting pitcher in the Seattle Mariner’s farm system, converted to outfielder after a copious amount of arm problems in the minors and has thrived since his trade to Cleveland.
What I found most interesting about Choo’s extended call-up in 2008 (361 plate-appearances), was the fact that his OPS (.924) topped Hanley Ramirez, Chase Utley, Carlos Lee, and Josh Hamilton, just to name a few.  Does this mean Choo’s going to top these guys?  No!  Of course that’s not the case, but 2008 may be an indicator that a breakout is on the horizon for Choo in 2009.
Looking back to 2007, there was another converted-outfielder who put up a high-OPS (.863)in limited plate-appearances.  His name:  Rick Ankiel.  In 2008, Ankiel continued more-of-the-same in his PA’s with a .843 OPS.  Ankiel, like Choo, played in a hitter’s park and eventually found himself in the middle of the line-up with Albert Pujols somewhere nearby.
Taking a look at Choo’s projected points/plate-appearance (formula offered here), he’s expected to do much better than some “names” who will be drafted before him:
Bill James:  .842 pts/pa
CBS Sports:   .841 pts/pa
MARCEL:  .875 pts/pa

For Bill James, Choo should be expected to outperform the likes of Jermaine Dye (.83), Andre Ethier (.82), Nick Swisher (.81), Hideki Matsui (.80), Vernon Wells (.80), and Johnny Damon (80) in a points-based fantasy baseball league.  Now, I like the comparables here, BUT the oddball in this equation has to be Andre Ethier.  Like Choo, he’s a younger (27) and in everyone’s favorite “breakout” age.  Due to the fact that Ethier is guaranteed much more playing time, I would elevate him a bit out of the group of mediocrity where Bill James places him.
Moving on to CBS Sports, Choo’s fantasy output (.841) is similar to those of Alex Rios (.841) and Torii Hunter (.841), two guys who will be drafted light-years before anyone even considers giving Choo the time of day.  
MARCEL provides the most favorable points/plate-appearance projection for Choo (.87); placing him in the top-20 OVERALL.  That’s right.  Choo denied Chase Utley a finish in the Top-20 (Utley was 21… not bad).
Of all the players Choo weighs in above, one thing is for certain: your outfield CAN be built late.  In a draft where you’re more concerned with position eligibility, be sure to have post it with “Shin-Soo Choo” written on it somewhere in your notes.  He has the potential to hit 20-25 home runs for Cleveland in 2009 while maintaining a ~.300 BA.
That all said, don’t rely on him as a guaranteed 3rd outfielder in your league.  Draft him as a high-end 4th and watch what happens.  I’m not saying he’s going to be the next Carlos Quentin, but you could definitely do a lot worse than having the 2009 version of Rick Ankiel at your disposal.
(Side-note:  If you believe in the “Age-27” Breakout Theory… then Choo’s also turning 27 this season.  Enjoy.)


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>Fantasy Baseball Prep: Castigated Outfielders

Now that the Bill James-enhanced Fantasy Baseball Prep Chapter has finally come to a close, I’ve been shifting through CBS Sports and Marcel projections over the past few days to really key in on the “popular” choices for breakout players and potential slumping players for the 2009 season.

While I continue working through this, however, I wanted to write a bit about someone who’s name I’ve seen brought up quite a bit on the message boards and who I didn’t really mentioned in my outfield prep post.  Again, it’s worth mentioning that an “average” outfielder has a Fantasy Points / Plate Appearance of 0.81 pts/pa.
The Nationals’ Elijah Dukes had a problem getting opportunities in 2008.  This has to do with a number of issues: first, he has a horrible attitude (best example came against the Mets at mid-season when he felt Mike Pelfrey was throwing at him…), second, he has a problem with consistency, and third, he has enough off-field issues to last multiple seasons.
So why the hype?  Why are owners, in the cold of January, hyping someone who may not even be a regular for the Nationals in 2009?
Bill James: 0.89 pts/pa
CBS Sports: 0.83 pts/pa
Marcel: 0.82 pts/pa

I guess that about sums it up…
While Dukes isn’t head-and-shoulders above average, he has shown the potential to be if given the at-bats.  Two years ago, while working for WFUV as a Yankees’ beat reporter, I bumped into Dukes, then a member of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  Now, I’ve seen some big baseball players, but Dukes is one of the biggest guys on the field.  If talent were determined by the shier size of a player, Dukes would be among the tops in the game.  However, for some reason, he’s yet to “put it all together” (you’ve heard this so many times before… but I truly believe it when it comes to a guy with, seemingly, all the tools, like Dukes).
So, who should you look to rank Dukes ahead of, if given the ABs?
Marcel projects Dukes’ .82 pts/pa ahead of Hunter Pence (.81), Eric Byrnes (.80), Mike Cameron (.79), and Shane Victorino (.79) — most of whom will be drafted in points leagues (especially if strikeouts are of a minimal penalty).
For CBS Sports, Dukes barely edges Vernon Wells (.82), while also placing ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury (.81), Johnny Damon (.81), and Hunter Pence (again).
Bill James provides the most liberal, abstruse projections with Dukes’ .89 pts/pa topping those of Bobby Abreu (.88), Nate McLouth (.87), Curtis Granderson (.86), Magglio Ordonez (.85), and Pat Burrell (.84), just to name a few (of the guys who will DEFINITELY be drafted before Dukes).
When all is said and done, the most you can do (at this point, anyway) is wait and see what happens in Spring Training for the Nats.  As of now, they’re rolling into the season with Lastings Milledge, Wily Mo Pena, Josh Willingham, Austin Kearns, and Dukes… while also being rumored to have interest in free agent Adam Dunn and the Yankees’ Xavier Nady.  Now, I was never adroit to numbers games, but I don’t think you’re going to have very much sucess fitting upwards of 7 major leaguers in 3 outfield spots.
To conclude, there’s a bit too many pieces to this puzzle to derail my circumspect approach to a player like Dukes.  I know a lot of fantasy participants out there love him, and it’s not hard to see why… but until Adam Dunn signs with another team, the Yankees trade Nady to the Mariners/Pirates, Josh Willingham converts back to catcher, and Wily Mo Pena retires… I’m going to remain an innocent bystander even with the risk of being burned by Elijah Dukes.

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>Fantasy Baseball Prep: Outfield

>Far and away, the outfield portion of this series is the most mind-boggling.  Each day, before sitting down to write my latest post, I take a look at the spread sheet to see what names pop out at me as “strange.”  Not “strange” in the fact that it’s unfathomable that a players be ranked so highly, but “strange” that I didn’t think of this without the guidance of stats and numbers.

Today, however, “strange” refers to the former.
For this reason, I’m going to analyze this position the same way I did for catcher, first base, second base, third base, and shortstop before pointing out a few outliers that found their way(s) “in.”
Starting with our first statistical category, points-per-opportunity (see introductory chapter for a rundown of statistics and formulas), Ryan Braun (2.92 pts/opp.) reigns supreme.  In fact, Braun tops every statistical category I’ve created for the purposes of this blog series.  It’s safe to say that Bill James has crowned Braun as the “cream of the crop” in 2009.
Behind Braun, filling out the top-three, are Alfonso Soriano (2.77) and Marcus Thames (2.76).  I can’t say I’m too surprised with the top-three.  Soriano rakes when healthy… but that’s been a bit of a problem for him recently (many Cubs’ fans know about his “hopping” problem in the outfield).  Thames, on the other hand, is projected to hit only 22 more singles than home runs in limited at-bats.  He’s not quite up to the rate of a Glennallen Hill, but he’s probably the closest the Majors have to offer.
The bottom three of the 120 ranked outfielders for this research produce two familiar names: Brian Giles (1.99) and Ichiro (2.05).  These two players are the typical examples of fantasy bats you’d expect to find at the bottom of a pts/opp. category.  One is an aging “power” bat (yeah, remember way back when?) and the other’s a singles-hitting-base-stealer.  Don’t be too concerned about Ichiro being ranked this low.  Remember that most of his opportunity is made by stealing bases and scoring runs, two things that are risky and that he has very little control over.
The median for this category is our favorite fluctuating fellow: Aubrey Huff (2.39 pts/opp.).  Huff was a “surprise” to most fantasy owners last year as he put up his typical “Devil Ray” numbers from almost 3-years ago.  Bill James projects similar numbers for 2009: 23 HRs, 80 RBI, 70 R, and a .280 BA.  
Notable “below-average” sluggers identified are Delmon Young (2.32), Nick Swisher (2.31), and Josh Willingham (2.31).  Of these three, I think it’s important to note that this may be Delmon Young’s last chance to live up to the “next Ken Griffey Jr.” billing we were all promised back in 2005-06.  I know that I can’t be the only one who was fed up with hearing about him and Lastings “the next Willie Mays” Milledge (2.43).
When thinking of Willie… the LAST word that comes to mind is “average,” which is what Milledge (.81) represents when moving to our next category, points-per-plate-appearance.
[I hope you all enjoyed the above sentence.  In the biz, that’s what we call a beautiful transition.  I’m gonna just read it one more time before moving on…]
The top-five of our OPS translator deliver four familiar names and one not-so-familiar name.  The four players whom you’ve undoubtedly heard about before are Ryan Braun (1.05 pts/pa), Matt Holiday (.96), Josh Hamilton (.95), Carlos Beltran (.949), and Manny Ramirez (.94).
Our out-of-nowhere member of the top-five is the EXTREMELY streaky Nelson Cruz (.967), who, along with Chris Davis, carried the Texas Rangers down the stretch of the 2008 MLB season.  Cruz is an interesting option in fantasy leagues this year.  Like fellow Quadruple-A member, Dallas McPherson, Cruz has been touted as too good for Triple-A… but not disciplined/good enough for the Majors.  
However, Rangers’ mangaer Ron Washington said that Nelson Cruz would bat clean-up for the Rangers if they added no offense in the off-season.  The Rangers’ added nothing offensively so far this season, so (barring a random signing of Manny Ramirez or something) one would expect Washington to make good on his commitment.  Cruz, 28, is in the prime of his offensive career and will be batting consistently behind Josh Hamilton in 2009.  
That’s too much to ignore.
Combine this with Bill James’ projected 28 home runs, 84 RBI, and 18 stolen bases and you have the foundation for what may FINALLY qualify as Cruz’s “break-out” season.  That all said, please don’t go ahead and draft this guy as your #1 outfielder.  You’ll be laughed at.  Seriously, laughed at.  I would rank him as a low-two, high-three… but please be sure to draft a serviceable back-up for protection if he struggles throughout April and May.  
However, if Cruz does for your fantasy team what he did for mine during the fantasy play-offs last year, you’ll be more than pleased you took the risk on this potential late-bloomer.

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>Fantasy Baseball Prep: Shortstop

Shortstop is an interesting position this year. Last year was the first time that I could ever remember three shortstops being hands-down 1st round picks, including the A-Rod, Derek Jeter, and Nomar Garciaparra days of yesteryear. The three aforementioned shortstops, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, and Jimmy Rollins are still projected as early picks, but Jimmy Rollins’ “welcome back to Earth” 2008 has knocked him out of the 1st and, probably, second rounds of most fantasy drafts.

Before taking off, remember to take a look at my introductory post for a chart of the breakdown of points in this league. From there you can find links to my previous 2009 looks at catcher, first base, second base, and third base.

Taking a look at our points-per-opportunity statistic as an indicator of Fantasy Baseball Slugging-Percentage, we find our “average” shortstop to be Rafael Furcal (2.21 pts/opp.). Though in 2008, Furcal started off like a man possessed, a back injury (originally diagnosed as a trip to the 15-day DL) cost him a majority of his season. I’m not surprised to see Furcal sitting in this spot when looking at his declining home run and stolen base totals. Combine that with his injury history and new, unmotivating, fat contract and I’m ready to put Raffy on my “Buyer Beware” list in 2009.

Flanking Furcal as “average” slugging shortstops are Troy Tulowitzki (2.26) and Bobby Crosby (2.17). Tulowitzki is an interesting case for a couple reasons. Last year, as we all know, Tulo’s quad and lacerations forced him out for a majority of the first half of the season. He was hyped to be the next 25 HR shortstop and delivered nothing but mediocrity when he DID play. However, let’s look beyond the sour taste Tulo left in our mouths in 2008 and look back to much happier times in 2007. Anyone who selected the Rockies then-rookie in the later rounds of the draft noticed the youngster’s rather slow start. After the All-Star break, however, something changed in Tulo, as he played more like a cagey vet than a bumbling rookie.

Fast-forward to 2008, and we saw the same approach from Tulowitzki, a slow start once he received regular playing time. I’m not going to go ahead and crown this guy the next Eric Chavez, but I think he’s slow start may be more to blame for his less-than-desirable numbers once he became healthy in 2008.

Now, enough about Tulo and Slugging-%, let’s move on to points-per-plate-appearance, where Maicer Izturis’ .73 pts/pa marks the middle-ground. This is awesome for fantasy owners for a few reasons: (1) this is an indication of the large number of “above-average” shortstops in 2009, (2) shortstop is a position you can sit on, and (3) the difference between the highest pts/pa (Hanley Ramirez’s .98) and the average can be easily made up with another position (say, drafting a more productive OF over a SS early in the draft, thereby ignoring the position scarcity approach).

Topping our list are the Big-Three (or big two-and-a-half) of Hanley Ramirez (.98), Jose Reyes (.90), and Jimmy Rollins (.85), but there’s a name placing in the Top-5 that sticks out like a sore thumb… and no it’s not Troy Tulowitzki (.80).

Though I didn’t mention it before, the Angels’ Brandon Wood is as close as one can get to putting Richie Sexson circa 2003 at shortstop. He’s big, strong, and strikes out a ton. He topped the list of shortstops in the pts/opp. category and places 4th on the pts/pa statistic.

So what does this all mean?

It means that Wood, despite his lack of playing time, could be a deep sleeper for 2009. The Angels have a few players blocking the way for Wood with Chone Figgins, Maicer Izturis, and Erick Aybar. Last year, the injury bug took a severe bite out of the left-side of the Halo’s infield and forced the call-up of players like Brandon Wood.

Bill James doesn’t project anything astronomical (23 HRs, 26 doubles, 10 SBs), but he does project these numbers in about 200 fewer at-bats than a guy like JJ Hardy, who offers a similar output.

Now, I’m not saying to definitely draft a guy like Brandon Wood… but I am giving you an early warning: pay close attention to the Angels’ third base and shortstop situations going into spring training. Remember, this is a team that lost out on Mark Teixeira during the off-season… they’re going to need to do something to replace that offensive output. I have a feeling that, in this instance, “something” is going to be giving players like Brandon Wood and Mike Napoli a lot more ABs than they’re typically accustomed to.

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>Fantasy Baseball Prep: Catchers

Using The Bill James Handbook as my primary resource, I calculated the point totals for each player in the Catcher position based on the table I posted earlier.  

In 2009, I feel like there’s going to be a number of new catchers entering the forefront.  For the most part, these players are those who were once in a platoon or are rookies/second-year players who finally reached the bigs.  In order to gauge what their “point-potential” may be for 2009, I created two new categories: “points per opportunity” and “points per plate appearance.”  
Essentially, points per opportunity (pts/opp.) is the number of points each player makes when doing something ASIDE from making an out.  This statistic divides the total number of points by the hits and walks of a given player.  For me, this statistic is the SLG% of a points-based fantasy league.  You’re able to see who does the most when they connect.  The average PTS/OPP. in this instance was 2.22.
Benjie Molina (2.22), Kenji Johjima (2.23), Ramon Hernandez (2.23), and A.J. Pierzynski (2.21) are all examples of an average player using this statistic.
While Johjima wasn’t a starting catcher in my fantasy league last year, I’m surprised to see players who were (Molina, Hernandez, and Pierzynski) lumped in the same group.  What does this tell us?  Not that Johjima is going to bounce back… rather, that 2009 may represent a changing of the guard at catcher.
This isn’t totally surprising to me.  The average age of starters at the catcher position has increased every year (I know, that sounds logical and stupid), rather than staying the same.  The reason that I suggest that it’s not as “stupid” as it seems is due to the fact that older catchers should be breaking down and younger catchers should be taking their spots.  A couple things prevent this from happening.  First, there are longer contracts being signed by catchers.  In the list above, Johjima, Hernandez, and Molina are all examples of this.  Let’s also not forget players like Jorge Posada, who signed a lucrative deal last off-season, and Jason Varitek, who’s about to do the same.  Second, catchers are losing their offensive ability before their defense ability.  Exemplifying this are Pudge Rodriguez, the aforementioned Benjie Molina, and Jason Kendell.
Moving to our second and, in my opinion, more-telling statistic, points-per-plate-appearance (PTS/PA) we take a look at the OPS of points-based leagues.  This statistic shows us the number of points each player should accrue each time they step to the plate.  To find this number, I divided the points total of each player by their at-bats (AB) and walks (BB).
The average, in this case, was .74 PTS/PA.  Jeff Clement, Chris Snyder, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were the three players who represented the “average” in this category.  Personally, I’m so happy about one of the names that this formula spit out.  If you’re like me, you’ve considered Jarrod Saltalamacchia nothing but a long name and nothing else.  Year-after-year I see this guy drafted before the Ryan Doumit‘s and Chris Iannetta‘s of the league and can’t help but scratch my head…  This statistic has justified what I’ve thought all along, “Salty’s” nothing but an average player at this point in his career.
Toping this list is, not-surprisingly, Mike Napoli, who should get regular AB’s for the Angels in 2009.  The problem with Napoli has never been his consistency at the plate… in fact, he’s mashed whenever he’s been healthy-enough to do so.  Bill James’ projection reveals a .93 PTS/PA for Napoli.  To put that in perspective, the other players with a .93 PTS/PA are Manny Ramirez, Evan Longoria, and Chase Utley.  Household name much?
Of the top-tier of catchers, Brian McCann (.87) is the only player listed in the Top-5 (Russell Martin is #7, Victor Martinez is #14, and Jorge Posada is #13).  With this known, I would wait until Russell Martin is drafted to pick up McCann.  I say this because, I feel that people are beginning to sour on the injury issues surrounding Victor Martinez and Jorge Posada.  While both players bat in high-powered line-ups, I think their age and injury problems are enough to turn off a healthy portion of “informed” fantasy owners.


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>Fantasy Baseball Prep: Bill James Handbook

>For Christmas this year, I made three requests: 

(1) Beyond Belief, by Josh Hamilton
(2) Coldplay’s Viva la Vida
(3) Bill James’ 2009 Bill James Handbook
As you can tell from the title of this post, I received only one of these gifts… and for that I am thankful.
Nothing against Josh Hamilton or Chris Martin and the guys of Coldplay, I’m sure their respective products are great (and Grammy-nominated in some cases), but Bill James’ 2009 Handbook is a priceless necessity to my fantasy baseball preparation.
Now, I don’t expect everyone to begin their fantasy prep at the beginning of January, but, in all honestly, I couldn’t wait to dive into James’ predictions and see what he’s forecasting for a few batters in 2009.
Two days ago, I started my journey through pages and pages of statistics.  Who would be this year’s Carlos Quentin?  Who would be this year’s Robinson Cano?  Who did I forget about already?
To say the least, any free moment I had in the past few days as been devoted to sitting in an uncomfortable chair, hunching over my copy of The Bill James Handbook, and crunching numbers in search of a few diamonds in the rough.
Over the next few days, I’m going to remind you all of a few players you should re-familiarize yourself with in the months leading up to Spring Training.  Before, I do this, however, I want to give you an indication of the scoring system for my fantasy league.  This is seen below:
I’ll throw of the pitching categories later on… but for now, I’m focusing strictly on the offensive side of the playing field.  The rundown of events will begin today with Catchers, followed by First basemen, Second, Third, Short, OF, and Utility.  Again, all my statistical projections will be derived from those of Bill James and his team, so stay tuned.


Filed under 2009 Projections, Bill James, Carlos Quentin, Fantasy Baseball, Josh Hamilton, Robinson Cano, Statistics