Well with the season just a few days away, we begin our seasonal Fantasy Baseball Adds and Drops column which will appear every Monday here. Since the season hasnt actually gotten underway to this point, we will mainly just discuss hot pickups for the week with a heavy emphasis on spring trainings results. So without further adieu lets get to it.
Week 1 Fantasy Baseball Adds:
Alex Gordon 3B/OF: Gordon right now is clicking on all cylinders in spring training as he has cracked 5 home runs with 5 stolen bases. Thats David Wright looking stats and with his average in the mid-.300 range, the hope is that Gordon may finally have discovered what was holding him back to this point. As the number two overall pick of his draft class, Gordon has the pedigree of someone who could be a star. Give him one more chance to see if this finally is the year.
Kila Ka’aihue 1B: Its crazy how many Royals have been on fire this spring. The Killer has been a monster with 6 home runs and an average over .400. Ka’aihue has been putting up big time power numbers in the minors for years and so he should easily hit 20-25 homers with the chance to do even more. Power is quickly vanishing as we move away from the steroids era so getting this type of home run production at a ridiculously cheap price is a win-win situation.
Mike Aviles 2B/SS: Yet another Royal as Aviles has 2 home runs with 5 steals and a .410 average. Remember we saw Aviles go off like this last September as he had 6 steals in that month alone so his newfound confidence on the bases is carrying over it looks like at this point. Since SS is incredibly shallow, Aviles is a nice fallback option if you starter doesnt cut it.
Mitch Moreland 1B: Anyone hitting in Texas deserves out fantasy baseball attention and Moreland has four home runs this spring on the heels of his breakout the second half of 2010. Moreland hsa won the starting first base job and ha the chance to put up a nice power and RBI season.
Erik Bedard SP: Bedard is dragging fantasy baseball owners in again due to his very solid spring training. After missing all last season with injury, Bedard seems to be feeling no pain in his repaired shoulder and looks to be primed for a useful season. As long as you keep expectations realistic, Bedard could be a nice source of strikeouts.
Sergio Romo/Jon Rauch RP: Both guys wil serve as short-term closers for their teams with injuries taking out the incumbents. Saves are saves so even one week in the role could net 2-3 handshakes.
Chris Iannetta C: Iannetta has hit well this spring and will be given the everyday job this season. Since he plays in the thin air and has shown nice power in the past, Iannetta is someone who makes the perfect number 2 catcher in rotissierre leagues. He even could get mixed-league value if he continues hitting.
Peter Bourjos OF: Bourjos has the look of the next Drew Stubbs as someone who will hit for a mediocre average with decent pop and great speed. If you missed out on Stubbs in your draft, than go for his twin off the free agent wire.
Coco Crisp OF: Crisp was a man possessed on the basepaths last season and he makes the perfect cheap speed option than I always yell about waiting for. Hope you listened Jacoby Ellsbury fans. He has has underrated pop which he showed in spring training and is capable of 10 homers with 35 steals.
There you have it. No drops to discuss until the games get underway. Always stay on top with the latest happenings in the fantasy baseball world with The Fantasy Sports Boss.