Searching for……. National League Rookie Sleepers 2
I was randomly watching the movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer” last night. Its actually a pretty decent movie even though chess championships are far from an intriguing story line for most of us. But it got me thinking, it’s time to start searching for the next crop of rookie sleepers who could potentially impact your fantasy league.
This is part 2, so if you missed part one you can find it Part 1 here.
Searching for Jason Heyward -
Domonic Brown OF (PHI): The # 1 National League prospect going into 2011. Had a cup of coffee with the team last year and didn’t do much .210-2-13-2 in 62 AB’s. You should be stoked because he may get overlooked a bit. Jayson Werth going to Washington opens up a competition between Ben Francisco and Brown. Even if Brown looses he should get plenty of playing time in 2011.
Trayvon Robinson OF (LAD): How many people really think Jay Gibbons will be the Dodgers starting left fielder the entire season? Me neither. When Gibbons gets replaced the job may well go to Robinson. He hits for a good average and has plus speed. I know this section is called “searching for Jason Heyward” but Robinson’s skills reminds me a lot of Roger Bernadina. Robinson hit .300 AVG 9 HR’s 38 SB’s in AAA last season.
Searching for Jaime Garcia -
Mike Minor SP (ATL): 5.98 ERA 1.57 WHIP 43 K’s in 40 innings last season. Goes to show you what one bad start can do to your numbers with such a small sample size. But you have to like the 43 K’s in only 40 IP! Oh, and last season was Minors first in professional baseball, and he reached the big leagues.
Corey Luebke SP (SDP): More of a finesse pitcher then Minor. I tend to go for the strikeout guys but I also love PETCO pitchers so Luebke might be worth a gamble. The Padres rotation is crowded, but it Luebke can earn a rotation spot he could have some good starts for you in 2011.
Searching for Drew Storen -
Craig Kimbrel RP (ATL): Who is going to close for the Braves in 2011? Thats the big question. Kyle wrote about the possibility of a time share. Both are young and both are fantastic! Kimbrel is a righty, while Venters is a southpaw. Still, most teams usaully don’t stick with a time share for very long opting to go with the “hot” guy. If Kimbrel can impress new manager Fredi Gonzalez this spring, he should get a lot of save opportunities.
Aroldis Chapman SP/RP (CIN): The Reds have toyed with the idea of letting their prize prospect become a starter in 2011. But he was so dominant in his 13 innings in relief last year you’d have to think they will keep him in that role. The dude throws 103 MPH! It won’t be long before Francisco Cordero is replaced by Chapman.