With the Yankees short porch in right, Ellsbury could smack 15 homers this season with 100 runs scored, 40 stolen bases and an OBP of .350. A Top 10 fantasy outfielder despite the lack of huge power numbers (HR/RBI). Thanks Jetah, but I’ll be passing on you in fantasy baseball drafts again. Beltran is a low-end OF2 with 25 HR and 90 RBI potential. Tex’s batting average will hurt, but another 25 home run campaign is likely following wrist surgery last season. McCann is a lefty and I’ve already mentioned the short porch in right. It’s like the Yankees’ front office was targeting left-handed hitters – whacky. I wish Brett Gardner was hitting atop the lineup instead of stuck in the bottom. Interested to learn if Gardner has the green light to run and earn some of his new contract money.
1. CC Sabathia
2. Masahiro Tanaka
3. Hiroki Kuroda
4. Ivan Nova
5. David Phelps
CL: David Robertson
For the latest of Sabathia’s weight situation, be sure to listen to the FOX Sports Team Report Podcast below. The No. 1 starter’s velocity has been a point of conversation for fantasy pundits this winter as he seems to have lost a little gas on the heater over the last few seasons. What most fantasy owners forget to remember is that Sabathia has pitched in the big leagues since he was 20 years old. In that first season with the Indians, Sabathia threw 180 innings in 33 starts. I couldn’t imagine that happening in today’s game.
David Robertson … this is your life. The former setup man replaces a legend, but over the past two seasons Robertson has averaged a K/9 rate above 11.00 and owns a career-ERA under 3.00. Have faith.
Alfonso Soriano (DH)
Soriano reminds me of the college basketball or football player that you swear should have graduated 12 years ago. At the ripe ol’ age of 38, he’ll continue to produce for fantasy owners. Grip it and rip it and expect 25 homers, 70 runs and 80 RBI with a crappy AVG and OBP.
Gary Sanchez (C)
The team’s catcher of the future. Wait, that McCann deal is five years?! Let me rephrase. That Yankees next trade chip to secure a veteran player at the deadline. He’s the No. 4 prospect at catcher on MLB.com.
Mason Williams (OF)
Fastest prospect in the organization and could swipe 25-30 bases in the big leagues, but must get his OBP up.