Fantasy Baseball: Team Previews

By Jason Fukao

Florida Marlins

Projected Line-Up

SS: Hanley Ramirez

2B: Dan Uggla

3B: Miguel Cabrera

1B: Mark Jacobs

LF: Josh Willingham

RF Jeremy Hermida

C. Miguel Olivo

CF: Alex Sanchez

Projected Rotation

Dontrelle Willis

Josh Johnson

Scott Olson

Anibal Sanchez

Ricky Nolasco

Closer: Taylor Tankersley

Player Spotlight

2B: Dan Uggla – Uggla was one of the pleasant surprises of 2006. He scored 105 times while  hitting 27 home runs and knocking in 90 runs as a 2nd baseman. Now this Marlin is looking to avoid the sophomore jinx by replicating his successful rookie season, but it won’t be easy. He was a 26 year-old rookie last year, and players rarely stay strong throughout their career after entering the major leagues that old. Also, keep in mind that pre-All Star break he hit .307 but afterwards only managed a .256 clip.

SP: Scott Olsen – This rookie should also come back strong in his second year. He finished 2006 with 12 wins with an ERA of 4.04. We would like to see his ERA a bit lower, preferably around 3.70 or so, but there are more reasons to be excited. He struck out 166 batters in 180.2 innings (8.3K/9) and with a whole off-season to gear up for 2007, expect a better performance this year.

Kansas City Royals

Projected Line-Up

CF: David DeJesus

2B: Mark Grudzielanek

3B: Mark Teahen

DH: Mike Sweeney

CF: Emil Brown

1B: Ryan Shealy

RF: Reggie Sanders

SS: Angel Berroa

C: John Buck

Projected Rotation

Gil Meche

Odalis Perez

Luke Hudson

Brian Bannister

Zach Greinke

Closer: Octavio Dotel

Player Spotlight

3B: Mark Teahen – This up-and-coming corner infielder quietly put together a strong season  (.290-70-18-69 in 393 AB) before being shut down early due to injuries. He also added 10 steals in that span, so expect even more bags this year. It is too bad that he doesn’t have more protection around him in Kansas City though. He is bound for a major leap this year, especially being one of the key Moneyball figures. Billy Beane was on to something when he drafted this guy.

SP: Gil Meche – Don’t be deceived by the 5 year, $55 million contract given to him by the Royals during the off-season. He is not even close to an $11 million a year pitcher, especially with a career ERA of 4.48 and WHIP of 1.44. His 2006 numbers (4.48 and 1.43) were a mirror image of his career numbers, which makes his contract even more ludicrous. But I digress. This is fantasy baseball, where real-life contracts don’t matter. Bottom line, he is unworthy of a spot on any mixed-league team.

Uggla image courtesy of yahoo.com
Teahen image courtesy of MLB.com

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