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Finding Keepers:Texas Rangers

Posted on 28 March 2012 by Gary Marchese

The Texas Rangers have been to two straight World Series.  They came within one strike of winning it last year.  They have never won a World Series and are getting closer.  They right now are the class of the American League and they have another strong team to make a run this season.  Here is a look at some of their team to see who you could keep as a finding keeper.

C Mike Napoli has seemed to find a home in Texas.  He hit 320 last year with 30 homeruns and 75 RBI.  He has always had the power but he put the average with it last year.  It was by far his best season and I wouldn’t expect a repeat but maybe something close to it.

SS Elvis Andrus is one of the better young players in the league.  He has a tremendous upside and it looks like he will be a very good major league player.  He is a guy who doesn’t have power but has the speed and can hit 275 or so with a 340 on base percentage.  I expect him to get even better and I would keep a young player like this around for a long time.

3B Adrian Beltre is a top defender in the league.  He also has a lot of power and after it looked like he was declining has played very well with the Texas Rangers.  He hit 296 with 32 homeruns and 105 RBI last year.  He has always had the power and after a couple of down years the last two years have been very good.  He has been around for a while but I would still keep him around on my team.

RF Nelson Cruz is a legitimate power hitter.  He has also shown he can hit for average.  In the last two years he has hit 51 homeruns with 165 RBI.  He is a 270 career hitter and has been inconsistent with his on base percentage.  He is a guy though that I would want to keep around.

LF Josh Hamilton, the talent is there but the question of his makeup will always come.  He is a great talent maybe the best since Mickey Mantle.  Hamilton is a fantastic player but he needs to remain healthy and he needs to stay focused and on course.  He has battled his demons over the years and that is always threatening to derail him.  I still at this point would wan to keep him and not give up on him.  He is just too talented for me to discard.  He hit 298 with 25 homeruns and 94 RBI last season.  In 2010 he hit 359 with 32 homeruns and 100 RBI.  He is an amazing talent and I would kick myself if I gave him away and he kept putting up the numbers.

They have a couple of pitchers I would think about but I can’t put them on this list.  Yu Darvish has potential but until he does it he is another Japanese pitcher who could be a bust.  Joe Nathan used to be one of the best closers but is getting older and we just don’t know how he will recover from injury.  Neftali Feliz is very promising but is going from being the closer to in the starting rotation.  It isn’t an easy adjustment and I want to see him do it first before I decide what I think of him as a starting pitcher.

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Finding Keepers:Toronto Blue Jays

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Finding Keepers:Toronto Blue Jays

Posted on 21 March 2012 by Gary Marchese

The Toronto Blue Jays are probably a better team then they seem.  They happen to play in the toughest division in baseball the American League East.  The Blue Jays have been winning 80-85 games which is very good considering they have to take on the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays 19 times a year each.  Here is a look at some guys on their roster who are potential keepers for your fantasy baseball team.

RF Jose Bautista, He is now one of the premier power hitters in the game if not the premier one.  He is a high on base guy also because teams walk him so much.  He wasn’t a fluke two years ago because he followed it up last year.  In the last two years he has hit 97 homeruns.  His best year before the last couple of years was 16 homeruns in one season.  He has also driven in 227 runs and walked 232 times.  Bautista has finally found a home in Toronto and is playing regularly now.

SP Ricky Romero, He is a good young lefty pitcher.  In the last three years he has won 13, 14 and 15 games in that order and lowered his ERA each year.  He had his best year last year when he was 15-11 with a 2.92 ERA.  He is also doing this in the AL East which is impressive.  Romero is a pitcher you would want on your team, any team especially a keeper league.

SS Yunel Escobar has always had a lot of talent.  He started in Atlanta and then was traded to Toronto.  He seems to have settled in as the leadoff hitter there now.  He had a year last year of 290, 11 and 48.  He wont hit many homeruns but has some pop and wont drive in too many runs but he isn’t supposed too.  He will hit for a good average though and has the potential to steal some bases.  I wouldn’t mind building a team around this player.

3B Brett Lawrie is an exciting young player.  We don’t know what he will be yet or his full potential.  He seems to be well on his way though and I wouldn’t want to part with him if he was on my fantasy team.  He made the majors last year and hit 293 with nine homeruns and 25 RBI in 43 games.  He also had a 373 on base percentage.  He looks like a very impressive young man.  I wouldn’t want to part with this guy at all.

Closer Francisco Cordero is a pretty good closer and has been for a while.  He isn’t great but I think you know what your getting with him.  The closer position is important and you want a reliable guy in that position.  If you can’t have Mariano Rivera or Jonathan Papelbon why not a guy like Cordero.  In the last three years he has had 37, 40 and 39 saves.  You can count on getting 35+ saves from him.  His ERA could be in the high twos or low threes but that won’t kill your overall team ERA.

C J.P. Arencibia is a catcher with power.  He hit 23 homeruns last year with 78 RBI.  In the minor leagues in 2010 he hit 32 homeruns.  If your looking for power from the catching position then I would keep him around on my team.  If your looking for average your not going to get it as he only hit 219 last year.

If there is anyone on this list that you feel I have missed please let me know.  You can comment on the article and if you have twitter you can reach me @gmarchesej.  Thanks for reading as always and I hope you continue to enjoy my colleagues and I finding keepers articles.

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