Wednesday, March 27, 2013

MARDI GRAS MADNESS: Castroville Crushers

Felipe M

I've been hyping up my fantasy keeper baseball league throughout this spring.  I'm usually in charge of posting the "league predictions," but I did not get a chance to do so last season.  So to make up for lost time, I decided to post predictions here and not only give some individual props to my fellow, league owners, but to use it as an educational tool for all fantasy baseball owners out there. 

To view my team, click here

We will start with the Co-Commissioner's team:


WEST DIVISION—CASTROVILLE CRUSHERS (out of Texas)



BATTING LINEUP

Like: I’ve mentioned how much I like Adrian Beltre at 3B despite his age and he definitely will be the anchor in this lineup.  Also, when Josh Willingham is healthy, he can rack up points in our league with his power and run-production.  Age and injuries are a concern, but consistency is what you get. Shane Victorino is looking for a bounce-back year and Asdrubal Cabrera is a solid choice at SS.

Dislike: A.J. Pierzynski was picked late as a catcher, but he might be a bust after his career year in 2012.  Plus he might be in some sort of quasi-platoon system in Texas. Not a fan of Jose Altuve, Alex Rios, or Chris Davis either.

2013 HITTING PROJECTIONS
Player
Team
POS
BB/K
AB/K
AB/HR
OBP
SLG
OPS
SB
Chris Davis
Baltimore
1B/RF
0.22
3.09
18.38
0.315
0.471
0.786
3
Jose Altuve
Houston
2B
0.48
7.86
77.26
0.338
0.401
0.739
32
Alex Rios
White Sox
RF
0.33
6.78
30.02
0.316
0.449
0.765
19


Look Out For: Anthony Rizzo is going to be great this year.  What you saw in 2012 was just a warm up.  He played very well for Team Italy in the WBC.

BENCH: Full of inconsistent players: Ike DavisPedro Alvarezand Alfonso Soriano. At least they have the steady Angel Pagan on the squad. 

PITCHING

Like: Chris Sale is a beast!  This is the same franchise that was carried by Randy Johnson until the day he retired.  Sale may not be like Johnson, but the Crushers have another power-lefty to carry them throughout this decade. Jason Hammel still does not get the respect he deserves and looks to be healthy entering the 2013 season. Hiroki Kuroda is a very underrated pitcher as well. 

Dislike: Ryan Dempster as he proved to be disastrous once entering the AL last season.  He’s in a good situation in Boston, but at his age and a projected WHIP of 1.31, I’m just not buying the hype.  Wade Miley might not be healthy in time for the opener.

Look Out For: Max Scherzer has been improving over the last 3 seasons.  If he can continue to improve, he will be the #2 pitcher that Castroville has been looking for. 

BULLPEN: Two questionable, 2nd-tier closers in Joel Hanrahan and Jim Johnson.  Hanrahan has issues with walks while Johnson fails to dominate hitters. Jose Valverde is hogging up a roster spot for some, insane reason.

PREDICTION: Solid, but unspectacular players are everywhere you look on this roster.  Pitching isn’t as strong as in years past and the offense is full of your typical, traditional, Castroville players.  Unlike in years past, the team's pitching isn't strong enough to carry mediocre bats for a full season.  Other than Sale, this team lacks a lot of punching power.  It’s asking a lot to depend on career years from players who don’t have that kind of upside.  Playoff team?  Absolutely not!

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