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by user Awrigh01
With each fantasy baseball season, comes substantial over-hype for young players. Does anybody remember Todd Van Poppel? Below is a list of 10 prospects, which do you think will successful make the big jumps to the MLB in 2006?
List of Prospects (in no particular order)
- Delmon Young - OF Tampa Bay Devil Rays Age 20
- Prince Fielder - 1B Milwaukee Brewers Age 21
- Francisco Liriano - SP Minnesota Twins 22
- Matt Cain - SP San Francisco Giants 21
- Jeremy Hermida - OF Florida Marlins Age 21
- Ryan Zimmerman - 3B Washington Nationals Age 21
- Andy Marte - 3B Cleveland Indians Age 22
- Yusmeiro Petit - SP Florida Marlins Age 21
- Jonathan Papelbon - SP/RP Boston Red Sox Age 25
- Justin Verlander - SP Detroit Tigers Age 22
Here are my thoughts: In my mind, Delmon Young is still a year away. They hype surrounding this guy is so high that it makes me a little wary. I am also not buying the hype around Prince Fielder. His numbers and appearance last year, during his brief stint in the majors, did not blow me away (unlike Rickie Weeks who will be a bona fide star). I worry that Prince's tendency to strike out will hurt him in the majors. Don't get me wrong, I think that Delmon and Prince will develop into above average major leaguers just not in 2006.
Prince Fielder's 2005 Stats
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However, I do expect Matt Cain, Ryan Zimmerman, and Jonathan Papelbon to make a difference for their teams in 2007. Matt Cain looked impressive last year, after being called up from the minors. In 46.3 innings, Cain posted a 2.33 ERA and 0.9281 WHIP with 30 Ks. Not too shabby. While playing in the massive RFK Stadium, Zimmerman also impressed batting close to .400. If Papelbon gets a spot in the rotation, I think he has the make-up, stuff, and supporting staff to put up some big numbers. His numbers last year were pretty good, posting a 2.65 ERA with 34Ks in 34 innings. To become a star, Papelbon will need to improve his control 17 BBs in 34 innings stinks, as evident by his scary 1.47 WHIP.
Matt Cain's 2005 Stats
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Ryan Zimmerman's 2005 Stats
<stats> Player=Ryan Zimmerman Type=Batting Year=2005 </stats>
Jonathan Papelbon's 2005 Stats
<stats> Player=Jonathan Papelbon Type=Pitching </stats>
Wed 03/08/06, 9:35 am EST