Keeper Conundrums: Requests, Part One

During the Keeper Conundrum series, I got some nice suggestions in the comments. Today through Wednesday, I’ll be looking into the better suggestions I received.

Chris Iannetta
I was going to include Iannetta in my original catcher’s article, but I have no idea what is going on in Colorado, so I can’t comment much on his situation. My projection will assume he’s the everyday catcher, so I’ll let you worry about his PT.
Crude 2011 Projection: .265/.380, 22 HR
Verdict: Keep. If you have him for a dollar or two, he’s worth having around.

Mitch Moreland
Moreland has flashed power at a couple of minor league levels, and did very well during his limited stint in the bigs. Moreland’s biggest problem was his strikeout rate, and I expect that to dip a couple of percent next year.
Crude 2011 Projection: .270/.370, 25 HR
Verdict: Keep. He’s going to be really cheap next year, and probably even 2012.

Neil Walker
Walker has been a nice surprise for the Pirates, as the former disappointment has given them reason for hope. He continued to show that he can hit for a little power, and a .340 BABIP helped to fuel a high batting average. He’s not a good defender, but the Pirates are going to keep the switch-hitter in the lineup every day.
Crude 2011 Projection: .285/.335, 15 HR, 5 SB
Verdict: Keep. He’ll be starting in standard leagues next year, and he shouldn’t have cost you more than a Buc or two (see what I did there?).

Pablo Sandoval
Sandoval’s decline was mostly BABIP related, as the rest of his numbers stayed fairly consistent. However, his power production took a big hit, dropping back down to the level I expected in 2009. He’s very young, but he needs to do some serious work this offseason, and I’m willing to bet the Giants will be pushing him hard to improve his physical condition.
Crude 2011 Projection: .280/.330, 17 HR
Verdict: Cut. He’s a good candidate to pick back up in drafts at a lower cost, but not worth keeping.

Michael Young
Call him what you will, but don’t you dare call him inconsistent. Despite his age, Young was able to produce at a decently high level. He hit you more than twenty dingers, and kept his batting average at a helpful level. He’s wasn’t great in OBP or OPS leagues, but that’s another story for another day.
Crude 2011 Projection: .280/.335, 19 HR
Verdict: Cut. Let someone else pay for a player on the decline.

Thanks for all the suggestions this week, and check back tomorrow for part two of your requests.

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17 Responses to “Keeper Conundrums: Requests, Part One”

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  1. BWOzar says:

    In a 20 team H2H Dynasty League (that includes OBP and SLG) who do you keep of Reid Brignac, Danny Espinosa, Sean Rodriguez or Jed Lowrie and why? Also, thoughts on J.P. Arencibia in that sort of league?

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  2. Ron says:

    Really? No comment on Miguel Montero?

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  3. Josh says:

    Corey hart ($5), Vlad for $7, Mike Minor ($5) as a keeper for next year in a 16 team/$260 cap league?

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  4. Andy says:

    Brett Gardner?

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  5. Choo Choose You says:

    Jermaine Dye?

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  6. Jedi Master says:

    Mike Stanton, BJ Upton, Matt Kemp, Matt Cain, Mike Napoli?

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    • Jason B says:

      Need more info – cost, either dollars or draft pick wise? Number of keepers? Inflation? Scoring system?

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  7. matthew says:

    How would you rank these players?

    Ike Davis, Moreland, Moore, Smoak, Kila.

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  8. Carl says:

    What do you think about Justin Masterson at $9?

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    • Zach says:

      almost certainly not, unless it’s an AL-only league.

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      • rotofan says:

        I have Masterson at $10 in a 12-owner A.L. league and there’s no way I keep him at that price. While part of that is I can only have 15 keepers and he wouldn’t rank in my top-25, it’s also because there’s no way he goes for that price at auction. While he has potential if he can learn to pitch to lefties, he put up poor scoring stats on a weak team.

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  9. zylwer says:

    3B Michael Cuddyer in a 14 team league?

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