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Roto Riteup: March 26th, 2012

Today’s Roto Riteup is going to focus on left fielders. Because it does, that’s why.

–  The Blue Jays have made a decision about their LF opening, and the job has been handed over to Eric Thames. Thames wasn’t a hyped prospect, but he’s shown power in Double-A, Triple-A, and the major leagues. Thames strikeout rate is a bit concerning, but he can be a good outfielder for you if you are willing to play him against only right-handed pitching.

–  His competition, Travis Snider, has been optioned to the minors leagues, where he will likely continue mashing minor league opposition. Snider has dominated in the high minors, though injury problems have plagued him at times. Snider has been knocking on the Blue Jays door for a couple years, but it’s important to remember he is still only 24-years-old, and primed for another chance should Thames falter or an injury occur. Even though he’s not yet in a position for playing time, he’s still worth stashing in some keeper leagues due to his power potential.

–  Chipper Jones is going to miss a chunk of time following knee surgery, and with Martin Prado sliding over to third base to fill the void, the Braves will be turning to a platoon in left field. Eric Hinske will be the left-handed half of the platoon, and the former ROY is an interesting option in deeper leagues that use OBP. Hinske has pop left in his bat and should be able to post a league-average OBP while providing HR at a positive rate. Matt Diaz, the other half of the platoon, is negligible.

A Pitcher For Today/Tomorrow
During the season, you’ll be finding recommendations for starters you could stream for the day after the notes, but this being spring training, I’m going to assume you aren’t playing some strange high-stakes spring fantasy game.

If you have anything in particular you’d like to see in this year’s Roto Riteup, please say so in the comments. Feedback is appreciated.