Fantasy Baseball Youth Movement: This Year or Not?

Jun 30, 2011


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By Jordan Hall
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This season, unlike most in recent memory has seen an infusion of youth throughout Major League Baseball. Several top prospects have arrived in the bigs and you need to know whether the hype helps you this year or if they are merely a name to remember for next year’s draft.
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This Year:
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Eric Hosmer, Royals
Hosmer has had moderate success since his recall by the Royals. The Royals are completely committed to having Hosmer at first and Billy Butler at DH. Hosmer has a very nice swing and is smart. His ability to make adjustments will allow him to hit as pitchers adjust to him.
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Lonnie Chisenhall, Indians
Chisenhall is now the guy in Cleveland. Lets be honest, Jack Hannahan was merely keeping the seat warm for the Indians’ top prospect. They have the guy that they want there now and its his job to lose. Chisenhall is said to have one of the purest swings in the Minor Leagues and despite some character issues, seems poised to be a steady contributor this year.
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Dustin Ackley, Mariners
Like Hosmer and Chisenhall, the best thing about Dustin Ackley is his job security in weak lineups. Ackley has gotten out to a tremendous start, hitting .303 since being recalled. He is hitting in the two spot, between Ichiro and Adam Kennedy and should have plenty of pitches to hit.
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Next Year:
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Dee Gordon, Dodgers
He has struggled out of the gate and has competition at the shortstop position. He will get playing time but not be the everyday guy. If you need stolen bases you may want to give him a look, but his real value will show up next year.
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Anthony Rizzo, Padres
Has shown real power in the minor leagues, but it has yet to translate into the bigs. As many prospects come up, power is usually the last attribute to develop and Rizzo appears to be no different. His longterm outlook remains bright but this year you may want to leave him on waivers.
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Mike Moustakas, Royals
Moustakas has all the tools to be the next George Brett. Haven’t I heard that somewhere before? Oh yes, Alex Gordon was supposed to be the next Brett four years ago. He is just now developing into a contributor. While I am not suggesting that it will take Moustakas four years to come into his own, I do not think that the enormous amount of pressure that Royals third basemen will do him any favors. He will be good, just not yet.
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