This is the best time of the year for Fantasy Baseball. Draft season is upon us and everyday values change for certain players. Which by the way have you bought your FantasyTrade411 Draft Guide? If not please do yourself a favor and get it to dominate your drafts this spring. Anyway, with Spring Training in full swing as teams prepare to cut their rosters to 25 players remember to keep your eyes and ears open for any and all information. Digest it carefully because having a great spring or terrible spring hardly equates to major league playing time or success but some rookies have made too much noise to be ignored. For veterans, Spring Training stats don’t usually matter but for some the numbers are alarming and to turn a deaf ear to the information will do your fantasy baseball team a great disservice come Draft Day (Looking at you, Doc Halladay and Zach Grienke!) In this edition of “Perusing the Perimeter” we will dive into some Spring Training stats,news, and notes to unearth whose stock is rising and falling for 2013 season ahead. Also, please check out Episode one of The “Perusing the Periemter” Fantasy Baseball Podcast on Fantasy Trade411 Radio Network ——————————————————————————————————
STOCK UP: Aaron Hicks is hitting .371 this Spring. Hicks’ 4 home runs and 13 RBIs has given him firm ground to earn the starting Centerfield job. Troubling is his 7:1 strikeout to walk ratio so far this spring having not played above Double -A he figures to adjusting all season. But, Hicks has Jacoby Ellsbury upside having stole 32 bags in 2012 for New Britain. Moving him up from AL-only Late round filer status to being on mixed leagues owners radar.
STOCK DOWN: Darin Mastroianni was suppose to be the man in Center Filed for the Twins’ in 2013. Having only played in 8 games and suffering an injury paved the way for Hicks to take over. Mastroianni could still figure into the Outfield plans for the Minnesota Twins but until he is 100% healthy and Hicks struggles the favorite to win the position this spring may now start the year at Triple-A.
STOCK UP: Adam Eaton already has playing time on lock coming into the 2013 season for the Diamondbacks after they shipped Justin Upton to Atlanta and Chris Young to Oakland. You wouldn’t be able to tell by his ADP ,which should be higher, that this guy is a future star of this league. Eaton profiles as a lead off hitter having stole 38 bases while at Triple -A Reno in 2012. Eaton by mid season will hold substantial mixed league value hitting near .300 with 100+ Runs and 30+ Stolen Bases in 2013.
STOCK UP: Rick Porcello is only 24-Years-Old but is already the forgotten man in Detroit when it comes the rotation. This Spring has seen a “New and Improved” Porcello with 14 strikeouts and 0 Walks with a 2.08 ERA over 13 innings. Small sample size but I am buying into him as a mixed league end game option. Porcello suffered a .345 BABIP last season killing his ERA and WHIP but his groundball rate improved a great deal. He looks dialed in this spring and eager to earn a spot in the rotation onto a sub-3.75 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 2013.
STOCK DOWN: The 37-Year-Old Veteran Tim Hudson has 6.43 ERA in 14 innings this Spring. If you are currently selecting him as a back of the rotation option in mixed leagues. Please stop. Yes, He won 16 games a year ago after recovering from back surgery to start the year. I get it, but the increase in ERA and decrease in velocity last year is the writing on the wall for you to avoid him in 2013. Hudson currently barely holds NL-only value.
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