Wednesday, January 18, 2012

AL ONLY - What You Need To Know

Ok a little background to this post.  I usually write up a personal list of players who have changed leagues who I think will have some value for my AL Only League.  This might include the odd prospect or some rookie who is likely (or at least I feel he is) to get some regular at bats or see time in the rotation.  I don't think of it as a sleeper list, but a list of players who will be of interest for AL Leaguers.  Note that the list will be updated as the landscape changes before the start of the season.

UPDATED: January 27/2012

New To The American League
  1. Albert Pujols - 1B - Angels
  2. Prince Fielder - 1B - Tigers
  3. Yu Darvish - SP - Rangers
  4. Carlos Pena - 1B - Rays
  5. Hisashi Iwakuma - SP - Mariners
  6. Jarrod Parker - SP - Athletics
  7. Brad Peacock - SP - Athletics
  8. Hiroki Kuroda - SP - Yankees
  9. Mark Melancon - RP - Red Sox (note: Next In Line for saves behind Andrew Bailey)
  10. Jonathan Broxton - RP - Royals (could see save opportunities if healthy)
  11. Jonathan Sanchez - SP - Royals
  12. Chris Iannetta - C - Angels - An interesting sleeper as he saw a leap forward in overall stats in 2011.  Remarkably good plate discipline.
  13. Jason Marquis - SP - Twins
  14. Kevin Slowey - SP - Indians (after being shipped back from the Rockies)
  15. Francisco Cordero - RP - Blue Jays (regressing but likely the #1 guy behind closer Santos)

Interesting Rookies/Upside Players With Increased Playing Time or Role Changes (no particular order)

  1. Jarrod Parker - SP - Athletics
  2. Brad Peacock - SP - Athletics
  3. Matt Moore - SP - Rays
  4. Chris Sale - SP - White Sox (will move to the rotation in 2012)
  5. Jesus Montero - C/DH - Mariners
  6. Josh Reddick - OF - Athletics
  7. Seth Smith - OF - Athletics
  8. Dayan Viciedo - 3B/OF - White Sox (should replace Carlos Quentin)
  9. Nolan Reimold - 1B/OF - Orioles
  10. Chris Davis - 1B/3B - Orioles 
  11. Daniel Bard - SP - Red Sox (dominant reliever now a starter in 2012)
  12. Jacob Turner - SP - Tigers (wait and see if the Tigers stick him in the rotation, alluring talent)
  13. Mike Moustakas - 3B - Royals (finished 2011 strong and the 3B job is his to lose)
  14. Mike Trout - OF - Angels -I don't see how he gets regular AB outside of an injury.  Still just an awesome talent.  He should at least be on an AL only bench.
  15. Matt Capps - CL - Twins (regains the role after Joe Nathan signed with Texas)
  16. Chris Carter/Kila Ka'aihue/Brandon Allen - 1B/DH - Athletics - I'm not certain how Oakland will hand out at bats.  I like Allen the most out of the trio though.  All should be on your AL only sleeper list.
  17. Grant Balfour/Brian Fuentes/Joey Devine - CL - Athletics - someone will close in Oakland but all of these guys could be in the mix.  The smart money is on Balfour, but the pitcher with the most upside is Devine.  Fuentes is for the late rounds only.
  18. Neftali Feliz - SP - Rangers  (will move to the rotation in 2012)

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