We have one month of the 2013 baseball season in the books. With the all-star ballots already out (ridiculous I know), I thought we ought to discuss the All April Team.
All April Fantasy Team
Catcher: Wilin Rosario – R:12 HR:7 RBI:19 SB:3 AVG:.350
Rosario had a strong rookie season last year showing real power potential. Lots of fantasy owners had high hopes for the young catcher hitting in Coors, and so far he has delivered. I wouldn’t expect to see him capture 3 SBs each month but that is just gravy. The power is their and if he produces a solid AVG as he has thus far, we could be talking about a top ranked catcher at the end of the year
First Base: Chris Davis – R:19 HR:9 RBI:28 SB:0 AVG:.348
You knew this guy was gonna show up on the team. It was just a matter of at 1B or among the OFs. So My apologies to Prince Fielder. He proved the power and promise was legit last year, but many weren’t sold on the batting average. So far he is showing a lower strikeout rate, and that he can hit the ball all over the field. The RBI are pretty hard to continue, but if Davis produces close to this level, we are talking about a top tier offense in Baltimore.
Second Base: Chase Utley – R:15 HR:5 RBI:19 SB:4 AVG:.296
I’m aware that I should have put Cano here, and probably Kinsler after that, but what is the fun in that? Utley has gotten off the a hot start, and was excited to start a season where he wasn’t fielding ground balls off a stool. A full spring training has led to a productive start to the year. I am not enthused by the Phillies lineup, but do not think that will have a major impact on Utley as long as he is healthy.
Short Stop: Jean Segura – R:13 HR:3 RBI:9 SB:7 AVg:.367
A very impressive start for Segura. Some in the baseball industry saw this coming, but most fantasy owners did not see THIS! The speed was expected to be there along with his impressive defense (not that it matters much), but he has shown some pop and a knack for getting on base ( yes even stealing first base). The Angels might be wanting a redo on the Greinke rental that cost them Segura.
Third Base: Mark Reynolds – R:20 HR:8 RBI:15 SB:4 AVG:.305
If you exited the window as soon as your saw Mark, and not Miguel I would understand. Chances are Cabrera will be a part of a few more All Month (and season) teams, so why not celebrate Reynolds while we can. With Reynolds you expect the power, but missed it last year. Without the power you have a .200 hitting dud, but the power is back and his average is up. Don’t count on the average to stick, but job well done thus far Reynolds.
Outfield: Justin Upton – R:22 HR:12 RBI:19 SB:3 AVG:.298
Wait a second you are going to put Justin Upton on here but not Cano and Cabrera? Yes, yes I am. Upton fell 6 HRs shy of matching his total for the 2012 season. If you believe in playing with your brother magic or not this guy is tearing the cover off the ball. Sure most the Homers were solo shots and that team strikes out a ton, but I wouldn’t be shocked if we are talking about an MVP year for Upton. Certainly not a sell high guy, I am buying him as an elite player this year. We all knew that the potential was there for the last few years.
Outfield: Coco Crisp – R:24 HR:5 RBI:12 SB:8 AVG:.283
When healthy this guy is a stolen base machine, who has enough pop to not be a one dimensional Rajai Davis type. Well he may have used up the rest of his pop for the season, and maybe the rest of his health (He is on the DL as I write this), but he gave your team a nice boost to lead things off at least.
Outfield: Dexter Fowler – R:20 HR:8 RBI:15 SB:4 AVG:.305
Again apologies to Bryce Harper who has absolutely carried the slow starting Nationals offense. Fowler entering that magical age 27 season, may have finally put it all together. His extra base power and playing in Coors makes the HRs somewhat believable and he has the speed to steal. And with their new manager in Colorado it looks like that whole team is going to be swiping a lot of bases. Regression could be in store for Fowler but their are reasons to believe as well.
Starting Pitcher: Matt Harvey – IP:40.1 K:46 ERA:1.56 WHIP:.82
If you own a TV or computer you are probably aware of Harvey’s successes. In the past Harvey has shown some problems with his control, so you may not want to go out and sell the farm for him. With that said he does have ace like stuff and if he keeps his walks low, this guy could easily lead your fantasy staff.
Starting Pitcher: Matt Moore – IP: 32 K:38 ERA:1.13 WHIP .88
Some fantasy analysts (Jason Collette being one of them) suggested that Moore, could have a break out part similar to his teammate David Price’s this year. So far so good on that one. Moore is another guy that came up with tons of hype, and with innings and experience logged he could deliver in 2013.
Starting Pitcher: Clay Buchholz – IP: 37.2 K:39 ERA:1.19 WHIP:1.01
This is not the first time we have seen flashes of brilliance from Buchholz. And maybe new/returning coach Farrell really is a magician with the Boston pitching staff. With that said, he is a big sell high guy entering the second month of the season, that is if you play with fantasy managers where that actually works.
Bonus Starting Pitcher: Hisashi Iwakuma – IP:37.2 K:37 ERA:1.67 WHIP:.69
Starting Pitcher Studs : Darvish, Kershaw, Wainwright
Relief Pitcher: Jason Grilli – IP:11 SV:10 K:17 ERA:.82 WHIP:.82
Apparently Hanrahan had affirmed Grilli’s ability to do this job, and he was right. Grilli has been perfect in his saves opp this year and has accumulated 10 in May. He looks great, and has a strong bullpen around him which help preserve his save opportunities.
Relief Pitcher: Aroldis Champan – IP:13.1 SV:6 K:21 ERA:.68 WHIP:.60
I know this is an easy one, but I couldn’t help it. If you were hoping he’d start this year, well I am sorry but hey maybe he will still strike out 200! Chapman doing Chapman things and striking out almost two batters an inning.
Bonus Relief Pitcher: Jim Johnson – IP:14 SV:10 K:12 ERA:.64 WHIP:1.00