Everybody’s buzzing about Rays second baseman Sean Rodriguez. The buzz seems justified.
Say what you want about spring statistics, but you can’t argue against complete team dominance. Rodriguez leads the Rays with 60 at-bats, 19 runs, 28 hits, five doubles, six homers, 53 total bases and is second with 17 RBIs. He also leads all regulars in average (.467), OBP (.508) and SLG (.833).
A look at his minor league stats should have you salivating even more. Rodriguez’s bests say he’s got 80/30/80/30/.300 potential. Obviously, that’s the high end, but it is delicious.
Some other news from around fantasy baseball Wednesday:
Drew Stubbs — While we’re on the spring statistics, Stubbs is conducting a similar attack on the Reds’ leaderboard. He leads the team with 51 ABs, 11 runs, 17 hits, seven doubles, five homers, 41 total bases and leads the regulars with a .804 SLG. What’s throwing me off is his one steal. He stole 46 bags in the minors in 2009 and had only eight home runs. How this all translates this season I’m not sure, but I’m glad I kept him in my one league. You should own him.
Tyler Colvin — One more… Colvin — who will likely get two to three starts a week according to manager Lou Piniella — leads the Cubs in spring at-bats (74), runs (15), hits (34), doubles (7), triples (3), RBI (17), total bases (53) and leads all regulars in OBP (.459), SLG (.716) and AVG (.459). He’s probably 10-10 with a .260 average this season, but if he keeps raking and scoring, it’ll be hard for the Cubs to limit his starts. That will make those statistics very low-end.
Jim Edmonds — Could start in right field for the Brewers instead of Corey Hart. This can be attributed more to Hart’s continued ineffectiveness than Edmonds’ greatness.
DL — Bunch of official type news on the disabled list front. Cliff Lee, Huston Street, Lance Berkman, Carlos Beltran, Joe Nathan, Daniel Murphy and Erik Bedard are just a few of the players that have been officially shelved for various amounts of time.
Jose Lopez — Mariners’ 2B is going to play 3B this season. That’s a nice bonus for a solid fantasy player who already qualifies as a 1B in most formats. Chone Figgins will move to second.
Marc Rzepczynski — Keep typing his name because I want to learn how to spell it. Unfortunately, he’s got a fractured left middle finger and will likely miss six weeks, so we won’t be hearing from Rzepczynski again for a while. Rzepczynski.
Michael Brantley — Was named the Indians starting left fielder. Gave him some projections in the Top 81+ outfielders for 2010. Let’s bump those up to 80/5/50/40/.280. That’s not a bad line for a waiver pickup or somebody you get with your last pick.
These things are researched and written in the early a.m. hours Eastern time, so if anything was missed, please let us know in the comments.