Remember Jeff Clement? He was a late catcher sleeper who was going to hit 20 homers but never did.
He’s back and manning the first bag for the Bucs. He’s got eligibility at the C too, so nice bonus. Clement won’t be taking off too many day games after a night game in 2010. That usually saps 100 or more ABs from catchers per season.
I’ve participated in three drafts so far and Clement wasn’t picked in any of them. Yesterday, he went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Make him your last pick, or your first waiver priority.
Some more fantasy baseball news from yesterday:
Gio Gonzalez — Pitched more than six innings with a migraine headache. That’s tough. Dude’s got an impressive K/9, too. He’ll get more than 17 starts in 2010.
Andrew Bailey — Athletics closer says his elbow will be ready for the regular season opener. I believe him. I still wouldn’t pick him because top closers are to expensive, but I believe him.
Jaime Garcia — One of the Cardinals top pitching prospects, Garcia will be the No. 5 starter in St. Louis. He had Tommy John surgery in 2008, but looked solid in limited action in 2009. Worth a final pick in your draft.
Garrett Jones — With the Jeff Clement announcement, Jones moves to the outfield full-time. Bigger news: The Pirates are batting him third. So, Akinora Iwamura, Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, Ryan Doumit and Jeff Clement fill out the top of the order. Jones could be a steal in fantasy drafts this season.
Franklin Morales — Will be the closer until Huston Street returns in late April. If you punt closer in your draft, you could get a few cheapies from Morales to start the season.
Tyler Colvin — Has never taken an at-bat in AAA ball, but made the Cubs 25-man roster for 2010. An outfielder, Colvin was the 13th pick in the 2006 draft. I’m not going to call him a breakout star, but upside with your last pick or early waiver move is a pretty good idea.
Joe Blanton — From the believe it or not file Spring Training statistics edition, Joe Blanton was rocked for 11 hits and 11 runs, 10 earned, in five innings pitched…
Jim Thome — In that same episode, Thome hit .360 with two homers and a .688 slugging percentage in nine spring games.
Daisuke Matsuzaka — Looked like his neck would make sure he wasn’t going to be ready for the start of the season, but he threw 62 pitches Monday and touched 90 on the gun. He will pitch against the Nationals on Saturday.