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February 5, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Shortstop Prospects

12

Ben Carsley

A wave of talent could soon transform this position into a fantasy strength.

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October 29, 2013 6:00 am

Minor League Update: AFL Recap for Games of October 28

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Jeff Moore

Notes on nine prospects, including White Sox second baseman Marcus Semien and Blue Jays righty Aaron Sanchez.

Hitter of the Day: Marcus Semien, 2B, White Sox (Glendale Desert Dogs): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, K. Semien broke out this season to show more power to go along with his plus plate discipline, combining for 19 home runs between Double and Triple-A. Power is still not Semien’s game, but on Monday he got a pair of pitches down and in and showed he can do enough damage to still make pitcher’s think twice about just pounding the zone against him.

Pitcher of the Day: Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Blue Jays (Salt River Rafters): 4 1/3 IP, H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K. Sanchez has dynamic stuff, but outings like these have become all too common. He stayed out of trouble on Monday because he doesn’t give up hard contact and misses enough bats, but he was unable to finish the fifth inning. He will be able to get away with poor control more so than most pitchers because his fastball sits in the mid-90s and touches 97 and because he pairs it with a plus breaking ball, but his ceiling will be limited if he doesn’t get it everything under control.

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September 13, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Fool's Gold: Shortstops

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Craig Goldstein

Offense is hard to come by at shortstop, which means that these players could be intriguing despite their flaws.

As we continue our way around the infield (in as abstract a way as possible), we land on the most physically taxing position outside of catcher. This of course lessens the burden on the bat in basically every aspect, from contact to power to whatever else you may be looking for. What matters so much in real life, though—the ability to stay at shortstop—is so much less relevant to any prospective fantasy owner.

While the offensive shortstop is a rare unicorn (quiet, Russell) indeed, even in the fantasy realm, prospectors don’t care so much that they stay at the vaunted position as they do that the bat is real. Javier Baez could be a monster shortstop, but if he can hit and play third? Well, we’ll gladly accept it.

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