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The Fantasy Baseball Diary: Cheap Power

There’s nothing I love more than getting IMs full of trash talk from my friends during the middle of drafts because of the lack of power on my team. However, at the end of all of my drafts my team is stacked with high power potential with low batting average players. I love getting cheap power because it’s always undervalued in drafts and is easy to find. The three players below provide huge power upside with low batting averages, for their position, but are currently being undervalued by fantasy players. Please note the format of the "ADP" (average draft position) section reads as follows: ADP: positional draft position (overall draft position). For example, Welington Castillo is currently the 20th catcher being taken is going 278thoverall. All ADPs are from Mock Draft Central. 

Chris Carter

Bats: R | Age: 26 |Team: Athletics | Position: 1B | ADP: 29 (365)

What do Jose Bautista, Nelson Cruz and Jason Werth all have in common? They’re right handed power hitters who were slow to develop and received the unfortunate label of Quad-A player before figuring out big league pitching. At the age of 26, Carter is finally getting an opportunity for sustained plate appearances as a platoon player, at first base, primarily against left handed pitching. Brandon Moss is ahead of him on the depth chart, but I don’t believe in Moss at all; he strikes out too much and doesn’t make enough contact to sustain his 2012 stats. If Carter can hit, he could easily supplant Moss as the primary first baseman and hit in the middle the Athletics order. He has the raw power to hit 35+ home runs if he was given 580 plate appearances.


Logan Morrison 

Bats: L | Age: 25 |Team: Marlins | Position: OF | ADP: 75 (328)

It’s shame his social prowess has over shadowed his on the field play. Let’s start with the bad. Morrison is a bad left fielder; he takes bad routes to ball and at times appears to be wearing a full suit of armour as he goes after balls. The past two seasons have been marred with injuries, but they were likely the result of playing outfield. In 2010 he showed he can hit for average. In 2011 he showed he can hit for power. In 2012 he showed could no longer hit for average or power. His poor performance could have been due to a right knee inflammation. This year he’s expected to play exclusively at first base in the hope he can stay healthy and most importantly, bat in the middle of the Marlins lineup. He has the raw power, approach, and swing to hit 25-30 home runs if he can play a full year.



Welington Castillo 

Bats: R | Age: 25 |Team: Cubs | Position: C | ADP: 20 (278)

After two years of September call ups, it finally appears Castillo will get an opportunity to be a full time player at the big league level. In 52 games (in the majors) he up a slash line of .265/.337/.418 along with five home runs. In 175 games in Triple-A he’s hit 33 HRs with his power coming primarily from strength rather than bat speed. He can drive balls against lefties and righties, but his impatient approach will make him a .260 hitter. With a current ADP of 20 among catchers, he’s a tremendous value because he can hit 20-23 home runs if given 525 plate appearances. He’s the perfect catcher to fill out your 12-team two catcher league.

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I like Justin Ruggiano or Matt Carpenter in terms of cheap power. The only problem with drafting Logan Morrison is that he's not capable of running at full strength right now, coming off two knee surgeries.

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul
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