Monday, April 06, 2009

Top MLB 25-man Roster Surprises (National League)

posted by Jon Williams
Every season there are players that seem to come out of nowhere to surprise fantasy owners with their quality performances. We all wish we had drafted the Carlos Quentins of the world. One way to get a jump on the other owners in your league is to become more aware of the surprise additions (or even just the slightly unexpected in some cases) to the 25-man rosters.

Below you'll find the interesting roster developments on the Nationals League rosters. A bit later today, I'll post the American League version. And still later tonight my Waiver Wire column should be posted to CrucialTaunt.com. My article this week will feature write-ups on a lot of the more obscure additions.

The Atlanta Braves


Jordan Schafer is the starting center fielder.
The Florida Marlins

Emilio Bonifacio is the starting third baseman.

The New York Mets

Gary Sheffield was a late addition to the team and could see a significant amount of time in right field.

The Philadelphia Phillies

Chan Ho Park is in the Philadelphia rotation. Shane Victorino is betting seventh because manager Charlie Manuel doesn't believe he is quite ready for the season.

The Washington Nationals

Austin Kearns is starting ahead of Elijah Dukes.

The Chicago Cubs

Kevin Gregg being named the closer over Carlos Marmol shocked a lot of fantasy owners.

The Cincinnati Reds

Darnell McDonald winning a bench role at the expense of Jonny Gomes.

The Houston Astros

Geoff Blum is still considered the starter at third base, despite the acquisition of Jeff Keppinger.

The Milwaukee Brewers

Infielder Casey McGehee and outfielder Brad Nelson making the team as bench players when Tony Gwynn was waived and assigned to AAA.

The Pittsburgh Pirates

Nyjer Morgan is still the starter in left field.

The St. Louis Cardinals

Chris Duncan pushes Colby Rasmus to the bench as a fourth outfielder. Joe Mather and Chris Perez optioned to the minors.

The Arizona Cardinals

Minor League veteran Ryan Roberts makes the team.

The Colorado Rockies

Top prospect Dexter Fowler makes the team but will sit on the bench behind Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith...for now.

The Los Angeles Dodgers

James McDonald won the fifth starter job, despite the Dodgers early claim they would break him in via the bullpen.

The San Diego Padres

Everth Cabrera (a Rule V pick) makes the team by impressing GM Kevin Towers. Shawn Hill wins a rotation spot without much of an audition.

San Francisco Giants

Fred Lewis is batting third in the order. Pablo Sandoval will be the reserve catcher, a situation that could impact his playing time in a negative way.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Pablo Sandoval will be the reserve catcher, a situation that could impact his playing time in a negative way." Yeah, but from a fantasy value perspective it could make Sandoval a ton more valuable. If you play in a league where 20 games last season or 5 games this season determines eligibility, then you are desperate for Sandoval to get 5 games at C.

My dream is he gets his 5 games, then they call up a backup catcher to ease wear and tear on him, then over the rest of the year he gets 15 more games at C so he is eligible next year too! (I have him in two keeper leagues)

Monday, April 6, 2009 at 11:27:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Jon Williams said...

True, for eligibility reasons it is good. But for those that are counting on him as a major bat in their lineups the potential loss of at-bats is painful.

In my keeper leagues your minor league games count towards position qualifications, so he already qualified at catcher. So the owner who has him just wants himt to play a lot and hit .320!

Monday, April 6, 2009 at 11:51:00 AM EDT  
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