Saturday, February 2, 2013

Target & Avoid: Detroit Tigers


Target Victor Martinez

Martinez might be the forgotten Catcher come draft day. After missing the entire 12’ season with a micro-fracture knee injury he will return to hit 5th in the Tiger’s line-up playing mostly as their primary DH.
A career .303 hitter with OPS at .840 he is 2nd to all active catchers in the OPS category. I have projected the switch hitting Martinez to be near the leader for all qualified Catchers in ABs this year. You know what that means, more ABs=more counting stats. Hitting behind Cabrera/Fielder is a wealth RBI opportunities. Look for a Martinez to go in the 9-10 round area with an auction value at $8. I will target Martinez in all leagues and project him to a line of 16HR 90 RBI .301BA. Do not let the injury to his knee detour you from drafting him.


Avoid Doug Fister

With a current ADP of 114 and some projecting Fister as a top 20 SP they couldn’t be more wrong. A career pitcher with a record 11 games south of .500 and only a 6 K/9 in his career what is too like? Yes he had that 11 game 2nd half in 11’ when he went 8-1 but take away that spurt and Fister is 22 and 40. Would you even consider drafting a SP with that record? Let me answer for you, Hell no!! So why do so many have him in their top 20? It may be his ERA and WHIP which are above average but not worth taking this guy in RD 9. I would much rather have more Ks if I am selecting probably my 2nd SP in that round. I would much rather have a NL SP like Samardzija, Bailey or Haren a few round later with higher K potential. Look for Fister to have another near .500 season with an 11-10 record a 3.77 ERA 1.21 WHIP and only 135 Ks.

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