Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ryan Spilborghs 2009

668 AB, 21 HR, 16 SB, .302 BA, 104 R, 109 RBI. Who is this fantasy baseball star? He looks like a 3rd or 4th rough pick at worst, roughtly equivalent to Nick Markakis. Right? Well, no actually. That's the major league career of Ryan Spilborghs. Yes, we cheated by giving him an awful lot of at bats. And yes, he's 29 years old and is just about ready to begin the decline phase of his career. But if he wins the Rockies starting center field job (as appears likely), he's going to be a terrific value. And even if he fails to win the everyday job, he'll be a great value in daily contests like Draftbug and Snapdraft, where you can verify his place in the lineup prior to the start of games each day. One thing to watch out for is that if he leads off, his RBI total will be much lower. In any case, Spilborghs looks like a great late round pick for most formats.