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I’m not sure if Jeff Kent will retire. I’m sure his wife doesn’t want him to retire because he seems like he’d be a miserable prick around the house. Why doesn’t this remote work?! She sighs, “You have to turn on the TV first.” Maybe he lands as a DH somewhere in the AL. Either way, Kent prolly won’t be on the Dodgers next year. So that opens 2nd base in 2009 for the Dodgers. This should be filled by Blake DeWitt, no relation to Joyce DeWitt, against righties and Mark Loretta against the occasional lefty. Okay, so what can we expect from Blake DeWitt for 2009 and why is he a fantasy sleeper?

In 2008, Blake DeWitt was rushed to the majors to fill-in at 3rd base prior to the Casey Blake move. He was marginally meh, but never quite eh or feh. He has limited power and speed. Kent could prolly out-homer him even in his 41st year on the planet and Rickey Henderson could still outrun him. Blake’s ideal 2009 has him at about 60/14/75/.275/7. Kelly Johnson just yawned reading those numbers.  Now Blake also has corner and middle eligibility (here’s a list of all the players that have multiple position eligiblity for 2009), and there won’t be many 2nd basemen who come as discounted as Blake in 2009 fantasy drafts. Some of the schmohawks I’ve seen drafted before Blake are Mark Loretta, David Eckstein, Nick Punto, Mark Grudzielanek and Marco Scutaro.  I just vomited in my mouth writing some of those names. So towards the end of your NL-Only drafts or very deep mixed leagues, Blake DeWitt is a good sleeper name to have stashed away.

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  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ***EVERYONE — Check out the thread in the forum for a Razzball reader’s mock draft. I think there’s still a few spots open.

  2. Steve says:
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    @Grey: As long as Blake is not the Joyce DeWitt of 2nd baseman. Not quite hot and forever in someone else’s shadow.

  3. Grey

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    @Steve: Well, there is a pretty good chance of that actually. But Joyce DeWitt had her fans and rightfully so. She just lacked some jiggle.

  4. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Funny you should say that. I just did a Google image search on her and I may have been a tad hasty in my judgement.

    When you’re 7 you only tend to notice the jiggle, but now that I’m older…

  5. Grey

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    @Steve: She seems like she would start at a 7 and get better where Somers would start at a 10 and become a 7.

  6. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Hmmmm. My (admittedly brief) research suggests that Three’s Company was Joyce’s high-water mark, as it were.

  7. Grey

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    @Steve: Right, but I’m not talking about their acting careers.

  8. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Believe me, bro, neither am I.

  9. IowaCubs

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    Come on knock on my door! Though if it’s Blake knocking, I’m not answering. In my limited mock drafting, both Blake and Ian Stewart have gone undrafted. I think there’s much more upside with Stewart, esp. if he has 2B/3B eligibility playing in Coors.

    I want to hear some thoughts on Dayan Viciedo sometime soon. Is he Alexi or Fauxlexi?

  10. IowaCubs

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    @IowaCubs: I meant Alexei, with the extra E, not his twin in Minnesota.

  11. Grey

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    @IowaCubs: Viciedo is pushing two hundred pounds so he doesn’t share much with Alexei. I’ll go over him during spring training, when I have a better idea of what the White Sox have planned for him in 2009. Right now, I think he’s going to the minors.

    I could see Blake not being drafted in 10 or 12 mixed leagues, and that makes sense. Blake is more for deeper leagues. Though Stewart should be drafted in those shallower leagues.

  12. Blake is just a bleh cornerman in a pitcher’s park…makes sense he wouldn’t get drafted. Ian Stewart isn’t getting any projection love from Marcel or Bill James but seems like a good late draft MI gamble at this point. (and his name is fun to say like Sean Connery – ee-yun shtew-wahrt)

  13. IowaCubs

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    @Grey: In terms of contract-hype there is much similarity. Does seem silly that the Sox would pay him $2mil a year in a rostered deal and then send him to the minors, especially when the alternative is Wilson Betemit.

  14. Grey

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    @IowaCubs: Viciedo could hit well in spring training and win the job, but right now Josh Fields is the first White Sox 3rd baseman off the board (one with a lot of promise) then Betemit.

    EDIT: Typo, boyz!

  15. sean says:
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    snatched the 12 spot. about where i finished in my league last year…

  16. Grey

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    @sean: Great… How many spots are left?

  17. So it’s Christmas Eve and you decide you want to make a great article on your fantasy baseball website so you invite every MVP of the last two decades to your home in order to ask them for their interpretations of what it means to put up outstanding numbers.

    The only two that show up of course are Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds (their kids had a special request of Santa). Would you continue to stay at your house and get the article?

  18. Grey

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    @Schruender: Where’s Juan Gonzalez? He doesn’t have time? Or does he have to work on Christmas Eve at Arby’s?

  19. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    only the top spot left .
    if nobody grabs it in the next couple of hours, i’m going to switch .
    that will leave only the 14th spot left .
    fair warning .

  20. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    what pick do you have ?

  21. Grey

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    @big o: I don’t have a spot. I wanted it to be just Razzball readers.

    No one wants the first pick, huh? What a bunch of gentlemen.

  22. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    i was afraid you were going to say that .

    the 14th spot is now available , should you change your mind .

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