Dallas McPherson reminds a lot of myself, if I hit 42 home runs in my last year of Triple-A, or if I played in the minors or any sort of organized sport. I was a city checkers champion in 6th grade. Cust kayin’. Speaking of striking out, Dallas McPherson just struckout. And again. Whenever you’re reading this, there’s a good chance McPherson is striking out somewhere. He’s like Mr. Furley in the Regal Beagle. McPherson struckout 168 times last year in the minors. That’s a lot. I don’t know who holds the record for most strikeouts in a minor league season, because I’m too lazy to Google it, but I have to think McPherson challenged that record last year. Remember they play less games in the minors. 168 is a lot of strikeouts. A real lot. He only played in 127 games. He also walked a lot. They call these players, Three True Outcome players, because there’s three possible outcomes when they come to bat, strikeout, walk or home run. Okay, Alice Cooper, school’s out! So why is Dallas McPherson is a fantasy sleeper for 2009?
Very few guys will give you the possibility of 30 home runs in the 20th round for your corner infidel. Think about how huge this could be. Go ahead, I’ll wait. You’re not thinking, you’re patronizing me. Fine, I’ll continue anyway. Begrudingly. Imagine you take Chone Figgins at 3rd — blech, I know, but bear with me — so now you have a major power outage from your 3rd baseman. How do you make this up? You grab McPherson real late. Even in mixed leagues, McPherson should be drafted in the final rounds. Some of the schmohawks that are being drafted around him are Bill “You Suck For Even Contemplating Drafting Me” Hall, Ronnie Belliard and Ty Wigginton. None of those guys has the sweet, sweet upside of McPherson. The Marlins GM has already said McPherson is penciled in at 3rd for 2009. Pencils do have erasers, but unless something drastically changes, Dallas McPherson is going to be a solid fantasy sleeper for 2009. If McPherson fails to land a full-time MLB job, he’s got a job waiting for him on one of T. Boone Pickens wind generator farms.