Before I cover Adam Lind (with words, not a blanket), I want to clear something up about these Thursday keeper posts. I like Lind, but between him and, say, Hanley, it’s no contest. I’m talking about potentially marginal keepers here. Not slam dunks. I could see some people worrying that Lind may not be able to repeat his 2009 season. Contraire, Robespierre. Adam Lind took a while to get going in the majors, but he’s always had this pedigree. In five seasons of the minors, he had a .380 OBP and a .318 average. In his fist full season of the majors where he’s actually seemed to be comfortable, he’s headed for a 30/95/.300 season. Next year, he’ll be 27 and should be able to take a slight step forward. Think 35/110/.310. Also, he’s been batting third a lot recently. If he can get off to a hot start next year like he did this year, he could cement his place in the three hole for the better part of the season, which will help his counting stats. Have You Lost Your Flippin’ Mind predictions for 2010: 100/35/120/.310. No steals, which is a shame, and no great shakes on his eligibility, but those numbers aren’t far off from 2nd round-type numbers. (BTW, you’re reading a fantasy baseball site that alludes to Linda Ronstadt. Don’t you feel dirty?) Anyway, here’s some more fantasy baseball keepers for 2010:
Aaron Hill – Do I smell a theme? No, that’s lunch. I mean, the Blue Jays. Ah, yes. They smell like rotisserie chicken. No, that really is lunch. Hill will only be 28 at the start of the 2010 season. As I’ve been saying just about the whole season, I don’t think the 30+ homers this year is a fluke. At second base, you can do much worse.
Andrew McCutchen – The Dread Pirate has 15 homer power and 35 steal speed. Shane Victorino just called and said he wants his stats back.