Rookie pitchers give you a roofie.¬† Rookie hitters give you agita.¬† So why do we keep going back for more like a guest on Oprah?¬† It’s sorta like the old joke that Woody Allen quotes in Annie Hall.¬† We need the eggs.¬† Besides said eggs, if a rookie somehow/someway breaks out, he’ll help you win your championship.¬† Face it, if you draft properly in the first 7 to 10 rounds, your team will be competitive, but so should other teams.¬† It’s what you do after those rounds that makes the difference.¬† You’re not winning your league with A-Rod, but you could with Ian Desmond.¬† As wonky as that sounds, it’s true.¬† If you click on the player’s name, you’ll find whole posts and projections for each guy.¬† It’s like Santa woke up drunk in March.¬† Anyway, here’s some rookies to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Brian Matusz – As the fortune cookie that snuck through quality control says, a person who goes to bed with scratchy rear wakes up with a smelly finger.¬† Rookie pitchers can give you a scratchy rear.¬† I’m real hesitant about rookie pitchers.¬† I’d prefer a starter to target from that post.
Buster Posey – I wouldn’t touch him in two catcher leagues at this point.¬† There’s nothing really to get excited about for 2010 without the Giants getting hit by injuries.¬† Namely, the fat one in The Flying Molina Brothers.¬† In deep keepers, I’d grab him late; Posey will be back at some point.
Jason Heyward – NL Rookie of the Year?¬† Yeah, he can do it, but more than likely, if he gets off to a hot start in April, I’m going to be telling everyone to sell him.
Carlos Santana – Unlike Posey, he could be up sooner vs. later because Lou Marson and Wyatt Toregas, who sounds like a vaquero, are blocking him.¬† Still wouldn’t draft Santana for my bench in non-keepers.¬† The roster space vs. reward just isn’t great enough.
Tyler Flowers – One of the few rookies I didn’t dedicate a post to in the offseason, because A) Pierzynski is nothing if not reliable.¬† Emphasis on nothing.¬† B) Rookie catchers tend to underperform their 1st year.¬† See Wieters’s 2009 for further proof.¬† C) There’s no C.
Aroldis Chapman – If anyone can handle Dusty’s human rights violations, it’s a guy who played for Fidel Castro.
Desmond Jennings – Probably won’t be up until September, but I’d grab him in deep AL-Only leagues and/or keepers.¬† Desmond will be a great one as long as he can find his constant.
Mike Stanton – Barring injuries, we won’t see him until September at the earliest.¬† In NL-Only keepers, I could see taking a flier on him.
Scott Sizemore – Hey, a player on this list that actually might have an every day job to start the season!¬† Dare to dream.¬† And he’s the one with an injury.¬† He’s recovering from his ankled ankle and should be ready to go by Opening Day.¬† Sizemore can/should be owned in 12 team mixed leagues.
Stephen Strasburg – I’m pretty sure the only reason Strasburg even seemed like he might have a chance to make the club out of the spring was so the Nats could sell some tickets.¬† Now the House of Strasburg fans, dressed in early-1900s Austrian uniforms, will have to wait until at least June.