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With multiple position flexibility that would make Mr. Roper growl, Pablo Sandoval is an intriguing name for 2009 fantasy baseball.  For a guy that weighs in at 250 lbs., Pablo Sandoval sure is limber with eligibility at 3rd base, 1st base and catcher in most leagues.  But if he’s eligible at catcher in your league, that’s the only position you really need to concern yourself with.  So is this the lone reason why Pablo Sandoval is a sleeper for 2009 fantasy baseball?  Is he only appealing because he’s at catcher?

Sorta.  He’s shown the ability to hit a lot of line drives.  If he could move his Winnebago-sized frame around a bit, he’d be on the verge of fantasy studliness.  Even with his Rosie the Robot-type mobility, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get 35 doubles.  He’s actually a .300 hitter.  Weird, right?  Not often, you see a tubby guy who can hit for average.  (Somewhere in California, Tony Gwynn just shouted at his computer screen with a mouthful of corndog.)  Sandoval can also hit with some power, though not as much as you might think considering his physique.   Think about 14 home runs.  So Sandoval is definitely someone to target, just don’t make a Blairing Mistake.  (A Blairing Mistake is a new Fantasy Baseball Glossary term.  Named after Blair from Facts of Life, it involves fooling yourself that a player is more attractive than they really are because their peer group is homelier.  Usually found in the Catcher and Middle Infielder categories.  “Drafting Dan Uggla in the 4th round was a Blairing Mistake on my part.”) Pablo Sandoval‘s a sleeper for the later rounds in your 2009 fantasy baseball draft.  Just don’t reach and make a Blairing Mistake.

  1. Steve says:

    You want Weiters ahead of Sandoval though, right?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I do right now. Wieters is either going to become overhyped with his spring performance or he’s going to sink like a rock. Sandoval, surprisingly, should be buoyant. The Giants have already said he’s there 3rd baseman for 2009.

  3. John says:

    I agree that Sandoval is a bit of a sleeper if he’s available at catcher. However, I don’t know how you can say that, “He’s shown the ability to take a walk…”

    He looks to me to possess poor plate discipline. He took quite a few walks in high A ball, but otherwise he’s been BB-averse. After walking only four times in 154 PA last year with the Giants, I can’t imagine he’ll do much better this year.

    Can you believe Bill James projects him as a .320 hitter for ’09? People say he projects young players aggressively, but yikes!

  4. Grey

    Grey says:

    @John: I think I confused his BBs with someone else. You’re totally right. He doesn’t take walks. He does hit line drives though, which helps with his average.

    EDIT: I updated the post. Thanks!

  5. big o says:

    i think you’ve under-projected his HR total.
    i look for 18-20 this year.

    wieters, btw , is rumored to not start until mid-season in order to push his arbritration clock back .
    so , now what ?

  6. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: That was the rumor on Longoria back in January of 2008 too. Until there’s confirmation on that, you have to draft Wieters like he’s going to play with upside to be a top 5 backstop.

  7. Denys says:

    Grey are you going to update your rankings as we move closer to the season or are they staying put? Accounting for injuries (should we have them) and whatnot.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Denys: Rankings will be updated as we move closer to the season for anything that might happen.

  9. Jeremiah says:

    What about Rasmus? He’s supposed to start the year with the Cardinals and bat lead off…

  10. 101 M.P.H. says:

    If (metaphorically speaking) Pablo Sandoval is ‘Blair’, does that make Brad Ausmus ‘Natalie’?

  11. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Had no idea that bar up there was a search bar. What is this, “Where’s Waldo?” Shouldn’t it say Search or something?

    You might wanna speak with your webmaster about that.

    Grey: “Where’s my search bar?”

    Webmaster: “Duh, it’s the dull yellow flesh colored box at the top left.”

    Rudy: “Flesh colored????????????”

    Webmaster: “So to speak, leave me alone when I’m playing World of Warcraft…………Momma, they’re pickin on me again…………………”

  12. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Really? Shoot, that’s not good that people don’t know what it is. Hmm… Maybe I should add a description to it.

    It’s also in the footer. Hippo to himself, “A footer? Is that soccer talk?”

    A footer is the thing at the very bottom of the page. Scroll down.

  13. @Grey: I agree with Hippo. I’m fairly internet savvy, and I had no idea that was a search box at the top of the page, I always used the one in the footer.
    What about the Orioles signing Zaun? Does that change your opinion regarding Weiters?
    Baltimore Sun

  14. Grey

    Grey says:

    @johnwhorfin: re: search — This kinda stuff is good to know, because I know where everything is it’s not always clear to me what needs to be labeled better.

    re: Zaun — He zaps 75% of the value from Wieters and I wouldn’t draft him in one year leagues as of right now. I’m going to update the top 20 catchers right now.

  15. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: @johnwhorfin: Wait a minute, what’s a footer again? Oh yeah.

    I know a couple definitions for header but this footer thing is news to me. I searched hooker in the footer and an Utley post came up, sweet!

  16. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Yeah, that’s better.

  17. Steve says:

    @Grey: Over here in Slow Draftland, we’re pretending that Zaun deal never happened.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Cool!

    @Steve: That’s why you’re only doing mocks in January.

  19. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: @Grey: We may be mocking till June the way this one’s going.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: By that time, you better hope LaRussa hasn’t made Wainwright an outfielder.

  21. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Haha

    Adam, you’re in left, Chris Duncan’s our new ace.

  22. @Grey: Much better. Quick acting there, buddy.

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