« Buy Low Candidates | Main | Good Catchers Lacking Playing Time »

Five for Friday: Deep Keepers

Today, we're taking a look at some Deep Keepers that you'll want to monitor as the season progresses.

Jordan Danks | OF | Chicago AL

Brother John is coming into his own on the mound at the MLB level with the White Sox and Jordan Danks should be joining him shortly, although Andruw Jones' rejuvenation could slow down that timetable. A fringe first-round talent out of high school, Danks told teams not to draft him because he wanted to play college ball. He slid to the seventh round after his junior year of college at the University of Texas because of questions about his bat, but Danks has reached triple-A in just his second pro season. He's still learning to hit for power but if everything clicks, Danks has a chance to be a 15-15 or 20-20 (HR-SB) player. He's an extremely athletic player and a greater defender, which unfortunately has no value in fantasy baseball.

Matt Sweeney | OF/1B | Tampa Bay

Acquired as part of the loot for Scott Kazmir in last season's trade with the Angels, Sweeney has generally flown under the radar because he's been unable to stay healthy for an entire season. He missed all of the '08 season and played in just 68 games in '09. Fully healthy to begin the season, Sweeney has already slammed three homers and he's showing a solid eye at the plate. His ultimate offensive position is still undecided and he's spent time at third, first and in the outfield. His versatility could up his fantasy value, although he's more likely to settle in at first base given his lack of athleticism. Just 21, and in high-A ball, Sweeney could be in double-A by mid-season if he can stay on the field. He projects to develop 25 home run power.

James Darnell | 3B | San Diego

The San Diego Padres club used the 46th and 69th picks of the '08 draft to grab two college third basemen. The organization likely hoped that one of the top prospects would reach his ceiling. However, both still remain on course to be average-to-above-average contributors at the MLB level. Darnell hit more than .300 with 20 homers in '09. He also showed a great eye with 87 walks to his his 89 strikeouts. Chase Headley is currently manning the hot corner in San Diego, but Darnell could eventually push him back to the outfield.

James Forsythe | 2B | San Diego

With the hopes of utilizes both Darnell and Forsythe at the MLB level, San Diego moved the latter prospect over to second base for the 2010 season and he's actually handled the transition quite well. Offensively, he has a nice profile for second base as he hit .300 with 11 homers and 11 steals in '09. Like Darnell, Forsythe also has a patient approach and he walked 102 times last year. Unfortunately, he also struck out 111 times, so he's got to make a little more contact given his average-at-best power potential.

Zach Britton | LHP | Baltimore

The Orioles organization is loaded with good young pitching but Britton may have the highest ceiling of any of the pitchers in the minors right now, save perhaps for Chris Tillman. Britton, a southpaw, is just 22 and is already pitching at double-A. He spent '09 in high-A and posted an 8.42 K/9 rate with a crazy ground-ball rate of 65%. The ability to keep the ball on the ground, while also missing bats, will serve Britton well in the potent AL East.

Full Story |  Comments (0) | Categories:

Site Map     Contact     About     Advertise     Privacy Policy     MLB Trade Rumors     Rss Feed