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Top 5 Tampa Bay Rays – Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings 2009
#1 – Evan Longoria – Third Base
#2 – BJ Upton – Outfield
#3 – Carl Crawford – Outfield
#4 – Carlos Pena – First Base
#5 – James Shields – Starting Pitcher / Scott Kazmir – Starting Pitcher
Player Details & 2009 Projections:
#1 Overall Tampa Bay Ray – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Evan Longoria – Third Base
At just 23 years of age for the 2009 fantasy baseball season, Longoria is ready to take over the reigns as a top 5 overall fantasy baseball third baseman for the next ten years. Expecting 30 plus homeruns, 100 rbi, 90 rubs scored, 10 stolen bases, and a .280 batting average is likely from Longoria in 2009.
#2 Overall Tampa Bay Ray – Fantasy Baseball 2009: BJ Upton – Outfield
Even though Upton will likely enter the 2009 season a bit banged up from surgery on his shoulder, the good news is that it was his non-throwing shoulder. At just 24 years of age for the 2009 season, Upton has excellent potential to post his fist career 30 homerun and 40 steal season. His overall 2009 stats could include 25-30 homeruns, 40-50 stolen bases, 100-120 runs scored, 80 rbi, and a solid batting average around .290.
#3 Overall Tampa Bay Ray – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Carl Crawford – Outfield
Injuries put a damper on his 2008 season, however entering the 2009 season at just age 27, Crawford could actually post a career high in steals, homeruns, and runs scored. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Crawford notch 60 plus steals, 15-20 homeruns, 110-120 runs scored, 80 rbi, and a very good batting average around .300. It’s hard to call Crawford a breakout player, but with his age in his favor and an excellent run scoring offense in Tampa Bay, he could be in store for a career year.
#4 Overall Tampa Bay Ray – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Carlos Pena – First Base
Nearly a mini version of Ryan Howard, Pena’s biggest downfall in 2008 was his low batting average. If he can improve to the .280’s range that he posted in 2007, then Pena will be a major steal as a first basemen in 2009 fantasy baseball drafts. 35-40 homeruns, 100-120 rbi, 100 runs scored, and a batting average around .275 is likely for Pena in 2009.
#5 Overall Tampa Bay Ray – Fantasy Baseball 2009: James Shields – Starting Pitcher
A ton more reliable than Kazmir, Shields could easily be considered the Rays #1 starting pitcher. If I’m at a fantasy baseball draft in 2009, I take Shields over Kazmir three out of four times. Backed with an excellent offense in Tampa, Shields could easily post 15-18 wins, 180 strikeouts, an ERA around 3.50-3.75, and a WHIP around 1.15.
#5 Overall Tampa Bay Ray – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Scott Kazmir – Starting Pitcher
Even though Kazmir is considered the Rays pitching ace, his health has always been his major downfall. So accounting for time he likely misses during the 2009 season, expect Kazmir to tally 180 innings pitched, 12 wins, 190 strikeouts, an ERA between 3.25-3.50, and a WHIP around 1.25 for the 2009 season.