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Top 5 Pittsburgh Pirates Sleepers – Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings 2009
#1 – Brandon Moss – Outfield
#2 – Andrew McCutchen – Outfield
#3 – Matt Capps – Relief Pitcher
#4 – Andy LaRoche – Third Base
#5 – Steve Pearce – Outfield
Player Details & 2009 Projections:
#1 Pittsburgh Pirate Sleeper – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Brandon Moss – Outfield
Moss was the prize of the Pirates Jason Bay trade with Boston last year. Moss will be given every opportunity to claim either the starting left or right outfield job, and he should easily tally 400 at bats with 500 plus likely. 20-25 homeruns, 70-80 rbi, 70 runs scored, 2 stolen bases, and a .280-.290 batting average is possible for Moss in 2009.
#2 Pittsburgh Pirate Sleeper – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Andrew McCutchen – Outfield
While McCutchen is a natural centerfielder, he may get moved to right or left field to get playing time now that Nate McLouth has shown he can handle center field. McCutchen has five-tool potential, and if he wins a starting job in 2009 and posts 500 at bats, he could easily rack up 10-15 homeruns, 35 stolen bases, 80 runs scored, 50 rbi, and a batting average around .280.
#3 Pittsburgh Pirate Sleeper – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Matt Capps – Relief Pitcher
As odd as it may seem, Capps who has been tagged as an up-and-coming fantasy baseball closer for a couple of years now, has yet to post the saves totals that fantasy baseball teams covet. And because of this fact, Capps’ value entering the 2009 fantasy baseball season is extremely low among other relief pitchers and closers. Yet when you look at his peripherals, he holds a career 3.06 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 217 innings pitched! With this type of pitching performance, there is no reason why Capps can’t pull a Joakim Soria and notch 30 plus saves on a bad team.
#4 Pittsburgh Pirate Sleeper – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Andy LaRoche – Third Base
Once a star studded prospect, LaRoche has yet to live up to his potential and all the hype surrounding him. However with a chance to finally play full time in the big leagues at third base with the Pirates, LaRoche could be ready for a breakout campaign in 2009. Keep him in mind during your fantasy baseball draft, as he is a good sleeper candidate. 20 homeruns, 80 rbi, 60 runs scored, and a batting average around .280 is possible if LaRoche is a starter all season in Pittsburgh.
#5 Pittsburgh Pirate Sleeper – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Steve Pearce – Outfield
As a top notch power prospect for the Pirates, Pearce disappointed greatly in 2008. However with a starting outfield job open in Pittsburgh, the winner should come down to Pearce, Andrew McCutchen and Nyjer Morgan. This will be a spring training battle, and the player with the best stats should get the starting job on opening day. If Pearce is the guy, expect 400 plus at bats with 15-20 homeruns, 60 rbi, 40 runs scored, 5 stolen bases, and a batting average around .280.