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Top 5 Tampa Bay Rays Sleepers – Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings 2009
#1 – Matt Garza – Starting Pitcher
#2 – Grant Balfour – Relief Pitcher
#3 – Matt Joyce – Outfield
#4 – Wade Davis – Starting Pitcher
#5 – Reid Brignac – Shortstop
Player Details & 2009 Projections:
#1 Tampa Bay Ray Sleeper – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Matt Garza – Starting Pitcher
While Scott Kazmir, James Shields, and now even rookie David Price get all the attention on the Rays pitching staff, Garza at just 25 years of age for the 2009 season is entering the prime of his career. With an excellent offense backing him, Garza could easily post 15 wins, 180 strikeouts, a 3.50 ERA, and a 1.25 WHIP. By seasons end, Garza could actually be more valuable in fantasy baseball leagues than both Kazmir and Price.
#2 Tampa Bay Ray Sleeper – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Grant Balfour – Relief Pitcher
With Troy Percival not having much left in the tank, it doesn’t seem like a question of ‘if’ but rather ‘when’ Balfour will take over the closers role for the Rays. And considering the Rays could easily win 90 plus games again in 2009, the closers roll in Tampa Bay is extremely important for fantasy baseball teams. If Balfour can claim the closers roll on opening day, he has the potential to post 35-40 saves, 90 strikeouts, an ERA around 2.00, and a WHIP under 1.00.
#3 Tampa Bay Ray Sleeper – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Matt Joyce – Outfield
Joyce was brought in through a trade with the Detroit Tigers in the off-season, and now that Rocco Baldelli is gone, Joyce will have a great opportunity to claim the starting right field job in Tampa Bay’s outfield for the 2009 season. At age 25 for the 2009 season, Joyce has plenty of long term potential, so expect him to get ample playing time and show what he can do. In fantasy baseball terms, Joyce’s best asset is his power potential, as he proved last year with 12 homeruns in just 92 games played for Detroit. If Joyce can get 400 plus at bats with the Rays in 2009, he could easily hit 20 homeruns and tally 60 rbi, 50 runs scored, and a batting average around .275.
#4 Tampa Bay Ray Sleeper: Wade Davis – Starting Pitcher
Anther excellent starting pitching prospect for the Rays, Davis will enter spring training as a favorite to win the #5 starting pitching spot for the Rays. Assuming he wins the job and can post 180 innings pitched, Davis has an outside chance of posting 10 wins, 150 strikeouts, an ERA around 4.00, and a WHIP around 1.25.
#5 Tampa Bay Ray Sleeper – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Reid Brignac – Shortstop
Now at age 23 for the 2009 season, Brignac and his power bat could easily make the Tampa Bay opening day roster this year. While Brignac played shortstop in the minors, he could move over and play some second base or even give it a try in the outfield in 2009. And if Jason Bartlett would go down at shortstop, Brignac is the clear backup. With 300 at bats for Tampa Bay in 2009, Brignac could post 15 homeruns, 5 stolen bases, 40-50 rbi, 40 runs scored, and a .280 batting average.