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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Keeper alert: Julio BorbonPosted by Derek Carty at 1:47pm
For those in keeper leagues where many keepers are allowed, or in which there is some sort of minor league or salary system, it might be wise to snatch up Julio Borbon (assuming he's still available). The Dallas Morning News had this to say earlier in the week (h/t Lenny Melnick):
Borbon will be the Rangers' leadoff hitter in 2010, should he make the Opening Day roster, manager Ron Washington said. Washington said he views Ian Kinsler as more of a run producer than leadoff hitter...
That's some kind of statement. Borbon doesn't possess much power, but he does have very good speed, rarely strikes out, and has a pretty good BABIP history. That means he should help in steals and batting average, and if he leads off, should score lots of runs (even if he doesn't walk very much).
Here's a scouting take from Jason Grey from the beginning of July:
[Borbon] was a true 80 runner at the University of Tennessee [Note: Scouts rate tools on a scale of 20-80, so 80 is incredible] before breaking his ankle, but his speed has bounced back nicely. He's so good at making contact that he really doesn't worry too much about patience at the plate, which means his OBP is always going to be an issue (29 walks in 546 at-bats in '08), but there's a lot to like about the rest of the package. He has great range in center field, plus makeup and an excellent work ethic. He hasn't hit for a ton of pop yet, but there is still a bit more projection in him, and he should eventually have some pull power. He's squaring up balls consistently, and even his outs have been hard-hit balls right at fielders. He needs to be firmly on your radar screen.
Derek Carty, 23, has also been published by NBC's Rotoworld, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, and USA Today. This season, he'll be contributing to FanDuel and will be linking to all of his work at DerekCarty.com. In his three years competing in expert leagues, he has won 2 titles with 4 top three finishes, including a LABR NL title in 2009, making him the youngest person to ever win a major expert league title. Derek is a proud graduate of the MLB Scouting Bureau's Scout Development Program and is a firm believer in the importance of combining stats and scouting. He welcomes questions via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.
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