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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Rosales unleashedPosted by Paul Singman at 10:19pm
A player of Adam Rosales caliber usually is not described as "unleashed" when given more playing time, something Rosales will see more of over the next two weeks. With Mark Ellis hobbling off to the DL hampered by slowest healing hamstrings in the world, Rosales will man the A's, and possibly your fantasy team's, second base position.
Rosales is without any particularly standout asset at the plate, featuring mild power with mild speed and the ability to hit in the .270s to the low .280s. I like to think of him as Martin Prado before Martin Prado learned to hit above .400, minus a few points of average and plus a few steals. Also similar to Prado is Rosales' position flexibility being eligible at first, second, and third base.
If there is a less defensible reason to like Rosales, it is that the A's were willing to spend $3.5 million to acquire his services from the Reds. There are certain front offices I do not respect—*cough* the Mets and Royals *cough*—and with under the radar players they target I'll more likely remain skeptical of those players. However if the A's front office—one I respect—goes aggressively after a player like Rosales, me-begins-tothinks that perhaps they know something more about this guy that I do not.
Believe or refute my theory as you wish, but Rosales deserves to be added in most AL-Only leagues, if only on the basis of playing time. And in a deep mixed league if your MI is weak, Rosales is worth a flier to see if anything more permanent can develop from this opportunity.
Paul has been managing fantasy baseball teams for many seasons and writing for THT Fantasy over the past three years. He is currently a student at UPenn welcomes readers' thoughts at his email here or in the comments below.
I like what little I’ve seen from Rosales too. This year do you suppose he or Ian Desmond will be more valuable? I imagine Desmond, since it seems The Nats are giving him every opportunity to play, while Rosales’ playing time might be in question when Ellis returns.
Posted 04/22 at 09:55 AM
Paul Singman said...
Yea Desmond is the player I would choose of the two at the moment. It will be interesting to see what the A’s do if Rosales stays hot over the next couple of weeks.
Posted 04/22 at 06:35 PM