Every season, there are at least a few players that make for surprise all-stars. Jose Bautista and his 21 home runs and Matt Capps’ 22 saves are examples of this. But did they make the FB365 Value All-Star team?
This team is comprised of players who were either late round picks on draft day or waiver wire gems.
C Miguel Olivo – We knew about the power, but who would have thought he’d be hitting over .300 at the break?
1B Paul Konerko – Many were ready to write him off as a declining slugger, but at .296 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI, Konerko has become on of the most valuable late round picks from this season’s draft.
2B Martin Prado – We knew Prado could hit a little, but so far he has exceeded expectations with a .335/.374/.480 line and 57 runs scored.
SS Rafael Furcal – After an injury plagued 2008 followed by a .269, 12 stolen base 2009, expectations for Furcal were at rock bottom. Now, with a .338 AVG and 12 steals he is flashing signs of the all-star player he once was.
3B Adrian Beltre – Years and years of putting up mediocre numbers in Seattle have given way to a new life in Boston. Beltre is hitting a robust .341 and is on pace to drive in 100 runs.
OF Corey Hart – Once seen as a 20/20 threat, Hart is slugging like he’s Adam Dunn and maintaining a high enough AVG to keep his fantasy value sky high.
OF Brett Gardner – During spring training the discussion was about who will be the Yankees starting left fielder. Gardner helped answer that question himself as he played his way into an everyday role. Gardner is now hitting .319 with 24 stolen bases and is on pace to score over 100 runs.
OF Chris Young – Back in 2007, Chris Young hit 32 home runs and stole 27 bases as a rookie. It has been a struggle since then to even come close to those numbers, This season, Young is not only hitting for power and stealing bases, but his AVG isn’t killing fantasy teams like it used to.
DH Vladimir Guerrero – Injuries and regression seemed to be spelling the beginning of the end for the 35-year-old Guerrero, but then he got to play all his home games in Texas, a place he has always raked. Vlad is hitting .362 at home and .285 on the road this season.
SP Mat Latos – He has been utterly dominant and was a late round flier at best on draft day.
SP Jaime Garcia – How many people outside of St. Louis knew much about Jaime Garcia before this season started? Though the production may not last, what he has done to this point in the season has been extremely valuable for fantasy owners who grabbed him off the wire.
SP Carlos Silva – There have been other waiver pitchers with better numbers, but Silva makes the team because of the complete out-of-nowhere production.
RP Neftali Feliz - Starting rotation or bullpen? That was the question this spring and it may be the question next season as well. For now Feliz is doing just fine for fantasy owners who snagged him in the late rounds with his 22 saves and 40 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched.
RP Jon Rauch - When Joe Nathan went down with an arm injury, the reports were that Ron Gardenhire would use a “closer by committee”. Well, the committee consists of Jon Rauch and that’s about it.
Who are your value all-stars?