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Iso-Stars #1: Batting-average behemoths

by Russ Anderson | Posted on Thursday, March 17th, 2011
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Iso-Stars is a series of all-MLB teams composed of fantasy performers that represent each of the standard 5×5 roto categories (even though fantasy connoisseurs and statistical avant garders frown upon such leagues).  Each list presents the top projected 2011 contributors at every position in a particular roto stat category, regardless of the players’ performances across other fantasy stat categories.  Also, each “All-Stat” team will be coupled with an “All-Something-Ridiculous” team to lighten the mood.  You’ll see.

The 2011 All-Average Team

In terms of average, these guys are well above average.  Masters of frozen ropes, Texas leaguers, and hit-and-runs.  They find the gaps and hit ‘em where they ain’t.

C – Joe Mauer: No contest.  He’s a career .327 hitter and has, in fact, never batted below .327 in a season in which he’s had 500+ at-bats.

1B – Albert Pujols: Despite a “down” 2010 (.312), Prince Albert’s .350+ ceiling, contract year (yikes), and the fact that .312 is his worst full-season AVG ever give him the edge over Votto and Boozy Cabrera.  He’ll be turning up on a lot of these lists.

2B – Robinson Cano: A hitter in his prime, it is now apparent that 2008’s .271 was an anomaly.  Pedroia is too up-and-down, Prado is OF/3B now, and Infante is a flash-in-the-pan.

3B – Martin Prado: Though either David Wright or the spherical Pablo Sandoval could take the cake here with a comeback year, Prado is the most consistent guy right now, and should retain 3B eligibility on top of his new OF due to a still-gimpy Chipper.

SS – Hanley Ramirez: With a batting title and 4 straight .300+ seasons, Han-Ram is a steadier option than the improving Tulowitzki.  No one else is really close, though Starlin Castro could challenge soon.

OF – Ichiro Suzuki: Come on, like this is debatable?  In 10 seasons, Ichiro has never batted lower than .303 and has four .350+ years.  Average-wise, he is the best hitter in baseball.

OF – Matt Holliday: He hasn’t batted lower than .312 in the past 5 years, and though his power numbers have dipped out of Coors, his contact ability remains superb.

OF – Ryan Braun: Magglio and Manny are aging, Josh Hamilton and Car-Go cancel each other out with their on-again, off-again AVG performance.  Braun is slightly more consistent and has two .320 seasons in the past four years.  I acknowledge this is up for debate.

and now for something completely different…

The 2011 All-Porn-Name Team

C – Buster Posey, Giants

1B – Steve Pearce, Pirates

2B – Kelly Johnson, D-Backs

3B – Chase Headley, Padres

SS – J.J. Hardy, Orioles

OF – Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs

OF – B.J. Upton, Rays

OF – Grady Sizemore, Indians

SP – Madison Bumgarner, Giants; Doug Fister, Mariners; R.A. Dickey, Mets; Rich Harden, A’s

RP – Jason Bulger, Angels; Randy Choate, Marlins; Jimmy Gobble, Free Agent; Kerry Wood, Cubs

Please offer your outraged rebuttals and counter-proposals for members of both teams in the comments below. I also encourage you to come up with taglines for individual members of the porn name team.

Post By Russ Anderson (18 Posts)

Though numerous arm injuries ended his playing career partway through college, Russ still avidly follows baseball and lives out his broken diamond dreams through the successes of his former teammates and adversaries. His writing has appeared in a remarkably diverse range of publications, from the scientific journal "Current Medical Research and Opinion," to the anthology "Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy: Darkness on the Edge of Truth."



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