Sunday, March 22, 2009

Player Spotlights - Kevin Slowey and Matt Kemp

Kevin Slowey and Matt Kemp March 22, 2009

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SP Kevin Slowey,Twins, Kevin Slowey emerged as an interesting fantasy prospect in 2008, with an ERA of 3.99, a 1.15 WHIP, and 12 wins in 27 starts. He throws an effective assortment of pitches, mostly using his 90 mph fastball, and mixing in a cutter, slider, a slow curve and a changeup. Although some scouts have suggested that Slowey doesn't have any one pitch which can be described as dominant, few pitchers can match his ability to throw strikes. In fact, the 24-year old was clearly one of the best control pitchers in the league last year, yielding just 24 walks in 160 innings. Dating back to 2005, his first year in the minors, Slowey has consistently demonstrated this type of impeccable control, allowing just 1.31 walks per 9 innings. The Twins righthander represents a solid addition to your fantasy roster in 2009, with the potential to pleasantly outperform his 14th-15th round draft position.
OF Matt Kemp, Dodgers, - After two years as a part-timer, Matt Kemp was given the chance to play everyday for the Dodgers last season, and the results were a fantasy-friendly .290 average, 18 HRs, 76 RBIs and 35 stolen bases. Going into 2009, there should be little dispute as to Kemp's status as LA's starting centerfielder, and if he spends a fair amount of time batting from the 4 or 5 spot, we could hopefully see an improvement in his HR and RBI numbers. While Kemp started off slow in the HR department in 2008, hitting only 3 HRs through May, his power kicked into gear around June, and he proceeded to hit 15 HRs over the June through September stretch of the season. Assuming that his late season HR pace is more indicative of his power potential, Kemp is well worth a 3rd or 4th round pick and is a candidate to join the 25/25 club in 2009.

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