Friday, January 06, 2006
Name Like a Girl, Hits Like a Girl
The Toronto Blue Jays' projected production from right field last year turned out more like what you'd expect from movie starlette Alexis Smith than '99 first-round pick Alexis Rios. The 24-year-old Alabama beanpole - who tips the scales at 190 pounds soaking wet despite his 6-foot 5 frame - has been a major disappointment after batting only .262 with 10 HRs in nearly 500 ABs in '05. With Troy Glaus, Shea Hillenbrand, Lyle Overbay, Corey Koskie and '01 rookie of the year Eric Hinske in a logjam at the corner infield positions, look for Hillenbrand or Koskie to be traded and Hinske to be tried in a LF platoon with Rios. Hinske, whose glove has enhanced his value against the backdrop of his somewhat mediocre hitting, has played outfield in the minors. If the plan works, '05 may have been the last that Hinske will be of great value n fantasy leagues.