Another Big Brewer Bat

Is Ryan Braun worth a Lincecum or a Capuano?  A Peralta?
Maybe a Sonnanstine?  Also, Dmitri Young, Richie Sexson, or Carlos Pena?

10 team mixed keeper head-to-head league.

Malik
Tucson, AZ

Malik,

Talk about living up to lofty expectations…Through his first 16 big league games, Ryan Braun is doing just that, batting .317 to go along with four homers, 10 RBI, and two steals.  Braun still has to work on his patience at the plate (17 strikeouts vs only 3 walks).  That being said, I wouldn’t at all be surprised if he winds up with a .280 average, 20 homers, 60-65 RBI, and 10 steals by year’s end.  Even in a 10 team league, Braun is a legit keeper, depending of course on how many you’re allowed to keep.  If I had Braun, the only two players (of the four you mention) who I’d even consider trading him for would be Peralta or Lincecum.  You almost certainly wouldn’t be able to get Peralta, as his 12 home runs and 36 RBI from a shortstop are likely too valuable to pass up.  But considering Lincecum’s shaky last two outings (9 ER over 11 innings), I see a Braun for Lincecum swap as at least the start of a deal you can work on.  Even though Capuano is a solid mid-rotation fantasy starter thanks to his fairly high strikeout rate, a 4.22 career ERA from a guy who’s pitched exclusively in the National League just doesn’t excite me.  Lincecum, on the other hand, is a future ace, and a top notch keeper.  Sonnanstine sure looked impressive yesterday, but he needs to show me more before I place him in the same class as Lincecum.

As for your first base question, I refuse to bail on Sexson!  Though Richie has given his owners very little to smile about this season, his track record when it comes to the power numbers is just too consistent.  While you might want to bench Sexson for awhile and ride the hot hitter, I still say Sexson will have a more productive year than both Young and Pena.

Zach Steinhorn, MLB.com    

                                                                           

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