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Through the Wire: Week 1

OF Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City

Cain is
part of the crop of young players on the Royals roster and won a starting
outfield job in spring training. He has less than a year of major league
experience, but has showed great promise and could burst onto the fantasy scene
this season. Cain hit better than .400 in the spring and showed he has some pop
in his bat, hitting five home runs. He’ll likely be batting in the Top 3 of the
lineup, so if you’re in need of runs, stolen bases and some power, Cain may be
your guy. He’s only owned in about 44 percent of leagues, but that number is
steadily rising so get him while you can.

SP Phil Hughes, New York Yankees

Yankees rotation is still somewhat of a mystery, but Hughes is slated to be the
No. 3 pitcher. He’s had a very impressive spring, posting a 1.56 earned run
average. Even though you can’t just go by this, it’s encouraging to see him
coming out of the gate ready for the season. You know that New York will score
plenty of runs, and Hughes shouldn’t have as much pressure on him to perform
this year with CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda in the rotation.
Surprisingly he’s only owned in about 20 percent of fantasy leagues, which
seems very low to me. I consider him a must own in most formats this early in
the season.

OF Brennan Boesch, Detroit

There has
been much talk about Boesch and how he is a great candidate for breaking out in
a big way. He’s already been added in a bunch of leagues on speculation alone,
but is still available in close to 40 percent. Boesch is expected to hit ahead
of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the Tigers lineup, so he should score
lots of runs, but he also can hit the long ball. Expect more than 20 round
trippers out of him with a decent average.

SP Edinson Volquez, San Diego

was the opening day starter for the Padres, and even though he got the loss he
did pitch a decent game. Control has been the main problem for him in his young
career and control is what hurt him on Thursday. Volquez walked four batters in
five innings, but overall he was solid. He only gave up three hits and two
earned runs while striking out seven. His defense didn’t do him any favors
having a couple costly errors and that was it for Volquez. He’s now in a
pitcher’s ball park in San Diego and has all the pitches to be a top- of-the-rotation
guy. He’s currently owned in just 14 percent of fantasy leagues, so keep an eye
on him.

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