2012 Fantasy Baseball: Breaking Down the Rookies


This week we look at four promising lefty starters and a center fielder taking Citi Field by storm! 

SP-DREW POMERANZ (COLORADO)- The promising young lefty will have some growing pains this year as he learns how to deal with Coors field. Currently Pomeranz owns a 0-1 record with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. The 30th ranked propsect in all of baseball is showing positive signs though averaging a strike out per inning in his brief nine innings of work. Pomeranz isnt worthy of a roster spot as of now but he can be valuable especially in head to head leagues when he gets two starts in a week.

SP-WADE MILEY (ARIZONA)- Miley was lights out last night as he limited the Phillies to two hits while striking out seven in six scoreless innings. Wade is now 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP on the season. While his numbers are certainly impressive I recommend taking a wait and see approach as to how Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson is going to handle the pitching situation out in the desert. Miley started for DL ridden Daniel Hudson last night and top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer is a phone call away from being added into the big league clubs rotation. If you have a roster spot available he is definitely worth an add.

SP- TOMMY MILONE (OAKLAND)- Milone reminds me of a so far of a young version of Mark Buehrle, he doesnt throw real hard and will not strike out many but has excellent control and is a serviceable pitcher if you need ERA and WHIP numbers. He currently owns a 2.00 ERA , 0.80 WHIP and three wins. Even more impressive was his win out in Anaheim against a solid Angels team last week Pitching in Oakland half of his games can only help the young lefty where Barry Zito and Mark Mulder flourished in the past. He is not flashy but you could do worse as your 4th or 5th starter.

SP-DREW SMYLY- (DETROIT)- Drew has been very impressive so far this year with a 1.12 ERA averaging nearly a strike out an inning in 16 innings pitched. On Sunday he held down the vaunted Ranger lineup striking out seven getting a no decision. Smyly is the team's number five starter and looks like he has cemented himself in that spot with his early season success. He is definitely worth an add if you have room on your roster especially on a World Series contending team like Detroit.

OF- KIRK NIEUWENHUIS (NY METS)- Kirk has already become a Mets fan favorite for his all out hustle approach to the game bringing fans back to remember another young phenom who burst onto the scene named Lenny Dykstra. He currently owns a .327 batting average with two HR's and four RBI's. "Captain Kirk" owns a career minor league BA of .280 and has also shown some speed and pop as well. Manager Terry Collins will have some decisions to make when Mets projected 2012 centerfield starter Andres Torres returns from the disabled list with a bad calf muscle.

BRYCE HARPER WATCH- Bryce finally hit his first home run last week for Syracuse as he continues to struggle against AAA pitching. Harper currently owns a .234 batting average with a one HR and two RBI's. He continues to struggle both against left hand pitching and defensivley in CF.

(March 1, 2012 - Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images North America) 

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Written by John Marino exclusively for www.thefantasyfix.com

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