With rookies making significant contributions to fantasy baseball teams every year, Atlanta Braves rookie outfielder Jordan Schafer will have an excellent opportunity to aid fantasy baseball teams in 2009. So what can Jordan Schafer do for your fantasy team?
Player Profile: Jordan Schafer
Born: September 4, 1986
Draft: 2005 – 3rd Round Atlanta Braves
2009 Spring Training Review:
Jordan Schafer, one of the Atlanta Braves top prospects, has put together an outstanding 2009 spring training. At age 22, Schafer was expected to contend for a starting outfield spot in Atlanta sometime during the 2009 season, however after an excellent spring training, Schafer has shown the Braves that he is ready for a major league job to begin the season. Through 18 games and 62 at bats during spring training, Schafer has pounded out 22 hits, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homeruns, 3 rbi, 5 stolen bases, and a .355 batting average.
Fantasy Baseball Update:
Even though the Atlanta Braves have not yet officially named Schafer as an opening day starting outfielder to begin the 2009 season, he has clearly earned that position based on his spring play. The best news fantasy baseball teams could have wanted regarding Schafer’s playing time in 2009, was that the Braves traded his main outfield competition Josh Anderson. With this trade, it seems that the Braves appear willing to hand over a starting outfield job to Schafer sooner rather than later. And even if Schafer doesn’t begin the season as a starter for the Braves, he should definitely get an opportunity to showcase his skills sometime during the 2009 season.
Jordan Schafer’s minor league track record is very solid, as he has already established himself as a 20 plus stolen base guy at Single-A. As for the power potential, the hope is that as Schafer gets older he will also build up enough strength to be a 20-30 homerun hitter as well. On another positive note, Schafer has also displayed a good eye at the plate as he has accumulated a .312 batting average over 565 at bats during one year in the minors, as well as a .294 batting average over 436 at bats during another year in the minors. With these peripherals, Schafer enters the 2009 season as a very intriguing prospect for fantasy baseball teams.
In fantasy baseball keeper leagues, Jordan Schafer is an excellent pick to build your outfield around over the next couple of years. If he continues to progress as expected, Schafer could easily be a 20 homerun and 30 stolen base player in just two years. As for 2009 fantasy baseball non-keeper leagues, Schafer is worth a roster spot as a backup outfielder in deeper leagues, however in leagues with 12 or less teams it does not make much sense to add Schafer just yet. However you will definitely want to keep a close eye on him as the season gets underway, and we find out just how much the Braves plan on playing him in 2009.
2009 Stat Projections:
On the conservative side: 100 games played, 8 homeruns, 15 stolen bases, 40 runs scored, 30 rbi, .270 batting average
On the if-all-goes well side: 145 games played, 12 homeruns, 25 stolen bases, 70 runs scored, 60 rbi, .290 batting average