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Reason to believe in Cruz, Vlad and Lewis

4/14/2010

ESPN fantasy sports columnist Tristan H. Cockcroft is buying stock in the Rangers' Nelson Cruz, Vladimir Guerrero and Colby Lewis.

In his column about which hot starts by hitters appear legit, here's some of what Cockcroft had to say about Cruz:

If you combine everything he has done from 2008-10, Cruz has appeared in 166 games, batted .281, hit 45 homers, driven in 113 runs and stolen 23 bases, numbers that make him look like a top-25 player overall. Can he get there? He'll need to stay healthy, but it's hardly crazy to say he can.

And here is some of what he said about Guerrero:

Health is Guerrero's primary obstacle, but the designated hitter role should protect him somewhat, and he's in about the most favorable circumstance he could for fantasy success.

In his column about which hot starts by pitchers shouldn't be ignored, here are some of Cockcroft's observations about Lewis, tonight's starter:

A two-year stint in Japan, during which time he had a 2.82 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 9.37 strikeouts-per-nine ratio, seems to have rejuvenated his career. As Jason Grey pointed out during the spring, Lewis vastly improved his command and delivery overseas, and the addition of a cutter has boosted his repertoire as well.