NL lineups: Sanchez, Freese hitting eighth
In the National League, my eye was drawn to the No. 8 spot in the batting order for a few teams, because let's face it, managers don't place their top hitters in that spot. Two notable young players were buried there, but I don't think fantasy owners should regard it as a permanent thing. Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez and Cardinals third baseman David Freese can definitely hit, and both had decent springs at the plate, winning starting jobs that were hardly guaranteed to them. In a way, we shouldn't complain that they're hitting eighth, because at least they're playing. Each guy profiles nicely, though, better than the normal No. 8 hitter. After all, National League No. 8 hitters batted .253 with a .697 OPS in 2009, averaging 11 home runs.
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