The Washington Times - March 6, 2009, 12:02AM

Milledge didn’t set the world on fire in his first full season, but he did show flashes of potential. He stole 24 bases and made progress as the season went on, hitting 54 points higher after the All-Star break (.299) than before (.245).

51. Willy Taveras, CIN

Tavares does only one thing well - run - but it’s enough to give him a decent measure of fantasy value. He had a career-high 68 steals in 2008 but went backwards in every other regard, hitting just .251 with a paltry 28 extra-base hits.

52. Rick Ankiel, STL

Ankiel showed good power by belting 25 homers in his first full season as a big-league hitter, though he did strike out 100 times in just 413 at bats. He clearly has 30 or even 35 homer potential, but the Cards outfield is mighty crowded.

53. Jayson Werth, PHI

Werth got a career-high 418 at bats in 2008 and made the most of them, posting career highs in average (.273), home runs (24), RBI (67) and steals (20). He enters 2009 with a starting gig and could duplicate last year’s 20-20 showing.

54. Travis Snider, TOR

Snider reached the bigs at age 20 last season and showed why he’s so highly regarded by hitting .301 with 2 homers in 73 at bats. The 23 K’s are cause for concern, but Snider is a top talent and could be a 30-homer guy as soon as this year.

55. Jason Kubel, MIN

Kubel got a career-high 463 at bats in 2008 and responded with career bests in homers (20) and RBI (78). His struggles against lefties will keep him in a platoon role, but he’ll still likely produce enough to serve as a low-end fantasy starter.

56. Elijah Dukes, WAS

Dukes is injury prone and has big-time attitude issues. He’s also a big-time talent who had 13 jacks and as many steals in just 276 at bats last season. If he can somehow manage to stay on the field all year, Dukes has 30-30 potential.

57. Kendry Morales, LAA

Morales has hit just .249 with 12 home runs in 377 big league at bats but has been a force in the minors for the past several years. As the Angels’ presumptive starting first baseman, he’ll be given every opportunity to succeed this year.

58. Cameron Maybin, FLA

A true five-tool talent, Maybin spent most of 2008 in double-A and hit .277 with 13 homers and 21 steals. He finished the year with 16 hits in 32 big-league at bats. He should be a good source of steals as a rookie and may surprise with the bat.

59. Kosuke Fukudome, CHC

Fukudome was a disappointment in his first year in the U.S., hitting just .253 (.217 after the All-Star break) with 10 homers and 58 RBI. Don’t write him off just yet, though - he was a star in Japan and has the talent to succeed here.

60. David Murphy, TEX

Murphy was a pleasant surprise for the Rangers in 2008, hitting .275 with 15 homers and 74 RBI before a knee injury ended his season in August. He lacks upside but could definitely improve on last year’s totals with a full season of at bats.

THE BEST OF THE REST

61. Jody Gerut, SD
62. Ryan Spilborghs, COL
63. Jeremy Hermida, FLA
64. Luke Scott, BAL
65. Justin Upton, ARI
66. Mike Cameron, MIL
67. Fred Lewis, SF +
68. Adam Jones, BAL
69. Nate Schierholtz, SF
70. Carlos Gomez, MIN
71. Josh Willingham, WAS
72. Eric Byrnes, ARI +
73. Michael Cuddyer, MIN
74. Adam Lind, TOR
75. Josh Anderson, ATL
76. Daniel Murphy, NYM
77. Nelson Cruz, TEX
78. Ryan Sweeney, OAK
79. Marlon Byrd, TEX +
80. Garret Anderson, ATL
81. Aaron Rowand, SF
82. Matt Joyce, TB +
83. Chase Headley, SD
84. Jeff Francoeur, ATL
85. Juan Pierre, LA
86. Aaron Cunningham, OAK
87. Carlos Gonzalez, COL
88. Cody Ross, FLA
89. Ken Griffey Jr., SEA +
90. Ben Francisco, CLE
91. Ryan Church, NYM
92. Jack Cust, OAK
93. Brandon Moss, PIT
94. Felix Pie, BAL
95. Michael Bourn, HOU
96. Seth Smith, COL
97. Chris Dickerson, CIN
98. Nick Evans, NYM
99. Franklin Gutierrez, SEA
100. Scott Hairston, SD
101. Skip Schumaker, STL
102. Dexter Fowler, COL
103. Austin Kearns, WAS
104. Gary Matthews, LAA +
105. Brian Barton, STL
106. Luis Montanez, BAL
107. Joe Mather, STL
108. Mark Teahen, KC
109. Reed Johnson, CHC
110. Wladimir Balentien, SEA
111. Nyjer Morgan, PIT
112. Brett Gardner, NYY
113. Travis Buck, OAK
114. Melky Cabrera, NYY
115. Marcus Thames, DET
116. Fernando Tatis, NYM
117. Eric Hinske, PIT +
118. Andruw Jones, TEX
119. Matt Diaz, ATL
120. Emil Brown, SD
121. Gabe Gross, TB
122. Juan Rivera, LAA
123. Brandon Boggs, TEX +
124. Jonny Gomes, CIN
125. Greg Golson, TEX
126. Jim Edmonds
127. Mark Kotsay, BOS +
128. Corey Patterson, WAS
129. Willie Harris, WAS
130. Brandon Jones, ATL

PROSPECTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

1. Colby Rasmus, STL
2. Andrew McCutchen, PIT
3. Matt LaPorta, CLE
4. Jordan Schafer, ATL
5. Drew Stubbs, CIN
6. Nolan Reimold, BAL
7. Austin Jackson, NYY
8. Fernando Martinez, NYM
9. Wilkin Ramirez, DET
10. John Mayberry, PHI
11. Michael Saunders, SEA
12. Julio Borbon, TEX
13. Brian Bogusevic, HOU
14. Greg Halman, SEA
15. Jose Tabata, PIT +
16. Mike Stanton, FLA
17. Ben Revere, MIN
18. John Shelby, CHW
19. Michael Taylor, PHI
20. Andrew Lambo, LA
21. Gerardo Parra, ARI
22. Peter Bourjos, LAA
23. Kellen Kulbacki, SD
24. Christopher Marrero, WAS
25. Michael Burgess, WAS

 

FANTASY PREVIEW SCHEDULE

Monday, Feb. 23 - Intro & Catchers
Wednesday, Feb. 25 - First Basemen
Friday, Feb. 27 - Second Basemen
Monday, March 2 - Third Basemen
Wednesday, March 4 - Shortstops
Friday, March 6 - Outfielders
Monday, March 9 - DH-only
Wednesday, March 11 - Starting Pitchers
Friday, March 13 - Relief Pitchers

Jay LeBlanc is an assistant news editor at The Washington Times. He can be reached at jleblanc@washingtontimes.com.

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