Complete 2014 Projections

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PROJECTED 2014 SEASON STATS
1. Alexei Ramirez, CWS SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics63768648266830.284.313.380.693
2014 Projections64869962287724.275.307.383.690
2014 Outlook: When Ramirez first came over to the States, the expectation was for considerably more speed than power, but he surprised by displaying more pop than expected while not running very much. In other words, last season was supposed to be the norm for the Cuban Missile. The thing is, it's rare that a stolen-base spike at age 32 is sustained, so the safe play is to expect pullback. On the other hand, a return to double-digit homers would not be shocking, so, at the end of the day, Ramirez is what he always has been: an extremely durable and reliable middle-infield option for those who don't draft for scarcity early on.
2. Jose Abreu, CWS 1B, DHYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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2014 Projections40269278281964.254.412.495.907
2014 Outlook: After consecutive, successful big-league debut seasons by Cuban imports Yoenis Cespedes (2012) and Yasiel Puig (2013), it's understandable that fantasy owners are giddy over the prospects of a third in a row, this one by Abreu. He's the ultimate unknown commodity entering 2014: Scouts have suggested a range as wide as his being a low-average, big-power type like Pedro Alvarez; a higher-average, modest-power type like Cespedes; or perhaps as little as a fringe big-league regular. A 2011 league MVP in Cuba, Abreu excelled at filling two specific categories: Home runs and times hit by pitch, the latter a direct result of his close-to-the-plate batting stance. (Hey, at least the latter fuels on-base percentage.) He'll presumably be the White Sox's starting first baseman, in a ballpark that plays beautifully for power. Abreu might be wildly streaky and a feast-or-famine type initially, but he's well worth your mid-round consideration.
3. Adam LaRoche, CWS 1BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics511702062721314.237.332.403.735
2014 Projections509672372651273.251.336.438.774
2014 Outlook: Since arriving in Washington, LaRoche has had a career year sandwiched between a pair of clunkers. Offseason surgery to clean loose bodies from his left elbow may be at least in part related to LaRoche having his home run per fly ball rate drop to one of its lowest levels of his career. LaRoche's contact rate didn't suffer, so assuming his power drop was induced by his elbow woes, there's a good chance of a bounce-back. The best part is it won't cost very much on draft day to test this theory.
4. Paul Konerko, CWS 1B, DHYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics46741125445740.244.313.355.669
2014 Projections38544145240640.270.343.416.758
2014 Outlook: The second longest-tenured player with his current team behind only Derek Jeter, Konerko returns to one of the most cluttered first base/DH pictures he has seen in his 16 years with the Chicago White Sox. Jose Abreu's arrival threatens to cut into Konerko's playing time somewhat, but that's a decision that makes some sense, as Konerko begins 2014 at the age of 38 and riding a three-year pattern of declining OPS. Back issues might have made his career decline appear more extreme in 2013 than was reality, but even with a mild rebound, Konerko is more AL-only than mixed asset, and he has more of a look of a daily-league, play-against-lefties type, having batted .313/.398/.525 against southpaws last season.
5. Marcus Semien, CWS 3B, 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics697271222.261.268.406.673
2014 Projections2343872541619.261.373.427.800
2014 Outlook: Considered more of a fallback option at third base for the White Sox than a prime candidate to start, Semien nevertheless shouldn't receive the "ho-hum" approach in deeper fantasy leagues. He's capable of chipping in a few homers and steals, averaging 19 and 20 per 162 games played in his minor league career. At the very least, Semien should make the White Sox as a utility infielder, so consider him a back-of-your-roster option in those AL-only formats.
6. Jeff Keppinger, CWS 2B, 1B, 3BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics4233844020410.253.283.317.600
2014 Projections176193179160.278.314.364.677
2014 Outlook: Keppinger has managed to average about 450 plate appearances a year for the past six seasons, but will be lucky to pick up half of that this year, especially if his surgically repaired shoulder delays his 2014 availability. Keppinger's strength has always made outstanding contact, resulting in a favorable average. His power is minimal and his speed is less than that. He does carry eligibility at first, second and third, so he makes for a defensible endgame play in the deepest of formats so long as your counting stats are up to snuff.
7. Matt Davidson, CWS 3BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics76831210240.237.333.434.768
2014 Projections25730103532991.249.340.432.772
2014 Outlook: Davidson, the 2013 All-Star Futures Game MVP, was traded this winter to the Chicago White Sox, for whom he'll presumably start at third base. A regular gig hardly guarantees him mixed league value, however, as he remains a player honing his skills, including his defense, which needs the most work. That will be the primary obstacle he must hurdle on his way to regular at-bats, but he has both the power and patience to put up useful numbers at U.S. Cellular Field. Davidson might be able to bat between .260 and .270 with 20 homers and a .340 on-base percentage, and that could even land him on the mixed league radar. Keep tabs on him this spring.
8. Conor Gillaspie, CWS 3BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics40846134037790.245.305.390.695
2014 Projections2593082828520.255.324.413.737
9. Joey DeMichele, CWS 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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10. D.J. Jarrad, CWS SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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11. Andrew Douglas, CWS 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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12. Grant Buckner, CWS 3BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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13. Jon Gilmore, CWS 3BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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14. Carlos Sanchez, CWS SS, 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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15. Robert Hudson, CWS SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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