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Boring baseball day.

It’s a boring baseball day today. Some teams are getting rested for mid-week series and we’ve only got some night games going on. So with that, I introduce you to the Atlanta Brave’s Jeff Francoeur, who may be good or who may suck. I guess time will tell…

Let’s jump to conclusions. Jordan Schafer style!

It’s 10:20 p.m. and Jordan Schafer is 10 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues. Expect that to change sometime in the very, very near future.

Tonight, the Brave’s top prospect homered in his first at bat, singled in his second, intentionally walked in his third, and struck out swinging in his fourth. Schafer looked good in his first three at bats but was clearly overmatched against Brad Lidge’s slider in the eighth. His first three at bats came against Brett Myers so he wasn’t facing any ole’ slouch. As I stated in my synopsis of Schafer in my post titled “Who I’m giving blowies to,” he’s a streaky hitter so now’s probably the time to strike and pick him up if you’ve got the room.

For at least one night, the Brave’s confidence in their young players paid off. Only time will tell if Schafer develops into the player many think he will.

Who I’m giving blowies to.

I live in Charleston, practically right down the street from Oriole’s prospect Matt Wieters’ hometown of Goose Creek, South Carolina. I’ve heard Goose Creek and the words “hick” and “incest” in the same sentence. A common bar joke down here is, “Who here’s from Goose Creek? Your donkey just took a shit outside the bar.”

Joking aside, chances are you’ve heard of this year’s two top prospects: Baltimore’s catcher Wieters and Tampa Bay’s LHP David Price. If you haven’t, you’re probably not going to win or even come close, so you should just quit now.

But I suppose there is some hope for you. There’s a bunch of guys in this year’s rookie class who promise to make a smaller impact and who, with a little luck, can improve your squad in some tangible way. The following is a list of five guys, in no particular order, who I think will contribute in 2009. If you don’t see the name of your favorite prospect it’s because I don’t see him getting the call this year. For instance, the Brave’s Tommy Hanson has an adequate rotation blocking his future in Atlanta. Mike Stanton of the Marlins probably won’t make it to the big club because the Marlins have been slow in giving guys chances (see: Dallas McPherson). Hold your horses though, I’ll be addressing “keepers” in the future.

And the top five guys I’m giving “blowies” to (Thank you, I Love You, Man) in 2009 is…

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