Renaissance Man [ren' i-sans' man] n - a man who knows a lot about many different subjects and has many practical skills and abilities.
At the beginning of each week Baseball Press will take a look at some Rotisserie Renaissance Men from the previous week. Stats in this edition cover the week of April 4th - 11th. These are the hitters that are solid contributors to all 5 roto categories and pitchers who are doing things right in 4 - and possibly 5 categories some weeks. Whether these guys are sitting on your bench or your league's waiver wire, they probably need to be in a starting line-up while they are staying hot.
Jimmy Rollins - SS, Philadelphia Phillies
(23 AB, .391 AVG, 8 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB)
Brushing off a slow start this year, Rollins didn't have a homerun before week 2 last year and was without a stolen base until week 3. Owners mind are at ease and hopeful that they will be getting close to first round value out of this probable third round selection. Even though Rollins would have had some favorable match-ups this week, he unfortunately has suffered what appears to be a grade 2 calf strain which means he is looking at 2-4 weeks of downtime.
Curtis Granderson - OF, New York Yankees
(23 AB, .348 AVG, 4 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB)
Very impressive line for only 23 at-bats and one game out of the 9 hole. Granderson is excelling and not crumbling under the New York pressure so far. Look for this kind of production to continue this week against the Angels and Texas in Yankee Stadium.
Alex Gonzalez - SS, Toronto Blue Jays
(26 AB, .346 AVG, 5 R, 4 HR, 1 SB)
By the way, Vernon Wells is not the only Blue Jay with 4 homeruns this year - Mr. Gonzalez does as well. His whole career Alex has been very streaky and he may or may not continue this but, if you have a hole to fill he may be worth picking up to see if he does. He stays at home this week against Pale Hose and Angels for 7 games.
Jeremy Affeldt - RP, San Francisco Giants
(4.1 INN, 2 W, 1 SV, 3 K, 2.08 ERA, 0.92 WHIP)
Affeldt was a rarity last week, being a 5 category contributing pitcher. He is definitely on the radar as a "LIMA Plan" pitcher (Low Investment Mound Aces - cheap pitchers that contribute quality inning) going into this year but if you are not in a very deep league or not in a league with Holds as a category he probably still is not worth rostering. If you had in last week you definitely enjoyed the extras he provided.
Roy Halladay - SP, Philadelphia Phillies
(16 IP, 2 W, 17 K, 0.56 ERA, 0.94 WHIP)
The only way Halladay wasn't at the top of the list was because of the rare 5 category contributor above him. Anyone that took Halladay early on in drafts or paid big bucks for him at the auctions were handsomely rewarded this first week. Over a K and inning with an ERA and WHIP below 1 is great for a closer in a week, but for a 2-start pitcher is unheard of. Grabbing a start against Florida this week he will see his toughest offense yet but look for him to continue to produce.
Tim Lincecum - SP, San Francisco Giants
(14 IP, 2 W, 17 K, 1.29 ERA, 0.71 WHIP)
The two-time Cy Young Award winner just may do it again this year if week 1 is an indication of things to come. After a few struggles this spring and the velocity not being where it should be early on there seems to be nothing to worry about with Tiny Tim. Even though he beat up on Houston's offense - like Roy Halladay - he fared well against a good Brave's offense. Next up this week is the Dodgers in L.A. where he will be matching up with knuckle-baller Charlie Haeger who had a pretty impressive outing himself this weekend.