Fantasy baseball scouting report on Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Josh Whitesell. Includes player profile, minor league updates, fantasy baseball outlook, keeper league incentives, 2009 expectations, and stat projections.
Player Profile – Josh Whitesell:
Born: April 14, 1982
Draft: 2003 – 6th Round Montreal Expos
Position: First Base
Minor League Profile:
Josh Whitesell, a former 6th round pick of the Montreal Expos in the 2003 draft, has seemingly been underappreciated throughout his minor league career. Even though Josh Whitesell does not get much attention, and he is not even ranked as one of the Arizona Diamondbacks top 10 overall prospects by Baseball America to begin the 2009, he has still managed to put up excellent stats during his minor league career. During the 2007 season Whitesell tallied 21 homeruns, 74 rbi, 78 runs scored, 6 stolen bases, and a .284 batting average. Whitesell then followed up that solid showing with a 2008 season that included 26 homeruns, 110 rbi, 86 runs scored, 36 doubles, and a .328 batting average.
Fantasy Baseball Outlook:
At age 27 for the 2009 season, Josh Whitesell isn’t exactly considered a prospect by many scouts because of his advanced age. However with back to back excellent seasons in the minors in 2007 and 2008, Whitesell has the potential to finally make a splash at the major league level during the 2009 season. Josh Whitesell’s overall fantasy baseball outlook does not look to be that of a future superstar first basemen or even an All-Star caliber first basemen, but with above average power and .300 batting average potential, Josh Whitesell can definitely make a contribution to fantasy teams. During the prime of his career, Josh Whitesell has the potential to be a 20-25 homerun, 80-90 rbi, and .290 batting average player at the major league level.
Keeper League Incentive:
In fantasy baseball keeper leagues, Josh Whitesell is clearly not a top notch fantasy baseball first base prospect. However if he can receive playing time with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009, Whitesell could easily earn the everyday starting first basemen’s job by the end of the 2009 season. With Conor Jackson capable of playing the outfield, and Chad Tracy nowhere near being a solid major league offensive contributor, the Diamondbacks will likely be more inclined to opened the gates for Josh Whitesell to show what he can do at the major league level in 2009. After calling Whitesell up in early May, his early struggles cost him a major league opportunity, and he was quickly demoted back to Triple-A. However if he starts to rake again at the plate, another call-up is very likely. All in all, Josh Whitesell possess enough offensive skills combined with power and rbi potential to warrant fantasy consideration.
If Whitesell becomes an everyday player, he has the ability to become a solid top 20 overall fantasy baseball first basemen in 2009, while becoming a solid first base backup on numerous fantasy teams.
Overall, the fantasy baseball outlook for Josh Whitesell in 2009 could resemble 12 homeruns, 40 rbi, 30 runs scored, and a .285 batting average if given at least 350 at bats.
2009 Stat Projections:
On the low end: 150 at bats, 6 homeruns, 25 rbi, 15 runs scored, .275 batting average
On the high end: 350 at bats, 12 homeruns, 40 rbi, 30 runs scored, .290 batting average