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Home  MLB News  Sexy Pick Alert!!  Sexy Pick Alert: It's (Felix) Pie Time
Sexy Pick Alert: It's (Felix) Pie Time
Written by The GNUru   
Apr 17, 2007 at 03:29 PM

Felix PieIn case you missed it, Alfonso Soriano came up lame while diving for a ball last night.  While the news is certainly important to fantasy owners, the promotion of center fielder Felix Pie from triple A is also noteworthy.  The Cubs #1 position prospect projects to be a 5-tool player in the mold of a Carlos Beltran, or perhaps a Corey Patterson.

While most wouldn't consider the above mentioned Felix Pie a sexy pick, to the faithful Cub fans he represents the ultimate of all sexy picks.  To us die-hard Cub fans it easy to let the promise of the next superstar cloud our fantasy decisions.  Think about it, how infuriating it would be if a rival fantasy owner living out in BFE out-scoops you with a player on your favorite team (the GNUru knows all to well with the emergence of Carlos Zambrano).  This fear can certainly lead one to overvalue hometown players and can leave you brandished with the label of a ‘homer'- and I'm not referring to the lovable bald, beer guzzling, model parent.  With that in mind, the GNUru will attempt to evaluate the value of Felix Pie while trying to put aside any bias he may have.

When assessing any player's value the first thing you should consider is their likely role in the Major Leagues.  A player that does not fit into the teams plans does not make a good fantasy baseball player.   In the case of Felix Pie, he most certainly fits into the Cubs plans but the question is when do those plans kick in?  Although the Cubs have an already crowded outfield with Jacque Jones, Matt Murton, Cliff Floyd, and the now injured Alfonso Soriano, Pie's opportunity with the club is not limited to the time Soriano will be on the disabled list.  In fact, there was much speculation that Pie was going to be brought up soon regardless of the injury and in order to accommodate that move they asked Soriano to consider moving back to left field (WSCR Sports Radio Chicago).  That likely means that Murton, Floyd, and Jones will be vying for playing time in right field and trade rumors have been flying since the spring.  Jones is likely the odd man out especially after his 3 pitch strikeout with nobody out, runners at 1st and 3rd in a 1-0 loss.  Pie also brings his stellar glove to a team that has a relatively weak defensive outfield.  His defensive skills alone warrant playing time.  So essentially, if Pie can hold his own he will be entrenched at the centerfield position.

Now that the issue of playing time has been put to rest, can Felix Pie hit or will he head down the path of Corey Patterson?  While the GNUru does not profess to be the Nostradamus of fantasy baseball, a simple look at the numbers tells you Pie is no Patterson.   

Year
AB
H
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
AVG
Felix Pie
2002
8
1
0
1
1
1
0
0.22
2002
218
70
4
37
21
47
17
0.39
2003
505
144
4
47
41
98
19
0.35
2004
415
125
8
47
39
113
32
0.36
2005
240
73
11
25
16
53
13
0.35
2006
559
158
15
57
46
126
17
0.34
2007
36
16
1
6
8
4
1
0.67
Corey Patterson
1999
475
152
20
79
25
85
33
0.36
2000
444
116
22
82
45
115
27
0.34
2001
367
93
7
32
29
65
19
0.31
2005
91
27
5
12
8
19
6
0.37

While both Pie and Patterson struck out more than you'd like in the minors, Pie differentiates himself by the fact he actually had some success before he got his promotion to the majors.  Patterson, on the other hand, did nothing to earn his promotion to the majors and was hitting just .253 (AAA-Iowa) when he got the call.  Pie in his first 11 games of the 2007 season hit .444 (16 for 36) 1 HR, 6 RBI , 1 SB and an impressive 1.127 OPS.  Most importantly he has walked 9 times while striking out just 4 times.  The hard working kid (another difference from Corey Patterson) really worked on his plate discipline while in winterball- something Corey Patterson refused to do.

While the future for Felix remains uncertain, he has all the making of a fantasy superstar.  If you have the roster space ( and your in a keeper league), it would be wise to pick him up immediately as the GNUru has already locked him up in his league!  That said, the GNUru is a Cub fan so take exert caution when taking his advice with regards to Cub players.

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