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Here, I will illustrate to you 5 players that are ranked fairly high, but might not live up to your expectations.
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Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX – I’m going to tell you right now, he’s ranked #33 in ESPN’s rankings, but he is NOT worth that high of a pick. He’s a guy with no power, who doesn’t drive in a lot of runs, with a sup-bar .275+ AVG, and can only steal bases and score runs. If you draft Andrus at #33 overall, you’re just asking to be let down.
Projections: 3 HR, 54 RBI, .274 AVG, 41 SBs, 85 R
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK – Josh Donaldson bursted on to the scene last year with the A’s posting a 24-89-.301 line and scoring 89 runs. It was without a doubt a career year for Donaldson but I think he is due for some regression. Last year he had a BABIP (batting average on balls in play) of over .330. The average BABIP is between .290-.310. This shows that while he had an impressive batting average last year, some of that was due to luck, which may change this year. He also had a pretty decent ISO (isolated power) which measure’s a hitter’s raw power of .199. I like Donaldson, don’t get me wrong, but I do not agree with ESPN’s projections.
Projections: 18 HR, 85 RBI, .281 AVG, 2 SBs, 87 R
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL – 24 HR’s… a BABIP over .330. I just don’t see it in the cards for Carlos Gomez again. I think he is without a doubt a great player, but I think the power numbers drop a little bit, as well as the average.
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Projections: 18 HR, 70 RBI, .261 AVG, 36 SBs, 75 R
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS – He had a spectacular season last year, and a great second half, but he missed a month with a hamstring injury. He’s had injuries the last two years, and he’s aging. He will be 35. We’ve seen guys like David Ortiz retain high power numbers as they venture closer to 40, but with Werth, 125-135 games might be it for him this year. I don’t think he hits over .300 or reaches 20 HRs this year.
Projections: 19 HR, 83 RBI, .287 AVG, 8 SBs, 80 R
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL – Ahh, “Crush” Davis. What a year last year. Did you enjoy? I hope you did, because for the same reasons as Josh Donaldson, you sir, are due for regression. Yes, Chris Davis has always had power, but his ISO jumped from .231 in 2012, which was still pretty high, to .348! That’s insane! He always wore a .336 BABIP. No, no two stats alone can dictate regression, but that’s where the numbers come from. Chris Davis is ranked 6th overall. He will be much closer to his 2012 numbers as opposed to 2013. 53 HRs again? Ha.. No.
Projections: 32 HR, 90 RBI, .280 AVG, 1 SB, 85 R