Keaton It Real: The Buyers Guide To OF
I know it’s early for some to be thinking about whether to phone it in for the year or go for the title. But this series is going to span over a few weeks so I figured I’d start it now and then, as the title suggests, you can use it as a guide down the road. In this series, I’m going to go position by position and highlight a few names I would target if I am going all in for a title this year, and a few names to target for a rebuild. Here are the outfielders.
If you’re competing:
Alex Gordon, KC, Age: 35
In a few leagues I’m in, Gordon has been a free agent, so there a good chance it won’t cost you much to acquire him, based on my small sample size. He’s worth being rostered in just about any format, slashing .280/.370/.492 with 9 dingers so far and three steals. If you’re looking for an outfielder, he would be the first one I check on. His production should outweigh the nominal acquisition cost.
Michael Brantley, HOU, Age: 32
Brantley is having his best season since 2014 and is probably on pace to top it at this point. The Astros have a ton of outfield depth so there’s a risk with Brantley potentially losing playing time if he regresses or gets hurt, which is definitely a possibility based on his history. However, he’s a pretty good bet to continue to get regular playing time, and that lineup will allow him to fill up the stat line pretty well. Brantley is probably a good bargain because of the aforementioned injury risk and age, but he’s on a heater and he has the ability to carry it out over the rest of the season.
If you’re rebuilding:
Jarren Duran, BOS, Age:22
Now is the time to jump on Duran who leads all of the minors in batting average (hitting over .400). He doesn’t have a bunch of power but he has everything else. A hit tool for days and speed to snag 20+ bags at the major league level. If this beefed ball sticks he probably has the skills for 10-12 homers and has drawn comparisons to a healthy Jacoby Ellsbury. It’s not going to be long before the Duran secret is out in your league (if it isn’t already) so go get him now.
Julio Rodriguez, SEA, Age: 18
Rodriguez has a ton of talent. With 55s across the board, he has a very advanced feel for the strike zone for his age (he drew 30 walks vs 40 strikeouts in rookie ball last season). In A-ball so far this year he’s been even better, drawing 4 walks to only 5 strikeouts. Currently on the shelf with a fractured left hand, Rodriguez was slashing .355/.444/.452 prior to hitting the IL. At only 18 he has a lot of development to do but has the raw tools to be a force and will probably waste no time shooting up prospect ranks once returning from injury. Like Duran, now is probably the best time to invest.
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