Who’s the ____ in CF

Posted: March 29, 2015 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports
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Again our outfield is position specific; so I’m trying to focus on guys who’ll start the season in Centerfield.

The Best; Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Trout is the best player in baseball and won his 1st A.L. MVP last season. Even though I’m not a big spring training numbers guy Trout appears to have picked up where he left off last season. Trout is hitting .468 with 4 home runs this spring. If you’re in a league that deducts for strikeouts Trout could hurt you there; he struck out 184 times last season. If his strikeout total comes down he’s far and away the best player in fantasy and the #1 pick in almost every league; depending on format. There are quite a few good centerfielders, but Trout is far and away the best of them.

Underrated; Ben Revere, Philadelphia Phillies. Of course you’re not going to get a lot of power out of Revere, but if you’re going to draft him you know that. What he will give you is a good batting average; 306 last season and .291 for his career. He’ll also give you speed; a career high 49 steals last season. If you’re in a category league he can add to your triples category; he had 7 last season and don’t forget he had 184 hits last season even though a lot of them are singles. Being in the lead off spot means Revere will get at least 4 at bats a game and that could mean extra at bats for the season; so it’s more chances to put up stats for your team.

Bounce Back; Michael Bourn, Cleveland Indians. There are some questions that Bourn needs to answer going into the 2015 season. Can he stay healthy? Bourn played in 106 games last season. Have these injuries taken away his speed? Bourn had just 10 stolen bases last season. Can he get his batting average back into the .270’s? Bourn hit .257 last season and .263 in 2013. If there’s an issue with Bourn’s speed I might’ve been better off putting him in the stay away category. I think if Bourn is healthy he’ll get his numbers back closer to his career averages. If Bourn could get back to .270 and steal 40 bases a fantasy owner should take that.

Stay Away from; Melvin Upton Jr, Atlanta Braves. This should be an easy player for most if not all fantasy owners to do unless you think he’s going to finally produce. Upton hit 12 homers last season; up from 9 in 2013. His batting average went up to .208 last season; it was .184 on 2013. He drove in 35 runs last season; up from 26 in 2013. The only possible plus you could get out of having Upton on your team is he’ll steal double digit bases for you. If you need one more reason not to draft Upton; he struck out 173 times last season.

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