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Who’s the ___ in RF

Posted: March 29, 2015 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports
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We’re on to the last outfield spot and again my leagues are position specific; so I’ll try to find guys that are going to start the season playing rightfield.

The Best; Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins. Just like centerfield this is an easy choice. Even with a late season injury last season Stanton still led the National League with 37 home runs and drove in 105 runs. He posted a .288 batting average and even stole 13 bases last season; just an added plus. Stanton should’ve been the N.L. MVP last season and the Marlins rewarded him with a 13 year $325 million dollar contract. Besides home runs Stanton led the N.L. in Slugging Percentage at .555 and Total Bases with 299. There’s no reason to think that Stanton’s numbers won’t be better in 2015 and there’s an outside chance he could be a 50 homer guy. Like Trout the negative on Stanton is he’s going to strikeout; he had 170 last season. Otherwise he’s the best rightfielder in baseball.

Underrated; Alex Rios, Kansas City Royals. The stigma on Rios was that he was an every other year player, but he seems to have gotten past that. His power was way down last season, but he had nagging injuries all season long and you have to think if healthy he’ll hit more than the 4 homers he hit last season. Rios is 34 years old and entering his 12th major league season; so there is an injury concern with him, but if he’s healthy he’s very consistent. You can look for Rios to hit right around .280 get back to 15 home runs and drive in 75 or more RBI’s in the Royals line up; he’s been a double digit steals guy though his career, but that might be over since he’s had some leg injuries. Rios just gives you solid numbers.

Bounce Back; Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds. Bruce’s numbers fell off the charts last season. A .217 batting average with 18 home runs and 66 RBI’s. Before last season Bruce had 3 straight 30 plus home run season and never drove in less than 97 runs. While Bruce won’t hit .300 you;d think he’ll return to his career average of .251 this season. You’ll have to decide if the decline in Bruce’s numbers is part of the Reds decline as a whole or if he just had a bad season. If Bruce just has an average season and can get between 20 to 25 home runs and gets his RBI’s back to 80 plus; would you except that out of your rightfielder?

Stay away from; Curtis Granderson, New York Mets. The best thing Granderson can give your fantasy team is power, He hit 20 home runs last season and should be good for 20 or more home runs this season. Otherwise Granderson hit .227 drove in 66 runs and struck out 141 times. Granderson was a 40 home runs year hitter just a couple of seasons ago, but that seems like a long time ago. Granderson even used to give you double digit steals a season, but the last 2 seasons that hasn’t happened either. There is a chance if the Mets improve Granderson might improve as well, but that’s kind of a stretch.

We’re on our last spot in the outfield; rightfield. In Chicago it’s a look at two players with limited experience; while in New York it’s two veterans in the position. We’ll start in Chicago today.

Jorge Soler is the Chicago Cubs rightfielder and in a small sample size last season he proved he could hit. Soler played in just 24 games, but he out up a .292 batting average. Soler had 8 doubles, 5 home runs and had 25 RBI’s last season. Like a lot of the young Cubs Soler will strikeout. Soler averaged 1 strikeout per game last season; which isn’t bad compared to some of his teammates. Soler committed 2 errors in rightfield last season, but did have 2 assists and posted a fielding percentage of .958. Soler is reported to have a strong throwing arm; so we’ll have to see if it pays off on the defensive ends for the Cubs in 2015. Soler may not be the first rookie mentioned when people start to talk about the Cubs, but at the end of the 2015 season don’t be surprised if he’s a frontrunner for National League Rookie of the Year  in 2015.

The Chicago White Sox are hoping to get a full season out of Avisail Garcia in rightfield in 2015. Due to injuries Garcia played in just 46 games last season. Garcia struggled at the plate as well; putting up a batting average of .244 much lower than his career batting average of .272. Garcia did hit 7 home runs; added 8 doubles and had 29 R.B.I.’s in 2015. Garcia has never played more than 72 games in a season; so it will be interesting to see what kind of offensive numbers Garcia can out up in a full season. Garcia did have a good fielding percentage of .978; committing just 2 errors and picking up 4 assists in 2014. Garcia is just 23 years old, but did get 23 post season at bats with the Detroit Tigers in 2012 where he put up a respectable .261 batting average. Garcia is another player who will be interesting to watch and see what kind of offensive numbers he might out up in a full 2015 season.

This is another position that is very difficult to pick. It’s two up and coming 23-year-old baseball players. I’m picking Soler at this position. While the players are very even I picked Soler over Garcia based on injury history.

In December of 2013 the New York Mets signed Curtis Granderson to a four year $60 million dollar contract after four season with the New York Yankees. Granderson did play in 155 games last season, but hit just .227. He did hit 20 home runs and had 66 RBI’s adding 27 doubles and 2 triples. In 2007 and 2008 Granderson led the American League in triples with 23 in 2007 and 13 in 2008 he was with the Detroit Tigers then, but in 2011 with the Yankees he led the AL in R.B.I.’s with 119 and runs scored with 136. At 34 I doubt he’ll be leading the N.L. in triples any time soon, but a closer return to form at the plate would be a big plus for the Mets. Granderson is a career .257 and I’m sure the Mets and their fans would take a 30 point improvement in batting average this season. Granderson is a good defender and posted a .994 fielding percentage in 2014 committing just 2 errors in the outfield while picking up 8 assists and being involved in a double play; his career field percentage is exactly what he posted last season .994. Granderson still has power, but he needs to get his batting average closer to his career numbers as the Mets look for a playoff spot in 2015.

Carlos Beltran hit a career low .233 yesterday in 109 games with the New York Yankees. Injuries have limited the number of games Beltran has been able to play in 5 of the last 8 seasons. The Yankees need a full season out of Beltran if they want to contend in the A.L. East. Beltran did hit 15 home runs and had 49 R.B.I.’s adding 23 doubles. Beltran has been an All-Star 8 times, won the R.o.Y. in 1999 and was a candidate for MVP and got votes for the award in 7 seasons. Beltran is a 3 time Gold Glove winner, but posted a career low in fielding percentage last season at .946. Beltran had 3 errors in rightfield last season with 2 assists, but did have a double play last season. Beltran will turn 38 years old a few weeks into the 2015 season and is in the 2nd year of a 3 year $45 million dollar deal. The Yankees need a healthy season and solid numbers out of Beltran to compete, but can a soon to be 38-year-old with a long injury history do that for them.

A tough pick between two veterans, but I’m going with the aging Beltran over the declining Granderson. If Beltran can stay healthy he has a shot to put up numbers, but Granderson’s number have been falling the last few seasons and not because of injury.

The Vs. Series is off tomorrow for the regular Let’s call it Wednesday blog, but it will be back on Thursday to break down the catching position for our four shared city teams.

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