Karl de Vries is a reporter and web producer for Newsday. He’s a lifelong Mets fan and fantasy fanatic who operates RotoDiamond, a fantasy baseball blog. If you’ve never heard of RotoDiamond, we highly suggest adding it to your fantasy repertoire. Due to the high quality of Karl’s work, we’ve asked him to contribute posts to Baseball Professor. It took some begging and pleading (kidding!) but Karl agreed to share his wisdom with us. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, comments or lewd pictures, though we wouldn’t recommend the latter.
Poor Alex Rios.
OK, so I don’t really mean that. Everyone should be so lucky as to get paid millions of dollars to play a children’s game for a living, and besides, the little I know about Rios makes me think he’s not the most cool-headed guy in the sport.
Still, he had a rough go of it in 2011. He finished with a .227/.265/.348 line, halved his RBI total from 2010 and posted just 11 steals, all while his walk rate fell t...