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The Rios Grande
A funny thing happens when a guy underwhelms the season before, he becomes a value pick the year after. Whether it be because fantasy players have no mercy rule for busts or because they are just a forgetful bunch. I’m a perfect blend of both. So, it pains me a bit to be writing an article telling folks to draft Alex Rios this season. Allllrighty then…why do we like Senor Rios in 2012? 2011 is a year that he would and I would like to forget with a pathetic .227 BA, 13 HRs, and 11 SBs. Rios was never able to put his best ‘toe’ forward and he couldn’t shake the injury. So, what’s in a toe anyway? Well, he could push off at the plate and get the proper torque on the bat as well as his ability to steal bases.
Alex also had a really low BABIP at .237 which is about .60 points below where a normal BABIP should be. This will improve. I hope. Playing for the Sox will also help his power numbers and we know he’s capable of hitting 20 plus homers (although 24 is his career high, so temper expectations) and stealing 20 plus bases. We have also seen him hit 88 RBI’s, so hitting 80 isn’t out of the question either.
This all adds up to solid #3 outfielder numbers at a discounted price for Alex Rios in 2012. So late in your in draft when you are staring at (Yawn) Johnny Damon or some other schmuck, grab Rios and hope for some grande numbers.
Projected 2012 Numbers: .279 BA, 19 HRs, 79 RBIs, and 19 SBs