Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Injuries limited Michael Cuddyer‘s overall production last year after three straight years of top-100 caliber performances. His batting average on the year was just .260, the lowest average in a semi-full season over his career, but oddly enough that average came despite a 20.4% line drive rate, his highest since posting a 20.6% rate back in 2006 when he batted .284. In both 2010 and 2011, Cuddyer’s batting averages and expected batting averages (xBA) were nearly identical. Last year his xBA was .315, so we can safely conclude that Lady Luck wasn’t on Cuddyer’s side. It’s true that his K:BB ratio (0.41) was a career worst and had been trending down for the last two years, but remember how good his line drive rate was, and his infield fly rate was also his best since 2004 (8.0%). Cuddyer is a career .271 hitter, and that’s probably around where he’ll bat this year (we have him pegged at .279). His value in fantasy comes from the balance he brings, posting average or better numbers in...
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