Excluding an injury-shortened 2011 season, Adam LaRoche has driven in 83 or more runs in six straight seasons. He’s hit at least 25 homers in four straight seasons, scored at least 75 runs in the last three, and batted at least .270 in five of the last six.
Coming off a career year in which he ranked 77th overall, LaRoche’s ADP this year is 121.5. That’s exactly where he finished the year back in 2010 when he posted a line of 75 runs, 25 homers, 100 RBI, 0 SB, and a .261 BA. That’s pretty much what we can expect this year, so as far as consistent, bargain producers go, LaRoche’s name should be near the top of the list.
At a Glance
Strengths: HR, RBI, OBP, SLG, OPS
Neutral: R, BA
Best-case scenario: Freddie Freeman (ATL)
Likely scenario: Jason Kubel (ARI), Ike Davis (NYM), Nick Swisher (CLE)
Worst-case scenario: Mike Moustakas (KC)
Adam LaRoche 2013 Fantasy Projection
LaRoche will bat fourth this year behind Denard Span, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman. That’s a great top three, and LaRoche will have plenty of RBI chances. I always project a little on the conservative side because it fits my draft strategy best, but there’s a chance LaRoche could post a career best in RBI this year by finally topping 100.
Whether he can maintain the 30-plus homer power will dictate his top-100 status. Last year LaRoche really shied away from grounders with his 33.6 GB% a new career low and his 44.1 FB% and 22.3 LD% new career highs. His 17.0% HR/FB rate was the second highest of his career, and all of that mixed together resulted in his second 30-homer season (his first since 2006 with Atlanta).
There isn’t much to say about LaRoche that you can’t decipher from his stat line. He is what he is, and he’s in a great situation in Washington. In deep leagues he’s a first baseman I’d love to target in the middle rounds while I try to pick up elite talent at shallower positions. He’s also great in OBP leagues with OBPs over .340 in four of the last five years.