Originally posted on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 3/2/12

In 2010, it was Evan Longoria‘s power and last year it was the batting average. It seems like he can’t put it all together for one glorious season. He was hampered by foot an oblique problems, which probably limited his stolen base output and his .239 BABIP was grossly under his career .319 mark coming into the season and his xBA of .294 tells you the whole story. Longoria’s luck should turn around and that monster season where he puts everything together should come sooner rather than later.

Best case scenario: Top-three third baseman
Similar players: Ryan Zimmerman (WAS), David Wright (NYM) with fewer SB, Miguel Cabrera (DET) with worse BA
Worst case scenario: His power disappears again


Power/speed, RBI, plate discipline. For a thrid baseman, Longoria can swipe a lot of bases. His 15 in 2010 could be on the high side, but it’s not crazy to think he can hit double digits for the next couple of years. He’s also improved his plate discipline (more walks, fewers strikeouts) in each of his four seasons as a pro.


None. I don’t see his 2011 injuries as long term issues and his batting average was due to some serious bad luck. He’s about as well-rounded as you can get in a fantasy player.

ADP Report (12.6)

If you want to acquire an elite talent entering his prime you will have to spend a high draft pick. Of course, Longoria’s upside has put him in the top 10 for the last two seasons so 12th overall doesn’t seem so bad now.

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