Thanks to a change of venue and a slowly increasing tendency toward fly balls, Jason Kubel has become one of the better home run options in fantasy.
Every year from 2006 through 2012, Kubel has hit more and more fly balls. Last year his 43.8 FB% wasn’t overly extreme, but it’s much higher than the low-to-mid 30s marks he was posting earlier in his career. Toss in a move from Target Field (103 park factor for HR to RHB) to Chase Field (114), and it shouldn’t be surprising that Kubel posted his first career 30-homer season in 2012.
With the departure of Justin Upton, Kubel becomes an even more critical park of Arizona’s offensive attack. According to MLBDepthCharts.com, he’s slated to bat cleanup for the Diamondbacks, a lineup slot that should help him reproduce his numbers from last season.
At a Glance
Strengths: HR, RBI, SLG
Neutral: R, BA, OBP, OPS
Best-case scenario: Mark Trumbo (LAA)
Likely scenario: Michael Morse (SEA), Ike Davis (NYM), Nels...