Nick Markakis is usually a lock for 150 games (averaged 158 games from 2006-2011), but he only managed 104 games last year thanks to a fractured hamate bone and a broken thumb. It’s too bad because Markakis was actually starting to show some of that power we saw early in his career; his .174 ISO last year was his highest mark since .185 in 2008. His increased power even came while he decreased his number of fly balls (31.4 GB% in 2012, 35.0% career).
Overall, Markakis is a solid player who contributes across the board, but doesn’t really excel in any facet of the game except getting on base. In OBP leagues, he gets a boost thanks to his career .365 OBP.
At a Glance
Strengths: BA, OBP
Neutral: HR, SB, SLG, OPS
Weaknesses: R, RBI
Best-case scenario: Hunter Pence (SF)
Likely scenario: Michael Cuddyer (COL), Melky Cabrera (TOR), Alex Gordon (KC)
Worst-case scenario: Jason Bay (SEA)
Nick Markakis 2013 Fantasy Projection
There aren’t going to be any strong reactions in your draft room when his name is called out, but that doesn’t mean he can’t help your fantasy squad. Obviously we’ve seen flashes of potential for a .300-25-90 guy, but those dreams were dashed thanks to his underwhelming 2010 and 2011 seasons.
However, there are some good signs that Markakis could be getting back to his “power” days. First, we saw his HR/FB rate jump back up to the low-teens and after hitting just 31 doubles in 160 games in 2011, Markakis hit 28 in just 104 games last year. We have all that and he’s still in the middle of his prime power years.
Maybe I’m just backing my fellow Greek brother, but Markakis still finished in the top 100 in our PSR ranks in his down 2010 and 2011 seasons and assuming he comes in healthy he could surprise us all in 2013.