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
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