Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Rios
The only thing consistent from year-to-year with Alex Rios is his inconsistency. In the last four years he’s had batting averages in the .240s, .260s, .280s, and .300s. I mean, seriously, it doesn’t get less consistent than that. In the last three years he’s had stolen base totals of 34 (career high), 11 (career low), and 23 (just right), and don’t even get me started on his peripheral stats. Rios was epically bad in 2011, batting .227 and driving in just 44 runs hitting primarily fifth and sixth for the White Sox. How do you drive in 88 runs one year and then drive in exactly half that the next year while batting near the heart of the lineup? Is that even possible? Well, apparently it was. Rios is a tantalizing player in fantasy, but his incredible up and down swings have scared off a lot of fantasy owners. The good news is that over the last three years he’s seen his line drive rate steadily rise to the point where it was actually league average last season, and our xBA equation s...
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