May 2, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (31) and New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (18) in the dugout during game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki fantasy relevant again


The New York Yankees have been hit by the injury bug once again with outfielder Carlos Beltran hitting the disable list with an elbow injury.

That’s bad news for Beltran owners as he could miss up to 12 weeks if he elects to have surgery on the elbow, but you can look right at his replacement in right field if you are in need of an outfielder.

May 3, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (31) and the Yankees celebrate their win against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees defeated the Rays 6 – 3. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Beltran’s injury makes Ichiro Suzuki fantasy relevant again for the first time in a very long time and could be worth looking at to pick up.

Ichiro figures to see the most time in right field as Beltran’s replacement.  Those who are in need of some speed and batting average help should considering adding him to their rosters.

Suzuki has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence so far in 2014, slashing .364/.397/.436 with a pair of stolen bases in limited action.

However I wouldn’t put too much stock into his current numbers as he won’t maintain his current .444 BABIP, but with a career .344 BABIP, the average regression for him may not end up being that severe.

On the negative side though, pay attention to his strike outs.

Ichiro is carrying a high strike out percentage for him, fanning 17.2 percent of the time right now, which ultimately could force his batting average down if he doesn’t get it under control. But with more at bats coming, I would expect the strike outs to go down as well.

As mentioned, if you need help in the average or stolen base department, he is worth a look as you definitely could do worse right now. I can definitely see Ichiro getting on base a ton and starting to run a lot, even at his age.

 

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