Over the next week, we will be going over the buy low and sell high options for each position. We will follow the positions the way that the powers that be in baseball decided. Since this is the sixth installment, we will focus on position 6, which is shortstop.
As with each baseball season, there are plenty of players that are well over or well under their career averages. Finding the players that will either shed their horrid slumps, or cool off after hot starts can be the difference between winning and losing your league.
How does one go about finding the overachievers and underachievers? Season numbers vs. careeer numbers are a good place to start. But everyone has to have a breakout season sometime. What if a players is in the midst of one of those? Sometimes you just have to go with your gut…….and hope you are reading the right column!
Buy low options:
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: His numbers this year don’t seem that far off of his career pace, but he is still just 25 years old. He will likely never hit for much power, and that’s okay. He does have 14 steals so far, which would put him on pace for 34. Slightly below his career high of 42 last year. The thing that I notice is that he is striking out less. With that should come an increase in average from his current .260 mark. The 16 RBI is also way south of where he should end up. If someone is frustrated by him not living up to the hype, it may be time for you to go calling.
Jean Segura, Brewers: His awful April is largely to blame for his numbers being so low. He seems to be coming around a bit lately, which means he should be back on your radar again. He won’t hit .294 like he did last year, but a .275 average is not out of the question. Which means he would have to hit right around .300 the rest of the way. With the increased hits should come increased steals, and maybe even the double digit home run power he showed last year.
Everth Cabrera, Padres: Don’t go after Cabrera assuming that he will get back to his 40 steal ways. That likely will not happen anytime soon. He is struggling at the plate, and one must wonder if this is the player that he really is without PED’s. He is on pace to strike out nearly 150 times, which would shatter his previous career worst. Once the Padre offense starts getting back to respectability, it is not unrealistic to assume that Cabera will settle down and quit trying too hard as well. That .226 average will likely go up, and if it does, he could get closer to 40 steals than anyone thinks at this point.