[USML Announce] Fantasy Pros Bust Alert
jwinick at hwhlegal.com
Tue Feb 11 14:22:34 EST 2020
For those of you counting on this player to provide value in the 2020 campaign, consider this fair warning:
Q1. Who is the one hitter inside the top 40 in hitter ADP<https://www.fantasypros.com/mlb/adp/hitters.php> that will disappoint you the most and why?
Whit Merrifield (2B/OF - KC):<https://www.fantasypros.com/mlb/players/whit-merrifield.php>
Hitter ADP - 31 | Overall ADP - 43
"I think Merrifield is a player who may disappoint fantasy owners this season. Merrifield is a solid source of batting average and runs, but does not provide the pop you would normally find from an early-round pick. I also do not expect Merrifield to steal bases with the frequency he has shown in the past. His sprint speed has continued to decline and he is now on the wrong side of 30. The Royals also figure to run less under Mike Matheny than they did under Ned Yost. In Yost's 10 years at the helm in Kansas City, baserunners attempted a stolen base on 5.8 percent of opportunities. Cardinals baserunners attempted steals on just 3.7 percent of chances under Matheny. I do not think Merrifield reaches 20 homers or steals in 2020. Kansas City does have a soft early schedule, making him a prime sell-high candidate if he gets off to a fast start. Ultimately, Merrifield will be a solid fantasy contributor, but is not someone who should be going as high as he currently is."
- Mick Ciallela<https://twitter.com/themick23> (Fantrax<https://www.fantraxhq.com/>)
"Whit Merrifield is being selected way too early in drafts and I would be cautious of what you expect from the 31-year-old. He will leadoff for a team that is projected to win around 60 games. Stolen base attempts have plummeted over the past two years and he was caught stealing in 1/3 of his attempts in 2019 (caught 10 of 30 chances). He's projected to score under 100 runs and won't finish in the top 100 for OBP. His strikeout rate has ticked up over the past three seasons and will continue to do so. Leave him alone as you will be chasing bags just like him."
- Todd D Clark<https://twitter.com/lunchmade> (The Fantasy Fix<http://thefantasyfix.com/>)
Who has this guy anyway?
Jeffrey H. Winick
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