It isn’t a secret that everyone who plays fantasy baseball will flock to Mike Trout this season. You have good reason to do so, not only did he put up monster numbers in 2012 but he has continued that in spring training this season (.406 BA, .525 OBP).
I know those are spring statistics, and in two weeks everything resets to all zeroes (hooray baseball!!). But I have a general strategy when it comes to fantasy sports in general and, although it pains me to give away my secrets, I think it is important for me to keep it real with you on this blog. Lets take fantasy football for example; this past season the average draft position for quarterback Aaron Rodgers was third while Ray Rice and Arian Foster alternated between first and second. Again, I don’t fault anyone for those selections, but my number one pick was a guy whose average position in all of my leagues was 11th.
I like to look at the guys who will have just as much (if not more) value than the sexy picks according to “experts”. So I’ll gladly concede points in one category to maximize in another. Which is what brings me to Andrew McCutchen. The Pirates have found themselves a good one in the 26-year old outfielder, and i think it’s time you pay a little more attention to what you could have if you steer clear from the trendy picks right out of the gate. All it takes is a slight change in strategy that may benefit you come championship time.
McCutchen’s 2012 season was special to say the least:
- 31 home runs
- .400 On-Base Percentage
- .327 Batting Average
- 20 Stolen Bases
- .953 OPS
Those numbers when compared to Trout’s will show you that he outpaced Trout in just about every category.
So what draws people away from McCutchen?
Well, for starters, his market doesn’t help. Pittsburgh hasn’t had a winning season in 20 years so that will take some of the shine. Another is team comparison/potential. When comparing lineups most will favor Trout’s for the simple fact of who he is hitting in front of (Pujols and Hamilton). But McCutchen put up those numbers without the same cast around him, and all he’s done is improve every season since he’s been in the majors. Even when you compare him to Matt Kemp he gets on base at a higher percentage and hits for a better average. That goes along with everything mentioned before.
Trout is projected to go second overall on average and Kemp (the number one player going into 2012) is projected at fifth. If you have a high enough pick, and are looking at these three (assuming one is available) take McCutchen before Trout. Then tweet it (#McCutchenb4Trout), post it on Facebook and any other social media site you frequent. Because aside from it being what you should do, McCutchen is deserving of having that attention anyway.