Thank you for yet another reason to completly avoid him in my fantasy leagues. Guys like him are a dime a dozen, you misewell draft Aoki if you want 5-10 homers and 20-30 steals haha.
Comment by Dscottncc — November 26, 2012 @ 8:44 am
Fowler is absolute gold in daily lineups leagues. You can’t start him absolutely every day, clearly, but if you have someone to caddy for him for 40-50 games in the season Fowler’s a terrific asset at a low price.
Once I had a nice platoon to go along with Fowler, that’s when his value really came through.
Comment by The Emperor — November 26, 2012 @ 12:35 pm
No offense, but — this article is pretty silly. The article explains why you should NOT be concerned about Fowler’s BABIP (his LD%, Coors Field, etc.) and explains that his average fly ball distance is solidly above league average yet concludes that he’ll regress. It’s lazy sabermetrics.
Fowler batted .300/.389/.474 last year with 13 HR and 12 SB. There is no saying simply because some of the #’s are different relative to 2011 (for instance, his doubles rate) that 2012 is a fluke or a bad sign.
Bottom line is that he had a great 2012 with 42(!!) XBH in only 454 at bats and finished 21st in baseball in OPS (ahead of Pujols, Konerko, Mauer, Goldschmidt, and Austin Jackson). There are no red flags in his profile aside from a slightly elevated BABIP, which even if it regressed could make him a .270 hitter. He’s 6’4″ and only 26 years old. Now is his time.
Fowler is a stud, and you’d be foolish not to pounce.