ADP Crowdsourcing: Mark Reynolds

In today’s edition of ADP Crowdsourcing, we stay in the news and revisit our old voting format.

While Werth and Gonzalez were stealing headlines, Mark Reynolds was dealt to the Orioles in a deal that was a tad surprising, considering the slugger’s reputation around baseball. For some, Reynolds is, and will continue to be fantasy kryptonite due to his extreme power and ability to steal a handful of bases. While his batting average tanked, and simultaneously went in the toilet, his power remained and he blasted 32 homers in less than 600 plate appearances.

However, Reynolds is now a problem child of sorts. He seems to have gotten it in his head that striking out 40% of the time was a-okay, as long as he hit a lot of home runs. So, Reynolds hit as many fly balls as he could last year, instead of focusing on just hitting the ball hard as he’d done in years past. The result was an ugly BABIP and a batting average below the Mendoza Line. With the drop in batting average came a drop in his slugging percentage, which dipped all the way down to .433, which is 110 points lower than his 2009 campaign.

Reynolds will be playing third base for the Orioles, but could slide over to first should prospect Josh Bell show some improvements in the minors next year. Moving from Arizona and the NL West to the tough AL East isn’t going to help Reynolds stock any, but how much will owners care?

Below is a link to the voting form, and please read the wording carefully. This is not where you would draft him, but where you think he’ll be drafted in most leagues. For the voting, we’re assuming a 12-team standard league, using 5×5 scoring.

To submit your vote, click here.

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7, 3B is still shallow.