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1/31/1982 (35 y, 25 d)
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Yuniesky Betancourt Hasn't Changed a Bit
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Year in Review:
What is there to say about Yuniesky Betancourt? He hit .245, got on base to the tune of just a .274 OBP and slugged a paltry .351. His .625 OPS was bad enough, but when combined with some of the worst defense, by UZR, ever played at shortstop, it propelled Betancourt into the realm of being one of the worst players in all of baseball last season. By fair value, he should have paid the Royals and Mariners nearly $10 million in order to hold down a job in 2009. The Royals traded for this guy, gave up talent for him and didn't even ask the Mariners to assume his entire contract. Astounding.
The Year Ahead:
Unless you are participating in a reverse fantasy league, there's no reason to even bother listing Betancourt on the bottom of your draft board. He doesn't hit for average, he doesn't hit for power, he doesn't steal bases, and he won't bat high in the order or play with a sufficiently powerful offense to garner many run scoring opportunities. He might, Royals fans everywhere are hoping, not even play. That said, the Royals, amazingly, might not have significantly better options, and Betancourt is on the hook for some moderate salary which could see him get playing time simply to try and justify. Regardless, stay away. Stay far, far away. (Matthew Carruth)
Betancourt has never had much fantasy value because he has no power, speed or ability to hit for average. In 2010, he found a power stroke and hit 16 home runs and had 78 RBI. The ability for this power to continue is in doubt as his fly-ball distances where similar in 2009 when he only hit six home runs. Using Betancourt against either RHPs or LHPs also cause somewhat of a problem. In 2010, he hit 13 of his 16 home runs versus RHPs, but his average was .039 less against these righties. He really has no platoon advantage that can be utilized. Now with the Brewers, he will have to fight for the everyday shortstop job with Craig Counsell. Unless you'e in an NL-only or really deep league, there's very little reason to draft him but, if you do have him, you may need to look to platoon him with another shortstop and then look for favorable match-ups versus weak pitchers. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Betancourt's power surge in 2010 is probably an illusion and his fantasy value is close to zero.
Betancourt is much maligned around the league, and quite frankly, it is well earned. For the third straight year his on-base percentage was below .290 and his batting average was below .260. He provides very little value in a fantasy context besides a few home runs -- 29 over the past two years. However, he won't have a starting role in Kansas City and when he does play, he will likely be too low in the lineup to make much of an impact. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Betancourt supplies more power than they typical shortstop. Without a starting job in Kansas City next season, he likely won't reach 10 home runs for the third straight year.
The Yuniesky Betancourt Experience hit a new level in 2012, as the maligned shortstop managed to set new lows in nearly every offensive category before being released in July. In hopes of salvaging work, Betancourt tried his hand at second and third base, but this just resulted in new angles of futility. The Quinones of Our Times will probably get one last spring invite, from some GM who sees that isolated slugging percentage and remembers seeing a Web Gem on Baseball Tonight back in 2009. His starting days, however, seem mercifully over. (Patrick Dubuque)
Yuniesky Betancourt is the opposite of baseball. Obviously I was not forceful enough last year in my appraisal of Mr. Betancourt’s talents. Through a combination of necessity and insanity, the Milwaukee Brewers wrote Yuniesky’s name into their lineup card nearly ninety times this season, starting half of them at first base. That’s right: not only will he back next year, he’ll have lost all middle infield eligibility. And he will be back: we are assured this by his agent as well as the fickle, hateful universe. So, to approximate (for even with a thesaurus, describing Yuniesky Betancourt is like looking at infinity): Yuniesky Betancourt is getting a charlie horse while bending down to put your baby in her crib to sleep. Yuniesky Betancourt is getting out of the house ten minutes late to work and then getting stuck behind the school bus on the one-lane road. Yuniesky Betancourt is Deadly Towers for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Yuniesky Betancourt is gum in hair. He is hair in gum. He is the inevitable heat death of the universe, the astronaut who comes home from light speed travel to find his son dead of old age, a can of Bud Light Clamato. (Patrick Dubuque)
The Quick Opinion:
Yuniesky Betancourt is.
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