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Jesse Winker – CIN – OF (45%)

2018 Statistics: 89 G (46 K/ 49 BB) .299/ .405/ .431/ .836, 38 R, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 0 SB/ 0 CS

2019 Statistics: 19 G (12 K/ 4 BB) .169 / .234/ .424/ .658, 8 R, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB / 0 CS

Winker impressed his rookie season in 2017, with a .298 AVG/ .529 SLG/ .904 OPS, collecting 7 HR/ 1 SB in 47 G. Winker has increased his Barrel % ( Exit Velocity e (87.5/ 90.2/ 90.6) and Launch Angle (7.6/ 13.2/ 14.2) every season, combined with his excellent plate discipline (80K/ 68 BB in 150 career games) Winker can hit for power and avergae. In a potent Reds lineup in front of Votto, Suarez, and Puig with the ability to draw walks (.386 career OBP/ .847 OPS), Winker should provide solid counting stats with strong ratios. If he can maintain his increased slugging % (.476 up from .431), 20+ HR are a real possibility as his average rises.

 

Career vs. LHP/ RHP Splits:

LHP: 87 AB (18 K/ 13 BB) .184/ .297/ .287/ .584, 2 HR/ 0 SB/ 0 CS

RHP: 374 AB (64 K/ 55 BB)  .305/ .396/ .495/ .890, 17 HR/ 1 SB/ 2 CS

 

2019 Projections:

.280 – .290 / .370 – .380 / .420 – .430/ .830 – .840 , 15-20 HR, 3 – 6 SB

 

Roster in all mixed leagues with added value in points leagues

 

Niko Goodrum – DET – 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF (44%)

2018 Statistics: 131 G (132K/ 42 BB) .245/ .315/ .432/ .747, 55 R, 16 HR, 53 RBI, 12 SB

2019 Statistics: 17 G (15 K/ 10 BB) .281/ .388/ .509/ .897, 8 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB

Other than Dodgers Kike Hernandez and the A’s Jurickson Profar when it comes to super utility options with this level of positional eligibility, few possess as much upside as Goodrum. While Goodrum has unimpressive numbers in the minors, a career .250/ .333/ .712 hitter with 42 HR / 122 SB in 674 G he has taken major steps in development since joining the Tigers last season. In only 131 games hit 16 HR, stealing 12 bases on 18 attempts, while the speed is legit with multiple 30 + steal seasons in the minors the power looks to be increasing also. Goodrum has increased his Barrel % from 8.0 to 16.1%, exit velocity 87.7 to 92.8 and launch angle 10.8 to 15.6 making better contact with more power. He has also raised his XBA .245 to .348, XSLG .413 to .688 and hard hit % 35.4 to 58.1% while lowering his K% to 20 from 27% and increasing his BB% from 8.5 to 18.0%. While a small sample size, it looks like Goodrum has dramatically changed his swing and enhanced his plate approach. With 20-30 SB upside and now the added possibility of an increased power stroke Goodrum could approach 25 HR/ 25 SB. With eligibility at every position except catcher, Goodrum needs to be owned in all leagues.

 

Career vs. LHP/ RHP Splits:

LHP: 130 AB (29 K/ 17 BB) .285/ .367/ .392/ .760, 1 HR/ 6 SB/ 1 CS

RHP: 388 AB (128 K/ 36 BB) .229/ .300/ .441/ .741, 17 HR/ 7 SB/ 4 CS

 

2019 Projections:

.260 – .270, .330 – .340, .430 – .440/ .770 – .780, 15 – 20 HR/ 15 – 20 SB

 

Roster in 10-12 team leagues with added value in points leagues

 

Franmil Reyes – SD – OF (40%)

2018 Statistics: 87 G (80 K/ 24 BB) .280 / .340/ .498/ .838, 36 R, 16 HR, 31 RBI, 0 SB

2019 Statistics: 21 G (14 K/ 7 BB) .222 AVG/ .302/ .533/ .835, 5 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB

After fighting for playing time in a crowded outfield platoon, Reyes looks to be hitting his way into an everyday role. Batting in the second spot over the past four games, Reyes has a four-game hitting streak going (5/15, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI). Hitting behind also newly promoted lead off hitter Manuel Margot (.308 AVG/ .321 OBP/ .840 OPS) with protection from Machado, Myers, Hosmer, Tatis Jr, and Renfroe. While hitting second may look odd for a 6’5″ – 282 lb outfielder, Reyes has shown the ability to get on base limiting his K% from 28.1 to 15.1% and increasing his BB% from 8.4 to 11.3% with 8K/ 6 BB in 17 games this season after 80 K/ 24 BB in 87 G last year. Reyes currently ranks amongst the league leaders in Barrel % – 23.1%, XBA- .357, XSLG- .819 and exit velocity 93.9. While his .220 AVG and .345 WOBA he has an XWOBA of .499, more the victim of bad luck than poor performance his average should continue to rise.

Keep in mind Franchy Cordero is on the IL, further complicating playing time in a deep OF rotation with Myers, Renfroe, and Margot. The possibility exists one or more outfielders are moved for starting pitching at the trade deadline, as rookies Chris Paddock, Matt Strahm, and Nick Margevicius will all eventually reach inning limitations. Reyes has limited but impressive career numbers (.271 AVG, .335 OBP/.497 SLG/ .832 OPS with 36 R, 20 HR and 39 RBI in only 105 games. While playing time is a concern, a lineup of Manuel Margot, Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Franmil Reyes, and Wil Myers in the second half is a possibility and worth stashing for.

 

Career vs. LHP/ RHP Splits:

LHP: 94 AB (28 K/ 11 BB) 319/ .390/ .543/ .933, 6 HR/ 0 SB

RHP: 223 AB (66 K/ 20 BB) .242/.302/ .466/ .768, 14 HR/ 0 SB

 

2019 Projections:

.265 – .275/ .310 – .320/ .533/ .820 – .830, 20 – 25 HR, 0 SB

 

Roster in 10-12 team leagues with added value in points leagues

 

Manuel Margot  – SD – OF (23%)

2018 Statistics: 141 G (88 K/ 32 BB) .245/ .292/ .384/ .675, 50 R, 8, 51, RBI, 11 SB/ 10 CS

2019 Statistics: 20 G (10 K/ 1 BB) .288/ .300/ .475/ .775, 7 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB/ 0 CS

Another Padres hitter who was recently moved up in the lineup, Margot is 6/17 with 2 HR since being inserted into the leadoff spot. A former top prospect in his fourth season still only 24 years old, this might be the post-hype sleeper break out most have been waiting for. An excellent defender giving him an advantage over Reyes and Renfroe for playing time in a crowded Padres outfield. Margot has shown glimpses of his upside in the past, specifically in 2017 when Margot hit .263 AVG/ 313 OBP/ .721 OPS with 13 HR / 17 SB in only 126 games but had an alarming 106 K. Margot is extremely talented but his two main issues are his K/BB rate and while fast he is not a particularly good base stealer with 31 SB to 17 CS in 294 games. He has shown improvement in his K rate this season, at .143 while his career mark is .327 BB/K. While playing time is a major concern, as long as Margot can get on base and not make outs on the bases his defense gives him a better chance to lead the Padre outfield in starts.

 

Career vs. LHP/ RHP Splits:

LHP: 309 AB (61 K/ 22 B) .262/ .310/ .424/ .734, 5 HR/ 7 SB/ 7 CS

RHP: 751 AB (150 K/ 46 BB) .253/ .296/ .391/ .687, 18 HR/ 24 SB/ 10 CS

 

2019 Projections:

.260 – .270/ .300 – .310 / .400 – .410/ .710 – .720 , 10 – 15 HR, 15 – 20 SB

 

Roster in 12 team and deep leagues. Liability in OBP/ OPS leagues (.301/ .704 in 295 G)

 

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