FANTASY BASEBALL 2016
I FOUGHT THE LAW AND THE LAW ONE
BEAST DOME NATION.
Second Base. A position that has historically been a player that has great speed, great defense, great contact, but zero power. The 2B position has evolved over the years Jeff Kent in his prime with the Giants and his 33 Home Run season almost evolved the position. We have seen other power players come and go at 2B like Brett Boone, but now we have another player who is ready to join this list of names.
Lawrie came up with the Toronto Blue Jays and was already considered the next David Wright before he even played a full season. Many Experts treated him with way too much respect ranking him with the Evan Longoria/Adrian Beltre type in 2012 and 2013, before his stock started to drop because he could never stay healthy.
Last season Brett Lawrie left Toronto to play in the Death Valley of all MLB parks in Oakland. The Coliseum is such a big field that the only players to hit over 30+ Home Runs since 2012 when Josh Reddick did it is, nobody. The players before Reddick who put up big numbers in that ball park, Miguel Tejada and Jason Giambi. Steroids.
Lawrie ended up playing his first full season (149/162 Games) last year. He finished with a career high 16 HR/60 RBI while hitting .262. The numbers were not great, but the fact Lawrie played 149 games compared to his previous career high of 125, lets us know we do not have to worry about the injury bug as much as we once thought.
More importantly than being healthy, Lawrie only had 6 Home Runs and 1 SB at home with a .247 Average. On the Road Lawrie hit .272 with 10 Home Runs and 4 SB on the Road. This season Brett Lawrie will be the Full-Time 2B option for the Chicago White Sox. In that ball park last season as a member of the Oakland A’s, Lawrie had 1 HR in 24 At Bats while hitting .333. The White Sox pitching is usually harder to hit than other AL Central teams as well.
While Lawrie has never had a true breakout season yet as 16 HR/5 SB last season is barely anything to write home about. You have yourself a player in your draft who is going to a Chicago White Sox team that has made some investments to become a winning team this off-season, including acquiring Todd Frazier who should do some damage with Jose Abreu in the middle of that lineup.
If Brett Lawrie could be the #2 Hitter for the White Sox, which is really the perfect position for him, you have yourself a player who will qualify at 2B/3B who cannot only hit 20+ HRs, but he can steal 10+ Bases and score over 100 runs easily. If he bats behind that power squad including Avasail Garcia and Adam LaRoche. Look for Lawrie to rack up 80+ RBIs with a lot ducks on the pond.
Either way, Lawrie is going to be a great Fantasy Sleeper this season and someone you can target in all Drafts. Excellent value.
MUNTRADAMUS 2016 PREDICTION
RANKING: #15 2B
BRETT LAWRIE – 2B/3B – CWS
.277/22 HR/79 RBI/86 Runs/12 SB.
FANTASYPROS EXPERT CONSENSUS: #24 2B
AVERAGE DRAFT POSITION: 249