Has Elvis left the base paths? I sure hope not. The Texas Rangers saw Elvis Andrus stolen bases drop from 37 in 2011 to 21 in 2012. Lucky for fantasy baseball owners, the Rangers will need Elvis to run in 2013. With Josh Hamilton off to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Rangers will have to manufacture more runs in 2013 leading to Elvis back to being a tear on the basepaths. Look for Andrus to put up 89 runs, 5 HR, 58 RBI, 31 SB and a .282 AVG.
There’s nothing exciting about the Angels Erick Aybar. I’m still trying to figure out why he gets drafted before Derek Jeter in some leagues. Look for this middle infield option to put up 61 runs, 7 HR, 49 RBI, 17 SB and a .277 AVG.
The Oakland A’s imported Hiroyuki Nakajima from Japan this offseason. Only problem is Japanese ball players haven’t had the greatest success rate at the middle infield position in the majors. Don’t look for this trend to change with Nakajima. Look for him to put up 42 runs, 5 HR, 41 RBI, 9 SB and a .276 AVG should he get the full-time job. The A’s also acquired Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros. Why do teams keep trading Lowrie? Especially the Astros, they’re not exactly a loaded ball club to begin with. Look for Lowrie to put up 49 runs, 12 HR, 58 RBI, 2 SB and a .255 AVG.
Now that the Astros have traded Lowrie, you might expect them to have a prospect come in to play short. Of course not, it’s the Astros. The trade makes room for the light hitting Tyler Greene to take over as the every day shortstop. Look for Greene to put up 48 runs, 11 HR, 39 RBI, 14 SB and a .244 AVG.
Even with the fences being moved in at Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners Brendan Ryan should only be drafted as a utility option in the deepest of leagues. Expect Ryan to put up 39 runs, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 10 SB and a .228 AVG.
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