Sandoval reportedly came into camp 15 pounds overweight and looked downright horrible at the hot corner throughout the spring. He looked slow, extremely uncoordinated, and it was honestly embarrassing to watch.
It was even rumored that he would be heading to the Disabled List before the season, but that assumption was quickly ended when the 3B was in the Opening Day lineup. Regardless, it still made many fantasy owners nervous about Sandoval’s value heading into the season.
The Sandman even started the regular season off in the same way as he did spring training. He was breathing heavy on the field and had problems making the simple throws across the diamond. It looked like it was the beginning of a miserable season for 2012 All-Star.
The last couple days, however, the Kung Fu Panda has started to get his legs underneath him. Sandoval has blasted two homers in the last six games and is finally looking like the third baseman fantasy owners put so much stock into during the off-season.
Sandoval has raised his average up to .345 and has hit safely in four straight games. Talk about a fantasy player doing a complete 180.
Sandoval has once again become a top-10 fantasy option at the hot corner. He should easily be able to hit 20-plus homers this year and keep his average between .290-.310.