2014 Fantasy Baseball: OF Josh Hamilton Will Bounce Back This Year
Most expected him to have another All-Star fantasy season, but the outfielder posted career-lows across the board. The super slugger hit just 21 home runs and was unfortunately tied him for 53rd in the league.
Ever since his .359 batting performance back in 2010 with the Texas Rangers, Hamilton’s batting average has been on a steady decline. He hit .298 in 2011, .285 in 2012, and his .250 batting average this past season was by far the worst of his career.
However, there are signs that Hamilton will rebound in 2014.
Firstly, the outfielder played in an impressive 151 games in 2013 and has now played over 148 games in two straight seasons. He has become a rock for fantasy owners and will good for another 130-plus games this season.
Even more promising, Hamilton started to look like himself by the time the season ended. Hambone hit .272 in the month of August, but he boasted a jaw-dropping .339 On Base Percentage.
In September, he was even better. Hamilton hit .323 and raised his OBP to an astonishing.366, which was a far cry from the .204/.254 slash line he posted in the opening month of the year. He got better as the year moved on and was putting up vintage Hamilton numbers by the time the year ended.
Hamilton won’t be drafted as a top-10 stick this year, but he will be a great second or third outfielder to look for after the big names come off the board. All signs are pointing towards him having a resurgent fantasy season, so don’t avoid him after one lackluster season.
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