PART TWO: Adam Lind
The kid was touted as a masher coming out of the minor leagues, and last year Lind delivered on that promise. So why is he barely above the Mendoza line more than a third of the way through this season?
A big part of it has to do with patience.
Last year Lind struck out roughly twice as many times as he walked, but through 58 games this year, Adam is holding a 22:60 BB/K split. Simply put, Lind is not being as patient as last season, and it’s resulted in an early season drop of nearly 100 BA points.
If he can slow down at the dish he’ll halt the slide in a big way – and that’s something you should bank on.
At only 26 years old, Lind is an elite talent that has the pop needed to post an annual 90-30-110-.300 line. While his poor start means he may come up short of that this season, it also means that right now is the best time to try and get him on your squad.
Recommendation: If you’re holding Lind in a re-draft league, try to shop him and see what you can get, but don’t sell him too short – Adam should be good for at least 45-17-60 through the rest of the year.
If you’re in a keeper/dynasty league and you don’t own Lind, try to make a solid run to acquire Adam as previous elite talents such as Carlos Lee, Adam Dunn and Manny Ramirez could net him in a 1:1 swap.
Slow starters that are turning it around like Chris Coughlin and Jason Kubel may also net Lind in package deals.
If you only listen to me once this season, listen to this – don’t let the first 222 at bats of 2010 fool you – Lind is worth the price of admission.