Thursday, December 13, 2012


Late Tuesday night the Cleveland Indians finally traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to the Cincinnati Reds, after dangling his name in talks going all the way back to the start of last season.   Choo will now take his underrated bat and leadoff for his new team with the likelihood of him continuing to be one of the more underappreciated outfielder in fantasy baseball.  While Choo's recent past has been a bit shaky at times, the overall picture paints a player who can contribute across this board as he remains in his prime years.  Without further delay, let's take a closer look at Choo and his fantasy baseball outlook for the upcoming season when it comes to his new digs.

Taking a quick trip down memory lane, one could easily see why Choo would be considered underrated.  After showing the Indians that he had what it took be a regular in 2008, Choo was handed an everyday starting outfielder job for the 2009 campaign.  The results were even beyond what the team had hoped for as Choo hit an even .300 to go along with 20 home runs and 21 stolen bases.  Hitting the hallowed 20/20 mark instantly caught the attention of everyone in the fantasy baseball community but there was still some concern about whether or not Choo could remain at that level after the league had video on him.

Choo certainly quieted those doubts in an eerily similar 2010 season where he once again hit an even .300 to go along with 22 home runs and 22 stolen bases.  Not to mention the fact he had also driven in 90 runs.  Entrenched in the number 3 spot in the order, Choo had now graduated into a borderline low end fantasy baseball number 1 outfielder whose draft price was never higher.

Now for the bad part.  To say that Choo had an underwhelming 2011 season would be a ridiculous understatement as a spring training bust for a DUI got things off to a rocky start before the games even started to count.  Choo admitted that the bust brought him immense shame and that it clouded his thinking when the season arrived.  To compound matters, Choo got injured early on which when combined with the distractions the DUI bust brought, had him sitting at a woeful .244 with only 5 home runs at the ALL Star Break.  The 11 stolen bases were nice but overall Choo was a big disappointment.  Too talented to struggle like this all season, Choo rebounded with a scorching hot August where he hit .348.  Just when Choo's owners began to relax that they finally had his bat back, a broken thumb ended his 2011 for good.  Overall Choo would hit ..259 with 8 home runs and 12 steals.  Not even close to what was expected from his owners.

Back in spring training 2012 however, we screamed to all who would listen to give Choo another chance.  With a healthy body and the DUI bust well in the rearview mirror, Choo was set up for a decent comeback season since he was still young at 30.  That is exactly what happened as Choo would hit .283 with 16 home runs and 21 stolen bases.  Not 20/20 but surely very solid numbers that fit a fantasy baseball outfielder 2.  Choo also found himself with a different spot in the batting order as the Indians moved him to the leadoff spot with he took too perfectly.  While this would take a few RBI's off the mantle, the increase in runs would surely offset that loss.  The Reds plan on having Choo leading off so he should be right there when it comes to repeating his 2012 stats overall.

Put it all together and Shin-Soo Choo is once again a very solid place to look toward for your fantasy baseball outfielder 2.  Any guy who can threaten 20/20 is someone we all could use and at 31, Choo still has a few top years left in his bat.  Once again Choo is a bit underrated in his draft price and that alone is going to make him a nice value.  We like him a lot and will be happy to have him once again.

2013 PROJECTION:  .288 19 HR 22 SB 91 R 81 RBI


  1. if brawshaw is out this week, which RB to start? david wilson or knowshon moreno?