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Monday, December 24, 2012

2013 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: NICK SWISHER OUTFIELDER CLEVELAND INDIANS

Nick Swisher has been signed, sealed, and delivered to the Cleveland Indians, inking a four-year deal for $56 million.  Swisher will figure prominently in the weak Indians lineup, likely hitting second to take advantage of his high on-base skills.  With that said, let's take a deeper look of what he could provide prospective owners this upcoming season in fantasy baseball.

The biggest fallout from the Swisher signing is the fact he leaves arguably the best home run ballpark in the major leagues in Yankee Stadium, where he hit 29, 29, 23, and 24 home runs the last four seasons.  Cleveland's park is considered a pitcher's park which no doubt will chop a home run or two off Swisher's overall total.  Yes he hit 35 home runs with Oakland back in 2006 but that stat is an outlier given what he has done the rest of his career.  Due to his great durability however, Swisher's counting stats will be very good which means 25 home runs is a decent bet.  Always a very solid RBI guy, Swisher will see a bit of a decrease there as well in 2013 now that he won't be surrounded by the high octane hitters he had in New York.  If he does hit near the top of the lineup as expected though, Swisher should score around 90 runs which plays well with 25 home runs and 85-plus RBI.

The big negatives with Swisher is that he is a career .256 hitter which is shaky to say the least.  He also has zero speed which means you are not getting stolen bases out of his legs.  When you break it down you are getting a 3 category guy who will help but not blow you away in runs, RBI, and dingers.  Swisher is a very nice outfielder 3 in fantasy baseball however as his draft price annually is lower than it should be and he carries eligibility at first as well.  Also again his durability makes him a guy you don't have to worry about too much this season.  Solid but not spectacular applies to this bat as a whole.

2013 PROJECTION:  .265 25 HR 86 RBI 84 R 2 SB




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