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Friday, March 25, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: HUNTER PENCE OUTFIELDER SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

To say it was a tough go for San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence in 2015 would be a gross understatement.  A longtime source of outfielder 1 consistency due to his durability and solid power/speed game, Pence took a fastball off his forearm early last spring training which fractured a bone and sent him to the DL for the start of the season.  When he did return, Pence would up suffering a dreaded oblique problem later on during the year that hobbled him at times and hurt his numbers.  The result was the worst season of his career offensively since he became a regular and with his age creeping into the mid-30's, Pence was now all of a sudden a guy who many began to be leery of investing in again. 

It certainly looked like history was beginning to repeat itself at the start of 2016 spring training when Pence came down with a strained Achilles just days into workouts as the theme of him being all of a sudden prone to health woes began to take on more steam.  Pence insisted it was not a big deal though and he proved that was the case by returning to the lineup after a week on the sidelines.  Since that time, Pence has been locked in as he launched his third home run of the spring on Thursday and overall has picked up hits in 8 of his 19 at-bats overall.  Pence clearly looked ready for the start of the 2016 fantasy baseball season and he carries with him some very interesting bounce back upside despite being in his 30's.  While the steals may vanish for good, Pence is still capable of 20-plus home runs to go with a high amount of runs and RBI.  He also can hit .280 in his sleep as he has been around that number through his entire career.  In short, Pence seems prepared to be a good value considering how his draft price sank this spring as long as his body stays in one piece.  We are betting this will be the case. 

 

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