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Monday, April 25, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: NOMAR MAZARA OUTFIELDER TEXAS RANGERS

Some big early season injuries are already engineering the call up of some decent MLB prospects around the game, with one such situation taking place in Texas with the Rangers after the team lost outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for 4-6 weeks for a strained right calf.  Taking Choo's place in the lineup and in the outfielder has been Nomar Mazara who has been considered one of their better hitting prospects.  While not a can't miss guy, Mazara has already shown the hitting ability that made him a talked about guy when coming up the Texas minor league system.  Through Monday's games, the incredibly young at 20-years-old Mazara was hitting .356 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI in 45 at-bats.  While a ridiculously small sample size, Mazara scorched the baseball in Double-A and Triple-A in 2015.  Here are the numbers Mazara put up while still not legally able to drink:

Double-A:  .284 13 HR 56 RBI 57 R 2 SB in 470 at-bats
Triple-A:  .358 1 HR 13 RBI 11 R 0 SB in 88 at-bats

Clearly Mazara knows how to handle the bat and his power is burgeoning as well.  Consider that again Mazara won't turn 21 until later in the month of April and he has at least four years of growing physically that will only add some more pop.  In addition, Mazara has a low K rate for a young hitter at just 19.6 percent at Double-A last season and that should allow him to hit for a very solid average to go with the power.  The only negative here is that Mazara is not going to steal many bases at all which makes him a four category guy and not a five.  Still Mazara is going to get a long look with Choo out and he has the chance to cement a starting position even when his counterpart gets back into action.  Add him where available. 

 

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