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Monday, February 6, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: ERIC THAMES 1B MILWAUKEE BREWERS

When the Milwaukee Brewers made the decision not to bring back mammoth slugger Chris Carter and his 40-home run power, there were more than a few "who is that?" questions uttered when the team replaced him with Korean import Eric Thames.  You would certainly be forgiven if you didn't know or remember anything about Thames who was a failed major league prospect in three MLB organizations before he decided to head to the Far East to save his fledgling career.  It was in Korea where the legend of Eric Thames grew as he proceeded to put up beyond insane offensive numbers over his three seasons there.  Turning into Babe Ruth almost overnight, Thames blasted a total of 124 home runs and slugged an impossible to believe .720 while in Korea which helped him to win two KBO Most Valuable Player Awards.  Still just 30, Thames struck while the iron was out in signing his three-year deal with the Brewers where he will serve as the team's starting first baseman to begin 2017.  The question of course is:  how legitimate a hitter is Thames and is he more Jung-Ho Kang or instead more of the failed Byung-Ho Park?  That is the mystery and you get these questions with any hitter or pitcher coming over from Asia.  You simply don't know how much of an adaptation will be made.  Be that as it may, Thames has obvious natural power and he also has the speed to steal bases as well which adds to the allure.  The giant holes in his swing that led to a boatload of K's previously doomed him here in the States and that ultimately is what will make Thames sink-or-swim this time around but he at least deserves another look.  At the minimum, Thames' lefty stroke is perfectly suited to Miller Park and so the power outlooks is somewhat optimistic.  In the end, the price tag won't be high here but the payoff could be significant.


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