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2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: HARRISON BADER OUTFIELDER ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Prospect season is still hanging on as the St. Louis Cardinals made a mixed league action move Tuesday by promoting top outfield farmhand Harrison Bader from Triple-A so that he can make his debut for the team. A former 2015 third-round pick, Bader is just 23 and has shown in 2017 that he has the type of power/speed game that garners instant attention in fantasy baseball circles. Going into his debut, Bader hit .297 with 19 home runs and 9 stolen bases in 381 at-bats for the Cards at Triple-A and so right away he has the look of a guy who should be added in mixed formats on those skills alone. Digging further into the numbers, Bader has some plate discipline issues such as a high for Triple-A 23.6 K/9 rate and he needs to draw more walks as well to ward off any average hit (just 6.0 BB/9). So we are looking at a kid who could come in and offer up power with a bit of speed but also be a bit of a batting average liability. This was the exact same scouting report on Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger and we all know how that has worked out thus far. So pick up Bader where available and see where it takes you.