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Sunday, August 20, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: JOSH DONALDSON GETTING HOT AT THE RIGHT TIME, NOW MANNING SHORTSTOP

Heading into 2017 fantasy baseball draft season, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was right there as a slam-dunk mid-first round pick along with fellow hot corner occupants Kris Bryant, Manny Machado, and Nolan Arenado.  Thus there was a ton of expectations attached to Donaldson and for good season since he came off a blockbuster three-year run where he hit 29, 41, and 37 home runs; while going over the 120 RBI mark twice in that span.  Despite all this, Donaldson's first half of 2017 did not go according to plan as his body betrayed him in terms of a stubborn calf injury that afflicted him going back to spring training and the result was a pre-All-Star game where he hit just .261 with 9 home runs.  With the numbers way down across the board, Donaldson earned the scorn of his fantasy baseball owners which was understandable.  Once he returned however, Donaldson right away began a tear that has carried up to present day Sunday where he drew the start at shortstop of all places for the Blue Jays.  Before we start daydreaming of shortstop eligibility for Donaldson, look at the fact he has hit 11 home runs in just 122 at-bats in the second half, while the average still lags at .270 during that span.  Donaldson is driving everything with power right now and he is starting to look like the first round monster everyone anticipated.

In digging into the numbers a bit more, Donaldson has seen his K/9 jump to a high for him 22.1 percent; which is way up from the 17.0 mark of a year ago.  This explains the hit in average but Donaldson is still walking a crazy amount of time as his 16.6 BB/9 shows.  So as long as Donaldson stays healthy and cuts into the K's a bit, he is pretty much the same top tier guy he was prior to the beginning of the season.


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