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Monday, February 19, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: KEVIN KIERMAIER REMAINS QUITE UNDERRATED

While the Tampa Bay Rays continue to try and trade away anything that is not nailed down (with the latest being the release of outfielder Corey Dickerson and trade of SP Jake Odorizzi), one guy that remains on the roster and who has very impressive value both offensively and defensively is Kevin Kiermaier.  The speedy outfielder already has a firm reputation of being arguably the best defensive player at his position in the game but Kiermaier's offensive game has really developed the last two seasons as well.  In fact, despite many in the fantasy baseball community collectively yawning when they hear his name, Kiermaier has put up HR/SB ratios of 12/21 and 15/16 the last two seasons which are very impressive ratios to say the least.  Despite that very solid level of production, Kiermaier is still being widely ignored in early 2018 fantasy baseball drafts.  The reason for this is twofold, with the first being the fact that Kiermaier has been a batting average liability throughout his still-young career, which included marks of just .263, .246, and .276 the last three seasons.  Kiermaier tends to strike out too much (23.5 K/9 a year ago) and with just all right walk rates, don't count on things changing much here going forward.  In addition, Kiermaier gets knocked because of the screen in Tampa Bay which is right at the top of the list of the most irrelevant teams in all of baseball.  With the Rays drawing just barely over $1 million, that doesn't figure to change.  The bright side here is that this will help you at the draft this spring since Kiermaier is just now reaching his prime at the age of 27 and remains very capable of at the very least a 15/15 ratio in the HR/SB columns and if he hits .270, then the overall picture looks even better.  There are few outfielders who can come cheaper and still put forth good OF 3 numbers and Kiermaier fits this bill squarely this spring.


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