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Thursday, February 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: YULIESKI GURRIEL 1B HOUSTON ASTROS

Houston Astros first baseman Yulieski Gurriel is an interesting case when it comes to the 2018 fantasy baseball season as he is a very rare instance where a player can have some sleeper appeal but be past his prime years in age.  That is where Gurriel resides however as he enters into the new season at the age of 34 but who comes off a nice 2017 campaign where he showed the impressive hitting skills that made him a hot commodity when he came out of Cuba in 2016.  Having gotten his first full season in the majors under his belt last season, Gurriel went on to post the following numbers:

.299
18 HR
75 RBI
69 R
3 SB

When looking at those numbers as a whole, Gurriel showed impressive plate discipline which helps him to post a tidy batting average and he also has decent power as well.  What helped Gurriel post his near-.300 average was his very pronounced high contact rare which showed up the most in his puny 11.0 K/9 rate.  You really can't post a K/9 rate as an everyday player better than that mark and so at least for this season, Gurriel should remain a very good batting average asset.  In addition, Gurriel has good but not great power as 18 home runs in 564 at-bats is not a terrific rate but it is not horrible either.  A smidge of an increase could be possible since Gurriel is more familiar with MLB pitching but even then, looking for 25 might be stretching things.  If you add him what figure to be decent counting numbers in runs and RBI, Gurriel could be a very good four-category producer this season in fantasy baseball terms.  Yes, Gurriel won't steal many bases but neither will 90 percent of the first baseman around the game either.  So while Gurriel as a whole won't win you any league with his overall numbers, he more than has enough to offer as a nice base for your squad.

2018 PROJECTION:  .302 20 HR 79 RBI 86 R 4 SB  


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