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Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: TOMMY PHAM OUTFIELDER ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Heading into 2018 fantasy baseball drafts, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham was a bit of a polarizing player in terms of how each individual evaluated his output.  Having come off a big 2017 breakout campaign that saw him hit 23 home runs, steal 25 bases, and bat .306; Pham seemed to be set as the next big five-tool stud in yearly fantasy baseball leagues.  There was an equally concerned opposing side however when it came to Pham's draft prospects and that side made note of the fact he never hit for that type of power before, was already 30-years-old, and also had a long history of serious injuries.  Adding in the whole "never pay for a career-year" motif and Pham was being seen as anything but a given for 2018 fantasy baseball.

Fast forward to present day and needless to say, Pham has been a smashing success who is actually on pace to BETTER his swell 2017 numbers.  He takes the following numbers into Thursday's games as proof positive of this:

.312
8 HR
30 R
18 RBI
7 SB
22.3 K/9
15.5 BB/9
.369 BABIP

Operating out of or near the top of the order on a daily basis, Pham is piling up the runs in bunches and also hitting over .300 once again.  Add in a terrific 8 home runs that are on pace to approach 30 this season (helped by additional at-bats if he sticks in leadoff) and 7 stolen bases which show he is still interested in running, Pham has been nothing short of excellent this season.  Digging into the numbers even more, some might note that his .369 has been VERY lucky which is true on paper but guys with big speed like Pham almost always beat the curve there and last season he came in at .368 there.  In addition, Pham is drawing a ton of walks with his 15.5 BB/9 bearing this out and so the average is very much legit.

Now in terms of possible concerns, we have seen Pham already deal with a few nagging day-to-day injuries so far this season but nothing serious enough to keep him out for more than a day or two.  So really all in all we have a tremendous five-tool fantasy baseball star who is more than showing last year's performance was no fluke.  

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