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Sunday, May 27, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: JEIMER CANDELARIO 3B DETROIT TIGERS

Given the massive influx of big-time offensive third baseman over the last four seasons, it can be difficult for a young and upstart player at the position to gain traction in terms of being accepted by the fantasy baseball community.  Such a case is unfolding in Detroit where the rebuilding Tigers decided to give third base prospect Jeimer Candelario a shot to begin the season at the hot corner after he opened some eyes but hitting .283 with 3 home runs in 38 games in a rookie season split between the team and the Chicago Cubs.  Thrust into an everyday role for the first time, Candelario has been very good so far in 2018 as he goes into Sunday's games with the following numbers after smacking two homers the day prior:

.277
7 HR
24 R
20 RBI
0 SB

When looking at the numbers above, they don't exact overwhelm you but keep in mind Candelario has played in just 39 games due to spending some time on the DL with a wrist injury.  The power is what stands out here as Candelario has zero speed to speak of.  Going along with the power has been a decent .277 average as well which is crucial to be paired with the power considering there is no speed here.  Digging into the advanced numbers, Candelario's .322 BABIP is a bit lucky but he is drawing walks at a very nice right as shown by his 10.8 BB/9.  The strikeout rate is a bit elevated at a 22.2 K/9 but Candelario has surely shown that he can be an everyday fantasy baseball third baseman in 12 team leagues or deeper.  Yes he is not exactly lighting things up but Candelario was not drafted in most leagues which means those who picked him up have gotten a nice bonus play.  While the fun could end at a moment's notice, we also could be seeing a nice breakout happening. 


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