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Friday, October 12, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL POSTSCRIPT: SCOOTER GENNETT 2B CINCINNATI REDS

Anyone who took a look at overall 2018 fantasy baseball drafts would have quickly realized that there was very little respect coming Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett's way after what was a very good career-year performance the season prior when he smacked 27 home runs, drove in 97, and batted .295.  What likely stirred this trend was Gennett absolutely sailing past his previous norms in the power categories as he served mostly as a doubles hitter who could post decent averages but also not steal bases while working the middle infield.  While Gennett still doesn't steal bases, his power game was in fine working order again in 2018 as he clubbed 23 home runs, drove in 92, and posted a .310 average in 638 at-bats.  The numbers don't lie as they always say and they read Gennett cementing himself as a mid-20's home run guy who also posts 80-plus marks in runs/RBI, and an average hovering around .300.  That type of four category production works nicely on any fantasy baseball roster despite the small demerit of not much in the way of steals from a position you like to get a decent haul in that category from.  Still, only 28 as 2019 arrives, Gennett was a classic case of a hitter who put it all together when the prime years arrives. Stamp him as 100 percent legit folk and take advantage of any league that overlooks him again. 
2019 PROJECTION:  .304 25 HR 93 RBI 84 R 6 SB  

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