Tuesday, July 26, 2016
This is the weekly Fantasy Roundtable, where the writers of Rotoworld Baseball let the readers of Rotoworld Baseball in on a quick staff discussion. It’s water cooler talk … that we’ve decided to publish. Look for it every Tuesday.
Bregman was considered one of the most polished bats in last year’s draft class, but the surprising power has improved his stock from a fantasy perspective. In addition to hitting .306 with a .406 on-base percentage between Double-A and Triple-A this year, he had 20 homers in 80 games. Suddenly he looks like a five-category stud. Bregman is shortstop-eligible in most formats right now, but he’ll stand out more among third basemen and outfielders if he can keep the power going in the majors.
The fact that he’s walked more times than he’s struck out this year shows you how polished Bregman already is at the plate and I think he’s only scratched the surface as a base stealer. Remember this is a guy who swiped 38 bags in his junior year of college. If he puts it all together, Bregman could be a legitimate 30/30 threat some day or at least 20/20.
D.J. and Dave both alluded to it already but I think fantasy owners are going to love Bregman because of his positional flexibility. He’s shortstop eligible right now and it won’t take long for him to gain eligibility at third base and outfield as well. Think of him as the Astros’ version of Kris Bryant. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez are both headed for free agency after this year, so Bregman could land a starting outfield gig as soon as next season. I really love what Bregman brings to the table and I think he’ll be in the lineup most days because of his ability to play all over the diamond.
Ryan Boyer: I think the guys have pretty much covered all the bases (no pun intended) here. One thing I will add is that anyone worried about Bregman’s playing time with Gurriel due to arrive eventually, I don’t think they need to sweat it. Gurriel doesn’t have a work visa yet, and once he gets one he’s going to need a few weeks in the minors to knock off the rust. We’ve already mentioned Bregman’s versatility, and one thing worth noting is that left fielder Colby Rasmus is 2-for-39 at the dish so far in July to knock his season line down to an unappealing .226/.304/.372. There are also some at-bats available in the designated hitter spot. Bregman is going to play as long as he hits, and I think he’s going to hit.