I’m pretty sure I’ve found baseball’s next elite second baseman.
The days of Chase Utley and Robinson Cano are nearly over, so who’s next to take the stage?
Here’s the guy:
A few of you may not know who this guy is, let me introduce him to you:
According to Bleacher Report, “People have saddled Odor with great expectations since he skipped rookie ball and went straight to Single-A at 17 years old. He made his MLB debut in 2014 and hit a disappointing .259. Last season, he hit only two points better”.
Usually, players make a comeback from their Sophomore Slump to have a great third season.
“Generally, there is a two-year adjustment to major league pitching. There are some, like Robinson Cano and Jose Altuve, who made an instant impact as rookies. Even in Altuve’s third full year, he saw his average jump from .283 to .341. But at 20, Odor was younger than all of those players when he made his debut”.
“And this spring, Odor proved he had learned through his struggles. He hit .349/.349/.698 with a team-leading four home runs to go with 11 RBI”.
“With his speed, Odor is a natural top-of-the-order hitter. Odor’s performance in the spring is a greater indication of where he is as a player. The power he showed this spring, however, caused the Rangers to hit him fifth for a game and seventh for two more. A player doesn’t prepare the same, from a scouting standpoint, regardless of where he is hitting in the lineup. Different spots see a different number of breaking balls. Even as he’s struggled at the plate [to start 2016], Odor has proved to be a toolsy player. He contributes heavily on defense. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported Odor made several impressive defensive plays in the Rangers’ first three games”.
Looks like the 22 year-old is due for a great 2016 season.
So, especially if you play in a fantasy league where fielding is a part of the scoring, Odor may be a pretty good investment. I’ve actually drafted him in the later rounds, and I’m excited to see where he goes this season.
So what do you think? Will Odor become an All-Star this year? Let us know in the poll below and feel free to leave a comment!
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