Can Adam LaRoche Continue his Bounce Back Season?

Apr 16, 2012


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By Brandon Berg
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It is no secret that Adam LaRoche was abysmal in his first year with the Nationals.
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He hit a whopping .172 with 3 HR and 15 RBI. Nobody should’ve read into it. He battled injury all year until he was shut down when he underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder. As bad as it looks, had that just been a slow start, he might have been alright last year.
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His BABIP was a porous .205 and he was walking a ton to produce a .288 OBP. Still nothing great, but considering how poor he was hitting, he was getting on base by walking 14 % of the time.
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From 2008-2010, LaRoche hit 25 HR in each year, to go along with a batting average hovering around .270. That’s what the Nationals were paying to get. They certainly didn’t get that type of production last year, but it is starting now.
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LaRoche is on a tear so far this year, hitting .341 with 2 HR and 12 RBI in just 10 games. LaRoche is a career .268 hitter, so the batting average should cool off into that range, but we can expect 20 plus homers with around 100 RBI.
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I don’t see him having any trouble driving in runs in the middle of a lineup that features Jayson Werth (also having a bounce-back season) and Ryan Zimmerman. The only red flag for LaRoche is that his contact rate is down a little, leading him to strike out too much, but it is still plenty early.
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He still is only owned in 57.0 % of ESPN leagues, so if he is still available in your league, snatch him up.
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