Fantasy Baseball Bounceback Players – Middle Infielders
Adam Everett (.232, 18 runs, 11 doubles, 15 RBI)
He’s not going to set the world on fire, but he should get more at bats as the Twins new starting SS. His glove has always been his meal ticket, but he should be able to get back in the 25+ doubles and the 50 run & RBI range.
Rafael Furcal (.270, 87 runs, 6 HR, 47 RBI, 25 steals)
Furcal was slowed last year by an ankle injury, which is healthy as camp opens. If he can stay healthy, his power numbers (doubles, triples, home runs, and RBI) will increase as well as his speed numbers (runs and stolen bases).
Tadahito Iguchi (.267, 67 runs, 9 HRs, 43 RBIs, and 14 steals)
In 2006 Iguchi hit .281 with 97 runs, 18 HRs, 67 RBI, and 11 steals. I wouldn’t expect a huge increase in his numbers, given the fact that he went to pitcher-friendly San Diego, but I think he can get that average up.
Nick Punto (.210, 53 runs, 25 RBI)
After breaking through with a solid season, Punto fell apart in 2007. He barely made it above .200. His glove was amazing last year at third base, which should get him a good share of at bats. The Twins will have new starters at 2B, SS, and 3B this year. Punto will likely see time at all three positions, unless he can be the spark plug he was in 2006 when he played so well they had to keep him in. Either way, I think he bounces back and his flexibility will help in daily leagues.
Miguel Tejada (.296, 72 runs, 19 Doubles, 18 HR, 81 RBI)
Should Miggy avoid incarceration and/or an indictment, I think a change of scenery will do the Miggy good. I fully expect his runs, doubles, and RBIs to go up. I’m not sure about his HR production in the new ballpark.
*Although Luis Castillo had a solid year last season, I expect him to get into the 100+ run range in that offense for a full year.