Hanley Ramirez Dodgers
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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Shortstop Rankings for NL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
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1. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Hanley Ramirez was limited to 86 games, but he hit .345 with 62 runs, 20 home runs, 57 RBI and 10 stolen bases. If he can stay healthy and motivated, he should return to his spot for one of the pre-season favorites as the premier player at his position.
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2. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki has averaged 109.5 games over the past four seasons. When he stays healthy, he’s a rock. Despite the limited workload during that stretch he averaged .307 with 68.8 runs, 22.5 home runs, 77.3 RBI and 5.8 stolen bases per year.
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3. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
Ian Desmond has developed into a quality power-speed combination player. He has back-to-back 20-20 (HRs-SBs) seasons. Over that stretch he’s averaging .286 with 74.5 runs, 22.5 home runs, 76.5 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
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4. Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
Jean Segura led all shortstops with 44 stolen bases. He also hit .294 with 74 runs, 12 home runs and 49 RBI. He’ll give you a leg up in the stolen base category.
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5. Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
Andrelton Simmons hit just .248 in his first full season, but he managed 76 runs, 17 home runs, 59 RBI and six stolen bases. His power numbers may come down, but he should improve in the other categories.
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6. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
Starlin Castro was a major disappointment with a .245-59-10-44-9 line, but he’ll turn 24 in March. In his first three years he averaged .297 with 74 runs, nine home runs, 61.7 RBI and 19 stolen bases. A major rebound should be in order.
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7. Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera is another speed option. He doesn’t bring much else to the table, but he has averaged 40.5 stolen bases over the past two years.
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8. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins is 35, but he continues to be a solid stolen base source. Rollins swiped 22 bags, which marked the 12th time he has reached 20 SBs. Rollins scored just 65 runs with six HRs and 39 RBI. He should see improvement in all of those areas.
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9. Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals
Jhonny Peralta shrugged of his PED suspension to finish with a .303-50-11-55-3 line. Over the past nine seasons he averaged 72.2 runs, 16.9 HRs and 75 RBI.
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10. Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds
Zack Cozart hit .254 with 74 runs, 12 home runs and 63 RBI. He’s not great in any category, but he gives you decent counting stats.
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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Shortstop Rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
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1. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Reyes was limited to 96 games, but he hit .296 with 58 runs, 10 home runs, 37 RBI and 15 stolen bases. If he can stay healthy he will give you a big boost in runs, average and stolen bases.
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2. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus hit .271 with 91 runs, 67 RBI and 42 stolen bases. In five seasons he’s averaging 86.4 runs and 33 SBs. The additions of Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder should keep the Rangers’ offense humming. Look for Andrus to set the table.
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3. Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
Asdrubal Cabrera hit just .242 last year, but the .273 lifetime hitter is a solid bet to get on track. Over the past three years he’s averaged .263 with 74.3 runs, 18.3 home runs, 74.7 RBI and 11.7 stolen bases.
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4. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist is another guy with added versatility, as he is also eligible at second base and outfield. He posted a .275-77-12-71-11 line. He doesn’t excel in any one category, but he’s solid across the board.
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5. J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
J.J. Hardy is a solid option if you can sacrifice batting average for power. He has hit .256 over the past three seasons while averaging 75.7 runs, 25.7 home runs and 74.7 RBI.
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6. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox
After averaging 17.3 home runs in his first four seasons Alexei Ramirez has hit just 15 over the past two. While his power has waned, he has made up for it by averaging 25 stolen bases over the past two seasons. He should provide decent numbers across the board. His career average is a .277-71-14-68-16 line.
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7. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
Alcides Escobar is pretty much a one-category performer. Over the past three years he has hit .260 with an average of 64.7 runs, 4.3 HRs and 50 RBI. He gives you speed though as he averaged 27.7 stolen bases during that stretch.
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8. Jed Lowrie, Oakland A’s
Jed Lowrie has shortstop and second base eligibility, which helps his value. He had a .290-80-15-75-1 line last year. He’s a .264 career hitter, though, so regression in his batting average is likely.
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9. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts should have eligibility at both shortstop and third base, which gives him added value. He hit just .250 with seven runs, one home run, five home runs and one stolen base in 18 regular-season games but stepped up his game in the playoffs. Bogaerts hit .296 with nine runs in 12 games en route to a World Series title. In Boston’s potent lineup for a full year, Bogaerts should have a solid year.
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10. Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar hit .271 with 68 runs, six home runs, 54 RBI and 12 stolen bases. He doesn’t offer much power, but over the past five seasons he’s averaged a .280-69-7-49-20 line. He should give you a solid batting average and stolen base totals.
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Hanley Ramirez Dodgers
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Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Shortstop Rankings.
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1. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Hanley Ramirez was limited to 86 games, but he hit .345 with 62 runs, 20 home runs, 57 RBI and 10 stolen bases. If he can stay healthy and motivated, he should return to his spot as the premiere player at his position.
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2. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki has averaged 109.5 games over the past four seasons. When he stays healthy, he’s a rock. Despite the limited workload during that stretch he averaged .307 with 68.8 runs, 22.5 home runs, 77.3 RBI and 5.8 stolen bases per year.
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3. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Reyes was limited to 96 games, but he hit .296 with 58 runs, 10 home runs, 37 RBI and 15 stolen bases. If he can stay healthy he will give you a big boost in runs, average and stolen bases.
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4. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
Ian Desmond has developed into a quality power-speed combination player. He has back-to-back 20-20 (HRs-SBs) seasons. Over that stretch he’s averaging .286 with 74.5 runs, 22.5 home runs, 76.5 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
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5. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus hit .271 with 91 runs, 67 RBI and 42 stolen bases. In five seasons he’s averaging 86.4 runs and 33 SBs. The addition of Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder should keep the Rangers’ offense humming. Look for Andrus to set the table.
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6. Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
Jean Segura led all shortstops with 44 stolen bases. He also hit .294 with 74 runs, 12 home runs and 49 RBI. He’ll give you a leg up in the stolen base category.
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7. Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
Andrelton Simmons hit just .248 in his first full season, but he managed 76 runs, 17 home runs, 59 RBI and six stolen bases. His power numbers may come down, but he should improve in the other categories.
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8. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
Starlin Castro was a major disappointment with a .245-59-10-44-9 line, but he’ll turn 24 in March. In his first three years he averaged .297 with 74 runs, nine home runs, 61.7 RBI and 19 stolen bases. A major rebound should be in order.
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9. Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera is another speed option. He doesn’t bring much else to the table, but he has averaged 40.5 stolen bases over the past two years.
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10. Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
Asdrubal Cabrera hit just .242 last year, but the .273 lifetime hitter is a solid bet to get on track. Over the past three years he’s averaged .263 with 74.3 runs, 18.3 home runs, 74.7 RBI and 11.7 stolen bases.
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Shortstop Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Despite being limited to 47 games last year, Tulo hangs on to the number one spot in my preseason rankings for the third straight year. He still had a solid .846 OPS and projected to a .287-114-28-93-7 season if you extrapolated his numbers over a full season.
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2. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ramirez is a nice option because he also has third base eligibility. He has tailed off a bit in recent years, but his .257-79-24-92-21 line is not one to take lightly. He’s capable of even better numbers.
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3. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
Castro will turn 23 this month and has already established that he can handle big league pitching. Last year he turned in a .283-78-14-78-25 line. He should only get better.
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4. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
Desmond showed a nice power-speed combination with 25 home runs and 21 stolen bases. He could stand to provide more runs (72) and RBI (73), but it’s hard to be upset with his overall numbers, which included a .292 batting average.
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5. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
J-Roll left plenty to be desired with his .250 batting average, but his 102 runs, 23 home runs, 68 RBI and 30 stolen bases were impressive. He’s 34 though, so it’s unlikely he can match that production.
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6. Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies
Rutledge will play second base for the Rockies, but has shortstop eligibility from replacing Troy Tulowitzki last year. Rutledge hit eight home runs and stolen seven bases in 73 games, which projects to 18 home runs and 16 stolen bases in a full season.
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7. Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds
Cozart struggled last year hitting .246, but he hit 15 home runs. He should also approach double-digit stolen bases.
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8. Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres
Cabrera is a one-trick pony. If you’re using him, it’s for his stolen base potential alone. He is a non-factor in every other category.
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9. Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants
Scutaro is 37 so the upside is minimal. He should contribute in the batting average, runs and RBI categories
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10. Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
Simmons has just 166 at-bats under his belt, but he will start the season batting leadoff, which should lead to solid counting numbers.
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Jose Reyes Blue Jays
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Shortstop Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Reyes turned in an impressive .287-86-11-57-40 line with the Miami Marlins. Once again he finds himself entering the season with a new home. He should transition nicely to the American League and put up monster numbers in their potent offense.
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2. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Zobrist has a lot of versatility with second base, shortstop and outfield eligibility. Over the past four seasons he has averaged 88.8 runs, 19.3 HRs, 82.8 RBI and 18.5 stolen bases. You’ll have to live with his .260 lifetime batting average.
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3. Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
Cabrera regressed as expected, but his .270-70-16-68-9 line was more than adequate for a starting fantasy shortstop. He should deliver some solid pop in the shortstop position.
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4. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
There are a number of ways to go at the middle of AL-Only fantasy shortstop class. You can go with power with J.J. Hardy or all-around play like Derek Jeter or Alexei Ramirez. Escobar swiped 35 bases last year, and he gives you a solid jump in that category. He should also provide a solid amount of runs and decent average.
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5. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Jeter turned back the clock with a .316-99-15-58-9 line. He’ll turn 39 in June, but it’s hard to write him off when he just keeps producing.
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6. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Andrus saw his stolen base total drop from 37 to 21. He’s been caught stealing 37 times over the past three seasons. A lot of his value is based on his stolen base total so there is a little concern. Andrus has improved his batting average from .266 in his first two years to .283 the past two. He has averaged 89.7 runs the past two seasons and has even averaged a respectable 61 RBI the past two seasons. He has 14 career home runs. Four out of five categories isn’t bad.
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7. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox
Ramirez’s .265-59-9-73-20 line is below his norm. He is a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories. He should be better in 2013.
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8. J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
Hardy is known for two things. He has some solid pop for a shortstop (20-plus home runs in four of the past six year) and he gets dinged up. His batting average and lack of stolen bases hurts his value, but he is a decent option for runs and RBI.
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9. Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
Aybar is a solid contributor in the steals category and a decent contributor in the runs and batting average category. Aybar offers little in the home run or RBI category, but he’s a good value option.
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10. Stephen Drew, Boston Red Sox
Drew is a solid risk option, particularly in AL-Only leagues. His health is a constant concern, but if he can stay healthy, he should do well in Boston.
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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 10 fantasy baseball shortstops for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your shortstop slot to address other positions. Alternatively, many leagues offer middle infield slots, which put these options on your radar.
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Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Andrus saw his stolen base total drop from 37 to 21. He’s been caught stealing 37 times over the past three seasons. A lot of his value is based on his stolen base total so there is a little concern. Andrus has improved his batting average from .266 in his first two years to .283 the past two. He has averaged 89.7 runs the past two seasons and has even averaged a respectable 61 RBI the past two seasons. He has 14 career home runs. Four out of five categories isn’t bad.
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Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
Aybar is a solid contributor in the steals category and a decent contributor in the runs and batting average category. Aybar offers little in the home run or RBI category, but he’s a good value option.
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Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres
Cabrera is a one-trick pony. If you’re using him, it’s for his stolen base potential alone. He is a non-factor in every other category.
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Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds
Cozart struggled last year hitting .246, but he hit 15 home runs. He should also approach double-digit stolen bases.
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J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
Hardy is known for two things. He has some solid pop for a shortstop (20-plus home runs in four of the past six year) and he gets dinged up. His batting average and lack of stolen bases hurts his value, but he is a decent option for runs and RBI.
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Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox
Ramirez’s .265-59-9-73-20 line is below his norm. He is a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories. He should be better in 2013.
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Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies
Rutledge will play second base for the Rockies, but has shortstop eligibility from replacing Troy Tulowitzki last year. Rutledge hit eight home runs and stolen seven bases in 73 games, which projects to 18 home runs and 16 stolen bases in a full season.
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Here’s the first look at the 2013 LestersLegends shortstop Rankings.
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1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Despite being limited to 47 games last year, Tulo hangs on to the number one spot in my preseason rankings for the third straight year. He still had a solid .846 OPS and projected to a .287-114-28-93-7 season if you extrapolated his numbers over a full season.
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2. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Reyes turned in an impressive .287-86-11-57-40 line with the Miami Marlins. Once again he finds himself entering the season with a new home. He should transition nicely to the American League and put up monster numbers in their potent offense. He’s really a 1-A because while he won’t match Tulo in home runs or RBI, he will likely hold a commanding lead in runs and stolen bases.
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3. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ramirez is a nice option because he also has third base eligibility. He has tailed off a bit in recent years, but his .257-79-24-92-21 line is not one to take lightly. He’s capable of even better numbers.
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4. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
Castro will turn 23 in March and has already established that he can handle big league pitching. Last year he turned in a .283-78-14-78-25 line. He should only get better.
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5. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Zobrist has a lot of versatility with second base, shortstop and outfield eligibility. Over the past four seasons he has averaged 88.8 runs, 19.3 HRs, 82.8 RBI and 18.5 stolen bases. You’ll have to live with his .260 lifetime batting average.
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6. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
Desmond showed a nice power-speed combination with 25 home runs and 21 stolen bases. He could stand to provide more runs (72) and RBI (73), but it’s hard to be upset with his overall numbers, which included a .292 batting average.
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7. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
J-Roll left plenty to be desired with his .250 batting average, but his 102 runs, 23 home runs, 68 RBI and 30 stolen bases were impressive. He’s 34 though, so it’s unlikely he can match that production.
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8. Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
Cabrera regressed as expected, but his .270-70-16-68-9 line was more than adequate for a low-end starting fantasy shortstop. If you miss out on the top crop, he’s not a bad option.
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9. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
There are a number of ways to go at the bottom of the starting fantasy shortstop class. You can go with power with J.J. Hardy or all-around play like Derek Jeter or Alexei Ramirez. Escobar swiped 35 bases last year, and he gives you a solid jump in that category. He should also provide a solid amount of runs and decent average.
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10. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Jeter turned back the clock with a .316-99-15-58-9 line. He’ll turn 39 in June, but it’s hard to write him off when he just keeps producing.
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