The flexibility of Ben Zobrist has always been appealing to fantasy owners, though it has been more beneficial in season as opposed to preseason. While he routinely spends time all across the diamond, it often isn’t enough to bring eligibility at the start of the next season.
While 2B and OF eligibility should be enough, this season things have been dialed up another notch. Zobrist will open the year with shortstop eligibility, and the potential value just got enhanced even further.
Last season Zobrist hit .270 with 20 HR, 74 RBI, 88 R and 14 SB. Among Major League shortstops who qualified for the batting title there were:
- Five who hit 20+ HR (but only two who did it while hitting at least .270)
- Six who scored at least 85 R (but only one who paired it with at least 70 RBI)
- Five with at least 70 RBI
We know that Zobrist isn’t going to be the elite shortstop in any category. We also can assume that at least one or two others will be able to hot 20+ home runs with a .270+ average (like Hanley Ramirez), or go 85/70 (again, like Ramirez or maybe even Starling Castro). That said, it is obvious that Zobrist brings ability across the board, something that is rare at the position. Read more