by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians – Catcher
Gomes has been a solid catching option all season, but he has been particularly good in July hitting .338 with 5 HR, 14 RBI and 14 R. Of course he’s benefited from a .392 BABIP overall for the month and it’s been even better since the All-Star Break (.583).
Obviously he is not going to be able to maintain those types of numbers, but can he continue to be productive? Overall he owns a 24.7% line drive rate, leading to a .335 BABIP. The question is if that’s maintainable or not?
We all know that the grind of a full season tends to wear on catchers. Then again his worst line drive rate in 2014 has been 19.3% in June and he finished 2013 with months of 21.2% and 22.8%. Maybe he’s not a .330 hitter, but he’s maintained an elevated line drive rate for long enough to think he can continue hitting .280 or better.
His power has also been reasonable, with 14 HR courtesy of a 15.1% HR/FB. Could there be a slight regression in the power? Sure, but again there’s enough of a track record to buy into it.
With continued playing time, there’s no reason to think that Gomes won’t be a Top 10 catcher for the remainder of the season. Is it a stretch to think that, courtesy of the power, he outproduces someone like Joe Mauer the rest of the way?
Conor Gillaspie – Chicago White Sox – Third Baseman
He’s enjoying a monster July, hitting .338 with 4 HR, 10 RBI and 14 R. Of course he’s benefited from a .368 BABIP and a 16.0% HR/FB.
The average is inflated, as it is overall, with a .367 BABIP. It’s not a huge surprise that he’s been a factor in the average department though he was just a .286 hitter in the minor leagues.
It’s the recent power surge that’s a bit of a surprise. He hadn’t hit a home run entering the month, though he should at least contribute a few. He hit 13 last season courtesy of a 9.2% HR/FB. Considering his 4.5% mark this season, it’s safe to assume a little more power moving forward.
Is it enough? Depending on your format it could be, as it’s realistic to hit for a solid average with 6-10 HR the rest of the way. Consider him in the deepest of formats.
Source – Fangraphs
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