by Will Overton
Drew Stubbs was a rather trendy sleeper for the outfield going into the season and was selected in many standard leagues. He had a horrendous April batting .186 with no power (only 3 XBH). The only thing he did provide was some speed getting seven steals for the month. Dropped in virtually every league Stubbs, quickly went from sleeper to off the radar.
However Stubbs was moved from leadoff to seventh in the lineup after the tough April and seemed to loosen up and find his swing as he put up the follow numbers in the month of May:
.273 Batting Average
.339 On Base Percentage
.525 Slugging Percentage
14 Runs Scored
5 Home Runs
18 Runs Batted In
4 Stolen Bases
After a horrible April and a bounce back May, the question now becomes: Where does Drew Stubbs finish the year and what kind of kinds of leagues should he be owned in? Apparently owners weren’t buying into the big month of May as he is only owned in 37.5% of ESPN leagues and 24% of Yahoo leagues. I have to assume that these low numbers come as a result of April and people being a little bit shy to believe in Stubbs again. Let’s take a look at what to expect from Stubbs from this point forward.
Stubbs minor league numbers reflect a fast guy with a mediocre batting average (.269 for his minor league career) and unrealized potential to hit for power with his 6’4 205 pound frame. Stubbs had 12 home runs in 2007 at Class A ball, but didn’t reach double digits in 2008 or even come close to it in 2009 before being called up. Oddly enough, as soon as Stubbs was called up the power seemed to appear a bit more as he now has 14 HRs in 409 career major league at-bats. Now Stubbs isn’t going to hit 40 HRs any time soon, but the potential to hit in the 15 – 20 range this year seems to be there. The HR/FB rate since his call up is 11.2% which is high, but not an extreme number. It only makes sense that as he adds bulk to the 6’4″ frame that more power will come.
The move from the leadoff position hurt some of Stubbs ability to score runs, but it does increase his chance for driving them in hitting behind the likes of Votto, Phillips and Bruce. The average is something that you shouldn’t expect a huge boom in. The .243 average he has now is a result of that first month, but it also took a .338 BABIP in the month of May for him to get .273. Throughout the minors he hovered around the high .260s and low .270s and you shouldn’t expect much more than that out of him this year. He has a .305 BABIP for the year which is slightly below the league average and with that he should be able to get to around the .260 mark.
However the power and the RBI are perks to go with the impressive speed Stubbs possesses. He stole 121 bases in four years in the minor leagues and last year between AAA and the major leagues he stole 56. He’ll probably never reach that mark against big league pitchers and catchers, but the 12 he has so far this year seems a bit on the low end of things. He hasn’t been given a ton of opportunities, but I assume if he keeps getting on base he’s going to get the green light more and more, especially in a run friendly spot in the lineup where managers are looking to make something happen. He should reach 30 steals and if you couple that with 15 HR, that’s pretty good for a guy who is only going to get better.
Outfield is a weak position and that makes someone with Stubbs upside a must own in all deep league formats. As far as standard leagues go, let’s think. In most standard leagues there are between 50 – 60 OFs owned so the question becomes, is Drew Stubbs one of the 50 – 60 best OF this year. I think he is right on the border, a must own in keeper formats and a fringe guy in all other formats where I think the potential carries him over a lot of others.
Some of the guys owned in more leagues who I’d drop for Stubbs are: Marlon Byrd, Jonny Gomes, J.D Drew, Nyjer Morgan, Angel Pagan, Lastings Milledge and Garrett Jones.
So in my opinion Stubbs is ownable in all leagues and a must own in anything outside of a standard format. What are your thoughts on him? Is he available in one of your leagues? Do you personally own him on any teams and if so how much value does he have for you?
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