by Ray Kuhn
Wilmer Flores has the skill set to be a productive fantasy asset, but he needs to find regular playing time and stay healthy. On the heels of Flores’ multi-year contract with the Giants it seems that he has a good chance at reaching 500 PA this year, with regular playing time possible.
Before we get into the why he can be a fantasy asset, let’s take a peak at his price. It must be noted that his current ADP is based on drafts prior his signing with San Francisco, but at 618 he is essentially free and is only being drafted in the massive 15 team, 50 round leagues for the most part.
His price is sure to rise, but based on where it is starting from Flores will still likely continue to be a bargain. The fact that he doesn’t seem to have a regular role, despite there being a clear path to playing time, will also work in your favor on draft day. So now let’s take a look at what he has to offer:
Last season Flores battled injury and hit .317 with 9 HR and 37 RBI, but that came in just 285 PA. If we can get Flores to 500 PA (or a number in proportion, given the current questions) a 20 HR, 80 RBI campaign should be very possible.
When it comes to Flores boosting that home run total, his 16.3 launch angle would work towards that goal. He does need to work on barreling the ball up at a greater rate, and his power metrics do limit his upside. With a 114 Hard Contact Rate though, (14% above league average per Baseball HQ) Flores does hit the ball well.
He long has had a history of success against left-handed pitching, but over the past two seasons, he has improved against right-handers and is, at worst, league average. After boosting his line drive rate to 25% last season, which speaks to his skill set, it was troubling to see his fly ball rate for the season fall to 38%. That trend was reversed in the second half as Flores traded ground balls for fly balls.
While Flores might not jump off the page he is a solid hitter with an 88% contact rate who brings a solid skill set to the plate. At this price, it’s a pick that you should be making.
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