2010 Fantasy Baseball Player Highlight:Don't Forget About Denard Span

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IMarch 13, 2010

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 09:  Denard Span #2 of the Minnesota Twins bats against the New York Yankees in Game Two of the ALDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 9, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Hot Report:
The Minnesota Twins recently signed Span to a  five year 16.5 million dollar deal, with a nine million dollar team option for 2015 suggesting that the faith the Twins have in the third year outfielder is pretty high.

 

Statistical History:

Year

G

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

R

BB

K

SB

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

2008

93

347

102

16

7

6

47

70

50

60

18

.294

.387

.432

.819

2009

145

578

180

16

10

8

68

97

70

89

23

.311

.392

.415

.807


Extended Stats:

 

RS%

XBT%

SO%

BB%

SO/BB

IF/FB

2009 LINE

38%

45%

13.7%

11.0%

1.24

9%

MLB AVG

31%

39%

18.0%

8.9%

2.02

13%

 

Projected 2010 Line

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

R

BB

K

SB

AVG

212

20

13

12

75

107

78

80

30

.321

 

Breakdown and Scouting Report:
Span has an innate ability to stretch bases into more than they are (doubles into triples) as well as take advantage of scoring situations. His 23 SB are pretty much on par for Span, and there is the chance that he could eclipse 30 since he will undoubtedly see more action.

Span’s strikeout to ball ratio should get better this year with a near full season under his belt, and the knowledge that his team really does believe in his abilities.

Span has a penchant for setting the table so to speak and there is no question that he can in fact score runs. But if there was one glaring issue with Span, it is that you won’t see too many homeruns from the guy. Still, with solid production in all other areas (extra bases especially) the homeruns become more of a bonus at that point rather than something to rely on.

Last year Span produced a .358 BABIP, and while he may not quite get there again in 2010 you should remember that most speedsters do remain somewhat consistent in that category.

Conclusion:
Span is a solid Top 100 fantasy player who will surely be overlooked in all formats, simply due to not many people being familiar with him, so when you begin to start building your bench picking up Span might go a long way for you in the end considering his overall value.

For Salary Cap leagues, Span should show himself to be a very cheap option for the same reasons above, and for Keeper and Dynasty leaguers, this is a guy you might want to watch closely in 2010, and if he continues to better himself throughout the year, snag him off of waivers if possible or deal some dead weight for him.

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