San Francisco Giants

Fantasy Baseball Bounce Back Player of the Week: Pablo Sandoval

A slimmer Panda?
A slimmer Panda?Norm Hall/Getty Images
Brian HoltContributor IFebruary 25, 2011

Panda is coming off a year in which he took a considerable step backwards. Through his first two seasons in the big leagues he had consistently performed offensively:

Year Games R HR RBI AVG OBP SLG BABIP
2008 41 24 3 24 .345 .357 .490 .356
2009 153 79 25 90 .330 .387 .556 .350

 

These stats show a player who is very consistent from a balls-in-play and batting average standpoint. Quite frankly, someone who is drafting a third baseman after the first three or four rounds would love this type of production.

In 2010 someone changed the tune and forgot to tell Sandoval:

Year Games R HR RBI AVG OBP SLG BABIP
2010 152 61 13 63 .268 .323 .409 .291

Definitely a steep fall for a player who fantasy owners had good expectations for heading into the season. Unfortunately, the Round Mound of Pound had continuing expanding in size throughout his tenure in the big leagues. I guess it does become harder to get to first base when you’re trying to drag almost 280 pounds down the base line.

This off-season Panda was able to slim down to 240 after undergoing arduous work outs and will enter the season with a renewed sense of confidence. This is roughly the same weight he was at during his breakout 2009 campaign. Drawing motivation from watching his team win the world series while he was on the bench, expect to see Kung Fu Panda back in the groove in 2011.

2011 Fantasy Forecast: 80 R, 25 HR, 90 RBI, .315 Avg

Brian is a Senior Writer for 4thandHome.com where this and other work can be found. Additionally he is Co-Host of the 4th and Home Radio show on Blog Talk Radio.

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