Teoscar Hernandez looking like a fantasy draft steal

Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernadez surprised fantasy teams last year with his career performance, and while many were skeptical of a repeat, he's proving to be a valuable asset.

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DJ SHORT: Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez was a fantasy monster during the shortened 2020 season, hitting 289 with 16 home runs and a 9.19 OPS while also stealing six bases in just 50 games. Was there some question about his ability to repeat that? You bet.

Hernandez was a 2.37 career hitter coming into 2020. And even in his breakout last year he struck out in 30% of his plate appearances. However he's looking even more like the real deal so far this year.

While Hernandez missed three weeks due to COVID-19, he's greatly improved his contact rate so far, while being more discerning at the plate. And while Hernandez isn't hitting the ball as hard as he did last year when he was basically elite, he's still in very good company. Meanwhile his expected batting average and expected slugging percentage largely back up what he's doing. Hernandez also has the ability to reach double digit stolen bases, he's playing in a hitter friendly environment. So his average draft position of 86.4 in Yahoo leagues in the spring could actually turn out to be a bargain.