Given all the injuries across MLB, NBC Sports EDGE's D.J. Short explains why Joey Wendle's career-best year has come at just the right time for fantasy managers.
DJ SHORT: Quick quiz, who leads the Rays in OPS this season. No, it isn't postseason hero Randy Arozarena or familiar names like Austin Meadows or Brandon Lowe. It's actually Joey Wendle, who is poised to blow away his career highs in virtually every category. As of Thursday May 27th, he led the AL in doubles, and he's already topped his home total from the past two seasons.
Wendle really hasn't changed much at the plate. While his barrel rate is up slightly, his strikeout rate is right where it was last year. And his hard hit rate and average exit velocity is right in line with his career norms. As such, his ex-BA, which is his expected batting average, is about 70 points lower than his actual batting average. Still, he's not exactly the type of player you want to trade in fantasy leagues, as he qualifies between second base, shortstop, and third base and Yahoo leagues. With all the injuries in the game right now, chances are he's going to remain useful in mixed leagues, even if his production inevitably comes back to Earth a bit.