September 28, 2012
After five years of sharing my fantasy baseball thoughts elsewhere on the internet, I was fortunate enough to move my virtual office to BPro in late July. For our purposes today, that leaves us with exactly 10 VP: Outfielder articles to work with. Hopefully in those articles you’ve gotten to know me a little bit, and hopefully I was able to help your rosters. In accordance with fellow mid-season acquisition Josh Shepardson’s format, I’ll categorize my picks into “Duds,” “Contributors,” and “Studs.”
The following week saw the promotion of prodigious Texas prospect Mike Olt. While I didn’t write a glowing review, my write-up was certainly produced through glasses a bit too rosy, mostly on the playing time front. Not that Olt has produced in his skimpy portion of at-bats anyway, but it should be noted that the supposedly fragile Rangers have been surprisingly healthy lately, leaving Olt without much of a role in this lineup. Hopefully you didn’t waste too many FAAB dollars on him like I did in Tout Wars.
Andy Dirks, Dewayne Wise, and Chris Parmelee aren’t major reasons behind anyone’s success this year, but all three offered solid production for a few weeks as VPs. As I’ve harped about all year, Dirks has been quietly productive all season long (minus the Achilles injury) and is ending the season with one of his most productive weeks.
The 2012 season started out in this fashion for Gomez until the last 10 games in July. Over those 10 games, he batted .364 with four homers and five steals. Yes, it was another Gomez hot streak, but it was one that was hard not to buy into at least a little, and time has shown that it was one worth buying into, for the most part.
While July was still Gomez’ best month of the season, the speedy Brewer has kept up an impressive pace throughout August and September, making him one of the most valuable hitters since the All-Star Break. With his second half, are you willing to believe in him next year? How much would you bid in an auction?
In early August, David Murphy joined the VP ranks after word came from manager Ron Washington that Murphy would start to see everyday at-bats in left field. With the increase in role came an increase in production; Murphy proceeded to collect 37 hits in August (.366 average). The average was a bit on the empty side, since only two homers and a steal came along with it, but Murphy also enjoyed a productive September, making him one of the better pickups of the last two months.
That’s all I got. Congratulations to all who enjoyed success this season. Even though I held first place in both my leagues at one point, my teams have both faded to the fourth-to-sixth place area in both the Tout Wars Mixed and Yahoo Friends & Family leagues. I look forward preparing for the 2013 season with you in a couple of months!