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June 9, 2014

The Buyer's Guide

Pablo Sandoval

by J.P. Breen


For those who missed the inaugural installment of The Buyer’s Guide last week (which can be found here), allow me to offer a brief outline of what we do in this space every Monday. The Buyer’s Guide breaks down the performance of an individual player in an attempt to determine if fantasy owners should buy, hold, or sell. Occasionally, I have a player in mind to highlight, but I’m also committed to featuring players y’all suggest in the comments or on Twitter.

In this article, I thought we’d focus on last week’s suggestion from BP reader jonjacoby, which was San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

As always, let’s do this.

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Pablo Sandoval burst onto the baseball scene in 2009, when he hit .330/.387/.556 with 25 home runs as a 22-year-old kid from Venezuela. He earned the nickname “Kung Fu Panda” and quickly endeared himself to a large swath of the baseball community, including many fantasy owners who benefited from his breakout season.

Since then, though, his performance has fluctuated wildly. He only managed a .268/.323/.409 slash line in his sophomore season, but quickly rebounded by mashing 23 homers with a .315/.357/.552 slash line the following year—much like his banner campaign in 2009. However, his past two seasons in 2012 and 2013 have seen him compile an OPS south of .800.

With such an up-and-down history over the past five years, it’s understandable that fantasy owners would be skittish about Sandoval. He’s coming off a season in which he was the 15th-ranked third baseman in ESPN leagues, and his current .299 wOBA doesn’t do much to alleviate the fear that he could be in the midst of a permanent decline in production. After all, the big man barely cracks the top-20 for third basemen this year and is behind such stalwarts as Casey McGehee, Juan Francisco, and Yangervis Solarte.

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