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July 9, 2014

Fantasy Freestyle

Don't Forget About Me

by J.P. Breen


A couple weeks ago, we discussed some unexpected early-season fantasy studs and asked how they had fared since their brilliant starts to the season. An intrepid commenter suggested a follow-up article that highlighted some players who had accelerated their performance after spinning their wheels out of the gate. This is my humble acquiescence.

This article does not wish to suggest each one of these players has successfully shaken off his early-season blunders. Rather, the fact that some could legitimately revert and again become a fantasy wasteland makes this project a bit more interesting. The limited space makes it impossible to draw any definite conclusions, but I hope to bring up some interesting points to help give you direction as you consider your squad’s roster construction.

Brad Miller, shortstopSeattle Mariners


Time

PA

AVG

OPS

ISO

BABIP

HR

SB

BB%

K%

03/31-05/30

169

.158

.484

.092

.198

3

3

7.7%

25.4%

06/01-07/07

116

.279

.801

.183

.324

5

0

8.6%

22.4%


Miller has become the internet’s poster boy for unheralded improvement this season. He’s hitting .207/.277/.336 on the year and is barely a top-30 fantasy shortstop, but the 24-year-old has begun to claw his way back to respectability. The improvements over the past month have been significant across the board--more base hits, more power, and better discipline.

Before jumping squarely on the bandwagon, though, it’s important for us to recognize whence this improvement has germinated. It’s not a simple increase across the board, as the overall numbers would lead to believe. Miller has done nothing more than rediscover his stroke against righties. He has still been a complete basketcase against southpaws.

Slash Line vs. LHP: .133/.198/.227, 4.9% walk rate, 37.8% strikeout rate

Slash Line vs. RHP: .238/.308/.381, 9.4% walk rate, 18.7% strikeout rate

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