I don't know about you, but on draft day, I, like most, like to target hitters who can provide solid stats in 3-4 categories. The guys I like to target are the hitters who hit for power and steal some bases. Coming into 2010 drafts, Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp and Ryan Braun were all first round, or early second round picks due to their power/speed talents.
Well, only one of these 3 hitters went 20-20 this year, and I thought Kemp could go 30-30 this year. He didn't even go 20-20, due to his terrible SB success rate. And Braun didn't approach 20 SBs either, but I think that changes now that Ken Macha won't return in 2011.
Here are the hitters who DID go 20-20 in 2010:
Alex Rios- CHW-21 HRs, 88 RBIs, 89 runs, 34 SBs, .284 BA
Hanley Ramirez-FLA-21 HRs, 76 RBIs, 92 runs, 32 SBs, .300 BA
Drew Stubbs-CIN-22 HRs, 77 RBIs, 91 runs, 29 SBs, .254 BA
Chris Young-ARI-27 HRs, 91 RBIs, 94 runs, 28 SBs, .257 BA
Carlos Gonzalez-COL-34 HRs, 117 RBIs, 111 runs, 26 SBs, .336 BA
Bobby Abreu-LAA-20 HRs, 78 RBIs, 86 runs, 23 SBs, .256 BA
Shin-Soo Choo-CLE-22 HRs, 90 RBIs, 81 runs, 22 SBs, .300 BA
The Mets David Wright, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Astros outfielder Hunter Pence all came within one or two SBs from joining the 20-20 club in 2010. And Carl Crawford, BJ Upton and Shane Victorino came a few HRs shy of the 20-20 club as well.
Hanley Ramirez and Carlos Gonzalez will both be top 5-10 hitters in 2011 fantasy drafts, and should be first round picks. My concern with Hanley is that his power output has dropped in each of the last two years. Can CarGo repeat his tremendous 2010 season for fantasy owners? I think he can be a 20-20 hitter, but 30-30 may be pushing it. Then again, I wouldn't be surprised if he does go 30-30 in 2011.
Bobby Abreu stole 20+ bases for the 12th straight season. Talk about consistency. He joined the 20-20 clubs for the 9th time in his career as well. Choo made the 20-20 list for the second straight season. My question is if this is the best we can expect from Choo, or can he increase his HR total in the future?
So only 7 hitters joined the 20-20 club in 2010, with 3 of the 7 hitting in the .250 BA area. Not good, but most fantasy owners may look the other way and take on the 20-20 hitters like Drew Stubbs, Chris Young and Bobby Abreu for the 20-20 potential.