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Top 50 Fantasy Countdown: No. 46 Ian Kinsler

Lindyssports.com Staff

March 07, 2017 at 4:08 pm.

Jun 7, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) celebrates after hitting a game winning RBI single in the 10th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park. Detroit won 3-2 in ten innings. Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 7, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) celebrates after hitting a game winning RBI single in the 10th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park. Detroit won 3-2 in ten innings. Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

IAN KINSLER

BATS: R

AGE: 35

TEAM: Detroit

INDICATORS

On-base .348

BABIP .314

Slugging .484

Total Bases 299

OPS .831

vs RHP .281

vs LHP .309

wOBA .356

TWO-YEAR MAJOR LEAGUE STATISTICS

BA    OBP     AB       R       H       2B      3B     HR       RBI         SB

.296   .342    624   94      185      35        7        11          73          10

.288   .348    618   117     178     29        4        28          83          14

2016: Rather quietly, the 11-year veteran delivered his fi nest season since 2011, flirting with career marks in homers, runs and RBIs. Not bad for a player whose average draft position was somewhere in the 70s.

Forecast: Kinsler struck out more often than ever in 2016, but the tradeoff was worth it. His .831 OPS was his best in six seasons, and his slugging percentage spiked 56 points. Can he do it again? Some regression seems likely, but even so, “old reliables” like Kinsler tend to cost less than they should in fantasy drafts. He could easily outperform one or two of the players higher on the board.

 

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