2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Rougned Odor
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
What to do with Texas Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor ? What to do? That’s the question, for sure! He has 30 or more home runs in three or four years. That’s good. He’s scored at least 70 runs in each of the past four years and has two seasons with 88 or more RBI. That’s good. However, his strikeout rate jumped to 30.6-percent last season, and he’s hit .205 or worse in two of the past three seasons. Yikes. Additionally, despite having 30 or more home runs and double-digit stolen bases in 2017 and 2019, he was a -1.4 and 0.3 WAR player in those years respectively. Odor’s current average draft position is 224, per NFBC data. Does he represent value as a cheap power-speed option, or is he fool’s gold with a batting average that will drag your entire team down?
Odor’s paltry averages in 2017 and 2019 were a product of bad luck. His BABIP was way down, and per expected statistics, he was a .234 and .229 hitter those seasons. Sure, that batting average still stinks, but it’s a...