2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Elvis Andrus
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
When trying to evaluate Elvis Andrus for 2019, it will boil down to assessing his breakout season from 2017 versus his injury shortened 2018 and how he will produce going forward. With the retirement of Adrián Béltre , Andrus seems to be penciled in to hit third for the Rangers to open the season. This alone could benefit the counting statistics from Andrus and if he migrates towards his career rates, suddenly the Texas shortstop could be a bargain.
Almost every year, rebound seasons occur by veteran players and Andrus fits the mold. Due to an olecranon fracture in his right elbow last year, he only appeared in 97 games with 53 runs, six home runs, 33 RBI, five stolen bases and a .256/.308/.367 slash line. Recency bias does not account for Andrus’ nine straight seasons prior to last year of at least 145 games played and 20 or more stolen bases in each of them. With steals at the forefront of scarcity articles, even if hitting third, Andrus could still produce 15 or more stolen...