2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Josh Donaldson
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Josh Donaldson and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Twins new third baseman during the 2020 MLB season.
While stolen bases and pitching continue to drive average draft positions, veterans remain undervalued. Josh Donaldson agreed to a four-year contract with the Twins insuring he will play third base on grass and be able to accrue at-bats at designated hitter when his body needs a day off from playing defense. He only appeared in 113 games in 2017 and 52 contests in 2018 but bounced back for 155 logged with Atlanta last season. In the four years prior to 2017, Donaldson averaged 157 games played.
Due to recency bias, Donaldson dropped in drafts yet returned huge dividends to his owners last year. Donaldson scored 96 runs with 37 home runs, 94 RBI, four stolen bases and a .259/.379/.521 slash line in 659 plate appearances. Representing an aging veteran at a deep position, Donaldson owns an average draft position above 100 once again entering the 2020 draft season. Can lightning strike twice?
Starting with his batted ball data, Donaldson does not rely on pulling the ball for...