2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Mookie Betts
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at new Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Sometimes the fantasy community can be tough. Last year, Mookie Betts turned in a “down” year in fantasy despite leading the majors with 135 runs. Betts appeared in 150 games with 29 home runs, 80 RBI, 16 stolen bases and a .295/.391/.524 slash line. Part of the disappointment could be the drop in power during baseball’s best power environment on record. However, Betts owned a 13.7 walk percentage against a 14.3 strikeout percent.
His discipline metrics remain elite with a minuscule 5.1 swinging strike percentage (tied for fourth lowest in the majors among qualified hitters), an 86.6 contact rate (eight best), a 93.7 Z-Contact percentage (in the strike zone) ranking fifth among his peers and a 21.4 O-Swing percent (out of the zone) sixth lowest. Discerning how much of Betts reduced production could be bad luck may determine his ceiling entering his Age-27 season coinciding with a contract year as a pending free agent.
According to Statcast, Betts recorded 505 batted ball...