It was the year that Avatar ruled the box office, Taylor Swift sold a bucketload of CDs, and two young first basemen appeared to be on the way to promising careers.Â Much like Sam Worthington, success has been spotty for Adam Lind and Kyle Blanks since the new decade dawned.
Adam Lind:Â His .417 wOBA is among the top ten in the majors.Â He has a sky high .396 BABIP but is also making some real improvements.Â Since 2010 his BB/K has improved from 0.26 to 0.30 to 0.48 to 0.64.Â His ISO is over .200 for the first time since 2009.Â He only has 25 plate appearances against left handers and a career 65 wRC+ when facing them.Â (Frustrated authorâ€™s note:Â once I found this out I immediately benched him because Toronto faced Derek Holland Sunday.Â A little knowledge can be a bad thing, 3-5 with a HR was moved out of my lineup at the last minute.Â Facepalm.)
Drop for him:Â Mark Reynolds, James Loney, Mark Teixeira
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Todd Frazier, Ryan Howard, Kendrys Morales
Kyle Blanks:Â He regained steady playing time when Yonder Alonso was injured and is hitting .321/.379/.660 in June.Â He always had a strong power tool but was derailed by Tommy John Surgery as well as low BABIPs in 2010 and 2011.Â He is hacking at over 50% of pitches but has a far better contact rate in the zone. Â Rough times could be ahead if pitchers can get him to chase more.
Drop for him:Â Lance Berkman, Garrett Jones, Andre Ethier
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Adam Dunn, B.J. Upton, Michael Morse
Gerrit Cole:Â Two wins in two starts sparked immediate interest from the fantasy community.Â He is hitting strike zone on 60% of his pitches and has not walked anyone yet.Â He managed only three strikeouts in his twelve major league innings.Â His K/9 also slumped to 6.22 in twelve Triple-A starts.Â Perhaps he relies too much on his fastball to whiff high-level batters?
Drop for him:Â Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson, Trevor Cahill
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â John Lackey, Ryan Dempster, Julio Teheran
Mike Carp:Â With 1.1 WAR he already surpassed expectations for a Spring Training acquisition.Â Thanks to injuries and ineffective play he shuffled into Bostonâ€™s OF/1B/DH mix.Â His .400 BABIP and 25.8% HR/FB are completely unsustainable. Anyone picking him up is just waiting for the bottom to fall out.
Drop for him:Â Chris Johnson, Paul Konerko, Shane Victorino
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Eric Hosmer, Josh Reddick, Carlos Quentin
Brandon League:Â In a move everybody saw coming Kenley Jansen replaced him as the closer.Â Naturally, Jansen let Pittsburgh tie Sundayâ€™s game in the ninth inning and it was League finishing off the victory.Â All it shows is that League barely has a major league worthy skill set, but he is still the favorite for saves.
Drop him for:Â Joaquin Benoit, Trevor Rosenthal, J.J. Putz
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â John Axford, Vinnie Pestano, Tyler Clippard
Matt Garza:Â He surrendered three home runs en route to giving up a career high nine runs in five innings against Cincinnati on Tuesday.Â Sunday he rebounded with his best start of the year, shutting out the Mets over seven.Â Through six starts his fastball velocity is not quite up to par and his FIP is an unsightly 4.57.Â The Reds are responsible for his two worst outings, hang onto him in standard mixed leagues.
Drop him for:Â Jose Fernandez, Ervin Santana, Matt Cain
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Travis Wood, Tommy Milone, Gerrit Cole
Jurickson Profar:Â Ian Kinsler has been activated but Profar is staying with Texas in a super utility role.Â Much like many young players his walk rate and power have decreased upon his first exposure to major league pitching.Â Profarâ€™s 91 wRC+ is very similar to Mike Troutâ€™s 87 in 2011 so there is no cause for dynasty owners to panic.
Drop him for:Â Josh Rutledge, Nick Franklin, Neil Walker
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Yuniesky Betancourt, Jeff Keppinger, Brian Dozier
Jason Castro:Â He finished May hot but is only hitting .200/.280/.400 in June.Â The time is right for him to have a peak season, and even with the recent batting average slump his power numbers remain improved.Â He does not profile as a particularly strong hitter and he could easily fade as fast as John Buck did.
Drop him for:Â Mike Zunino, Yasmani Grandal, Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â A.J. Ellis, Chris Iannetta, Tyler Flowers