Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fantasy Focus: 20/20 Players

The last several seasons have seen a sharp decline in the highly sought after fantasy baseball players who hit at least 20 HR's and steal at least 20 bases.  We have not seen a 30/30 player in several years, let alone 40/40.  Last year, there were just 4 players to reach the 20/20 plateau in MLB:

Manny Machado:  35 HR, 20 SB.
Paul Goldschmidt:  33 HR, 21 SB.
Ryan Braun:  25 HR, 24 SB.
AJ Pollack:  20 HR, 34 SB.

Close but no Cigar:

Starling Marte:  19 HR, 30 SB.
Justin Upton:  26 HR, 19 SB.
Mookie Betts:  18 HR, 21 SB.

2016 Steamer Projections do not have any of these player repeating the feat.  Steamer projects just one player in all of MLB to achieve the 20/20 goal:  Carlos Correa, the SS from Houston.  Betts and Marte are close.


  1. Yes, but did steamer project any of these guys to accomplish the 20/20 feat in 2015? Projections are notoriously conservative, wouldn't you say?

    Also, doesn't Trout have the 20/20 thing going for him??

    ... Hmm, guess those SBs fell off after the first year. Wouldn't put it past Trout to re-master spoken bases sometime in his career..

    1. Don't hold your breath on Trout every becoming a big SB threat again. My own rule of thumb is once SB's fall off, they don't come back.