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3/28/2014 12:57 PM
I've run across a number of players, usually Milb veterans, who have off the charts power and great eyes, but close to zero contact and underwhelming splits. Here is one example, but there are a few of these guys in every league:

http://whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/PlayerProfile.aspx?pid=5069028

My question is, can a player like this (0 contact, 50/50 splits, 90+ power and eye) be a good hitter? Do you have any examples of guys like that succeeding? This seems to be a player type that slips through the cracks and an opportunity for value.

I'm given the guy above a 2 month tryout because that team is going nowhere this season. In a neutral park, could I expect him to put up a .230/.330/.450 line? Or is that optimistic?
3/28/2014 1:03 PM
3/28/2014 1:08 PM
They're probably the most inconsistent players you can find.  Over a full season - they may start out .280/.400/.500 over the first month and you'll be thrilled, but they will go through a 2 for 28 with 14 Ks streak that will drive you nuts.
3/28/2014 1:09 PM
This guy platooned against RHP for me for a while - granted I'm in a hitter's park.

 Hardball Dynasty – Fantasy Baseball Sim Games - Player Profile: Asdrubal Lopez
3/28/2014 1:44 PM
David Fujiwara - ROY in S6.

Career .800+ OPS in ATL
3/28/2014 2:02 PM (edited)
whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/PlayerProfile.aspx

Granted, this player is not near zero contact like you specified, but it might fit the construct- I get really good mileage out of this guy as the platoon guy against lefties / pinch-hitter / defensive replacement -
Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Scot Craig 93 195 0 57 10 0 17 0 36 26 0 0 0 .292 .403 .605 1.008

Also has fielding % of 1.000 and RF of 10.49 which would have ranked 6th in the ML if he had enough innings to qualify. Not bad for the minimum salary
3/28/2014 2:05 PM
It seems that the more successful players of this type have contact ratings around 30, based on those examples. Lopez is the only one with truly bad contact, and he has a respectable vR of 59.
Does the combination of vR below 50 and contact below 10 doom a player?
3/28/2014 2:17 PM
Hardball Dynasty – Fantasy Baseball Sim Games - Player Profile: Ellie Harris only 135 AB but the numbers are decent.    I just see two 0-4 in a row with 6 whiffs and can't stand to put him back in the line-up.
3/28/2014 4:34 PM
Gerardo Julio was pretty good in very limited action in the bigs. He's been all over the place in AAA. I keep thinking I'll use him as a PH in the playoffs--when I can thin the pitching staff and carry more bench players--but I always seem to find a better use for that spot.
3/28/2014 5:26 PM
2 seasons ago he put up MVP numbers.

1/5 of the way through this season he's hitting half his weight.

http://whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/PlayerProfile.aspx?pid=4766740
3/28/2014 7:01 PM
Don Davis has been quite productive for me in a part-time role. And in my imagination he's a fan favorite too.
3/30/2014 1:05 AM
Jared Matthews is exactly the kind of guy (zero Contact) you're asking about.  He's been useful.  .805 career OPS

http://www.whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/PlayerProfile.aspx?pid=3760567
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