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Justin Maxwell 2013 Outlook

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What do you guys think of Justin Maxwell this season?

I just picked him up since Billingsley and Tex finally went on the DL. It had been a toss up between Maxwell and Justin Ruggiano.

With news of Rugg's platoon, it made it a fairly easy decision.

For my purposes, in a points league, he and Rugg are similar. The BA doesn't have much impact. Both play for absolutely horrible teams.

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I like Maxwell's mix of power and speed. A really underrated 20/20 threat.

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on pace for 324 hits, 324 runs and 324 rbis !

I think we're going to see a 15 WAR season from Maxwell. That's a modest projection though. Could be in the 20 WAR range.

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Poor hitter on a bad team with minimal upside.

Upside looked okay to me last night.

Again, 20/20. Maybe .260 if everything goes perfect. Tamper expectations. Guys like maxwell can help you

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The XBH, R's & RBI's were nice - but I drafted him for his HR & SB's - so far on a pace for 0/0.

:lol:

Seriously, though - as long as you accept the fact he's likely to hit no better than .250, and his R/RBI opps will be limited, the power/speed combo as an endgame/WW pick has appeal. The one silver lining is that HOU is likely to throw him out there pretty much every day. In deep leagues, or 5-OF leagues, there's definitely value to be had here - as long as expectations of 2-cat asset (HR/SB), and hopefully neutral in 2 (R/RBI) to offset the .avg drain.

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This is probably a bit of a bump.. but since he has a thread, rather than make a new one, in the wake of his current production I feel he is worth some discussion.

And also worth looking into again now that's he is off the bereavement list and going to get valid playing time in KC; he was tearing it up upon joining the team before going away for a few days. In 40 AB since joining the Royals, he has yielded the following results: 15 hits, 9 runs, 4/10 BB/K ratio, 3 home runs, 3 doubles, and 1 triple, and 7 runs batted in, adding up to a triple-slash of .375/.432/.725 with an OPS of 1.157-- this all only in 16 games with KC, mind you, but still mighty impressive and considering it's not like he hasn't been known to possess the talent before, could be possibly be figuring something out? Anyone watched him more exclusively as of late?-- Royals fans, perhaps?....

I admit I have not seen a ton of his at bats that haven't made the highlight reel, but some of his monster home runs are proof his power still exists-- and those do make the high lights when he hits 'em. My concern would be with KC scuffling again and starting to (likely) fade for good, will he keep it up and play for a deal or drop-off/regress, production-wise, like usual?

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