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Logan Schafer 2013 Outlook

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Schafer has never been a bad prospect, but never got much publicity at all. He never made any top prospect lists, but he was a 3rd round pick back in 2008 and was solid all the way through the minors (he only had 29 AB's in 2010 because of injuries):

2009 - .308 average. 6 HR, 58 RBI, 17 SB

2011 - .315 average, 5 HR, 43 RBI, 16 SB

2012 - .278 average, 11 HR, 40 RBI, 16 SB

He's always been blocked from playing time at the majors, but may finally be getting a shot soon. Braun is currently dealing with the thumb issue and may be facing a suspension. If you are in a deep league or are just in desperate need for an OFer, don't shy away from Logan Schafer. He has the ability, and can put up solid numbers with the AB's that he may soon be getting.

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Well, looks like he will be a full time player now, or a the very least on the strong side of a platoon.

Struggled the first two months, but in 54 July ABs has gone .296/.345/.537 with 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB and a 5/4 K/BB rate.

This was a write up on him last summer over at Fangraphs:

Logan Schafer, Brewers OF



DOB: 9/8/1986


MILB STATS: .295/.351/.451, 16 doubles, 7 HRs, 26 RBIs, 48 runs, 11 SBs (4 CS), 44:19 K:BB over 288 ABs


Schafer, a 2008 third-rounder, got off to a so-so start this year, but he’s peaking at just the right time: His .364/.396/.545 slash stats in June, to go with 5 steals, are putting him on the Brewers’ radar. Remember, Milwaukee hasn’t gotten much production out of centerfield all season (234/.294/.341) because neither Nyjer Morgan or Carlos Gomez have proven capable of handling a platoon role in 2012, let alone an everyday job. Schafer isn’t an ideal starter, either, but he’s a plus defender who makes contact (13% K rate career) with his lefty swing. There’s enough speed here that Schafer could smack some doubles and make 10+ steals a possibility. A decent add as an outfielder who likely won’t hurt fantasy owners in deep leagues, especially since his skill set should translate well to the bigs.

ETA: Given his age (25) and production this season, Schafer’s about ready. Combined with the fact that the Brewers should be willing to try someone else in center, we could be looking at a call-up around the All-Star break.

POTENTIAL FANTASY ROLE: OF5 in NL 10-team leagues or Reserve OF in mixed 14-team leagues

Edited to add: Guess they were wrong about Gomez, huh? :)

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