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Tommy LaStella 2019 Outlook

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It’s pretty simple - if you believe this is a late breakout, pick him up. If you think this is just a fluke, don’t pick him up. 

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2 minutes ago, HaloFanatic17 said:

Honestly there’s always one player who ends up having a weird breakout season that most of the time becomes a one off. I remember everyone laughed at me in 2012 when I had both Chase Headley (31hr 115rbis at age 28) and Jason Kubel (30hr at age 30) because neither was expected to produce at the level they did nor did they ever come close to that level again. In 2016 I had Brad Miller which everyone was telling me was a waste of a roster spot and he hit 30hrs yet he’s not even roster-able on a big league roster anymore. I’m not saying LaStella is gonna crush close to 30hrs but 20-25 seems reasonable at the rate he’s going and if that’s good enough for you to roster for a guy who gives you multiple positions then go for it and enjoy the stats. But just know that most likely it’s a career year and not the start of something he will continue to do in his career. 

 

Gennett was a glaring omission.  It’s certainly possible.

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Just now, Deke said:

It’s pretty simple - if you believe this is a late breakout, pick him up. If you think this is just a fluke, don’t pick him up. 

It really is that simple and it also depends on where the strength of people’s rosters are.

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There got to be some sort of benefit of hitting in front of trout that the stats just wont show you

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2 minutes ago, Kramjam24 said:

There got to be some sort of benefit of hitting in front of trout that the stats just wont show you

 

This is something people don't mention enough. He's gonna get decent pitches to hit. Pitchers won't want to walk him with Trout on deck

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1 minute ago, Deke said:

It’s pretty simple - if you believe this is a late breakout, pick him up. If you think this is just a fluke, don’t pick him up. 

I think it's a fluke but I also think I could be wrong. It's hard to dismiss 11 homers being a fluke when he's only had ten. It's not impossible to fluke your way to that, but it seems more likely that's pointing to an actual change somehow.

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The guy has always been a solid-good hitter, but has or was known as being a pinch hitting specialist. It could be lightening in a bottle, but the perfect storm of playing time, an improved approach, batting in front of the league's best hitter.... All I know is I'll take the production as it comes and just hope it continues. I think there's more to it than simple fluke.

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Yep I'll ride him while he's hot. Take it and run...

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Pulled from the game after grounding out to end the 6th inning. Anyone watching the game and hear why he was replaced?

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11 minutes ago, Jub Jub said:

Pulled from the game after grounding out to end the 6th inning. Anyone watching the game and hear why he was replaced?

 

Oh man, that can't be good...

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La Stella seems just fine... post-game interview from tonight:
 



I assume it was just some sort of defensive switch/replacement.

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3/4 with the Angels' only RBI last night. After slotting down into the 8th spot, he was back leading off.

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50 minutes ago, nlm said:

3/4 with the Angels' only RBI last night. After slotting down into the 8th spot, he was back leading off.

I think he was slotted down because they were facing a lefty.  His numbers are worse against lefties than righties so they usually bat him lower.  They used to bench him against lefties altogether but he's been too hot to justify that so they just bat him lower.

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2 hours ago, JetsAwesome said:

I think he was slotted down because they were facing a lefty.  His numbers are worse against lefties than righties so they usually bat him lower.  They used to bench him against lefties altogether but he's been too hot to justify that so they just bat him lower.

 

And his RBI came against Rodgers - a lefty

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what a diamond in the rough this guy has been.

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11 minutes ago, nlm said:

what a diamond in the rough this guy has been.

I mean jeez just run with 

CJ Cron 1B

Derek Deitrich 2B

La Stella 3B

Franmil OF

and you are absolutely killing it if you made any solid picks

 

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Seems like this is the new norm.  1 or 2 guys each season come out of nowhere to hit 30 bombs.  Max Muncy last year, looking like LaStella this year.  Now to figure out who these guys are before the season.  The guy in my AL only league is in 1st soley based on LaStella. Yes, he has some other nice players, but his production out of nowhere really tilted it in his favor so far.

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52 minutes ago, murraygd13 said:

Seems like this is the new norm.  1 or 2 guys each season come out of nowhere to hit 30 bombs.  Max Muncy last year, looking like LaStella this year.  Now to figure out who these guys are before the season.  The guy in my AL only league is in 1st soley based on LaStella. Yes, he has some other nice players, but his production out of nowhere really tilted it in his favor so far.

 

Might be smart to look who has undergone a major swing change in the offseason. Pence was basically irrelevant for the last couple years, and he overhauled his swing. Muncy, La Stella, Turner, etc

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Almost everything points to this being a real breakout...

Dude could always hit, just got jerked around and pigeonholed (esp by Glasses Joe in CHI).

Can't see much that would interfere with him getting regular ABs now?

He actually hits same-handed pitching better than RH for his career (not this year in SSS though)...even if the power runs dry, he's useful.

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He has one, yes one, strikeout in his last 10 games...hitting .393 with no Ks in last 7...yes that 32 HR pace has slowed but I feel like he's still pretty under-hyped?

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The power I didn't believe in, the bat/plate discipline I  did. Guy crushed it in that department at every level except the majors, and looks like he just needed consistent PT.  If he can get 20 HR this year, and hit 15 HR the next couple years, he would be Daniel Murphy off the WW.

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