Who is Hunter Pence?
Amazing to think many drafters still don't know the answer after his six MLB seasons. Visions of 30-homer seasons should have already exited your dreams. He needed the help of hitter-friendly home digs and a history of fast starts merely to come close to that. Safe to say AT&T Park doesn't facilitate many long-distance calls. Pence's high worm-burner percentages also keep him grounded.
For someone with his heavy pattern of dirt-denting, he doesn't make much contact, and last year's connection rate was abysmal. Though he boasts a track record of run production and holds a favorable drive-in and plate-crossing situation, relying chiefly on the team-dependent stats endangers upside. Steals aren't cemented, either.
Captain Underpants should fly closer to his career clip of .285, but he'll need to scrape that to justify landing on a mixed squad in the first four or so rounds. Especially as a Giant, he's filler, not a foundation, despite what early mockers have said. Unless he radically alters his approach or lands in a hitter haven sometime this summer, he's in line to disappoint overpaying devotees.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.
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