What are Justin Morneau's prospects of returning to All-Star form?
Two years ago, they seemed close to nil. Entering 2013, they're probably better than most people realize. With at least a year and a half gone by without concussion symptoms, and what essentially qualifies as a full season (2012) in that stretch, things are looking up.
Morneau batted .267 with 19 home runs and 77 RBIs in 570 plate appearances - despite a rusty couple of months in the first half of the campaign. He looked like his line-drive-stroking self often enough, especially after the break, when shades of his above-average control of the strike zone became darker.
Morneau, 32 in May, also claims that he feels the best he has since sustaining that railroading head injury in 2010. He's been spending the offseason gaining weight back, not rehabbing. That creates promise for a rebound in fly-ball rate, to levels of 40-plus percent. He's a free agent after this season, and the Twins will undoubtedly dangle him as the trade deadline approaches, if not earlier.
Rotisserie owners will be taking some small leap of faith with an investment in Morneau, but will others compete so hard for him? It's too tempting to dive in when it's more like a hop and the potentially thrilling payoff is still that of a cliff jump.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
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