Undergoing vision-saving history changed the course of Tommy Pham ’s playing career, but in the bigger picture, his life. He routinely dealt with eye problems and an absurd strikeout 38.8-percent strikeout rate might have been the icing on the cake to take the chance of going under the knife. Of course, other factors were involved in the decision. His career has changed for the better, and he’s been able to be a member of the 20/15 club in each of the past two seasons without playing in more than 137 games in either campaign. His numbers dipped off a bit last season, but he still managed to hit 21 homers, swipe 15 bags and score 102 runs as a member of the Cardinals and Rays. However, buyer beware, as Pham could slightly regress again in 2019, despite a solid floor, and at his current price point, there are far more attractive options.

While the outfielder has been able to reach double-digit home runs and stolen bases the past two seasons, injuries have cut into potential...