2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Elvis Andrus
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Another baseball season goes by where fantasy owners ended up pretty happy with Elvis Andrus as their shortstop. Aside from 2018, Andrus has been solid the past three seasons. He’s hitting more home runs, yet the stolen base totals have remained steady, again, minus 2018. He swiped 31 bases last year and it was the first time since 2014 he attempted at least 39 stolen base attempts. Andrus still comes at a relative value in fantasy drafts, despite offering plus production in the game’s weakest category. His 31 stolen bases were the fifth-most in the league last season, and he was one of just six with 30 or more swiped bags. He’s been durable, playing in at least 147 games in all but two seasons (2009 and 2018), and at a position with a lot of top-tier talent, he gets undervalued on a yearly basis.
Andrus is the farthest thing from a Statcast freak. His exit velocity and hard hit rates are below average, and despite being a plus contributor in terms of stolen bases, his sprint...