April is coming to a close and I want to take this chance to evaluate the players I targeted as being great. This year during a draft, my friends and I coined the phrase Boyfriend pick for players that we drafted because A) we hyped them incessantly, or B) we drafted them in multiple leagues. This occasionally led to stealing Boyfriends during drafts.
My fantasy Baseball Boyfriends this year (aka Man-Crushes):
- Jose Altuve
- Dexter Fowler
- Devin Mesoraco
- Ian Kinsler
- Khris Davis
- Andrew Cashner
- James Paxton
- Joakim Soria
- Josh Johnson
Honorable Mentions*: Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez, Choo Shin-Soo, Yu Darvish, Jose Quintana
Jose Altuve (2B): This is one of the older boyfriend picks on the list, because I have liked him for several years now. So far, he has been a bright spot for the Astros, and continues to look like a cornerstone for them to build around. He already has stolen 8 bases, and driven in 6 (which is not bad…for the Astros). But he has no power whatsoever, and even with friendly hitter’s park Minute Maid, the little guy will not be much of a power guy so if you look at his .OPS it doesn’t look pretty. But he is getting on base at a decent clip and hopefully the bats around him can drive him in.
Dexter Fowler (OF): Fowler started the season very well, but then got sick, and so far has not returned to form. He has been so bad that I have had to drop him in a couple of leagues. I am still holding out hope that he can show flashes of what he did in Colorado last year. There was a reason the Astros traded for him. Hopefully George Springer’s presence in the lineup will help him by taking a little pressure off.
Devin Mesoraco (C): Last year I said that Jean Segura was going to be one of the best players in the league and everyone laughed. This year I kept it secret until draft day, but I promised everyone it would be my last pick in the draft. After starting the season on the DL, so far Devin Mesoraco has not disappointed. It is only April, but he has hit 3 home runs driven in 11, and even snagged a stolen base. He is hitting just over .500 and OPSing over 1.500. He doesn’t look to be cooling anytime soon, but I expect those numbers to come down quite a bit. But the power is real.
Ian Kinsler (2B): I love middle infielders, I collect them. Ian Kinsler is the oldest boyfriend on this list, and he deserves to be. Every now and again he gets hurt but he produces in powerful lineups and he moved to a powerful lineup this year, in Detroit. But he is doing everything that I expected him to do this year. So far 2 hr, 3 sb, 11 rbi, .317/.353/.476 slash line. He looks great and I am optimistic that he will finish better than he did last year for a solid bounce-back year.
Khris Davis (OF): This was one of the boyfriend picks that was continually being drafted before I could get to him. But he hasn’t done much in the early part of the season for me to regret not getting him so far. He is a power-hitter who has not showed much power hitting one home run, and he is only hitting .258 in the middle of a very hot Brewers team right now. He will be a decent player eventually. But so far he has disappointed me.
Andrew Cashner (SP): Andrew Cashner was a player I knew I was going to target in every draft, he had an outstanding season last year and no matter what the Padres did with him this year I knew he would be successful. He has not disappointed yet. He has amassed 27 strikeouts and a 1.27 ERA over all four of his quality starts. He has 2 wins already, but in a tough division QS will make him more valuable than wins will. I still expect him to be a guy that will be at the bottom of a lot of CY Young lists towards the end of the year. He will be overshadowed by other great pitchers in the NL West though.
James Paxton (SP): Started great then got hurt…again. I worry that he will be an injury-prone guy, but right now I rate him as the 2nd best pitcher the Mariners have. Taijuan Walker gets the hype, but Paxton is rock-solid and could fly just under the radar. Or be included in a trade package for David Price, mid-season. But that is wishful thinking. With 2 quality starts and a 2.25 era it will be nice to see him come back, but he won’t be back until mid to late May.
Joakim Soria (RP): I knew he would be the closer for the Rangers come opening day. I would have bet money on that fact this spring training if anyone had asked. He is not far removed from his second Tommy John surgery but before that he was hitting the 40 saves mark with ease. He hasn’t looked great but he hasn’t blown any saves either. The 5.14 ERA will come down, he will get more opportunities than the three he has had in seven innings of work, and things will be copacetic.
Josh Johnson (SP): Fuck. He was going to be great this year. The great season I predicted for him immediately stumbled out of the gates, and now it looks like he is headed towards Tommy John surgery. I really wanted him to prove Toronto wrong for giving up on him. To bad.
*Honorable mentions are players that I love, and I would definitely call them man-crushes, but most of these guys were either keepers or needed to be drafted very early to be gotten. Except Quintana, he went undrafted in most of my leagues (unless I drafted him) and I have him on all of my teams, and he has been good getting better. Should interesting to watch him develop. But he has not quite earned boyfriend status.