Lose position eligibility, lose 2011 value
September, 23, 2010
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
I wouldn't say Seattle Mariners third baseman Jose Lopez was the most unlikely player to have a three-home run game this week, because let's face it, there are quite a few players not named Jose Bautista who are struggling to hit for power. But Lopez, who pulled off this feat Wednesday by swatting a trio of baseballs over the fence at Toronto's homer happy Rogers Centre, was certainly not likely to do so, not after hitting seven home runs in the first five and a half months.
Entering Wednesday, Lopez ranked 150th out of 151 qualified hitters in OPS this season, with only Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cesar Izturis performing worse. Frankly, it's stunning the Mariners would bat Lopez (with a .319 percentage), third in the order, but on Wednesday, it worked. Lopez has had an awful season and is certainly likely to be forgotten in 2011 fantasy drafts, but we should also remember he hit 25 home runs and knocked in 96 runs in 2009. However, I'm going to overlook Lopez not merely for the serious drop in production.
Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesJose Lopez has decent value and upside as a second baseman, but as a third baseman coming off a down season, he'll be barely draftable in 2011.