Don't give up on now-healthy Bartlett 

June, 16, 2010
Jason Bartlett was activated from the disabled list Wednesday, and according to manager Joe Maddon, the Tampa Bay Rays shortstop should be in the lineup immediately, with no restrictions. Bartlett has missed the past few weeks because of a right hamstring pull, but given the poor season he has been having at the plate, some time off was probably a good thing.

Bartlett remains owned in more than 60 percent of ESPN standard (10-team) mixed leagues, which is a bit surprising considering his .231 batting average and lack of overall production. Then again, he was a terrific fantasy option in 2009. So which Bartlett can we expect from here on out?

Jason Bartlett
AP Photo/Chris O'MearaJason Bartlett has been a disappointment, but he has been hurt by an uncharacteristically low .266 BABIP (batting average on balls in play) in 2010.
Like most evaluative situations, the answer is somewhere in between. I can't imagine many people expected Bartlett, mainly known for his defense prior to 2009, to hit .320 again with 14 home runs and 30 stolen bases. Stranger things have happened, especially with the Rays, who have featured a number of breakout performers in the past few seasons. I felt Bartlett, who finished No. 34 overall on the 2009 Player Rater, and fourth at shortstop, came at a rather nice discount in 2010 drafts, just outside the top 100 in ESPN average live drafts. However, his performance hasn't even warranted that draft position, or even close to it. He's currently 32nd among shortstops on the Player Rater, behind such juggernauts as Ronny Cedeno, Jamey Carroll and Edgar Renteria.