Walk rates for Francoeur, Soto a good sign 

April, 22, 2010
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I'm guessing most fantasy baseball owners pay little or no attention to the walks category, but I sure do. For one, hitters patient enough to take a healthy number of walks generally develop power. Two, they're on base more, so they can run, score and help us in several ways. I also play in a few leagues in which on-base percentage is a category, so for years I've admired the work of guys like Adam Dunn and Carlos Pena who certainly won't help a team's batting average but walk and hit like champs.

It's a bit early to overrate statistics, but there are a few players with interesting walk rates, and as always, this can have an effect on their overall numbers and fantasy value. Let's delve into it, shall we?