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Tampa Bay Rays 2020 Fantasy Profile: Yandy Diaz

By Seth Carter
Yandy Diaz (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Full-time Expectations?

Against RHP in 2019, Yandy hit .245 with 22 extra-base hits in just 204 at-bats. He even posted a better strikeout rate against righties than he did against lefties.

For his career against righties, Yandy has hit for a .264 average with a .328 on-base.

Expectations

Yandy doesn’t have the traditional home run hitter’s swing, but his raw power is enough to provide you with 20-25 homers this season. His swing does lend itself to hard grounders and line drives, which results in a high batting average. He has a career walk rate of 10.4% so he’s solid in both batting average leagues and on-base leagues.

With the added power, Yandy has a chance to be a solid contributor in every category but steals. Although, if he decided to steal bases, I imagine the middle infielders would flee the scene so as not to be run over by the train coming through.

His ability to effectively hit righties and destroy lefties keeps him as a candidate to continue his progression as a Major Leaguer. The Rays’ lack of right-handed depth could keep him in the lineup on most days. It’s a huge benefit in fantasy when you can rely on a player being in the lineup when healthy.

Yandy’s ability and power potential make him a breakout candidate for the Rays in 2020. He could be a steal at the end of your drafts as he is ranked 250th overall by ESPN.com.

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Why should you believe in Yandy Diaz in 2020? Because the Rays do.

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