If you ask an astute Fantasy Baseball player about the best shortstops this season, they will rattle off Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Corey Seager. The Elvis Andrus owner might mention his name because Andrus is quietly having one of the best seasons at the position and it feels like few are aware.
Andrus has barely been mentioned when it comes to top players in 2017. He was the boring player that has been around for years. He never reached double-digit home runs, didn’t top 75 runs in the last three seasons, hit a career-high .302 last season, but is a career .275 hitter. The one thing he gave you for sure was at least 20 stolen bases. In his first eight seasons, he had at least 21 steals every year.
Andrus is on pace to shatter many of his personal highs. He has already hit a career high in home runs with 10. He is batting .301 with 47 runs, 10 home runs, 46 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and an .819 OPS. There have been a lot of surprises this season that have garnered the headlines and while the power isn’t elite for Andrus, he’s having a great season and getting little attention.
Outside of Turner, who has been boosted by the 33 stolen bases, what shortstop is better in Fantasy? Correa has no stolen bases, Lindor is batting .253 with three stolen bases and Seager has just two more home runs and fewer RBIs than Andrus.
Take away shortstop and Andrus has been one of the best Fantasy players overall. He is a five-category contributor and running often. Even though he only hit eight home runs last season, Andrus showed some more power with a .136 ISO, a career best. He has an ISO of .170 this season.
Each year, Andrus swings at more pitches in the strike zone. This season, he’s swinging at 64.3 percent of pitches in the strike zone, a career high. He has also become more aggressive, swinging at a career-high 48.1 percent of pitches.
Andrus is having the year of his life. He got engaged in December and got married on an off day a few weeks ago. He and his wife Cori, are expecting their first child in the middle of July. We tend to forget athletes are human beings and many times we don’t know what’s going on in their lives that could influence performance.
Andrus said he has matured to help focus on baseball. He said his perspective has changed and this certainly helps on the baseball field. Those that don’t have Andrus on their fantasy team, likely don’t realize the numbers Andrus is putting up. He has been a Top 20 player this season and the majority don’t realize.