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|There are a couple misconceptions floating around about the Texas Rangers. Richard Durrett says if Ian Kinsler isn't switching positions, it's on the ball club, not Kinsler. Durrett also says we need to let things play out with Jurickson Profar.
This one is simple. Even if we grant the possibility that Andrus returns to serious stolen base numbers, as he proved as recently as 2011, he hasn’t shown a lick of power. Kinsler has power. In fact, Kinsler, whose only fantasy baseball issue is batting average, has a pair of 30/30 seasons to his credit and at the worst should be expected to flirt with 20/20 again. A few years ago I thought Andrus would develop power, and while he raised his slugging percentage in 2012, thanks to doubles and triples, it didn’t help fantasy owners much. Still, this remains a top-100 player who should again top 30 steals and help in batting average and runs scored, and there’s nothing wrong with Andrus as your starting shortstop.
Kinsler, however, is more of an overall fantasy building block. Miss out on Andrus and you can still find stolen bases later. Kinsler types delivering power and speed from middle infield are indeed rare. Like Andrus and quite a few other Rangers, the overall numbers are depressed from a disappointing second half, so there remains upside here. Ultimately, now that he’s shed his injury prone status and remains productive into his 30s, the case can easily be made for Kinsler as a top-25 overall player, and that’s considerably better than what Andrus’ upside appears to be.