Now that Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante are Tigers, how will their fantasy value change? In my opinion, not much at all.
Omar Infante will be taking over at second base for Ramon Santiago, Danny Worth, and everybody’s favorite Tiger, and Jim Leyland’s bff, Ryan Raburn. The three have a combined .562 OPS this season.
My mother wouldn’t start any of these guys on her fantasy team, just awful offensive stats. Infante has a .754 OPS, so yeah, instant improvement.
What else does he have with the Marlins this year? A .287 batting average, 8 homers, 33 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. Obviously this is a boost for the Tigers at second base, but what does coming to Detroit do for Infante’s statistics? Probably nothing.
Everybody knows Leyland’s lineups are inconsistent, so who knows where Infante will be batting, and Comerica is just as roomy as Marlins Park. His stolen bases could improve by a couple, he has the ability, and will probably be asked to run more in Detroit. His RBI could improve by a few as well.
Also, over his last 35 games, Infante’s numbers have been sliding back to his career averages, with just one home run in that span.
With all this said, Omar Infante should be a solid start in deep leagues and in high demand for AL only leagues, but expect the same numbers he was putting up in Miami.
Anibal Sanchez is a 3rd or 4th starter that will be 5th in the Tigers rotation. Like, Infante, I don’t see huge changes in his fantasy numbers.
Here are some season stats: 5-7 record, 3.94 era, with a 3.33 strikeout to walk ratio, and 110 strikeouts over 121 innings. Over his last 20 innings he has 6 earned runs and 18 K’s…not bad.
But how will he adjust to the AL and the Tigers below average defense? And you also have to look at the schedule. The Tigers will be playing some powerful offensive teams over the next few months.
How will Sanchez handle some of these lineups? I think he will do fine, but there could be a couple hiccups, leading to a slight increase in his era.
Most likely he will grab a few more wins than he would have in Miami, thanks to the Tiger’s bats, but I don’t see much change in his other numbers.
It looks like he is getting the nod Saturday against Toronto. I’m projecting a win, with 7 K’s, giving up 3 runs through 6 innings. If you’re in an AL only league, go get him.
I like the trade for the Tigers, but don’t expect these guys’ numbers to skyrocket.