Casey McGehee’s Rise to Superstardom

Expect to see more of this home run trot this year and for years to come.

I picked up Casey McGehee two weeks into the season.  I was widely ridiculed.

At the beginning of this season, some people in my league were getting fed up with the trades people were making with me.  As I kept up my constant barrage of trade proposals, people began to use McGeehee as the stereotypical worst guy on my team: “Oh, maybe I’ll give you Pujols for McGehee for Pujols” or “Gee, I sure wish I had McGehee, do you think you could part with him for Lincecum?”

Surely, there were other gems of completely original and unbelievably creative humor, but sometime between then and now those trade proposals became less humorous and closer to reality.  McGehee has slowly risen from being owned  in single digit leagues to being owned in 88% of Yahoo leagues.  He is the 23rd ranked player in Yahoo baseball and is one of the few top-ranked players who has multiple position eligibility (2B and 3B).

McGehee trails only Miguel Cabrera and Vladimir Guererro in RBI and has a .313 batting average.  He is just entering the prime of his career at age 27.

He has shown great improvement between this year and his rookie season, but his rookie campaign also shows this year is not simply a fluke.  In 355 ABs last year, McGehee hit 16 home runs with 66 home runs while hitting .301.  This year, he has taken measured, reasonable steps forward and there is no reason to believe he can’t maintain his current pace throughout this season and seasons to come (in my league, and likely most leagues, he is a $1 keeper).

One of McGehee’s greatest fantasy strengths has nothing to do with him: the lineup he hits in.  Rickie Weeks has resurrected his disappointing career so far this season and Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun are the modern Papi-Manny (how fast things have changed) as the ultimate 3-4 combo in baseball.

In fantasy baseball, a championship does not hinge on whether you take A-Rod or Pujols in the first round.  Any idiot could pick either and be fine.  The winning teams make shrewd moves, predicting which players will break out.  The fantasy owners who picked up Alex Rios, Vernon Wells and Vladimir Guererro are likely the ones laughing right now.  The difference between these players and the other choices at that point in the auction/draft/free agent pool is enormous and might be large enough to catapult the owners of these players into that ever-elusive First Place Finish..


This is how hard Casey McGehee hits the ball:

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