No, they don’t refer to these Nolan Reimold-types as being “Grey’s stubborn and unable to let go of past” sleepers. No, I’m not just recycling posts from 2009. Though how about that Garrett Atkins?! These players are post-hype sleepers, y’all! Catch the excitement! Don’t worry, I won’t push Carlos Quentin on you. Though he is reporting he’s fully healthy. (I’m joking; Quentin is never fully healthy. Padres might want to consider the Tijuana farmacias to cut back on Quentin’s overhead (and under-oblique. (Bee tee dubya, this is gonna be a challenge counting how many end parentheticals I’m gonna need. (A little help?)))) (Phew.) I might’ve cooled on Nolan Reimold at some point last year (after pouring a Slurpee down my pants), but “if you really love something set it free” isn’t just for Hallmark cards. It works just as well for fantasy baseball and rabid dogs. So what can we expect of Nolan Reimold for 2012 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?
In 267 ABs last year, he had 13 homers and 7 steals *whispering fast* while only hitting .247. So he’s no young Ichiro Suzuki, as someone who doesn’t know baseball would call him. I’m more interested in the homers and steals. Neither is out of line for him. He has sneaky 7-10 steal speed and his power knows no limits (<–total exaggeration). His 13 homers in 267 ABs is just about in line with what he’s capable of. His HR/FB of 14.8 doesn’t look obscene. If he can get 500 ABs, and at the age of 28 he should, he could easily reach 25 homers. With that, he’ll get some RBIs and a few less runs. I’m going to be crazy optimistic and say in 500 ABs his line will be 65/24/80/.250/10. To throw back at you a name previously mentioned, is that line that different from Carlos Quentin? Not really. It’s rare to find a guy that can hit for power and chuck in some steals. Granted, it’s even rarer (is that a word? Who cares!) that Reimold actually hits for power and chucks in some steals. I get it; he’s disappointed in the past. This is a trust exercise; fall into Reimold’s arms one more time.