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2021 Dynasty Player of the Week: Randy Arozarena


Welcome back to our 2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week, where this week we will be looking at Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena. Arozarena is ranked 99th currently. His last season ultimately led to many headlines of “Who is this year’s Randy Arozarena?” Due to my selfishness (and stupidity), I will more than likely be calling him Randy for the majority of this article. 

The inspiration for this article is one that I find particularly funny. As I have said before, I typically do my writing on Monday nights during Monday Night Raw. However, tonight is the night I was finally overruled. We will be watching The Bachelorette, a show that I actually have warmed up to! So I was looking through Daves rankings, trying to find a player to give my proverbial “rose” to. So here we are in providing a rose or AROZ (it’s a thorn when it comes to puns).

Before we get started, it’s time for some cheap plugs for myself. 

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2021 Dynasty Player of the Week: Randy Arozarena

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First Impression Roze

In 2019, Randy got the call up from the Cardinals to make his major league debut. He saw 23 plate appearances and hit an average of .300. He hit one homer and stole two bags during this time. This would not be considered a “breakout” by any means, but then something happened. That something was the Rays making a trade for Randy. There are a few teams that I look deeply into the players they add. The list has groups like the Padres, Red Sox, and the Rays. Most of all, the Rays traded a player that I loved in Matthew Liberatore. This leads me to pay more attention to Randy in the upcoming 2020 season.

One-on-One Date

2020 was it for Randy. He broke out, leaving many fantasy evaluators wondering where they went wrong. In 23 games with the Rays, Randy belted seven homers and batted .281. He held a woman within the 99th percentile of .439. His power was legit, and it shows with his .641 slugging and iso power of .359.
What if I told you the legend of Randy was not built in those 23 games but instead built in October? Well, Randy went off in the playoffs. He belted ten homers in the postseason while hitting over .32o in every round. Each night there was a new homer, and with each one, he was climbing dynasty rankings. Check out the video below of his post-season highlights!

Final Roze, or Left at the Alter?

Hype would be an understatement when it comes to Randy going into 2021. He was being drafted within the top 75 picks in most dynasty startups on the heels of his monster postseason. For those who have been watching the on-deck circle podcast, my co-hosts have been teaching me a new advanced stat each week. One week it was XBA (expected batting average), well Randy has an XBA of .204, and that’s good for the bottom 6% of the league.

The 50 points less than his actual batting average shows the although Randy has a low batting average, it should be even lower. TO think a hitter hitting .252 was getting lucky with some of their hits is somewhat alarming.  Well, here’s a good thing about Randy! Although Randy is not hitting the ball often however when he does, he’s hammering it. His max exit velocity is top 87th percentile in the league. Check out the rest of his percentile ranks below! The advanced hitting stats are very alarming.

Every Roze has its Thorn (Verdict)

The title says it all: I consider Randy a thorn. I would not select him with a top 100 pick in a dynasty start-up draft. At some point, he could be a good value past the 125-150 mark in most drafts. I will not be the one to pay up for Randy simply because the only reason to pay up was a month’s stretch last October.

Check out the rest of our 2021 Fantasy Baseball content from our fantastic team of writers.

About Nick Zaniboni

Nick is the heartthrob on dynasty baseball here at F6P, Co-host of the on deck circle podcast, avid Boston sports fan and professional wrestling give him a follow on twitter @nzaniboni93

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