Fantasy Fare: League-jumpers a risky bet early on

New Royals leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki has seen his strikeout rate soar and average dip 20 points...

New Royals leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki has seen his strikeout rate soar and average dip 20 points since joining the AL from Milwaukee. (Getty Images)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:56 PM ET

I’m not one to set out a long list of draft day dos and don’ts, mainly because trends change and the ability to adapt is often necessary. But one I’ve tried to adhere to (though not always successfully) is to avoid, or at least devalue, batters switching leagues. For whatever reasons — and several have been offered — it seems like many jumping leagues require time to make the adjustments, some as long as a full season.

The two exceptions seem to be a) the high-average/high-OBP batter and, if he has some wheels, all the better; and b) hitters who are returning to the AL or NL after spending a season in the other. So how is the Class of ’14 making out, so far? In no particular order:

-- Curtis Granderson NYM: Unlucky .192 BABIP aside, his one HR and a .141 AVG are not what the Mets, or his fantasy owners, expected. His high K rate has followed him crosstown.


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