This article is part of our Oak's Corner series.
The Week That Was
In a season where a number of players started incredibly slow and turned it on (see Matt Carpenter, Kole Calhoun) Rougned Odor is a prime example. Through the first two months of the season, including a DL stint for a hamstring injury, Odor was hitting .204 with only one homer and one stolen base through 31 games. Since the start of June, Odor has completely flipped the script, hitting .308 with 13 homers and eight steals in 54 games, again establishing himself as a valuable second baseman in fantasy leagues.
Looking at Odor's season at a whole, a couple impressive points stick out, most notably his .273 batting average a year after hitting a revolting .204. He has seen some real BABIP extremes over the last two seasons with a .224 mark in 2017 and a career-high .327 this season. Of course, it needs to be pointed out that in that higher BABIP is a nice bump in his hard contact, as he currently has a career high 43.2 percent hard hit rate. Odor has always been known as a guy who never takes a walk, but that has shifted a little bit this year as he currently carries a decent 8.4 percent walk rate, easily the highest of his career and he even somehow threw in a five-walk game earlier this month. He has clearly become a better overall hitter this year and that's really started to show in his fantasy numbers over