This article is part of our Oak's Corner series.
The Week That Was
It's always fun to be right, but I think a lot can be learned from looking back at mistakes (and frankly, it's also far less annoying than victory laps), and one of my biggest whiffs this year was buying in on a bounce back season for Brian Dozier. After multiple years of excellent production in Minnesota, Dozier crashed in 2018 with a .215 average and lost playing time late in the year after a trade to the Dodgers. After signing with the Nats in the offseason, I thought Dozier would return to stable playing time and that people were overrating one bad year over the years of fantasy excellent he had in the past.
Well, Dozier has disappointed once again, hitting .236 with 19 homers and only three steals. The drop in steals is particularly concerning, as they have now decreased for four straight years, plus Dozier is now 32 and he has been caught more than he has been successful this season. A potential drop in steals was always a risk as Dozier aged, but I still thought he would be good for double digits after he was 12 for 15 in stolen bases last year.
He has improved his hard hit rate and exit velocity, but with only 19 barrels (he had 40 in both 2016 and 2017), he clearly isn't crushing a lot of balls. Also on the negative side, Dozier has a career high 22.3 percent strikeout rate, which is hurting