We continue our 2019 fantasy baseball recap by looking back at where I was wrong. This is a good exercise to do every year as it helps identify your weaknesses in hopes to improve your outlook for the following season.

Where I Was Wrong:

Los Angeles Dodgers Max Muncy Being Drafted Too High — I’m taking the loss on this, as Muncy was being drafted as the 72nd hitter overall in March and finished as the 64th according to ESPN’s Player Rater. I didn’t believe Muncy could duplicate his 2018 season during which he hit 35 home runs in 137 games. Muncy proved the power is legit, as he once again hit 35 home runs in 2019. The RBIs were up as well, as he finished with 98 on the season and scored 101 runs. We have now seen two seasons of almost identical numbers for Muncy, so it will be easier to project his 2020 output.

Colorado Rockies Outfielder David Dahl Breaks Out — Health is a skill, and even though I realize that, I still fall into the trap of buying into the talent. Lesson learned. The Rockies’ outfielder has all the talent in the world, but health continues to elude him. I spotlighted Dahl as a breakout candidate in March, as he plays well every time he’s on the field. However, that has always been a challenge. He had never played more than 77 games in the big leagues before 2019, and despite batting .302 with 15 home runs this year, Dahl had another injury-plagued season as he only played 100 games. I recommended Dahl as a player to target in the eighth round, which is a huge miss.

Seattle Mariners Domingo Santana Bounces Back — The slugger hit 30 home runs in 2017, but completely fell off the fantasy radar in 2018 when he hit just five home runs. After moving on from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Seattle Mariners, it appeared Santana could be in a position to regain his power form. It looked like that was going to happen, as Santana had six home runs by the end of April. However, Santana battled injuries and ineffectiveness in the second half and hit just three home runs. I thought Santana could reach 30 bombs again, but that didn’t happen.

Washington Nationals Victor Robles Breaks Out — There’s still a lot to like about the 22-year-old, and I may have been a year too early for a true breakout. However, I thought Robles could steal 30 bases and score a lot of runs for a potent offense. Robles did steal 28 bases and scored 86 runs but fell short of truly breaking out. The youngster found himself hitting in the bottom third of the lineup, which hurt his overall performance. I have a feeling many fantasy owners will forget about Robles heading into next season, and we could draft the outfielder at a good value.

Phil Backert

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