Fantasy

Pat the Bat returns from the dead

Pat Burrell is batting .299 with 10 homers and 28 RBI.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Once upon a time, Pat Burrell had plenty of fantasy value.

From 2001 through 2008, Burrell hit at least 21 homers and as many as 37. He knocked in 80 or-more runs in seven of the eight seasons.

Then the Phillies won the 2008 World Series and didn't bring Burrell back the next season. He signed with Tampa Bay and all but disappeared from the fantasy landscape batting .221 with 14 homers and 64 RBI. He lost his starting job, and when the 2009 season rolled around, there was no fantasy interest or value in Burrell.

But that's all changed since Burrell was designated for assignment and signed by the San Francisco Giants. Beginning on June 5th, Burrell has played 53 games for San Francisco and is batting .299 with 10 homers and 28 RBI. He has an OPS of .946.

Those are very respectable fantasy numbers. But he's been even better over the past two weeks, batting .372 with eight runs scored, five homers and 15 RBI. His OPS is an astounding 1.302.

And the best news is that he is available in virtually every single fantasy league. He's currently owned in less than 8-percent of all leagues.

So if you are frustrated enough with the performance of outfielders like Curtis Granderson, Vladimir Guerrero, Alfonso Soriano, Brad Hawpe, Johnny Damon, Jay Bruce or Josh Willingham, just to name a few...then Burrell could be just the thing to boost your offensive production.

2010 Pat Burrell Hitting Statistics
YearTeamGMABRHHRRBISBAVEOPS
2010TB248491721300.2020.625
2010SF531542446102800.2990.946


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