By Greg Pokriki –
We are only four games into the 2015 season, but Brewers first baseman, Adam Lind, is a man on fire. So far this season, Lind is 8-13 with a dinger and four walks which works out to a ridiculous .615 batting average. You say small sample size? I say he’s setting a precedent of being a MLB fantasy difference maker.
Of course his current pace is unsustainable, but that doesn’t eliminate him from having a workman like season worthy of a roster spot on your fantasy team.
In seasons where Lind has played in more than 100 games, he has consistently hit more than 20 home runs, topping out at 35 in 2009. His 2014 campaign was shortened to 96 games, but in 2013 (playing in 143 games) Lind hit 23 home runs and batted .288.
Lind also had a 2.3 WAR in 2013. In 2009 Lind actually received MVP votes and a Silver Slugger award. You say dated, dusty awards on a mantle over his millionaire fireplace, but this guy deserves a chance.
He’s traditionally had problems dealing with left-handed pitching, but it looks like he may have turned the corner on these issues coming into 2015. If your league is a standard 5×5 league he’s a strong addition, depending on the rest of your roster.
If you’re punting steals or have steals covered by another player, then he’s a good fit. When picking up Lind understand you aren’t signing up for a MVP season, but you can expect a solid bat at first.