To keep with the trend of these articles I want to avoid talking about someone obvious. Players that everyone knows are good and have been All-Stars are not, in my opinion, worth breaking down. We all know what they can do.
So, for that reason, I choose to talk about batters who are a little more obscure but can still make a big impact on his given team’s success. In the case of the Rockies, the player is outfielder David Dahl.
Any Fantasy Baseball player should already know this name from 2016 where Dahl broke onto the scene at the end of the year and made a huge splash. In just a couple months of playing, Dahl accumulated 222 at-bats where he hit .315 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs. Dahl had a slugging percentage of .500 and also managed an OPS+ of 113 and the 22-year-old made it look as though he was the next big thing in Colorado.
2017 was 180-degree turn for Dahl, a player with an injury history. Back in 2013 he badly injured his hamstring, in 2015 he lacerated his spleen, and at 2017’s Spring Training he broke his ribs. The broken ribs were not devastating. He was supposed to miss just a couple months but the rib injury turned into to back spasms that held him out of baseball for most of the year.
Dahl’s injury-laden history is alarming for anyone following him but it could also be his motivation to make an impact in 2018. Dahl is a great batter and at just 24 he still has plenty of time to stay healthy and make a name for himself.
If he can stay healthy, Dahl’s skills could very well catapult him into the spotlight yet again.