I usually comb the waiver looking for guys that are on hot streaks, then I came upon someone named Justin Bour. Who? I had absolutely no idea who this guy was, and I spend a lot of time just methodically looking at the list of available free agents, and I have never seen this guy.
Well, he’s a first basemen for the Miami Marlins, and has been on a nice steak since being called up on April 24. He hasn’t played much, but in 12 at-bats he has seven hits, a homer, and three RBI.
Your probably asking yourself why should I care about this guy? For starters, Mike Morse hasn’t done anything this season, and is only batting .193.
While Morse has struggled, Bour has done well in basically every opportunity the Marlins have gave him. This could lead to the Marlins giving Bour more playing time, but if so, what can you expect from him?
In 660 minor league games Bour has 93 homers, 463 RBI, and a .279 batting average. The power on this guy is legit, and he doesn’t strikeout too much, 491 times in those 660 minor league games.
Additionally, Bour bats left-handed, so this situation could develop into a platoon. Here are Bour’s stats against righties and lefties over the past three years.
Obviously Boar doesn’t hit left-handed pitchers too well, so he would have to improve a lot to turn this into anything more than a platoon. Also, his 2013 batting average is an outlier, aside from his rookie 2009 season, he’s never hit below .275 at any level.
So, should you are about this guy in fantasy baseball yet? Probably not, but in deep leagues he is someone that you should keep your eye on. Mike Morse has been useless to this point, so if he continues to struggle Boar could get more playing time. However, like I said, this has the smell of a platoon more than outright playing time for Bour. Keep your on this situation.