Joey Votto

Joey Votto

1B - CIN
Age: 36Bats: LThrows: R

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Votto, now 35 years old, hit 12 homers last year after clubbing 36 in 2017. He has just 12 more in 113 games alongside a .262 batting average and eyebrow-raising uptick in strikeouts. After lacing MLB's second-highest line-drive rate (31.4%) behind Freddie Freeman last year, the mark has dropped with more fly balls, but fewer hard hits. He offered hope by hitting .299/.390/.506 in June but has got cold again in July. Placed on the IL with a lower-back strain on August 18, he could return once eligible. Managers in shallow mixed leagues (without walks or OBP as a category) could reasonably drop him if needing an immediate replacement.

We can't rely on Votto for power any more, of course, but the batting average should return back closer to the .290 mark in the second half to go with plenty of runs thanks to his bonkers BB-rate. Don't drop Votto quite yet.

Votto was horribly disappointing in fantasy leagues last season and he's been even worse this year. He's still hitting the ball fairly hard, but he's striking out more than ever and walking less than he has since 2009. He is due for a bit of positive regression, but at age 35, it may be time to give up hope of a sizable rebound.