This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
Player A is Bryce Harper, who a subscriber requested I break down earlier this week. Player B is Evan Gattis, who 32 games in had one home run and eight runs driven in. Player C is a pitcher; Jordan Zimmermann has risen from the dead and is on a hot streak of pitching this year with a new look. Each player is having an interesting season in his own right, but it is those latter two who are turning double-digit profits for owners who speculated on them during draft season. The burning question is whether Harper can come closer to turning a profit, and how much of their current values can Gattis and Zimmermann retain.
Our in-season projections say Harper will be the ninth-most valuable batter the rest of the season, projecting him to hit 16 homers, drive in 48 runs, score 51 times, steal five bases and hit .286. The first four numbers pass the sniff test, but that last number should grab your attention as it is 68 points higher than his current batting average. It is not an unattainable