Regan's Rumblings: Searching for the Next Adam Duvall
Regan's Rumblings: Searching for the Next Adam Duvall

This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.

While progressing through the Giants' farm system, Adam Duvall always put up good power numbers, but his lack of ability to consistently hit for average and draw walks has held him back. He also is in his age-27 year, so you can certainly understand why the Giants elected to include him in the Mike Leake trade.

Year AB HR AB/HR BB% AVG
2011 431 22 19.6 11.6 .285
2012 534 30 17.8 7.9 .258
2013 385 17 22.6 8.1 .252
2014 359 27 13.3 7.6 .298
2015 497 30 16.6 5.7 .264
This year though, given regular playing time for the rebuilding Reds, Duvall has hit .245/.289/.535 with a surprising 23 home runs. Sure, a 22.8% HR/FB rate is likely unsustainable, but Duvall seems likely to hit 35 home runs, and for what amounts to a waiver wire pickup in most leagues, he's been a gold mine for fantasy owners.

The point of this piece though is not to tell you that Duvall has been a nice surprise, but to forecast who the next Adam Duvalls could be.

Here are a few guys off most fantasy owners' radars that you may want to pay some attention to:

Ryan Schimpf (2B-SD) - The 28-year-old is getting his first taste of big league pitching this season and it's certainly well deserved after he batted .255/.432/.729 in 190 PA's for Triple-A El Paso earlier in the year. With the Padres, Schimpf is at .217/.337/.536 with five home runs and a .50 K/BB

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David Regan
David Regan is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner, including the 2015 Baseball Article of the Year.
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