A popular sleeper heading into 2016, Rougned Odor did anything but stink up the joint, instead cashing in as one of fantasy's most profitable players. Despite his pint-sized build (5-foot-11, 195 pounds), he ranked third in home runs among second basemen and tied for 21st overall. He launched more flyballs than in his 2015 rookie stint, and Odor enjoyed one of the league's most significant improvements in his rate of infield pop-ups (19.1 percent in 2015, 8.2 percent in 2016). He was getting more out of his aerial attacks with an apparently more effective bat path through the zone. That should keep him above 20 taters, even with regression. The 14 stolen bases (thanks to his elite base running rating) and .271 batting average -- despite his low walk rate -- look repeatable. Of course, those looking for a great batting average won't find it: He's an aggressive pull-hitting hacker. Fantasy players in on-base-percentage leagues may want to avoid overpaying. Even with his contact flaws, however, the four-category production makes him one of fake baseball's best second basemen, especially pertaining to power.
Odor has gone 0-for-5 with a run scored and a strikeout in two games since returning from the World Baseball Classic. The 22-year-old is sitting Wednesday with Drew Robinson filling in at the keystone. Odor turned in a strong showing for Team Venezuela, going 5-for-19 with a double, two homers, four RBI and three strikeouts, after hitting safely in five straight Cactus League games to begin spring training. He's locked in as the Rangers' everyday second baseman.
Odor is out of the lineup Saturday against the A's. The Rangers are resting most of their regulars Saturday after clinching the division Friday night. Jurickson Profar will start at second base and hit second Saturday.
Odor homered and drove in three runs in a 3-for-4 game with a walk Monday against the Astros. Odor continues to be one of the premier power hitting second basemen in the league. Only Brian Dozier (40) and Robinson Cano (33), who also homered on Monday, can boast more than Odor's 31 home runs. But Odor's game is also well rounded -- with 12 stolen bases, he's one of just four major leaguers with 30 homers and 10 steals, joining Dozier, Todd Frazier and Mookie Betts.
Odor (hamstring) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Angels. Tightness in both hamstrings led to Odor's early exit from Friday's game and the 22-year-old will sit Saturday, but the issue is not considered serious. Jurickson Profar the nod at second base in Odor's stead.
Odor hit his 30th home run in a 3-for-4 game with two RBI in Monday's loss to Seattle. The red-hot Odor already has three home runs and nine RBI in four September games, and five of his nine hits this month have gone for extra bases. Odor's 16 home runs last season came as a surprise to many. Now that he has 30 in just 129 games this year, he looks like one of the game's premier slugging second basemen.