I love Jack Cust. In fact, you could say I have a man crush on Jack Cust, if you believe in such things.
Can you say "Dear Diary?"
You know that player outlook on his Fantasy page? I wrote it. If you haven't seen it, go look at it now. I compared him to Adam Dunn. Emack and Gonos must have thought I was nuts.
So you can understand how his two-homer spring opener Friday at the Brewers would have special meaning to me. Yes, he hit two home runs -- one of them a grand slam -- and in two official at-bats, I might add. And oh, by the way, he missed the previous game with the flu. Said he still felt a little sick from it, in fact.
Can you say hoss?
Or at least horse? Seriously, strap a plow to this guy, and see how many trees he can drag with him. I'm guessing eight. He's what we in Georgia call "country strong."
(Post-production note: I have never before used the term "country strong" and have only once heard its use.)
But Cust doesn't just have raw power, no. He has a discerning batting eye too. That one unofficial plate appearance he had? You guessed it: walk. For that reason, A's GM Billy Beane has a man crush on him too. As often as he walks, Cust is a .900 OPS waiting to happen.
Look, I know he won't hit higher than .250, and I know he'll strike out 200 times, but Dunn hits only .260, and in most Fantasy leagues, strikeouts don't count. If Cust gets a full season of at-bats, he can hit 35 home runs. And with the A's already batting him cleanup and Beane in love with is skill set, what makes you think he won't get those at-bats?
And since no one else thinks it, even better. Let him drop and drop and drop before you eventually snag him late. Just don't wait too late, like I did in a couple drafts. You know what happened then?