Steve Pearce is having a career year for the Baltimore Orioles but is he legit?
Analysis: Through 47 games this season Peace has 10 home runs, 27 runs batted in and is hitting .327. The thirty-one year old Pearce has already set his career high in home runs this year but do not expect him to sustain this kind of pace.
Pearce’s BABIP is 72 points above his career mark this season which makes sense considering his career mark in batting average is just .253(.327 BA this season/74 point difference). His .368 BABIP is good for 18th in baseball this season among batters with at least 150 plate appearances. He’s also sporting an insane HR/FB rate of 18.9%(9.0% for career) which is 21st in baseball. All signs point to a sudden and significant decline sooner than later.
Steve Pearce is available in 30-50% of fantasy leagues. He does have multiple position eligibility but he simply is not a .280 plus hitter nor is he a guy that can be a reliable source of power going forward. A better bet on the wire would be someone like Curtis Granderson, Christian Yelich or Brandon Belt(who returns to action soon).