Collette Calls: AL Central Bold Predictions

Collette Calls: AL Central Bold Predictions

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

To review the premise of this 2020 series, please review the opening of the first installment of this year's series. To review the 2019 AL Central Bold Predictions, click here

Chicago

Yasmani Grandal leads all catchers in fantasy dollars earned in 2020. He is the third catcher off the board, going 95th overall with a range of 63 to 140 in ADP. Grandal could not have picked a better landing spot for the next phase of his career. He is slated to hit cleanup in a friendly park in between Jose Abreu and Edwin Encarnacion or even Eloy Jimenez in a talented Chicago lineup. 

We  all know how outstanding Grandal is as a receiver behind the plate, which means he will likely get the Salvador Perez-like schedule of catching six days a week and maximizing his playing time. This team employed James McCann and Yonder Alonso as its primary cleanup hitters last season, so Grandal's abilities are a significant upgrade. The team also had Leury Garcia leading off 134 times in 2019, and he is now projected to hit ninth in the lineup, if he can even keep his job and not lose it to Nick Madrigal. Grandal has never driven in or scored 80 runs in a season, but that should change in Chicago with the lineup he will have in front of him.

Grandal has the hard-contact ability and the surrounding cast to put up 30 homers, 100 RBIs and 90 runs season along

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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