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Dear RotoRob: Will Soph Slump Strike Braun?

March 13, 2008 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Can Ryan Braun avoid the dreaded sophomore slump?
Do owners need to worry that Ryan Braun will experience a sophomore slump?

Dear RotoRob,

I was wondering your opinion on second-year phenom Ryan Braun. I like his tremendous upside, but do you think the “sophomore slump” may come into play? Our mocks are constantly changing, but I am considering him with my second round pick.

Thanks again.



Since Braun is moving to LF, he takes a hit in my keeper rankings, although he will continue to qualify at the hot corner this season at least. He will still hit his bombs and be good, but a power hitting OF isn’t the same as a power hitting 3B. Deciding whether to take him in round two will depend on how many teams your league is, but I have him hitting .320/.375/.650 with 40-45 dingers.

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