Vernon Wells

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Fantasy baseball player profile - Vernon Wells.

Fantasy baseball owners should know that Vernon Wells will be in Toronto for the better part of his career. In 2006, he signed a 7-year contract that will keep him north of the border until he is 34. Wells has a no-trade clause in the contract, so he's only going to another team if he wants to. That isn't likely, given his commitment to the Toronto community. Upon signing his contract, he donated $1 million dollars to a Blue Jays charity.

Toronto is kind of a strange place for Vernon Wells to land. He comes from Arlington, Texas, where he grew up as a two-sport athlete. In fact, he nearly became a Texas Longhorn, where he would have presumably played college baseball and wide receiver for John Mackovic's (soon-to-be Mack Brown's) squad.

Vernon Wells - Fantasy Baseball Hitting Stats

Instead, Wells went 5th overall in the 1997 draft. Being drafted so high meant that Wells was a future savior of the ball club, and he made the September call-ups every year between 1997 and 2001. This qualified him for enough at-bats that Wells was disqualified from rookie-of-the-year honors when he made the everyday line up in 2002. Wells probably would have won the award, as his rookie season saw him post a .275 average with 23 home runs and exactly 100 RBIs.

Vernon Wells As a Pro

Since the 2002 season, Vernon Wells has been a Blue Jays stars. His average year has been .285 with 28 HRs and 98 RBIs, amazingly similar to his rookie campaign. Most have expected Wells to take his stardom to the next level, though his career has been plagued by a habit of starting a season slow.

That wasn't the case in 2006, when Wells came of the gate fast. He ended with a career year, collecting a .303 average with 32 HRs and 108 RBIs. It was after the 2006 campaign that the Blue Jays decided to award Wells, who was 27 at the time, with the long-term deal.

Vernon Wells Fantasy Baseball Value

For those who drafted Vernon high in a 2007 fantasy draft, his numbers have been disappointing. At the halfway point, he is hitting only .252. His 13 homers and 50 RBis are a few below where he should be after 85 games. Some are concerned that Wells's new contract has led to complacency, though it is probably more the pressure of living up to a franchise contract.

Wells is a character guy who will star for the Blue Jays for years to come. That being said, I wouldn't draft Wells as a franchise player in fantasy baseball, because his career numbers aren't quite enough to justify that high of a pick. Many prognostications were on the strength of his numbers the last few years, combined with the fact that Wells was turning 28 and therefore in his prime years. Pundits expected to see Wells's numbers improve beyond 2006, when in actuality his career numbers have been remarkably consistent.

A steady .285 hitter with around 30 HRs and 100 RBIs is good, and there is nothing wrong with a player whose numbers you can depend on. In fact, every solid fantasy team needs a couple of guys like that. But Vernon Wells remains a player in the 30-40 range of fantasy options.

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