This article is part of our Rebound Candidate series.
For fantasy owners, he earned a brilliant $36 in each of the last two years of that stretch, going for 24 homers and 40 steals in '13 and 23 and 34, respectively, in '14 while hitting .284 both seasons. I bought him hard in my industry leagues heading into 2015.
Welp, the next two years, he dipped to .255 and .231, respectively, while hitting 12 and 13 home runs. Although he kept the speed with 17 and 18 steals, that's an ugly crash. His ongoing struggles, combined with his questionable attitude, sent him on the move twice: Milwaukee traded him in 2015 to Houston, which released him last summer.
Last August, the Rangers scooped him off waivers … and he looked like a stud again, hitting .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs over the final six weeks of the regular season. That production looked like his recent electric seasons.
What specifically went wrong? What triggered his revival? And can he keep it going with Texas?
The biggest things that have plagued him:
• Career-high rates of strikeouts (30.0), swinging strikes (15.9) and contact (69.1) last year
• Groundball rate increased each of last two years: 42.6 percent, then 44.3 last year