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Hitting decline alters fantasy landscape

Value of top-performing stars rises as marginal bats continue to struggle

Updated: May 25, 2011, 12:55 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

What do you do when baseball's landscape shifts from hitting- to pitching-rich?

You adjust your benchmarks.

It's a discussion Nate Ravitz and I began on Friday's podcast , and one examined more in-depth in Tuesday's "60 Feet 6 Inches." Today we continue looking at the impact of this shift, this time focusing on hitters, determining whether past benchmarks for what constitutes a "good" hitter remain accurate measures.

Up front, there's a hitting benchmark ...

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