2010 MLB Sleeper Player Profile: Clint Barmes, 2B/SS Rockies

Todd FarinoCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2010

DENVER - OCTOBER 12:  Clint Barmes #12 of the Colorado Rockies can't come up with the ball on a single by Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the top of the second inning in Game Four of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Coors Field on October 12, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Fantasy Baseball Search Breakout Rank: 3/30

Clint Barmes is a late bloomer. 

Barmes will turn 31 in March and has only started to develop into a fantasy hitter.  Last year he set career highs in home runs, hits, RBI, and runs.  A lot of that was because he was a starter for the first time as well. 

The Rockies like what they have in Barmes.  They see him as one of the best 8-spot batters in the NL.  Even if they move him up in the lineup, Barmes will be even more effective.  He is a savvy veteran that has finally figured out pitchers, and will continue to get better in 2010. 

The Rockies should have an outstanding offensive season with their mixture of young energetic players and proven veterans.  I've always contended that young and old players can be energized or re-energized by a core of young start blooming as players.  Barmes has had solid home run numbers in some seasons and a great average in others. 

Barmes should put it together this year and have a career year.

Don't jump to quick on Clint Barmes, but he's my Aaron Hill of last year.  Hill was a top sleeper of mine in 2009, and this year at 2B it's Barmes.  He won't exactly put up the numbers Hill did, just a disclaimer.  He will have an outstanding season as your fantasy baseball second basemen.  Another bonus is he should qualify at shortstop (16 in 2009) in allot of leagues.

The True Guru Projections: .282 BA, 26 Hrs, 90 RBI, 77 Runs, 15 SB

I feel this player will achieve my projections through our formula based on 11 herbs and spices (its locked at Fort Knox). Of course we are assuming he stays relatively healthy for the entire season.


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