Written By Todd Farino, http://www.fantasybaseballsearch.com
- Player: Carlos Gonzalez
- Team: Colorado Rockies
- Bats: Left
- Position: OF
Fantasy Baseball Search Breakout Rank: No. 4 of 30
You can probably tell that based on my third and fourth ranked sleepers that the Rockies will have a good offense this year. Carlos Gonzalez is part of that stellar young Rockies outfield.
He joins a core of young outfielders like Dexter Fowler and Seth Smith. Savvy veterans Brad Hawpe and Ryan Spilborghs make for a fast and powerful outfield.
Last year Gonzalez was blowing it up in AAA. The Rockies brought him up and he continued his hot streak in the majors. In limited at-bats (278), Gonzalez hit 13 home runs and stole 16 bases. He is a sneaky, fast, and powerful player.
His batting reminds me of Hanley Ramirez from the left side. He has the ability to hit to all points in the field and with authority. Gonzalez can be a streaky hitter, where he'll get hot for a while and cool down.
At 24, there are few players at that age who have more upside than Gonzalez. His lack of experience and consistently make him risky, but if he continues where he left off, Gonzalez will have an outstanding season.
He is easily a 20/20 candidate and that puts him high on my radar. Right now he's going around the 127th pick. That is in the same territory as Andrew Bailey, Vlad Guerrero, Jay Bruce, and Chad Billingsley. I think he is better then all of those players except Bailey. Draft him as early as the ninth round. He will be worth it.
The True Guru Projections: .280 BA, 23 Hrs, 67 RBI, 89 Runs, 29 SB
I feel this player will achieve my projections through our formula based on 11 herbs and spices (it's locked at Fort Knox). Of course we are assuming he stays relatively healthy for the entire season.
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