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2011 Fantasy Projections, No. 26: Shin-Soo Choo Is on the Verge of Elite Status

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 26:  Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after the last out of the third inning against the Los Angeles of Anaheim on April 26, 2010 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Nick KappelAnalyst IIIFebruary 3, 2011

Our 2011 fantasy baseball projections will be released one-by-one until the top 100 players have been revealed. These rankings consider past achievements, current performance and expected future results based on standard 5×5 H2H settings.

Shin-Soo Choo has established himself over the last two-and-a-half seasons as an incredibly valuable (and perhaps under-appreciated) fantasy asset. Of the seven players who posted 20 HR and 20 steals last year, only three (Hanley Ramirez, Carlos Gonzalez and Choo) came with a .300 batting average. In fact, Choo posted a 20/20/.300 line in 2009 as well, placing him in exclusive company.

Choo’s elite BABIP (career .360) has been questioned by some, but his ability to maintain it over the course of three seasons (.367, .370, .347) proves its legitimacy.

If Choo had a better lineup around him to support his runs and RBI totals, he’d undoubtedly be a top-20 player. Healthy returns from Grady Sizemore and Carlos Santana in 2011 could go a long way in helping Choo become just the fourth 20/100/100/20/.300 player in the last three years (Carlos Gonzalez in 2010, Hanley Ramirez and Ryan Braun in 2009).

With his Korean military commitment no longer an issue, Choo is free to continue doing his best Bobby Abreu impression in 2011. The 28-year-old is a top-30 pick, seventh among outfielders. Draft with confidence.

2010 stats64681229022.300
3-year average56779198116.302
2011 FBI Forecast66595249524.308



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