Arizona Diamondbacks

Fantasy Baseball: Is the Arizona Diamondbacks' Willie Bloomquist a Fantasy Stud?

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 09:  Willie Bloomquist #18 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats against the Milwaukee Brewers during the spring training game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 9, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIApril 7, 2011

Every year, baseball provides us with surprises.

This year, there may be no bigger fantasy surprise than Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Willie Bloomquist.

Bloomquist went 2-for-5, with two runs scored and a single stolen base in his performance on Wednesday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs.

He is now one of the top fantasy third basemen and shortstops in the game.

He is having one heck of a start to the season.

Bloomquist is hitting .348/.400/.522 with a home run, four runs scored and five steals on the young reason. He's doing a fine job of filling in for the injured Stephen Drew.

The obvious question, going forward, is can Bloomquist keep this up and will he continue to play in Arizona?

The short answer to those questions is both no and yes.

Bloomquist is a career .265 hitter, so the odds of him hitting more than .300 at the age of 34 is highly unlikely.

However, if you need a seat-filler on occasion and need a halfway decent source for SBs, then Bloomquist might just have a spot on your roster.

The only time Bloomquist has been given a starting spot on a major league roster before this was in 2009 with the Kansas City Royals.

In that year, he played in 125 games and stole 25 bases.

The Diamondbacks should struggle to find offense during the course of the season, so Bloomquist will get his ABs.

That being said, he won’t get them instead of Drew, but he could find himself playing a majority of games at third or even filling in at left.

So ride the Bloomquist wave while it lasts—just be aware that the average and OPS shouldn’t last much longer.

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