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Luis Gonzalez (COL): This Year's Chone Figgins?

Postby StlSluggers » Fri Mar 11, 2005 1:34 pm

I read this article about Mr. Gonzalez today:

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Colorado Rockies have figured they can't ask more of Luis Gonzalez than what he gave them last season, so they won't.

Gonzalez arrived at Spring Training as an unknown, taken from Cleveland in the Rule 5 draft. All Gonzalez did was earn spring Most Valuable Player honors, then spend the season functioning well as a utility man. He batted .292 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs.

So, despite the abundance of young projected starters who have a lot to prove, the Rockies will not be throwing Gonzalez into the mix for a starting job.

"We're going to move him all around," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He'll get some time at third. He'll play a game or two at short. He'll be all over.

"It's not like he's taken three months off, either. He just finished a winter ball campaign, where he played all over the field. He got another 50-some games in. If anything, we don't need to take as focused a look at Luis Gonzalez as we did last spring."

Expecting to return to his utility role, Gonzalez, 25, played in Venezuela the way he did with the Rockies.

"I got to see my family, then started to play over there just like during the season," said Gonzalez, who batted .341. "I played third base, second, outfield. I practiced with the same routine that I had here. I focused every day and played well."

He seems to be a talented player, and he's going to be playing for/in Colorado. I was thinking of taking a flier on him with a bench spot in one of my deep leagues. What do you think the chances of him turning out to be like Figgins are?
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Re: Luis Gonzalez (COL): This Year's Chone Figgins?

Postby baseballboy » Fri Mar 11, 2005 5:38 pm

StlSluggers wrote:I was thinking of taking a flier on him with a bench spot in one of my deep leagues. What do you think the chances of him turning out to be like Figgins are?


This guy is barely on the radar screen . . . PASS :-t
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Postby Amazinz » Fri Mar 11, 2005 5:40 pm

He might have the position eligibility like Figgins had but I don't see him putting up useful numbers unless it's a deep league.
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Postby StlSluggers » Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:23 pm

You guys don't see a .300+ BA and 15-20 (assuming he plays 5 games a week) HRs as useful off of the bench?

I'm not being argumentative here. I ended up going with Matt Riley for my pick, but I am trying to get a feel for the guy.
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Fri Mar 11, 2005 8:12 pm

In a very very deep league, he is a very reasonable player to take late. He has some value because of that position versatility and Coors Field. Whether or not he gets enough playing time to matter or not is the gamble. If you're in a league where Matt Riley is getting drafted, then this guy should be somewhere in the mix.
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Postby SHOCKandAWE » Fri Mar 11, 2005 8:13 pm

He isnt in the top 350!
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Postby AcidRock23 » Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:28 pm

StlSluggers wrote: Matt Riley


eeek!!! 8-o
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Postby JTWood » Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:07 pm

AcidRock23 wrote:
StlSluggers wrote: Matt Riley


eeek!!! 8-o

Calm down. :-b It was for a spot on my Minors (read: Reserve) roster. It's not my 25-man roster.

;-D
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Postby JTWood » Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:09 pm

SHOCKandAWE wrote:He isnt in the top 350!

I have him at 319th between Paul Loduca and David Eckstein. I even have him two slots ahead of Utley this year. Of course, I'm assuming he gets reasonable playing time, as the clipping seemed to indicate.
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