I reached for him in our initial keeper draft last year at 11th, gambling in taking him over David Wright. Clearly, I have no regrets over that now.
In terms of pure hitting talent, he's pretty much second only to Pujols. His stage of development at his age (23) is scary.
Last year, strikeouts went down, walks went up, average went up. Slight dip in power was likely the result of him trying to hit the ball, not mash it, which is a good thing. And he hit his fair share of doubles last year anyway, indicating last year will probably be one of the few in his career he doesn't lock down 30 homers.
The only knicks in his armor are a young supporting cast and a spacious home ballpark.
I think he is way more likely to improve on last year's numbers than Soriano, Reyes or Howard. I think he's top-five in a redraft, second in a keeper.
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