I just wanted to open a discussion about the man affectionately known as "The Hammer." Most seem to see him as a borderline starter in average-sized mixed leagues, and he gets very little attention in the fantasy world (including here).
Here are a few things to consider about his numbers so far...
.886 OPS (just a shade under Morneau and a little better than Carlos Lee)
31 RBIs (8th best among MLB OFs and better than Carlos Beltran)
A respectable .289 average, 3 steals, and 21 walks.
He hit 26 home runs as a rookie last year and posted an OPS of .852, so we know he's got good pop. He's cut his Ks a bit, is walking a little more, which indicates that he's building on his rookie success. He also hits in the middle of a solid lineup behind the likes of Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, and Miguel Cabrera (so RBI should continue to come). Jeremy Hermida and Mike Jacobs should provide decent protection.
Everyone seemed to forget about him when he lost his catcher eligibility. Perhaps it's time we accepted he's an OF now--and a pretty good one at that! Am I the only one who thinks that we should stop talking about him in the same breath as Raul Ibanez and start talking about him in the same breath as Jason Bay?