Beltre hit 344-48 last year. Not even Pujols ever hit those numbers. Plus, he actually IMPROVED as the year went on. Post all-star break, he went 356-26-65. Some fluke. And now, he's in a much stronger line-up, batting behind Ichiro and Winn and ahead of Sexson and Boone. He's 25. His bat speed is incredible. He was always touted as a potential superstar (he was drafted into the majors at 19!) and had two promising years, before trailing off in a string of nagging injuries.
I'll repeat myself: he's 25, always was targeted as a break-out star, hit 344-48 last year, actually improved as the year went on, and is now in a much stronger line-up. If that ain't worth at LEAST a second round pick, I don't know what is.
I find it amazing that most fantasy owners are making a case for guys like Teixeira in the 2d round, who are the same age as Beltre, and who even in the wildest fantasy projections come nowhere near Beltre's 2004 numbers. Hello! Beltre has actually already put up the numbers that Teixeira lovers only DREAM about. I'll take the guy who has actually DONE it over the guy that hasn't any day of the week.
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