I said before this season began that he'd have his swing back and it certainly appears to be that way. Last year was really a fluke season, from a power standpoint, because he wasn't able to lift weights in the offseason due to shoulder surgery. He still posted a career high in on-base percentage at .399, while hitting .291. Those are both pretty good numbers.
Being in the middle of what on paper seems to be a good San Diego lineup, especially when Greene returns on Monday and Giles starts hitting can only help his value. Even with Giles struggling, he still leads the NL in walks, so he is at least on base for Klesko to drive in. Roberts and Loretta also at the top of the lineup cannot hurt either. Ramon Hernandez behind him ensures he'll get pitches to hit.
His power stroke is no early season fluke either; these homeruns have been absolute bombs (414, 392, 387 in the past two games). He has hit three in the past two days, which gives him four on the season in Petco, certainly not a hitters park.
He's available in most leagues. So what do you think? Worth a starting spot at utility in a 14 team league?