he will get exposed over a larger sample size. i think he will basically be a .260-.275 batter over the long haul. although he hit a homer off a lefty yesterday i think ultimately he would be better off sitting against most lefties. his plate discipline is somewhat lacking at the moment. however, i have been impressed with his hustle and willingness to learn. he knows what he needs to do and is working hard to adjust.
i dont think he would make a good keeper unless its a super deep league. he isnt assured of starting next year. heck, jocketty keeps mentioning he is looking to add a middle of the order type outfielder so its not certain he will even be starting the rest of this year. his low salary works in his favor though. the cards will need to overhaul the pitching staff next year and thats gonna cost quite a bit of cash. also, he is no sure thing to be hitting #2, although hitting behind rolen and edmonds isnt exactly a bad thing either. edgar renterria put together some good seasons hitting there.
if you are looking for a long term 1b he may not be the answer. he will only get games there if pujols is injured, which is hopefully never again.
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