Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove: Charlie Blackmon
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Blackmon was a tantalizing fantasy baseball claimer in deep leagues last season (.255 BA, one home run, five stolen bases in 102 plate appearances) before he sustained a fractured foot in early July. In fact, the 25-year-old thinks that he's actually a bit ahead of his normal offseason routine.
He's expected to make the Rockies as a reserve outfielder, but roto owners know that a roster spot in the Mile High City means a short road to relevance. Blackmon will be on sleeper lists for NL and deep-mixed leagues this spring, and with good reason. For years, Colorado has been unable to complete its search for a leadoff man, but some believe that he could be it.
It's worth noting the left-handed hitter's age as he tore through Pacific Coast League pitching in half a season at the Triple-A level before his call-up, however. He didn't display the same kind of patience that he had on the farm and failed to generate much power in his limited MLB exposure. And, unusually, this club potentially has three everyday players in the outfield.
Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer won't sit, at least very often. But Dexter Fowler is entering an important campaign in his development. There are many reasons to be optimistic about a breakout, but if he disappoints, Blackmon could easily steal at-bats against right-handers.
The fleet 6-foot-3, 200-pounder could swipe 25 or 30 bases if he receives 500 at-bats. He didn't get the chance to prove that he could adapt to big-league pitching because his stint was cut so short. And he's proven to be a resilient player. Put a little star next to Blackmon's name, just in case.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570. Follow @NicholasMinnix
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