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Thursday, November 16, 2017

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL POSSCRIPT: MARWIN GONZALEZ INFIELDER HOUSTON ASTROS

While it didn't get the same type of attention that the unexpected breakouts of Scooter Gennett or Justin Smoak engendered, there was no denying the surprising and at the same time shocking offensive performance of Houston Astros utility ace Marwin Gonzalez in 2017.  Known more for his glove and ability to literally play all over the diamond than anything he did with the bat prior to the start of last season, Gonzalez wound up setting career-bests in runs (67), RBI (90), homers (23), and batting average (.303).  Add in 8 stolen bases and eligibility at virtually every spot in the field and Gonzalez had his place secured on the "All-Value Team" for 2017.  Perhaps Gonzalez began hinting at this type of ability the year prior when he posted a 13/12 split in the home run/steal columns but no one could have possibly foreseen him blowing way past any sort of previously established norm.  The fact he turns just 29 in March does place Gonzalez in the beginning of his prime years which could legitimize the breakout to an extent but the best course of action is to not pay for the career year.  Instead simply embrace the fact Gonzalez qualifies everywhere but third base for 2018 fantasy baseball and place his baseline at around 15/10/.280.  Anything above that should be treated as a nice bonus.
2018 PROJECTION:  .270 19 HR 88 RBI 74 R 11 SB

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