Fantasy Baseball – BREAKOUT Corner Infielders

Mar 3, 2008

It’s time for a look at the Corner Infielders that could be in for breakout years.

Daric Barton - Oakland A’s
Barton hit .347 with 4 HRs and 8 RBI as a September call-up.  Just as impressive was the ten walks he accumulated in his 18 games. 

Josh Fields - Chicago White Sox
Josh showed some pop last year hitting 23 HRs in 373 at bats.  If Joe Crede gets dealt, the third base gig is his.  He’ll have to improve on the .244 average though. 

Ryan Garko – Cleveland Indians
I look for Garko to build on the .289, 21 HR, 61 RBI season he produced last year.  I’m expecting an RBI total in the high 80′s to low 90′s.

Alex Gordon
– Kansas City
Gordon did OK in his rookie year considering the hype he came with.  He hit .247 with 15 HR & 47 RBI.  With a full season under his belt, look for Gordon to improve dramatically.

Andy LaRoche - Los Angeles Dodgers
He’ll have to push Nomar for playing time, but LaRoche has big-time potential.  He didn’t show it last year when he hit .226 in his 35 game stint, but it’s there.  Perhaps he’s still a year or more away. 

James Loney
– Los Angeles Dodgers
Loney had an outstanding season last year hitting .331 with 15 HR and 67 RBI in 96 games.  He’s primed for a 30 HR, 100 RBI season.

Evan Longoria
- Tampa Bay Rays
No, not Eva, although some think he’ll have a rookie season as hot as Mrs. Parker. 

Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
He hit well as a call-up last year.  Now he’ll get the chance to earn the starting 1B job.  He’s not going to hit the .321 he did in his 84 at bats last year, but he could be a nice bargain in the late rounds.  He’s got decent speed for a first basemen.

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. BDJP
    March 3rd, 2008 at 8:07 am #

    I’ll have to keep my eye out for more evan longoria posts!

  2. Luis
    March 3rd, 2008 at 8:35 am #

    it’s always a good post when there ends up being a picture of mrs. parker. is duncan playing the infield for the cardinals now… i thought he was their rightfielder?

  3. Ryan Lester
    March 3rd, 2008 at 8:39 am #

    BDJP – Hopefully he’ll have plenty
    Luis = no doubt. Yahoo has him listed as 1B & OF. However, their depth chart says leftfield. Nice catch. My bad.

  4. NBA Rotoman
    March 3rd, 2008 at 9:51 am #

    Hey Ryan

    Feel free to delete this comment as it has nothing to do with the post. I want to interview you. How do I get in touch with you?

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