Fantasy Baseball Preview: Will Franklin Gutierrez See 20/20 in 2010?
Gutierrez stepped it up last year hitting .283 with 85 runs, 18 HRs, 70 RBIs, and 16 SBs. He turned 27 yesterday so continued progression is likely. However, I’m not sure he has a 20/20 season in his future.
The bulk of his stolen bases, seven to be exact, came when he was hitting out of the two-hole. Newly acquired Chone Figgins figures to occupy that spot in the order meaning Gutierrez will hit fifth.
He hit nearly half (8) of his HRs in the fifth slot (in 21.9 percent of his ABs). He only stole two bases there though. Hitting fifth takes a different mentality than hitting second. His job is no longer to get on base and get in scoring position. His job is to drive in runs.
I believe he’ll do that well in 2010. I just don’t see him as the all-around threat he was last year.
Prediction: .290, 80 Runs, 20 HRs, 85 RBIs, 14 SBs
Arizona Diamondbacks: Brandon Webb
Atlanta Braves: Yunel Escobar
Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox: Clay Buchholz
Chicago Cubs: Geovany Soto
Chicago White Sox: Jake Peavy
Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto
Cleveland Indians: Grady Sizemore
Colorado Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez
Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
Florida Marlins: Cameron Maybin
Houston Astros: Lance Berkman
Kansas City Royals: Billy Butler
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Howie Kendrick
Los Angeles Dodgers: James Loney
Milwaukee Brewers: Corey Hart
Minnesota Twins: Joe Nathan
New York Mets: Jason Bay
New York Yankees: Robinson Cano
Oakland A’s: Kevin Kouzmanoff
Philadelphia Phillies: Jimmy Rollins
Pittsburgh Pirates: Octavio Dotel
San Diego Padres: Everth Cabrera
San Francisco Giants: Barry Zito