Fantasy Baseball Profile: Will Corey Hart Never Surrender?
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Aside from sharing a name with one bad ass Canadian 80′s pop singer (kidding), Corey Hart also saw a promising career dry up. Of course, the baseball version can be attributed to injury, and a successful comeback is more than likely.
Hart quietly was one of the better all-around fantasy outfielders in 2007 and 2008 with the following lines:
2007: .295, 86 runs, 24 HRs, 81 RBIs, 23 SBs, .892 OPS
2008: .268, 76 runs, 20 HRs, 91 RBIs, 23 SBs, .759 OPS
He was limited to 115 games and 419 ABs last year and subsequently hit .260 with, 64 runs, 12 HRs, 48 RBIs, 11 SBs, and a .753 OPS. While his down year certainly decreases his fantasy value, I’m not one to put too much stock into one season. Especially considering the circumstances.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweeted that Hart has lost 22 pounds during the offseason meaning he should be in excellent shape. He’ll turn 28 in March. I see no reason why he can’t rebound in 2010. Thanks to last year, he should come at a pretty good bargain.
Prediction: .280, 80 runs, 24 HRs, 85 RBIs, 25 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