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Joey Votto Makes Fantasy Baseball Expert Look Good

Joey Votto, First Baseman, Cincinnati Reds.BatBoy BeeZee had the balls on Opening Day to predict Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds would win the NL Rookie of the Year in 2008.

After his performance this afternoon against the Chicago Cubs at the Great American Ballpark, Votto – an early season National League Sleeper Prospect – is going to start gathering some more NL ROY consideration.

Young studs like Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton and two of Votto’s teammates, pitchers Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto, have dominated the NL ROY hype machine so far. Votto’s stat line today could be the beginning of him taking over the driver’s seat.

His box score line from Thursday’s action in Cincinnati: 3-4 at the plate, one walk, three runs scored, four RBI, and THREE HOMERUNS. After today’s game, his season average raised from .283 to .302.

In 31 games this season, Votto has 29 hits in 96 at-bats, 7 homeruns, 18 RBI, and 19 runs scored. If you space that out over the course of the season, Votto could hit over 35 homeruns, score 100 runs, and drive in 100 RBI. Sounds like an awesome DH or mid-range first baseman in normal mixed leagues.

Despite all of this success, he is still widely available in fantasy baseball. Do yourself a favor and take some advice from FBD – add Votto to your squad today! That is, before your rival GM’s do…

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