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Carlos Gonzalez: The 2009 Sleeper In The Matt Holliday Trade

Carlos Gonzalez

Now that the Oakland A’s have officially acquired Matt Holliday from the Colorado Rockies, a couple things have come to light:

  1. The fantasy value of Houston Street (now a Colorado Rockies reliever) is close to zero.
  2. Holliday will likely lose his spot atop our 2009 fantasy baseball ranking throne.
  3. Carlos Gonzalez becomes an instant 2009 fantasy baseball prospect/sleeper.

We make no concessions in our love of productive hitters that play half their games in Coors Field. Gonzalez has been on our radar since joining the Oakland minor league system after being traded there from Arizona in exchange for Dan Haren. He played 85 games for the A’s in 2008, hitting .242 with four homers and 26 RBIs. He scored 31 runs and stole four bases.

Gonzo also was a .286 hitter with slighty above average power over six years in the minors. Will he make an immediate impact in Colorado?

Colorado’s Seth Smith lucks out here. Even though he is in a time share, Smith could also be an excellent 2009 sleeper pick if he finds playing time in next season.

In only 116 major league at bats, Smith has hit .284 with four homers and 15 RBIs. He has mostly seen action as a pinch-hitter, so it is difficult to ascertain what his value could be should he get 400 plate appearances.

The Rockies thought highly enough of Smith to include him on the 2007 postseason roster, where he hit .500 in six pinch-hitting appearances. Smith is worth a flyer in the last round of a 2009 fantasy draft. He could – at best -hit .315 with 15 homers for the Rockies this coming season.

There’s a lot of young potential in the 2009 Colorado Rockies lineup if their young, talented bench players get significant at-bats.

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