The NL West First Basemen remind me of the Public Enemy hit song, Don’t Believe the Hype. With this group, you have to be on one side or the other. Although I do love that Public Enemy song, maybe I am more of a Journey fan, as with this bunch, Don’t Stop Believing, and I won’t as long as none of these first baseman pull a Sopranos and fade to black!
The Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt seems to be a big favorite of many fantasy baseball experts. And why shouldn’t he be as he is coming off a 2012 where he put up 79 runs, 26 HR, 88 RBI, 11 SB, and a .276 AVG. If it wasn’t for the Bryce Harper/Mike Trout hype hog machine last season, Goldschmidt might have been one of the most talked about fantasy breakouts of 2012. Look for him to build on these numbers and put up 85 runs, 28 HR, 90 runs, 11 SB, and a .282 AVG.
Those of us who play in leagues that have a prospect draft have long been aware of the San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt. The problem is the much hyped prospect has never put it all together at the major league level. Expect him to do so in 2013. Additionally look for Belt to carry with him his outfield eligibility as he will play there on days that Buster Posey plays first base. Expect 72 runs, 17 HR, 74 RBI, 10 SB, and a .275 AVG from Belt.
Another top prospect that has yet to put it together at the major league level is the San Diego Padres Yonder Alonso. While I don’t expect him to break out like Belt, I do expect him to improve on his 2012 numbers. Look for 60 runs, 13 HR, 70 RBI, 4 SB, and a .274 AVG.
Adrian Gonzalez was traded back to the NL West and to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. While he put up solid numbers in the American League, he didn’t explode like most thought he would once he got out of Petco Park. Hitting once again in a pitcher’s park for his home games, look for Adrian to put up 90 runs, 28 HR, 105 RBI, 1 SB, and a .298 AVG.
Isn’t it ironic, hey another song, shout out to Alanis Morissette, that the best hitter’s park in baseball, Coors Field gives us a first base situation that you should avoid. The Colorado Rockies first base job is looking like a platoon situation between border line Hall of Famer Todd Helton, and Tyler Colvin. Amazingly, Colvin is your better option here, as he will also see time in the outfield. Expect Helton to put up 45 runs, 9 HR, 43 RBI, 1 SB, and a .271 AVG, while Colvin will put up 43 runs, 13 HR, 56 RBI, 4 SB, and a .269 AVG.
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