Fantasy Baseball 2013 Spotlight: Adrian Gonzalez

By Matt Schumacher
Jake Roth – US Presswire

Many fantasy baseball owners have labeled Adrian Gonzalez’s 2012 season to be a disappointment. In that case, many fantasy owners are right.

The first baseman struggled to find his power swing for the majority of last year, and he was dealt from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a colossal deal that only put a stamp on a rough season for both Boston and Gonzalez.

Regardless, calling Gonzalez’s 2012 season a disappointment is still pushing it. Calling it a failure is absurd.

If you were to slap his .299 average and 108 RBI onto Albert Pujols’ 2012 stat sheet, you’d have an improvement. Slap it onto Mark Texiera’s stat sheet and you’d have his best year in a while. Yet Pujols is going almost four to five rounds earlier than Gonzalez and Texiera is going right behind him. It shouldn’t be that way.

A lot of his struggles in 2012 can be attributed to terrible luck.

Gonzalez hit just as many fly balls last year has he has averaged in the four years before that, but his HR/FB ratio, between 15 percent and 19 percent over the last several years, hung just below nine percent in 2012. That’s why the power never came.

A fresh new start on a new team with an absolutely loaded lineup could do wonders for Gonzalez in 2013. If he can find that power stroke again we could see the same fantasy superstar who led the league in hits only two years ago.

He’s going in the fourth or fifth rounds of some drafts, dropping even lower sometimes, which makes him a great deal if you pass up on the big name guys going in the first couple rounds. Take him with confidence there, then hope we see his 2011 form.

2013 Projections: 33 HR / 123 RBI / .295 average / 100 RS


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