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Carlos Quentin Off To Hot Start

25 year-old White Sox left fielder Carlos Quentin is off to a blazing start with a .312/.454/.623 line in 77 at-bats.  Roto-wise, that's .312-6-20-20-2.  Using a complicated projection method  (multiplying everything by six) we get a season line of .312-36-120-120-12.  Fantasy baseball gold!

Seriously though, is the kid for real?  Let's start with the batting average.  He has a respectable 84.4% contact rate and a fantastic 14.4% walk rate.  (And six HBPs to further boost that OBP).  Though he admittedly played in hitters' parks in the minors, he did hit .312 in 379 games.  He can probably hit .280-.290.

Does he have 30 HR power?  I'm thinking more like 22-25 but Baseball America did note above average power in their '06 handbook.  Doesn't hurt that his home ballpark inflates right-handed homers by 26%.  He's batted sixth and seventh, making 100 ribbies a long shot.  Think 85-90 though.  Quentin's not much of a base-stealing threat so be happy if he sniffs double digits.

All in all a quality roto pickup who could put up Jeff Francoeur-like numbers, maybe a few less RBIs. 




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