A matchup against Giants stud southpaw Madison Bumgarner on Friday night has surprising
The left-handed hitting Blackmon has not cooled off since a three-game tear in which he bashed out 10 hits, including a 6-for-6 performance Arizona. He was 3 for 5 with two runs scored Wednesday against the White Sox and now owns a ridiculous .471 batting average on the season.
Considering he was owned in just 2 percent of leagues to begin the season,
During his brief stints in the majors and throughout his minor-league career, one thing he's always been able to do is hit for average. He created some skeptics with his poor plate discipline last year, but it was a bit out of character for him, as he's shown by striking out only once so far this year. Even if he never walks a ton, his batting average should allow him to score a decent number of runs batting atop the
I don't think he's the kind of player you'll start every week and wouldn't stress about clearing roster space for him in shallower Head-to-Head points leagues, but trading off some of the speed for a little more power, I could see him contributing at about the same level as Brett Gardner, which would make him a clear-cut mixed leaguer. Just because you wanted Corey Dickerson to beat him out this spring doesn't mean he isn't valuable in his own right.
Blackmon made his third start in five chances and made the most of it, going 6 for 6 with five runs driven in and four scores in a 12-2 win. He had three doubles and a home run, his first of the season.
Blackmon is now hitting .563 though five games, with nine hits, six RBI an four extra-base hits in 16 at-bats, while striking out just once.
Blackmon just may be better suited to the leadoff role than rival
Should everything break right for Blackmon -- a return to more prolific walks and steals along with a sustained high line drive rate -- he could produce enough to keep his job. He would also have a high enough batting average and run total to justify ownership in mixed leagues. I'm skeptical that this will happen, and Dickerson has enough power to wrest playing time from Blackmon in due time, even if he is not the best fit for the leadoff spot.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|4/16/2014 vs San Diego|
|vs San Diego||6||2||0||.429||.500||.333|
|vs Eovaldi (Career)||3||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2011||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||58||243||49||82||19||4||10||49||19||34||12||5||.393||.572||.337|
|2012||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||59||228||55||69||18||4||5||34||29||42||10||0||.385||.482||.303|
|2012||ASX-Tri-City Dust Devils||17||59||8||14||5||0||1||3||7||10||3||0||.348||.373||.237|
|2013||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||68||257||56||74||15||6||3||40||35||41||7||5||.376||.428||.288|
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