We addressed the Carlos Gonzalez(notes) call-up at the very end of last night's Closing Time, but it really deserves better treatment. Gonzalez was the key prospect involved in the Matt Holliday(notes) trade, and he's hit a ton at Triple-A so far this season.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy had this to say about the new arrival:
"We're not bringing [Gonzalez] here to be a part-time player, I can tell you that."
If Tracy can be trusted, then the 23-year-old Gonzalez is worth consideration in mixed leagues. He was batting .339/.418/.630 with 10 homers and six steals at Colorado Springs. Gonzalez was also leading the PCL in RBIs with 59. Yeah, he was playing in an outrageously hitter-friendly environment, but it's not like he's moving to Petco. His PCL road numbers were solid, too: .316 AVG, .939 OPS, 5 HR, 98 AB.
In an 85-game trial with Oakland last year, Gonzalez struck out 81 times and drew only 13 walks. However, in 48 games with the Sky Sox this season, he had just 32 Ks and 22 BBs. The power is real and it's nice to see the shift in the strikeout and walk totals. For many of you -- not public leaguers, but many others -- Gonzalez is worth a serious look.
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