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Carlos Beltran
Birthdate: 4/24/1977 (39 y, 11 m, 6 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 6-1/200     Position: OF
Drafted: 1995 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 19, Overall: 49, Team: Kansas City Royals
Contract: $16M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Beltran started in left field and went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Monday's game against St. Louis, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. (3/27/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: If Beltran keeps hitting the way he hit in 2016, the discussion regarding his Hall of Fame chances will shift from "if" to "when." After three years of faring relatively poorly against southpaws, he punished them last year, fully reviving the idea that he's still a plenty-effective full-time hitter. A jam-packed outfield situation in Houston will allow him to enjoy the perks of being a designated hitter; the extra rest, one might think, could help stave off injury and keep the dreaded aging curve at bay a bit longer. In light of the league-wide power surge, it's difficult to determine the legitimacy of many home run outputs, including Beltran's. Given his age and history, a return to a more modest home run rate seems predestined, although I doubt anyone feels entitled to a repeat. His type comes a dime a dozen nowadays, but 20 home runs and a .270 batting average gets the job done, even in standard formats. There may be safer options, but the Astros' potent lineup should bolster his stock. He's a fringe top-50 outfielder. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: Beltran, 39, just posted his fifth OPS above .800 in the last six years. The power should slip back to its more recent levels, but his anticipated role as Houston's designated hitter should help keep him fresh. He's a fringe starting outfielder in standard formats, and Houston's potent lineup should prop him up.

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