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Charlie Blackmon
Birthdate: 7/1/1986 (30 y, 8 m, 24 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-2/185     Position: OF
Drafted: 2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 26, Overall: 72, Team: Colorado Rockies
Contract: $7.3M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Blackmon is 11-for-23 (.478) with three doubles, a home run and a stolen base in nine spring games. (3/14/2017)
Profiles:  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: According to FanGraphs' auction calculator, Blackmon was one of seven players to provide above-average value in all five standard roto categories. The other six? Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Paul Goldschmidt, Ian Kinsler, and Ryan Braun. How's that for good company? In a year when Freddy Galvis hit 20 homers, it shouldn't be surprising that Blackmon, playing 81 games in Coors, also did. But he hit 29 while stealing 17 bags and registering more than 190 runs and RBI combined. He also posted the lowest ground ball and highest line drive rates of his career. I don't like that his chase rate increased while he swung less frequently at pitches in the zone, but his contact rates, particularly his zone-contact rate, remained strong. And from a Statcast perspective, he didn't rank particularly well in terms of exit velocities or barrels, so any decline in his speed at 30 years old would compound any regression on batting average on balls in play he's likely to experience. That said, don't get cute. Blackmon is a legit five-category stud and worthy of a second-round pick. (Rylan Edwards)

The Quick Opinion: Blackmon is one of the few remaining players who produces across all categories. At 30 years old, he's in his prime and hitting for more power than ever before. Even accounting for an age-related decline in speed, he's still certainly worthy of a early-round pick.

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