Chris Coghlan burst onto the fantasy baseball scene in the second half of the season and played well enough to edge out Fantasy Baseball Dugout-favorite J.A. Happ for the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year.
Like many of you in cruise control mode during fantasy baseball’s second half, we slept on Coghlan when he delivered the most. According to ESPN.com’s fantasy baseball stats, Coghlan was owned in only 34% of leagues at year’s end. However, he still managed to produce a .321 average with 9 homeruns, 47 RBI, 84 runs, and 8 steals in 2009.
Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, and Brewers infielder Casey McGehee rounded out the top five NL MLB rookie voting for 2009.
For a starting fantasy baseball outfielder, Coghlan needs to produce better power numbers to be an everyday starter in mixed leagues 12-teams or smaller. However, he could make a great sleeper pick in the late rounds. On matchups or travel days, Coghlan’s average and run production make an attractive fill-in play.
And when draft time rolls around, you will be drafting Coghlan on potential upside in 2010. His upside makes him a better option over middle-aged outfielders who have no potential but to litter your bench.
In 2010 NL only leagues, Coghlan will definitely be drafted as a second outfielder. If you do draft Coghlan in an NL-only league, though, make sure you group him in your outfield with a masher and a speed demon.