Since 1999, Paul Konerko has been one of the most consistent power hitters in Major League Baseball. Over the past 13 seasons, he has averaged 30 home runs and 95 RBIs per season for the Chicago White Sox.
The former Los Angeles Dodger has seemingly gotten better with age, posting back-to-back seasons of hitting .300+, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs.
Can the 35-year-old first basemen continue to post big numbers in 2012 fantasy baseball?
The answer is yes, and here are three reasons why.
5. No decrease in production
In the past two seasons, the White Sox first baseman has tallied 158 runs, 334 hits, 55 doubles, 1 triple, 70 home runs, 216 RBIs, 149 walks and 1 stolen base.
In other words, as long as you’re not looking for stolen bases and triples from your first basemen, Konerko could be your guy for 2012 Fantasy Baseball.
4. Easy swing
Despite the fact that Konerko is going to be 36 years old at the start of the season, his nice and easy swing minimizes the effort he puts in day in and day out, which bodes well for him holding up better than players like Vladimir Guerrero, who swing for the stars every time they’re at the plate.
Since joining the White Sox, Konerko has played on average just under 148 games per season.
His durability and consistency in the batter’s box make him a legitimate choice for your 2012 fantasy baseball team.
Do you need help with home runs and RBIs? If so, Konerko is your man.
1. Who else?
I don’t mean to bash the White Sox offense, or lack thereof, but Konerko, aside from maybe Carlos Quentin, is really the only dangerous hitter in the White Sox lineup.
2012 Power Production Prediction
Look for Konerko to slug around 33 home runs and 106 RBIS in 2012 Fantasy Baseball games.
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