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2013 Fantasy Baseball Preview: National League West Breakout Candidates

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a three run home run in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on September 25, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 31, 2013

There is something to be said about anchoring your fantasy baseball team with players that have already reached their potential.

That said, there is always a new crop, often made up of younger players who take their game to the next level. Here’s a look at some National League West fantasy baseball breakout candidates. 

 

Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants

Belt has been launching home runs this spring. He improved his averaged by 50 points (from .225 to .275) last year but took a step back in power. It appears he’s ready to take off in that category. 

 

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Cardinals 

Goldschmidt is coming off a solid .286/82/20/82/18 line and appears primed to do even more damage in 2013. He’s enjoyed a strong spring and figures to be among the top fantasy first basemen this year. 

 

Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B, San Diego Padres 

Gyorko will play third base until Chase Headley returns and then will likely slide to second base. He hit .328 with 24 home runs and a .968 OPS for Triple-A Tucson last year. He can rake. 

 

Sergio Romo, RP, San Francisco Giants

Romo recorded 14 saves with 63 strikeouts, a 1.79 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP in 55.1 innings. He was nearly untouchable during the postseason with a 0.84 ERA and a 0.47 WHIP. He should put up big numbers in a full season as closer. 

 

Josh Rutledge, 2B, Colorado Rockies

Rutledge hit .277/37/8/37/7 filling in for Troy Tulowitzki. He slides over to second base and should provide a solid HR/SB combination for fantasy owners. Rutledge also has shortstop eligibility, which gives some added flexibility.

 

Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers figure to have a strong lineup, which should afford Ryu plenty of opportunities to collect wins. He's had a strong spring, which is consistent with his recent success in Korea. There’s big potential here.

 

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