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Ben Paulsen 2014 Outlook

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Pretty fantastic start to his career so far. How much staying power does Paulsen have this year?

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He put up solid power numbers in the minors his whole career. He's worth taking a shot on for the short team, but once Morneau comes back there won't be a spot for him so I'd assume he goes back to the minors then.

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his name is Ben Paulsen

his name is Ben Paulsen

His name is Ben Paulsen

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His Name is Ben Paulsen

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For the record, on Ben Paulsen:

BA did not list him as a top 30 Rockies prospect, he seemingly made a massive improvement from 2012 to 2013, and some more from 2013 to 2014. Here's a few numbers:

(2012 is in AA, 2013 and 2014 are in AAA)

BB%:

2013: 7.4%

2014: 12.3%

ISO:

2012: .144

2013: .231

2014: .233

BA:

2012: .255

2013: .292

2014: .291

SLG:

2012: .399

2013: .523

2014: .524

Now, part of this would be due to the ++Park that the AAA Colorado team has, but then again he'll get to play at Coors. Very interesting to wonder what caused his massive improvement (this is a prospect I've heard about for the first time today so I have nothing but numbers). Something seems to me like BA didn't raise him on any boards because they felt his 2013 was a fluke, but he had 2014 numbers that were consistent with his 2013, only with a better walk rate.

His latest AAA numbers seem to suggest he's going to strike out (23.5% K%) which will probably drop his average to a .260-.270 range, but his BB% tool is very interesting to see if he could become a +OBP hitter. As far as his slugging, he's never profiled as the .500+ guy but somehow did it in 2013 and 2014, so it'll be interesting to see if he is just a flash in the pan or a hitter who has improved greatly.

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Of course he isn't on any prospect list. He's a 26 year old 1B prospect. He has ZERO projectablity, both position wise, and production wise... Age and Position are huge factors in any prospect list. For Dynasty. I love taking chances on guys like these. Since 1B guys always fall under the radar. Yet the hitting potential you want..

All it means he has zero growth potential. He is who is. Adjust for the higher competition level. Going K more and BB less than he did in AAA. Hopefully his power carries over. Coors is best chance for him to be decent..

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