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Fantasy Baseball Profile: What to Make of James Loney?

You know he can hit for average. He has a .295 career average, topping out at .331 in 2007.

You know he can drive in runners. He has 90 RBI in each of his past two seasons.

A near .300 hitter capable of 90 RBI who will turn 26 this year—so why isn’t James Loney among my top 20 fantasy first basemen (click to see the list)?

Because he has just 45 HRs in 1,617 ABs.

He hits a HR once every 36 ABs, or roughly once every nine games. That sounds like something a middle infielder would do. It’s not like he’s even banging out a bunch of extra-base hits to make up for it. His OPS numbers the past two years have been .772 and .756.

If he were making up for his lack of power with a .310-plus...

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