Mauro Gomez is better than you think
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/19/2013) With David Ortiz out indefinitely, the Red Sox are expected to use a mix of players in the first base/DH spot. You may want to take a closer look at Mauro Gomez. In 102 at-bats last year with the Red Sox, Gomez hit .275 with two home runs, five doubles and 17 RBI. At 28 years old, that's his only major-league experience.
But Gomez is more than a happy wanderer destined to remain in the minors. He's hit .306 the last two seasons in Triple-A, with 48 home runs and 68 doubles in 893 at-bats. And this was in the pitcher-friendly International League. Gomez was blocked in the Atlanta system by Freddie Freeman. He's blocked in Boston by Ortiz and Mike Napoli. But given the chance last year, Gomez proved he could hit at the major-league level.
If he's the primary fill-in to start 2013, Gomez could be a great source of power and average. I'm grabbing him late in AL-only leagues. And if there's any indication he will be the main replacement if Ortiz continues to battle heel pain, Gomez could work his way into 15-team mixed consideration as an early-season sleeper.