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Lopez Returning to Redbirds
Ethan Wagner, FantasyJuice.com

Coming off a strong 2009 campaign, Felipe Lopez has finally found a home for 2010 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Splitting time between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers, Lopez complemented his strong .310 AVG with a line of 88-9-57-6 (R-HR-RBI-SB). These numbers, combined with multiple position eligibility made him a solid fantasy asset.

Lopez has staked out an odd career path, but his numbers have stabilized well enough over the last year and a half, allowing us to confidently predict similar production in 2010 if he can carve out regular playing time.

His elevated BABIP (.358) and line drive percentage (22% vs. career 20%) portend a dip in batting average, but even a drop to the .280-.290 range would be acceptable alongside counting stat totals approaching 2009 levels.

Between injuries and inexperience in the St. Louis infield, Lopez should be able to find enough at-bats to once again be a versatile fantasy option capable of contributing at several shallow positions.


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