Nick Markakis is playing in his fourth MLB season and has classified himself as being an elite option in the outfield for fantasy owners.
Markakis has had a very solid past 2 years with balanced numbers across the board. In 2007, he scored 97 runs and drove in 112 runs. Put this together with 23 homeruns, 18 steals and a .300 average, and you have not just a solid option but a super star in your ranks.
Markakis found his numbers dip slightly in 2008, with 20 home runs, 87 RBI, and 10 stolen bases, but saw a rise in the number of runs he personally scored with 106.
Expectations were extremely high for Markakis entering 2009, with many hoping he could swing for more power this season and approach the 30 home run mark in addition with a 100 run – 100 RBI line.
Markakis will run less and his power numbers should see a boost, though it is 30 HR year in 2009 may be a tad wishful thinking at this point. Through 45 games in 2009, he has 7, which is slightly under a 30 home run pace. However, his homeruns aside, Markakis is an excellent hitter and should hit for an average around .300 consistently. This combined with the large run and RBI totals make him an excellent outfielder.
As for later down the road, Markakis seems destined to improve upon his already spectacular numbers and expectations. He someday soon could be a 30 HR, 100 RBI guy that can also run the bases well. I expect we someday soon will see some hof his doubles turn into home runs. Put simply, players like Nick Markakis are hard to find.