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Below the radar or below the ground - Enrique Gonzalez?

Alright, I know that Enrique isn't going to win the Cy Young award like his teammate did last year.  But I was reminded of how "under the radar" this guy seems to be, when reading that diary asking for rankings of 12 pitchers.  And I wouldn't touch him in roto, but then again, I would hesitate to utilize any pitcher who didn't get as much sink on their pitches as possible in Arizona.  

Consider these EqPECOTAs:

Matt Garza, 2007: 8.5 H9, 3.1 W9, 6.7 K9, 1.1 HR9, 2.6 WXRL in 150 IP.
Enrique Gonzalez, 07: 9.1 H9, 2.8 W9, 5.3 K9, 1.0 HR9, 2.6 WXRL in 156 IP.
Jeremy Sowers, 2007: 10.0 H9, 2.7 W9, 4.2 K9, 1.1 HR9, 2.5 WXRL in 165 IP.

I'm not trying to dis Garza or Sowers, either... most of the pitchers on that other list are in this range of WXRL, although most are higher than 2.5/150 IP.  I'm mainly wondering what people think of Gonzalez's future.  Is he one of those guys who will struggle to be a 5th starter for a few years before washing out?  Will he be a "solid" 5th starter (whatever that is)?  Will he be a reasonable 4th starter for a few years?  Can he aspire to anything more than that?  Or, maybe, he'll end up in the pen? (He is, after all, less than 6' tall).  Thoughts?

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