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Updated: August 26, 2010, 1:28 AM ET

Carlos Gonzalez making himself into a superstar

By Steve Berthiaume
ESPN
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Not only did Colorado match the biggest comeback in Rockies history in a stunning 12-10 win against the Braves on Wednesday, the win also completed a sweep of the National League East leaders and kept Colorado within sight of the NL wild card. And yes, it was Carlos Gonzalez who got one of the key hits.

Down 10-1 in the third inning, the Rockies chipped away until a four-run eighth inning in which Gonzalez hit a two-run, two-out single that tied the game before Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton followed with RBI singles on the way to a wild win.

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Mark J. Rebilas/US PresswireCarlos Gonzalez can do a little of everything … and he's doing though he's just 24 years old.

Gonzalez is my new favorite player to watch. I realize Albert Pujols could come just a few batting average percentage points away from winning the NL Triple Crown and that Joey Votto will get a paddleboat-load of MVP votes … but I'll take Carlos Gonzalez over both of them. I know, pass on Pujols?

I'm nuts.

Got it.

I'll still take CarGo. Here's why, and keep in mind, I'm basing this on the ol' "If you could start a team tomorrow for the next 10 years" argument:

Gonzalez is hitting .320 with 26 home runs, 84 RBIs and 20 stolen bases, so he has a decent shot at being a 30-30 guy. Here's where CarGo ranks among NL hitters: He's third in batting average, sixth in home runs, third in RBIs, third in slugging at .569, fifth in OPS at .922, seventh with 81 runs scored and 10th in stolen bases.

Pujols might win the Triple Crown, but Gonzalez is on his way to a home-field Triple Crown. With his 2-for-4 and two RBIs in the Wednesday afternoon comeback, CarGo is leading all NL hitters with a .377 home batting average, 20 home-field home runs and 54 home-field RBIs. Granted, it's Coors Field, but the numbers are what they are and the runs driven in and produced count the same as anywhere else.

All this from a guy who's still developing. Gonzalez made a terrible baserunning blunder Wednesday when he was thrown out trying to steal third base, but remember, he's still only 24 years old and putting up these kinds of numbers for a team that's clawing its way back into the NL wild-card discussion.

This year, we've seen Gonzalez make diving Web Gem catches in the outfield, hit towering home runs, steal bases and use that speed to go first to third. The kid can fly. He might be the closest thing in the game right now to a true "five-tool" player. He's in Colorado, which means he doesn't get as much publicity as he otherwise might, and gets overshadowed by the Pujolses and the even the Pandas of the NL. But you go ahead and take those guys if you want. I'll take CarGo.

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Steve Berthiaume is a host for "Baseball Tonight."

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