A long time ago in a country far, far away....
Strangely enough, I never did revise these after we picked up Carlos Gomez. At any rate, I thought it'd be interesting to take a quick look to see how optimistic-slash-pessimistic I was back in January.
After the jump, we get to it...
Mauer: Clearly I was optimistic with homer totals and stolen bases, but to be fair I wasn't optimistic enough about walks and strikeouts. That's just incredible.
Redmond: Projected within 28 OPS points, and I'm calling that batting average a push.
Also: I had predicted a line for Jose Morales as well, but we all know that didn't happen.
Buscher: He just hit a lot more singles than I thought he would.
Casilla: Wow, he really tailed off at the end of the year. Here's something interesting--after coming back off the disabled list in August, he hit just .225/.304/.289 in 142 at-bats, with 20 strikeouts and 15 walks. Was there something truly different about him after the set-back, or was it just the weight of a longer season settling in?
Everett: Did anyone see this miserable year coming, injuries and all? Oh well, I still lose this one.
Harris: He got more playing time than I thought he would, but he's still projected within 5 OPS points. I'm happy with that.
Lamb: Two former Astros...two cursed former Astros.
Morneau: A great year all around; not quite the homer totals, but he made up for it with all those doubles, as well as the increase in walks. Great year.
Punto: I expected something more middling than what he did, but I'm not complaining. He had a decent year.
Also: Follow the link at the start of this post, I did projections for Matt Tolbert and Matt Macri as well...but their numbers were pretty small on that list.
Cuddyer: Even if he'd been healthy, this was one of my more optimistic predictions. Next year's will be tempered quite a bit.
Kubel: He had pretty much the same year he had last year; in 2007 he hit .273/.335/.450. The total bases went up, as did walk and strikeout rates. A good year for him, though.
Monroe: My all-or-nothing prediction was accurate, but the "all" didn't come often enough...either that, or the Twins weren't as patient with him as I expected them to be. Ciao, dude.
Span: I didn't see this coming. I just didn't. He should be the leadoff hitter going forward until he loses the job.
Young: Everything was pretty right on target here...except he hit half the bombs I was looking for, and the doubles weren't quite up to scratch, either. I hope he's around next year, because I'd like to see him grow.
Also: Garrett Jones, Jason Pridie and Darnell McDonald have projections too, but aren't worth more than a brief mention.