Let's just get this out of the way: for the most part I did a really bad job.
Oddly enough, the 2008 version saw me project the offense pretty accurately for a number of our guys. So naturally I was optimistic I'd do just as well this time around. Turns out I was just a flash in the pan.
|Joe Mauer Proj||142||530||176||36||4||10||82||53||.332||.422||.468||4|
|Mike Redmond Proj||43||139||40||7||0||1||7||12||.288||.322||.360||0|
Mauer - I thought I projected a good year for Joe. I need to start re-thinking what a "good year for Joe" means.
Redmond - Playing time was about right, but something fell off the table for him this year. I will always remember his triple (BELLY FLOP!), and for the last half decade you couldn't have asked for a better backup catcher. Good luck, NBP, you'll be missed.
|Justin Morneau Proj||158||600||174||38||4||29||67||87||.290||.361||.512||1|
|Alexi Casilla Proj||128||431||119||20||2||4||35||51||.276||.331||.360||15|
|Nick Punto Proj||130||429||112||21||3||1||40||64||.261||.324||.333||12|
|Brian Buscher Proj||96||306||86||15||0||7||27||45||.281||.339||.402||1|
|Matt Tolbert Proj||51||112||29||8||2||2||9||13||.259||.314||.420||8|
|Matt Macri Proj||44||101||28||5||0||3||6||17||.277||.318||.416||3|
|Brendan Harris Proj||112||381||104||25||3||7||36||90||.273||.336||.410||2|
Morneau - Injuries played a big part in his lack of production in the second half, so had he been healthy he was probably on pace for a career year. My playing time was off but I still pegged him within 6 point of OPS.
Casilla - I was really hoping for some contributions from him this year. Instead he just looked worse. 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts was great, and a big hit in game 163 was great, but going forward I have concerns about his staying power.
Punto - He walked a lot last year. My projection was based on a typical Punto-esque year, but LNP struggled big time in the first half.
Buscher - These predictions were pre-Joe Crede. They were also optimistic based off his 2008 performance.
Tolbert - Looks like I was expecting Tolbert to be Punto with a little extra power. I still think he can be that, but I definitely missed the mark here.
Macri - Too many infielders, especially after Crede came onboard.
Harris - Every other month (April, June, August), Harris had a great month. The other three...not so much. It all culminated in a big down year for Harris, his worst since becoming a role player in 2007.
|Michael Cuddyer Proj||138||511||137||26||3||15||54||69||.268||.338||.419||4|
|Carlos Gomez Proj||119||402||106||21||5||6||27||98||.264||.310||.386||27|
|Jason Kubel Proj||150||525||146||26||3||23||55||97||.278||.347||.471||0|
|Denard Span Proj||122||427||123||24||8||6||64||81||.288||.381||.424||21|
|Delmon Young Proj||121||423||126||22||2||12||29||92||.298||.343||.444||11|
Cuddyer - I really tempered my prediction after he sorely under-performed against my 2008 projection. I'm happy to have been wrong. Cuddyer's power returned, hopefully for good now that he's healthy.
Gomez - I was hoping for improveent, but we got the opposite.
Kubel - I was looking for duplication, we got improvement. Woo-hoo!
Span - Playing time was a tough one, but I still pegged Span within two points of his actual OPS.
Young - You can't be safe on all predictions and I definitely wasn't with Young. I'll still look for improvement next year, but I'll probably reign it in. Just a little.