Yoenis Cespedes. - Kevork Djansezian
Kevin Nielsen continues the theme of the week here at Fake Teams with a bold prediction for one player on each MLB team.
Some of these are bolder than others but I think they are all possible. Here are my 30 bold predictions and possibilities for 2013:
Travis Hafner will hit at least 25 HR. Roughly 75% of those HR will be hit at Yankee Stadium.
Nate McLouth will have at least 40 HR/SB (combined).
Jeff Niemann will finally pitch at least 200 innings. He might be traded but he will have at least 15 Wins with an ERA/WHIP of 3.5/1.25 or less.
Rick Porcello won’t take the major step forward many are predicting. He will post another 4+ ERA.
Addison Reed will lower his ERA by two full runs.
Salvador Perez will hit .300+ with 20+ HR and 85+ RBI. He will be the most valuable catcher for 5x5 standard scoring leagues.
Trevor Bauer will win 12+ games with an ERA/WHIP of 3.25/1.25 or less. He’ll be the most valuable Indians SP for 5x5 standard scoring leagues.
Glen Perkins will have a fantastic season as the Twins closer. He will have 35+ saves with similar overall statistics to last season. He has been and will continue to be underrated in many drafts because the Twins aren’t a very good team and he doesn’t have an extensive history of closing.
Lance Berkman will hit .280+ with 25+ HR and 90+ RBI.
Josh Hamilton will hit .270 or less with 25 HR or less.
Michael Morse will hit .300+ with 30+ HR and 100+ RBI.
Erik Bedard wins 10 games with an ERA/WHIP under 4/1.35
Ian Desmond will hit .270 or less with 12 HR or less.
Mike Minor will win 15+ games with an ERA/WHIP of 3.5/1.25 or less and 175+ K.
Ryan Howard will hit .235 or less with 23 HR or less.
Bobby Parnell will have 35+ saves and will continue to have great peripherals.
Juan Pierre will steal 50+ bases.
Shin-Soo Choo will have a 25/25 season from the leadoff spot.
Adam Wainwright lowers his ERA by a full run. His sub-3 ERA helps him record 20 Wins for the 2nd time in his career.
John Axford leads the league in saves while posting an ERA/WHIP under 3/1.25 and 100 strikeouts.
Russell Martin, as many are predicting, will hit .250 or less. He’ll also hit 10 or less HR.
Kyuji Fujikawa will lead the Cubs with 23 saves and a very respectable ERA/WHIP.
The year of the Panda: Pablo Sandoval will put it all together like he did in 2009. He’ll hit .300+ with 25+ HR and 90+ RBI.
Dee Gordon will be called up in early May and have 45+ SB the rest of the way.
Adam Eaton will hit .300+ with 12+ HR and 35+ SB.
Jedd Gyorko will hit .280+ with 20+ HR and 80+ RBI.
Nolan Arenado will hit .290+ with 15+ HR after being called up on June 1st. Increase that HR total if he begins the year in MLB.