2011: .283/.341/.458, 16 HR, 54 RBI
Career: .269/.330/.436, 30 HR, 121 RBI
Bill James: .279/.337/.469, 17 HR, 62 RBI
ZiPS: .269/.332/.438, 17 HR, 63 RBI
RotoChamp: .274/.337/.446, 17 HR, 61 RBI
Expected Role: Starting right fielder
I’m a big believer in Brennan Boesch (alliteration!) having a very good 2012 season. Not because he’s hitting in front of Cabrera and Fielder – there’s really no proof he’s going to get more fastballs or whatnot, so don’t pretend that’s a realistic notion – but he’s just a good hitter. His season was unfortunately cut short last year due to that thumb injury, but that’s healed now and Boesch has been entrusted with a starting role, replacing Magglio Ordonez for good in right field.
Boesch isn’t a great defender, but he won’t kill anybody out there, and seeing him hit above .280 wouldn’t be a surprise to me. Look for him to score a lot of runs this year, too – I think he’ll do plenty of getting on base in front of the big guns.
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