Well, time to start the pre-season previews of various players. Last season we did not get all done, so I am going to try to do the players we are least familiar with first and work to the players we have seen for a few years in case it happens again. If some one wants to do a player, feel free to grab them. I will be taking Gordon. I want to go pretty in-depth with him.
Melky Cabrera spent last season with the Braves after spending 3 seasons with the Yankees. He signed this off season with the Royals for $1.25 million . The signing didn't make a whole lot of sense with the Royals inking Frenchy just a few days before that, but Dayton Moore loves to hoard his outfielders. Melky comes into the season penciled in as the starting center fielder.
Here is a look back on his stats over the past 4 years:
|Melky's Career #'s
He should have a BABIP around .300 plus with his line drive percentage.
Looking at the batted ball data, his HR/FB is extremely low. He has shown very little power and I except to see quite a bit of weak fly out this season. Now here is a look at his Oliver and Marcel projections:
He looks to end up near replacement level for the upcoming season. After doing a few more outfielder previews, I think we are going to see quite a few outfielders near the same production level.