Originally Posted by Redhook
I think the former projections are pretty good, still a little high for home runs. I just don't see him hitting 15 homers in the second of this season, or maybe ever. Or driving in 52 runs. That's really, really high. He only hit 4 homers this year in AAA in 70 games. I like the way he plays the game, but he's not going to hit many homers. Personally, I could care less how many home runs he hits as long as he gets on base alot, scores alot of runs, and plays great defense. I think he's very capable of that.
I hope so but sometimes young guys like him start to bulk up when they reach the majors. They know that you do not get paid for OBP. You get paid to hit home runs. I cannot blame them for thinking that. I think that is kind of what happened to Kearns. I think he bulked up to increase his power and he lost a step defensively.
The question is can we live with a guy like Denorfia in RF who plays great defense but may not put up the numbers Kearns did. We already replaced FeLo and his offense, even though it was down from last year, with a couple of black holes. Hopefully next year we will see Phillips move to SS and one of the two black holes gone.