With the American League Bold Predictions being posted last week, it is time to go to the National League.
As with the American League post the same disclaimer holds true. I am trying to be bold while being reasonable.
The main goal here is to show players, and skills, I like and don’t like. If I project someone for 35 homers and he hits 31 – that really isn’t a loss to me. The prediction of power showed up, and if you picked him up hoping for the 35 homer power I assume you are happy with only 31.
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- Jasrado Chisholm goes 25/25 and hits .285.
Why it could happen: He has a nice power speed combination and is in the really low levels of the minors where steals are easy to come by.
Why it won’t: He might strike out too much and I am not sure he can hit 25 homers. Twenty is probably his ceiling.
- Kolby Allard has an ERA under 2.50 while striking out 10 batters per nine and spends a lot of time in AA.
Why it could happen: Allard, at just 18 years old, pitched well in A-ball last year, and could move to AA quickly if he does what I think he can with his three plus pitches and plus control.
Why it won’t: The only thing holding him back is he is still learning and he has had back issues in the past.
- Jose Albertos lights up the rookie league with a 14 K/9 and an ERA under 2.50.
Why it could happen: In his brief, extremely brief, four inning stint last year, Albertos sent the prospect people crazy with a mid to upper 90s fastball and a great changeup.
Why it won’t: They might not let him throw more than 70-80 innings and be extra careful with his arm.
- Jesse Winker comes up and puts up Stephen Piscotty type numbers, .275 with a 22 homer pace, without any fanfare.
Why it could happen: This might not be a really bold call, but I think a lot of people are forgetting about a guy who was, and still is, highly thought of among scouts.
Why it won’t: The power drop that he has had in recent years wasn’t because of the injury, it was a change in approach.
- Raimel Tapia hits .350 with 15 homers and 25 steals between the minors and majors this year.
Why it could happen: Tapia can hit minor league pitching and has proven it year after year. He will either spend a lot of the year against inferior pitching or in one of the most hitter friendly parks in baseball.
Why it won’t: Tapia has solid power, but nothing to get super excited about. For him, 15 homers might be too high.
Los Angeles Dodgers
- People will board the Willie Calhoun bandwagon with me when he hits 30 homers with a .280 average.
Why it could happen: Calhoun had some bad luck last year. A big power output came with a strikeout rate under 12 percent. I don’t expect Calhoun at his size to be a high BABIP player, but I don’t expect .244 either.
Why it won’t: He might not have 30 homer power, even though he hit 27 last year.
- Braxton Garrett has an ERA under two with 11 K/9 while taking over as the top left-handed pitching prospect in the minors.
Why it could happen: I think he has elite stuff and he was one of my favorite arms in the draft.
Why it won’t: He is so far away it is hard to become so highly regarded prospect wise. Hader might not graduate and Groome is still a step ahead right now.
- Corey Ray improves on his injury-shortened 2016 campaign and hits .280 with 15 homers and 30 steals
Why it could happen: He was one of the best all-around prospects in the draft with above average hit, power, and speed tools.
Why it won’t: He struggled a bit with his average and power last season, I would call it more of a short sample slump than something to worry about.
New York Mets
- Thomas Szapucki picks up where he left off last season and strikes out 150 batters while holding an ERA under 2.50.
Why it could happen: He has two really good pitches and is in a system that is pretty well-known for developing pitchers lately.
Why it won’t: There are some concerns about him being a starter long-term, but based on last season I would have to assume the Mets are willing to see where he can go as a starter.
- Roman Quinn steals 30 bases in the majors.
Why it could happen: His speed is no joke.
Why it won’t: He can’t stay healthy.
- Kevin Newman quietly comes up and has one of the better seasons of any rookie, hitting .320 with five homers and five steals.
Why it could happen: Newman has one of the best hit tools in the minors and the Pirates don’t have a ton in his way.
Why it won’t: It is the Pirates and they don’t like to spend money they don’t have to. Odds are he doesn’t get the call this season.
San Diego Padres
- My man crush Michael Gettys hits 20 homers and steals 40 bases with an average above .270.
Why it could happen: Gettys has great power and great speed.
Why it won’t: He strikes out a lot.
San Francisco Giants
- Sandro Fabian hits .330 with 10 homers and 10 steals.
Why it could happen: There is really interesting power speed potential here, and it doesn’t come at the expense of a terrible average or a lot of strikeouts, so far.
Why it won’t: He is so young, and the limited sample he has could just be a fluke.
St. Louis Cardinals
- Delvin Perez hits 10 homers with 40 steals in his first full season in the minors.
Why it could happen: His speed was on display last year in a limited sample and he is expected to be a steals contributor in the future.
Why it won’t: His power didn’t show up. The failed PED test will always have people wondering, until he shows he can do it without them.
- Rafael Bautista steals 70 bases while hitting .290, and gets traded as the “other guy” in a deal at the deadline that includes a better prospect.
Why it could happen: Bautista has shown his speed for a few seasons now but is blocked everywhere in the Nationals system.
Why it won’t: Easily, he just doesn’t get traded. He also might not hit as well against AAA pitching.