We get all revved up for Opening Day, we get a tremendous win over a disliked division rival and then … a day off. It’s a little frustrating. So, to fill this void, let’s get around to guys who didn’t get a preseason prediction. Hopefully the fact that they’ve played 1/162 of the schedule won’t bother you too much when you see these guesses of mine.
Pete Alonso – 504 PA, .235/.320/.450, 25 HR, 75 RBIs
Jeff McNeil – 560 PA, .290/.340/.445, 15 HR, 68 RBIs
Jed Lowrie – 450 PA, .245/.330/.410, 12 HR, 45 RBIs
Amed Rosario – 575 PA, .265/.310/.395, 12 HR, 50 RBIs
Todd Frazier – 250 PA, .225/.310/.410, 10 HR, 36 RBIs
Juan Lagares – 210 PA, .250/.290/.340, 5 HR, 22 RBIs
My expectation is that McNeil will get full-time ABs, with Frazier and Lagares seeing their playing time suffer. Lowrie’s reduced time is injury related. And even 450 PA may be generous, given that we don’t know when he’ll actually return. Diaz comes very close to matching last year’s phenomenal numbers and Lugo spends the whole year in the pen and puts up great numbers as a reliever. My expectation is that Jeurys Familia will be similar, although slightly worse, than Lugo.