Saturday, January 1, 2011
Rusty's Player Projections: Freddy Sanchez
*In every off-season, I will predict stat lines of most of the Giants for the upcoming season. These are usually determined pretty freely so don't be afraid to comment below with your own predictions.
Today we will cover Freddy Sanchez and try to predict his second full season as a Giant in 2011. A former Pittsburgh Pirate, Sanchez has never been on a winning team until joining the Giants in a deadline trade in 2009.
Now he is a world series champion in a contract year with the Giants at a peak year of 33. Freddy Sanchez is a tricky player to predict stats; he is injured so frequently, it's tough to pin point any consistent season to base my projection.
In 2009 when he was first traded to the Giants, Sanchez only played in 25 for San Francisco due to a knee and shoulder injury. Last season, he played in only 111 games, being held off the field by more injuries.
Despite his fragile body, he has found some consistency as of late by putting up a batting average hovering around .300 and by playing some good defense at second base.
Last year he put up a .292/.342/.397 stat line with 7 home runs and 47 RBI; a decent production for a second baseman. As a former All-star and batting champion, I see another solid season for Freddy Sanchez:
.296 batting average
.358 On-Base %
.395 Slugging %
9 home runs
List your Freddy Sanchez 2011 predictions in the comments below!