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2020 Projections: Infield

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As we get closer to the 2020 season, I figured it would be fun to take a look at the projected stats for the different positions throughout our team and have everyone give their predictions and vote on whether they think the projections are high or low. I will put down Steamer predictions and use 12 their projected HR and WAR as they have it listed for a full season.

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1.) Yuli Gurriel - 1B

2019 - .298/.343/.541, 31 HR, 132 wRC+, 3.2 WAR

2020 Proj - .289/.332/.486, 11.5 HR, 116 wRC+, 0.8 WAR

Gurriel had a break out season last year but is on the wrong end of the aging curve so it will be interesting to see if his stats continue to hold/improve with additional experience in the league or if he regresses.

Poll

Will Yuli out perform his projections

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Yes
    (129 votes)
  • 9%
    No
    (22 votes)
  • 31%
    Seems about right
    (71 votes)
222 votes total Vote Now
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2. Jose Altuve - 2B

2019 - .298/.353/.550, 31 HR, 138 wRC+, 3.5 WAR

2020 Proj - .296/.361/.487, 12.5 HR, 127 wRC+ 2.15 WAR

Altuve had a “down” year by his standards, although he brought a lot more power into his game. It will be interesting to see if this is a change in his approach, and if he rebounds after recovering from his knee injury.

Poll

Will Altuve beat his projections?

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    Yes
    (191 votes)
  • 4%
    No
    (9 votes)
  • 10%
    Seems about right
    (23 votes)
223 votes total Vote Now
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3.) Carlos Correa - SS

2019 - .279/.358/.568, 21 HR, 143 wRC+, 3.4 WAR

2020 proj- .273/.359/.519, 14.5 HR, 133 wRC+, 2.75 WAR

Correa tantalizes us year after year with his potential, as a fully healthy season could put him in the running for an MVP caliber year. The challenge has been his health, including some strange injuries (I mean a broken rib from a massage?). Will this be the year he puts it all together? Maybe a shorter season benefits him more than the others with additional recovery time and less time for potential injuries? At 25, he’s barely getting to start his prime.

Poll

Does Carlos Correa beat his 2020 projections?

This poll is closed

  • 55%
    Yes
    (99 votes)
  • 15%
    No
    (27 votes)
  • 29%
    Seems about right
    (53 votes)
179 votes total Vote Now
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4.) Alex Bregman - 3B

2019 - .296/.423/.592, 41 HR, 168 wRC+, 8.5 WAR

2020 proj - .287/.396/.542, 16 HR, 150 wRC+, 3.2 WAR

Bregman had a legitimate argument for MVP last year, and although he fell just short of surpassing Mike Trout, he’s just 26 and entering his prime. Bregman seems determine to outwork anyone in his way and set the lofty goal of getting to a Bonds-esque 1.400 OPS.

Poll

Does Bregman beat his 2020 projections?

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    Yes
    (159 votes)
  • 5%
    No
    (12 votes)
  • 18%
    Seems about right
    (40 votes)
211 votes total Vote Now
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5.) Martin Maldonado - C

2019- .213/.293/.378, 12 hr, 76 wRC+, 0.8 WAR

2020 Proj - .221/.287/.375, 5 hr, 77 wRC+, 0.75 WAR

Maldonado is a defensive specialist who has never been an overwhelming threat with the bat. At 33 years old, I’m not expecting a huge turn around in his offensive performance.

Poll

Will Maldonado beat the 2020 projections?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Yes
    (30 votes)
  • 29%
    No
    (59 votes)
  • 56%
    Seems about right
    (114 votes)
203 votes total Vote Now
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6.) Garrett Stubbs - Back-up Catcher

2019 - .200/.282/.286, 0 HR, 57 wRC+ 0.0 WAR

2020 proj - .231/.302/.352, 1.5 HR, 77 wRC+, 0.2 WAR

Stubbs had 39 plate appearances last year as his first taste of the MLB, and unfortunately he didn’t exactly thrive. He’s had a roller coaster of offensive performances leaving hope but an unsure expectation for his performance going forward.

Poll

Will Stubbs out-perform the projections?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Yes
    (68 votes)
  • 22%
    No
    (42 votes)
  • 41%
    Seems about right
    (78 votes)
188 votes total Vote Now
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7.) Aledmys Diaz - Utility

2019 - .271/.356/.467, 9 HR, 119 wRC+, 1.1 WAR

2020 proj - .261/.319/.442, 3 HR, 102 wRC+, 0.25 WAR

In still one of the more underrated moves that Luhnow made, the Astros added a previous All-Star with the ability to play shortstop who packs a potent bat. Diaz is in his prime and his performance last year was somewhat limited by a re-occurring hamstring injury.

Poll

Will Diaz outperform the projections?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    Yes
    (105 votes)
  • 9%
    No
    (17 votes)
  • 34%
    Seems about right
    (65 votes)
187 votes total Vote Now