Craig’s Eleven Bold Predictions
It’s so close to Opening Day at this point, you can almost taste the Rangers beating the heck out of the Astros. And here at The Dynasty Guru, we’re celebrating the march to Opening Day by having every contributor come up with 11 bold predictions. Yes, we know that people do this at plenty of other sites, but goddamnit it’s fun. And we’re allowed to have some fun around here.
The biggest difference between our predictions and the predictions from “those other guys”? Ours go to 11.
And since this there’s really nothing else important that can be said to set up a bold predictions piece, this seems like an appropriate to end the introduction. Here are things which will happen in the future according to Craig Goldstein:
1. Wil Myers gets called up in April despite concerns that he’d be held out past the super-two deadline. He won’t set the world on fire, but a .265/.340/.470 slash line will help the Rays in a hotly contested division race with Toronto, before ultimately settling for a wild card spot.
2. Despite a dominant Spring Training, Jackie Bradley, Jr.’s mere 61 games at Double-A show through and he struggles before being sent to the minor leagues following David Ortiz’s return to health.
3. Jurickson Profar will receive fewer than 300 at-bats this season – Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler have missed a total of 28 games over the last two years, and if that trend continues, I don’t see Profar getting enough time up in the big leagues to accrue a major number of at-bats.
4. Anthony Rendon will receive more than 300 at-bats this season – Unlike Andrus and Kinsler, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and Danny Espinosa aren’t exactly paragon’s of health. Rendon is major league ready, and can fill in at multiple positions where players who have suffered serious or lingering injuries currently play.
5. Jason Heyward puts up a .300/.400/.500 season- This one might be my biggest stretch. Heyward has come close(ish) on the OBP and SLG in separate seasons, but the batting average would need to take a big jump. He hasn’t suffered poor BABIP luck or anything either, but hey, these ARE bold predictions. I believe he has the talent and am hoping for a jump in production at age 23. Stranger things have happened.
6. My colleague Ben Carsley, and our Benevolent Dictator will come to their respective senses regarding Tyler Thornburg and Clayton Blackburn – I’ll admit, this is just hoping against hope.
7. I will finally accept that Carlos Santana will merely be an above-average catcher and not a superstar – I’ve been working on this for a while, and though my public front is to expound this exact sentiment of this bold prediction, secretly I believe he’ll be a star. I’m hoping that by mid-season I can accept his fate and begin the healing process.
8. Jarrod Parker becomes the pitcher we all thought Brett Anderson would be – I guess I should say “is” instead of “would be” for Anderson, it’s just that he can’t stay healthy. Parker was a top prospect coming up and seems to have recovered from TJ surgery just fine. Parker is a high groundball guy, but he has the stuff to put hitters away (k/9 of 9 in AAA last year – SSS aside). I always saw Anderson as an above-average K/9 guy with a low ERA, and as a #2 starter. That seems within reach for Parker.
9. Kenley Jansen saves less than 7 games in 2013 – I think he’s the best pitcher in the Dodgers bullpen when he’s right. I also think his heart arrhythmia won’t be an issue going forward. That said, Brandon League while not being particularly good, also isn’t awful. I’m also holding out hope that Mattingly or Kasten or SOMEone realizes the value of having your best reliever available outside of only the 9th inning. The short story is, I think League can pitch adequately enough to hold onto the job.
10. Michael Saunders cashes in on his sleeper hype, posting a 25/25 season – I’m not sure how many people realize that Saunders went 19/21 in only 139 games last year. If they did, this wouldn’t feel like such a bold prediction. A full slate of playing time and some minor development should put this within reach. The walls coming in at Safeco and more games against the woeful Astros won’t hurt either.
11. Jon Paul Morosi will stop trolling us with his columns
11. The flaming wreckage that has been Colby Rasmus’ career the last 18 months will smolder on, ushering in the Anthony Gose era. Gose will rise from Rasmus’ ashes, and while still raw, will produce more for fantasy owners in a partial season than Rasmus has in any full season since 2010.