Ian’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 Ian Kahn:
1. Josh Johnson will benefit greatly from playing for a better team. I watched so many of his games, and he would leave with a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 7th. No pitcher in Baseball had more Quality Starts with fewer wins. After Toronto pulled off a veto-able fantasy baseball trade with Miami, they are going to win a lot of games this season. Toronto: 96 Wins, Josh Johnson: 18 wins, 215 K’s. 3.25 ERA. 1.15 Whip. If you almost sold him for 68 cents on the dollar this past off-season, you will be happier getting 90 cents after 2013.
2. Kyle Seager will a 5 category helper. .275 Avg. 78 runs. 22 HR. 80 RBI. 14 SB. Corey Seager is going to be even better some day. That second part is less bold.
3. Brandon Belt will take the next leap forward in a big way. .285 AVG. 75 Runs. 24 HR. 85 RBI. 16 SB.
4. Chris Sale will be a dominant pitcher in 2013 and will avoid injury. I still wouldn’t pursue him in a Dynasty format because he looks like he’s gonna hurt himself out there. Once he does, it will be too late to get value for him. That being said, his value will rise after he gives you 19 wins. 232 K’s. 2.82 ERA. 1.08 WHIP. Then you should probably trade him.
5. Mike Moustakas will give you a .285 AVG. 82 Runs. 31 HR. 108 RBI. 5 steals. He will become a top-60 player, and in Dynasty formats, top-40.
6. Yoenis Cespedes is Puig older. He’s the “painted ferrari”. .305 AVG. 89 Runs. 33 HR. 106 RBI. 21 SB.
7. Lorenzo Cain stays healthy all season. There, that’s bold enough. Okay, and with that health comes a .280 AVG. 79 runs. 21 HR. 88 RBI. 22 SB. Though I still feel saying stays healthy should count.
8. Yonder Alonso will be in the class of Adam LaRoche and Chris Davis next year. Strike that. Yonder Alonso will be in a class ABOVE Adam LaRoche and Chris Davis next year. .289 Avg. 75 Runs. 27 HR. 85 RBI. Valued in Dynasty Leagues next year far more than going into this year.
9. Derek Norris will take over the starting job in mid April and hold it. .265 AVG. 68 Runs. 22 HR. 76 RBI. 14 SB. Going into next year, people will be asking whether Derek Norris should be mentioned in the same breath as Jonathan Lucroy.
10. Jason Castro will step forward in a big way becoming a top 12 Dynasty catcher after 2013. .278 AVG. 64 Runs. 16 HR. 67 RBI. He will have just turned 26 at the end of the year.
11. Kyuji Fujikawa will win the National League Rookie Of The Year. 33 Saves. 85 K’s. 1.21 ERA. 0.85 WHIP. He will be the closer in 2017 when the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.