Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Over/Under- Chase Utley

Chase Utley has yet to play in a Spring Training game. Concerned? Not me. Manuel and Amaro's plan is to ease him into action in hopes that less wear and tear on his knee in meaningless March games leads to better health and more production in games that actually count in August and September. When healthy, Utley is a premiere second baseman. He plays excellent defense, has great base running instincts, and can hit for power. He's going to need a day off every 2 weeks, but we'll see if Fuqua plays him that way. I'm expecting a bounce back season for Chase and was tempted to project his 2012 stats even higher.

2012 Projection:
Chase Utley/2B - 139 G, .281/.846, 86 R, 25 DBL, 22 HR, 83 RBI, 12 SB.

Over or under?
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6 comments:

DRock863 said...

I think your just about right.... I was expecting .280 with about 20 hr 30 2b 85 RBI and 15 sb... I think the games played is a little high

GM-Carson said...

I wish the Phils would release Dontrelle Willis already. Another bad outing. The guy just isn't good anymore. Why the hell they signed him to a MLB contract is beyond me. His numbers over the past 4 years warrant nothing more than a minor league contract.

Anonymous said...

He's on a minor league contract...

GM-Carson said...

According to Cot's Baseball Contracts, where most people get their info on matters like this, Willis' contract is a MLB contract, not minor, for $850K.

GM-Carson said...

Ok, I just read on Phillies.com it is not a guaranteed contract. However, it does not appear to be a minor league deal either. Basically they can release him at the end of spring training and only owe him a prorated portion of the $850K.

Bob D said...

Hopefully others will outpitch Willis.

Utley is my prediction for NL comeback player of the year. His RBI's will be down as he is likely the #2 hitter to start but runs and SB should be high.