Thursday, January 17, 2013

2013 Bill James Projections - Jonny Gomes

2011: 120 games, .209 BA, .325 OBP, .389 SLG, 14 HR, 43 RBI
2012 projection: 120 games, .240 BA, .333 OBP, .439 SLG, 16 HR, 53 RBI
2012: 99 games, .262 BA, .377 OBP, .491 SLG, 18 HR, 47 RBI
2013 projection: 113 games, .236 BA, .337 OBP, .441 SLG, 16 HR, 49 RBI

Jonny Gomes was one of the first signings the Red Sox made this offseason, as he became an official member of the team on November 21, just three weeks after the World Series ended.  Gomes has been remarkably consistant throughout his career, and while his numbers aren't exactly eye-popping for a corner outfielder, predictability is something the Red Sox could most definitely use.

Gomes isn't a terribly impressive defensive left fielder, but he should be able to patrol the small area in front of the Green Monster with less worry. Though he spent a lot of time last season as a designated hitter in Oakland, Gomes has also played all three outfield positions in his career.

It remains to be seen whether Gomes will take on the bulk of playing time in left field, or if there will be a platoon including him, Daniel Nava, and/or Ryan Kalish. Whatever the case, hopefully left field is less plagued by injuries in 2013 than it has been in recent years.

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