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Weeks is a versatile piece of the Brewers lineup, bringing intensity, immense power and speed to the basepaths.
You've got to love Rickie Weeks for going all out, pedal-to-the-metal every play. Playing with extraordinary spark can often ignite the players around you to perform at a higher level.
That said, many fans get frustrated by Weeks' injury history.
From the persistent wrist injuries Weeks seemed to get earlier in his career due to having such a high-torque swing, to last year's twisted ankle on a hard-fought attempt to beat the throw at first base, Weeks has missed a lot of time over the years.
I have little doubt in my mind that a full season of Weeks could mean he's the National League MVP. He is one of two second basemen (fellow Central Division foe Brandon Phillips of the Reds being the other) who can offer such immense offensive output.
The tough question is, can we expect Weeks to be healthy all year? My projection assumes we should go with past history to a degree, while also hoping for an overall healthy year (hence the 140 games played in the projection).
Weeks' style may result in a few short stints where he needs to recover, which will have an impact on the team's offensive production. The guy is on the cusp of being known as one of the best hitters in the majors, and this will be the year to show it's for real year-round.
|Rickie Weeks || GP ||AB |
| 3B ||HR |
|2011 Results |
| 118 ||453 |
| 77 ||122 |
| 2 || 20 || 49 || 50 || 107 ||9 |
|2012 FanGraphs Projection |
| 85 || 145 || 29 ||3 |
| 85 || 60 || 128 || 12 ||.271 |
| .359 || .465 ||.825
|2012 My prediction |
| 160 ||33 |
| .288 |
| .362 || .610 || .972
As for Corey Hart, the man has achieved multiple seasons, proving he's capable of above-average (and at times, spectacular) offensive numbers. But Hart may epitomize the definition of a streaky hitter.
Hart has been atop MLB home run totals, at one point making him seem like a rising star with an incredible ceiling. At other times, Hart has been in slumps and forced to a platoon role.
My take: Hart is an emotional player. He's not approaching the game with a Ted Williams-like scientific mentality, nor is he a slouch unwilling to try to improve. He has to play with heart (pardon the pun) and fire, much like a lot of this Brewers roster, resulting in times of bounty alongside times of frustration.
That said, this is the year for Hart to show the world he can put his great offensive skill set to consistent use and become known as a premier player in the league.
|Corey Hart ||GP ||AB ||R ||H ||2B ||3B ||HR ||RBI ||BB ||SO ||SB ||AVG ||OBP ||SLG ||OPS
|2011 Results ||130 ||492 ||80 ||140 ||25 ||4 ||26 ||63 ||51 ||114 ||7 ||.285 ||.356 ||.510 ||.866
|2012 FanGraphs Projection ||140 ||559 ||82 ||156 ||29 ||4 ||27 ||92 ||52 ||124 ||7 ||.279 ||.344 ||.490 ||.834
|2012 My Prediction ||153 ||610 ||84 ||170 ||38 ||6 ||32 ||100 ||52 ||118 ||20 ||.279 || .334 || .518 || .852