2011 MLB Stats: 133 games, 483 ABs, 78 runs, 31 HRs, 99 RBI, 3 SB, .244 BA, .355 OBP
Evan Longoria has quickly become one of the premier players in all of Major League Baseball. Having been drafted out of Cal-State Long Beach in 2006, Longo made a big splash in the Majors during his rookie season in 2008, batting .272 with 27 HRs, and 85 RBI in just 122 games.
Evan dealt with a myriad of injuries during the 2011 season, and even missed a little over two weeks after being put on the DL with an oblique injury. It didn't look like Longoria was ever completely healthy at any point during the season.
Most players would be ecstatic to hit 31 HRs and have 99 RBI in season, and even Evan didn't scoff at those numbers. However, the .244 batting average that the third baseman had left a lot to be desired.
However, like our man in the three spot, Longoria saw an absurd amount of bad luck when it come to balls that he put into play. While Longo's career BABIP is .301, it was only .239 during the 2011 campaign.
This could be directly attributed to Longoria's injuries, as the third baseman couldn't get entirely comfortable at the plate during the season.
This season should see a great turn-around from an already decent season. Coming into the year healthy, Longoria looks to have to his buddy Carlos Pena batting ahead of him, with a couple decent bats behind him as well. Something that the California native didn't see a lot of last season.
2012 Prediction: 156 games, 583 ABs, 103 runs, 35 HRs, 115 RBI, 9 SB, .301 BA, .377 OBP