Have a Little Faith: Endy Chavez a Potential .300 Hitter
Yes, I know that Endy Chavez batted .267 last season. But Let me teach you something: If you look at Chavez's June, July and August, he batted around .295. In fact, during July he batted .310.
Endy Chavez wasn't hired as an offensive replacement, but he does post a nice average. His defense is among the best in the league, but his power is just not there. In an outfield of Ichiro Suzuki, Franklin Gutierrez, and Endy Chavez, you better believe that next to no fly balls will fall on that grass uncaught.
In June and July, Chavez's on base percentage was above league average; .338 in June and then .368 in July. In August his OBP wasn't that high but his slugging percentage was .429.
Chavez has always been a player with great defense, average, and speed. That is what the Mariners got in the deal that sent JJ Putz to the Mets. The last time Chavez had 300 at bats he hit .306 so expect him to be improving.
Here is my prediction for Endy Chavez: .304 batting average, two home runs, 16 stolen bases and an OBP of .336. Reasonable goals for Chavez.
The Mariners now have just one more member to the potential .300 batting average club.
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