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Andy Dirks was a pleasant surprise last year. I think most fans and the Tigers brass thought Dirks was a fourth outfielder at best who'd hit about .260 and play OK defense. Dirks doesn't do any one thing exceptionally well, but he's a ballplayer, the type of blue-collar grinder every team needs.
Unless something crazy happens, Dirks will be the starter in left field for the Tigers next year. The Tigers have said they want a right-handed outfielder to platoon with Dirks, but it's probable Dirks would get all but about 40 games in left for the Tigers.
The element in Dirks' game which hasn't really shown up in the majors is his base-stealing ability. Twice in the minors Dirks stole over 20 bases. The ability to steal bases will be important, and hopefully we'll see him be more aggressive on the basepaths with him batting lower in the order.
2011: .251 BA, .296 OBP, 13 doubles, 7 HR, 5 SB, .705 OPS
2012: .322 BA, .370 OBP, 18 doubles, 8 HR, 1 SB, .857 OPS
I expect Dirks' batting average to come down a little bit, but hopefully his steals will come up as will his power. He has hit as many as 15 home runs in the minors, and that sounds like a reasonable power output for him.
2013 Projection: .300 BA, .360 OBP, 25 doubles, 12 HR, 10 SB, .850 OPS