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- C-Brian McCann 8
- 1B-Freddie Freeman 7
- 2B-Dan Uggla 7.75
- SS-Alex Gonzalez 7.25
- 3B-Chipper Jones 7
Brian McCann (27) 479 AB’s .269 BA 63 R 21 HR 77 RBI 5 SB
McCann is one of the most consistent hitting catchers in baseball. Coming off his fourth Silver Slugger Award in his last five years, McCann has hit 20-plus home runs, and driven in 80-plus RBI’s in four of his last five seasons. I’m curious to see if he can get his batting average back over .300 again after a two-year dip. He’s had two Lasik surgeries done because of ongoing eye problems.
Freddie Freeman (21) 24 AB .167 BA 3 R 1 HR 1 RBI 0 SB
Freeman is an NL Rookie of the Year candidate at first base. He doesn’t have the pop that you would expect out of a first baseman, but he’ll hit for average; reminds me a lot of James Loney. He also has a solid glove.
Dan Uggla (31) 589 AB .287 BA 100 R 33 HR 105 RBI 4 SB
Uggla was brought over from Florida in the Infante deal. Defensive lapses in the infield cost the Braves dearly against the Giants in the NLDS. Uggla isn’t exactly the greatest infielder in the world. Talent wise, Uggla is better than Infante, but I really liked the tandem of Infante and Prado at the top of the lineup. They’re solid hitters and they get on base. They set up the rest of the batting order.
Alex Gonzalez (34) 595 AB .250 BA 74 R 23 HR 88 RBI 1 SB
Atlanta management didn’t want to wait around for Yunel Escobar to mature, so they went out and traded him for Sea Bass. Gonzalez is purely a glove man, but he can also give you some pop at the bottom of the lineup in the 7-8 slot.
Chipper Jones (38) 317 AB .265 BA 47 R 10 HR 46 RBI 5 SB
Has anyone declined quicker over recent years than Chipper Jones? After making a run at .400 for much of the 2008 season, Jones hasn’t eclipsed the .270 mark in each of his last two seasons. At 38, Jones is on his last legs.