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2008 Community Projections: Geovany Soto

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With spring training under way, I thought it was a good time to start this series again. If you are new to BCB, each year I ask you to give your best projection -- use any method you want, from intense sabermetrics to outright guessing -- for final stats for various players. We'll do the starting eight, maybe a key reserve or two, the starting rotation, and important relievers.

Let's begin with Soto, who will be entrusted with the starting catcher job this year. Will he be able to keep up the torrid pace he set last year in the PCL? Will he be a flop? Or somewhere in between?

Pick the following categories:

AB-R-H-2B-3B-BB-SO-HR-RBI-AVG-OBA-SLG

(don't forget to match your AVG-OBA-SLG numbers with the other numbers you pick; in other words, if you pick him to have 50 walks, make sure the OBA numbers match that)

I'll start:

AB: 495
R: 62
H: 138
2B: 26
3B: 1
BB: 48
SO: 99
HR: 15
RBI: 65
AVG: .278
OBA: .343
SLG: .426

I'll leave this thread open for a few days, then I'll need a volunteer to tabulate the results (Imtrejo, are you still out there?).

Geovany Soto's career major league stats from baseball-reference.com

Geovany Soto's career minor league stats from baseball-reference.com

UPDATE [2008-2-15 17:19:59 by Al]: Projections for Soto are closed. When cwyers and Imtrejo finish compiling them, I will post the final projection here.

UPDATE [2008-2-15 19:56:46 by Al]: Courtesy of cwyers and Imtrejo, here's our final projection for Soto. This is a "weighted" average using playing time as a factor:

AB: 469
R: 62
H 132
2B: 25
3B: 1
BB: 47
SO: 95
HR: 18
RBI: 73
AVG: .281
OBP: .346
SLG: .455