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Dodgers 2016 Outfield Predictions

DODGER BASEBALL is 2 DAYS AWAY! The one thing that is still certain is the Dodgers will have a crowded outfield again in 2016. It has worked out for them in the past with injuries and it looks like it will work out for them this time as well, with Ethier on the disabled list to start the year. There is so many possibilities for the Dodgers outfield. The players that are not covered in this post will be mentioned in the post about the Dodgers back up players.


Andre Ethier (LF) - After having a bounce back year in 2015, Ethier will be the starting left fielder in 2016 once he comes back from his shin injury. Andre struggled batting against lefties last year. Scott Van Slyke will platoon with Ethier to give him more days off throughout the year and sub in for Andre when an opposing pitcher is left handed. 


2015                                               2016
        AB - 395                                        AB - 340
    R - 54                                              R - 50
       HR - 14                                           HR - 10
       RBI - 53                                          RBI -50
   SB - 2                                             SB - 1
             AVG - 0.294                                   AVG - 0.285
            OBP -  0.366                                  OBP - 0.345
               SLUG - 0.486                                 SLUG - 0.435
           OPS - 0.852                                    OPS - 0.780
    BB - 43                                           BB - 38
  K - 75                                              K - 62





Carl Crawford (OF) - When healthy, Crawford is one of the best hitters in the game. Unfortunately, Dodger fans have not had a chance to really see his skill set with how often he's been injured. With the possibility of coming off the bench for most of the year, or filling in for injuries in the outfield, Crawford may be primed for a full year of steady play. 


2015                                               2016
        AB - 181                                        AB - 225
    R - 19                                             R - 25
     HR - 4                                            HR - 6
       RBI - 54                                         RBI - 60
     SB - 10                                          SB - 10
           AVG - 0.265                                   AVG - 0.272
           OBP -  0.304                                  OBP - 0.325
             SLUG - 0.403                                 SLUG - 0.410
          OPS - 0.707                                    OPS - 0.735
   BB - 10                                           BB - 15
  K - 41                                              K - 45





Joc Pederson (CF) - After a very hot start in the 2015 campaign, Pederson was equally as bad in the second half of the season. With now having a full year under his belt, his numbers will improve this season. With having a great start in spring training, he is showing signs of improvement and fans will be able to see that for most of the year. One of the main things for Joc to improve on is lowering his strikeout totals.



2015                                               2016
       AB - 480                                        AB - 500
   R - 67                                             R - 80
     HR - 26                                            HR - 25
      RBI - 54                                         RBI - 73
 SB - 4                                             SB - 5
           AVG - 0.210                                   AVG - 0.250
           OBP -  0.346                                  OBP - 0.350
             SLUG - 0.417                                 SLUG - 0.425
          OPS - 0.763                                    OPS - 0.775
   BB - 92                                           BB - 95
  K - 170                                           K - 135







Yasiel Puig (RF) - From what it looks like, Puig is starving to prove he is the player the Dodgers called up in mid 2014. He has lost weight in the off-season and hopefully it will help him stay off the dreaded disabled list that so many Dodgers are already on. He too has had a strong spring training and is showing signs of displaying the same talent in the regular season. It should be interesting to see how Puig does in the club house and how the new manager, Dave Roberts does at keeping Puig focused.



2015                                               2016
      AB - 282                                        AB - 485
 R - 30                                             R - 75
   HR - 11                                          HR - 22
    RBI - 38                                         RBI - 76
  SB - 3                                            SB - 10
          AVG - 0.255                                  AVG - 0.293
         OBP -  0.322                                 OBP - 0.355
            SLUG - 0.436                                SLUG - 0.470
        OPS - 0.758                                   OPS - 0.825
 BB - 26                                          BB - 52
K - 66                                            K -115




What's next? Tomorrow's post will be the starting pitchers predictions. Stay tuned and only a few days left until the new season begins! GO BLUE! Follow on Twitter @BleednBlueBlog

Comments

  1. I honestly think Puig is going to hit over 300, with 30 homers.
    And Pederson will get 30 to 35 homers.

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  2. Puig hasn't hit over .300 since the first season he was called up. For that to happen he has to shrink his strike zone by not swinging at everything. I don't see that happening, but he will improve and hit in the .290's. Once he does cut down the wild swinging his home run totals will also go up, just not quite there yet.

    Same with Pederson. He will have a much better 2nd half of the season. However, it will be difficult for him to match the first half numbers from last year.

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  3. Let's talk about Pederson. He 20 in the first half. And was the fav to win the ROY. If he hits better in the second half then he did this year. He should get 30+ homeruns.

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  4. Do you think Pederson will hit 20 homeruns again in the first half of the year before the all star break? I don't personally see that happening with how bad be slumped last year in the 2nd half of the season.

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