Jason Bay - #44
31 years old (32 in September)
6'2", 205 pounds
8th Major League Season
Bats R/Throws R
The Good: Very consistent performer, and outside of 2007 (when he was playing on 2 bad knees), he has never slugged less than .522. Hit 36 HRs last year, and is a smart base runner (89% Career Stolen Base Percentage). He is a very streaky and dangerous bat, as well as a pull hitter. He is a patient hitter and had 94 walks last year. Has had an on-base % over .370 the past 2 years.
The Bad: He strikes out a lot (162 strikeouts last year), and is a below-average left fielder that will not be getting much better over the duration of his contract. He is very streaky (hit only 1 HR last July and hit under .200).
Role: Starting Left-fielder for the next 4 years (signed 4 year, 66 million dollar contract this off-season).
My Projected stats: 650 at bats, 98 runs, 32 HRs, 100 RBIs, 10 SB, .270/.370/.525.
As a reference, Major League Left Fielders stats last year were: .269/.341/..441
So he joins D Wright and J Reyes as above average position players so far for the Mets, with C Beltran and J Francoeur previews still to come.
Fans: Will he hit over/under 30 HRs this season?