Carlos Beltran- # 15
32 years old (33 in April)
6'1" 205 pounds
13th Major League Season
Bats S/Throws R
The Good: Streaky switch-hitter that has been very consistent. Likes the ball up over the plate, and is more of a pull hitter as a righty. Steals bases with a very high % (88.2%). Glides to the ball and covers a lot of ground in CF (but had a bad season last year). Has a plus arm, which is also accurate. .283 career hitter, but hit .325 last year, and .354 on the road. Quietly putting together a potential Hall of Fame career.
The Bad: His knees are beginning to show his age and the wear and tear of patrolling the outfield all these years. Only played 81 games last year; had surgery this off-season and is projected to miss April (he has yet to resume any baseball activities). Has trouble with fastballs inside. Only hit 10 HRs last year, and his splits at home are significantly worse than on the road (.585 slug % on the road, .403 at home).
Projected Role: Starting CF and middle of the line up hitter when healthy. Hopeful to return by May 1.
My Projected stats: 500 At bats, 100 runs, 20 HR, 90 RBIs, 16 SB, .290/.380/.500
As a reference, Major League Center Fielders last year were: .267/.334/.413.
So Jason Bay, C Beltran, D Wright and J Reyes are all above average, and we have RF remaining.
Fans: Beltran over/under 20 HRs this year?