Originally written November 05, 2012 on Baseball Professor:
Another week, another position. Today we start tackling those big ol’ mashing first basemen by looking at five things that surprised us in the 2012 season. 1. Edwin Encarnacion sees the plate 644 times Before 2012, Encarnacion averaged just 474 plate appearances in his six pro seasons and never topped 582 thanks mostly to his inability to stay healthy for an entire 162-game season. This is why his 644 PAs in 2012 were the real surprise and not his .280 average, 93 runs, 42 home runs, 110 RBI and 13 steals. He’s a top-20 player if guaranteed 600+ PAs, but that’s just not something you can ever guarantee. 2. Chris Davis has a starting job keeps a starting job hits 30 home runs has a fantasy relevant season There were many surprising facets of Davis’ 2012 season, but the fact that he was simply a solid starter takes the cake. He didn’t abandon his free-swinging ways (30.1 K%, 6.6 BB%), but when he made contact he made it count with a 23.2 LD% and 25.5% HR/FB. Sadly, these stats make a ...
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