Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 10/6/13
The next player in the Mets360 preseason projection review is Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The original piece with the projections can be found here. As a group, the Mets360 staff projected the following line for Nieuwenhuis: PA – 382 AVG – .250 OBP – .320 SLG – .383 HR – 10 RBI – 42 OPS vs. LHP – .540 One of the biggest question marks for Nieuwenhuis going into the 2013 season was his ability to hit left-handed pitching. If he could do that, or at least improve to the point where he wasn’t hurting the team, it seemed feasible that he could win the starting center field job. The Mets360 staff didn’t think much of those chances, predicting he’d have an OPS of only .540 versus southpaws, though that still would have been an improvement on his .515 OPS against left-handers in 2012. Let’s see how this and the other projections went for us: PA – 108 Best – Walendin (245) Worst – Rogers (560) AVG – .189 Best – Joura (.230) Worst – Rogan (.275) OBP – .278 Best – Joura (.293) Worst – Mcwi
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