Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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Jose Bautista‘s calling card is his power. If his 2012 season looks like the second half of 2011, Bautista owners will be in trouble. The slugger exploded for 31 homers in 299 at-bats before the trade deadline but stumbled to just 12 in 219 at-bats after. Does this have anything to do with Toronto’s Man in White? I won’t say yes or no, but the home/road splits for a number of prominent Blue Jays are pretty telling (though, admittedly, Bautista’s were pretty even last year). Third base got very deep all of a sudden, and my guess is anyone who owns Bautista will end up playing him in the outfield. Best case scenario: 2011 with a lower BA Similar players: Curtis Granderson (NYY), Mark Teixeira (NYY), Prince Fielder (DET) Worst case scenario: Mike Stanton (MIA) Strengths HR, R, RBI, OBP, home. Most people seem to overlook how good Toronto’s offense is, but they finished sixth in the league in runs scored last season and have some fearsome hitters at the core of their lineup. That mea...
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