If you’ve been paying attention to this blog through the years, you would know that I’m a big fan of the Bill James Baseball Handbook. And, the Bill James Baseball Handbook 2010 is due to be released at the end of next week.
Checking those out, I found it interesting to see that they have the following AB totals and BA/OBA/SLG projections for some young Yankees outfielders in 2010:
Melky Cabrera: .278/.341/.406 in 471 AB
Brett Gardner: .277/.368/.375 in 325 AB
Austin Jackson: .294/.356/.411 in 282 AB
Granted, Jackson’s major league projection is based on his minor league numbers. But, it’s fun stuff to look at these projections and wonder who the Yankees should play in center field next season: Melky, Gardner or A-Jax? Then again, with Johnny Damon being a free agent and Nick Swisher playing his way out of town this post-season, maybe all three of these players will be manning the Yankees outfield in 2010?
That’s the beauty of a book like the Bill James Handbook 2010 – lots of great stats and the like which lead to some fun thoughts, questions, debates, etc. I’m sincerely looking forward to seeing this years edition when it comes out on November 1st.