Toronto Blue Jays 2013 ZIPS Projections – Hitters

The 2013 ZIPS projections were released for the Toronto Blue Jays a couple weeks back.  Let’s have a look today at the hitters with what projects to be our opening day lineup (if completely healthy).

2013 POS PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA 2B HR RBI SB
J.Reyes SS 613 293 343 450 339 32 12 55 34
M.Cabrera LF 641 294 339 455 337 35 16 77 15
J.Bautista RF 497 266 391 557 395 21 31 80 7
E.Encarnacion DH 529 273 357 508 366 24 28 80 8
A.Lind 1B 556 263 315 451 327 26 22 79 1
B.Lawrie 3B 573 275 332 461 343 28 19 65 15
C.Rasmus CF 588 242 311 438 317 26 23 73 6
J.P. Arencibia C 464 233 282 457 316 23 23 72 1
M.Izturis 2B 365 270 331 373 310 20 4 33 11

 We have to remind ourselves that these are only projections based on the past three years of data but on the surface if the Blue Jays did get this type of production down the line the team is going to be an offensive force.

We are going to strikeout and we will have a few batting average laggards but we are also going to hit with a ton of power almost all the way through the lineup.  The additions of Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera at the top of the order will be huge as they are both guys that do not strike out a lot and put the ball in play.

Let’s take a look at another huge upgrade from last season, our bench.  I included a few extras as well as there will undoubtedly be injuries.

2013 POS PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA 2B HR RBI SB
E.Bonifacio INF/OF 442 254 312 327 287 13 2 23 29
J.Thole C 426 261 325 352 292 21 4 36 1
R.Davis OF 461 259 302 368 298 24 5 42 38
A.Gose CF 662 237 307 358 298 23 11 54 47
M.DeRosa INF 128 242 315 358 298 6 2 14 3
D.Cooper 1B 572 257 315 403 309 35 13 65 0
M.McCoy INF 414 223 310 293 273 14 3 27 19

 Ok so no world beaters in that group but a lot of versatility, speed and professionals.  Just the very fact Omar Vizquel won’t have to take any meaningful at-bats in 2013 means it is light years ahead! 

Up next we will look at the vastly improved starting rotation and see how ZIPS feels our new mound additions RA Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buerhle should perform.

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