Viva el Birdos Community Projections 2014: Matt Adams

Ronald Martinez

A note from bgh: This is the third in an ongoing series of posts in which we are asking the VEB community for their projections of how Cardinals players will perform in 2014. The more community member projections, the merrier, so please share your 2014 forecast in the form below.

It's hard for me, personally, to get a gauge on what Matt Adams is going to do in 2014, or what his role is even going to be. Certainly, with Carlos Beltran gone to the New York Yankees, he could start. Move Allen Craig to right field, and you're looking at a potentially potent offense. But we could see Craig at first base and Taveras manning right field, or we could see Craig at first and even Jon Jay in right if Minor League Guy needs more seasoning. No matter what the configuration, it seems likely that Matheny and the rest of the staff are going to want to limit Adams' exposure to LHP, against whom he has a 61 wRC+.

Adams's performance is hard for me to decipher because I'm only really confident in his ability to hit for power. His contact percentages were a bit below league average, his swinging strike percentages were a bit above league average, and he needed a .337 BABIP to hit .284 this past season. His walk rates are also below average, so he's going to need that high BABIP to keep his OBP high enough to be an every day starter.

As usual, stats are via Fangraphs. Where do you stand on Adams' playing time and performance?

Season

Age

G

PA

HR

R

RBI

SB

CS

BABIP

AVG

OBP

SLG

wOBA

wRC+

2012

23

27

91

2

8

13

0

0

.317

.244

.286

.384

.292

83

2013

24

108

319

17

46

51

0

1

.337

.284

.335

.503

.365

136

Career


135

410

19

54

64

0

1

.332

.275

.324

.476

.349

124

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