Editor's Note: Two years ago, Site Manager Ben Humphrey asked readers to provide predictions for Cardinals baseball players. Last year, he renewed that request, and although Ben is in blogger retirement, we at VEB are re-renewing the request to predict how the Cardinals will do.
We will not get to every player on the 40-man roster, but we will get to most. There will not be a defined order for the players, but players most assured of playing time will go first so we can let some of Spring Training play out. We will ask for standard stats. For hitters: Plate Appearances, Home Runs, RBI (gasp!), Runs, Batting Average, On-Base Percentage, Slugging Percentage, and WAR. As trying to figure wOBA on is very difficult, we will use a rough approximation based on OBP and SLG ((1.7*OBP+SLG)/3). For pitchers: Starts, Games, Innings Pitched, K/9, BB/9, ERA, FIP, WAR, and Saves.
Next up: Jaime Garcia
Garcia began last season as more of a figment of our collective imaginations than realistic option for the Cardinals' rotation. Injuries had marred an incredibly promising career, and it looked like the Cardinals and Garcia were headed to a disappointing end to the contract extension he signed way back during the 2011 season. Garcia kept working despite all of the surgeries and helped form one of the best pitching staffs in baseball despite losing the team ace early in the season.
This is how he did last season:
The Cardinals picked up Garcia's option after last year and they have another one for 2017 if he pitches well again this season. Garcia has always pitched well when healthy so your projection for him this season is very likely based on whether you believe he will stay healthy for the Cardinals this season. His Steamer, ZiPS, and FanGraphs Depth Chart Projections can be found on his FanGraphs player page.
How will he do?
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