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Seung-Hwan Oh: 2016 VEB projections

Project Oh's first year as a Major Leaguer.

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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: Seung-Hwan Oh
Oh will not be an easy one to project, with a complete lack of stateside numbers. This one will be more an exercise in scouting than most other projections. Oh does have numbers from his time in both Korea and Japan, but with a limited number of other players who have made the switch from Japan or Korea to MLB, the data is insufficient to give us a strong idea of what Oh will pitch like in the U.S. Here's some stats from last year in Japan from Baseball Reference:
IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 H/9 ERA
69 1/3 8.6 2.1 0.8 8.3 2.73
Not to many SABR-y stats here, as Baseball Reference doesn't calculate FIP or any type of league adjusted stats for the Nippon Professional League. Oh does not have a Fangraphs page or a steamer page, but here is the Cardinals' ZiPS projections, which includes Oh.

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