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Give us your guess on Emilio Bonifacio's 2013 season.
One of the several players that came over in the trade with the Marlins, our maybe second baseman, backup outfield, pinch-runner, etc. Emilio Bonifacio is a pretty interesting player. He sort of gives us the same things that Rajai Davis does, speed off the bench, a defensive replacement in the outfield, but he can play second and he switch-hits.
In his career, he's been better vs. left-handed pitching than right-handers. Not a huge split, .707 OPS vs. LHP, .658 vs. RHP, though last year he was the reverse of that big time, OPS .726 vs. RHP, .503 vs. LHP. The fun of small samples.
Gotta like 30 steals in 33 attempts, that's the kind of base stealing I appreciate. Maybe he could talk to Brett Lawrie about picking his spots.
Like Izturis, the trouble with predicting Emilio's stats is not knowing how mush he'll play. Bill James has him playing 153 games, which is far more than I'd expect. Bill has him with a hitting line of .275/.336/.350, 3 home runs, 33 RBI, 74 runs scored and 45 stolen bases. Apparently James sees him leading off, but that won't happen unless something bad happens to Jose Reyes.
I'm going to guess 100 games (maybe more if Gibbons likes him better than Davis as a pinch runner), .270/.340/.390, 5 home runs, 40 RBI and 55 steals. I also predict that Buck Martinez will drive us crazy mispronouncing his name.