Make Your Predictions: Adam Lind

Adam Lind. - Robin Marchant

Give us your guess on Adam Lind's 2013 stats.

Oh this isn't going to be fun

I don't even know what to say. Adam is really down to his last chance to prove he ought to be part of the future of the team. You all know the history, a fairly defensively challenged outfielder, has one big year, is moved to 1B, DHes a bunch. He has flashes of good batting, but doesn't live up to that one season.

His career stats:

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2006 22 TOR 18 60 8 22 8 0 2 8 0 0 5 12 .367 .415 .600 1.015 159
2007 23 TOR 89 290 34 69 14 0 11 46 1 2 16 65 .238 .278 .400 .678 77
2008 24 TOR 88 326 48 92 16 4 9 40 2 0 16 59 .282 .316 .439 .755 101
2009 25 TOR 151 587 93 179 46 0 35 114 1 1 58 110 .305 .370 .562 .932 141
2010 26 TOR 150 569 57 135 32 3 23 72 0 0 38 144 .237 .287 .425 .712 90
2011 27 TOR 125 499 56 125 16 0 26 87 1 1 32 107 .251 .295 .439 .734 95
2012 28 TOR 93 321 28 82 14 2 11 45 0 0 29 61 .255 .314 .414 .729 96
7 Yrs 714 2652 324 704 146 9 117 412 5 4 194 558 .265 .316 .460 .776 105
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/23/2013.

Last year he hit RHP pretty well, .276/.339/.457 but didn't hit LHP at all, .202/.303/.553. I think we have seen enough to know that Lind shouldn't be batting against lefties. John Gibbons and Alex Anthopoulos disagree and tell us he is going to be allowed to hit against them again this year. How long they will go with this plan is anyone's guess. Likely it depends as much on how the team does as how Adam does.

Gibby has a history with Lind. In 2008 we started the year with Frank Thomas at DH and Shannon Stewart in LF. Thomas didn't hit and was released, Shannon, not surprisingly, spent much of the year injured. Adam Lind got called up, had 19 bad at bats (really bad, he went 1 for 19 and was cast back to the minors in favor of the two-headed Mencherson monster of Kevin Mench and Brad Wilkerson. I still have bad dreams about those two.

Gibbons was fired, Cito Gaston hired and Cito insisted on the incredibly obvious move of bringing Lind back up. The season was shot anyway and the Mencherson twins weren't going to save us. Adam finishes the season well and has the amazing 2009 season, and Cito was a genius. Then Adam became Adam.

Next year? Well, Bill James has Lind hitting .272/.329/.460 with 22 home runs in 141 games. Man, I'd be happy with that.

I'm guessing he doesn't play that much. More like 110 games, hopefully against right-handed pitching. Let's say the same sort of line, .275/.333/.450 with 15 home runs, 65 RBI.

What do you think?

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