Over/Under: Previewing the Blue Jays Infielders using ZiPS projections

The Blue Jays are expected to be good this season, really good. To preview the season I am going to go through each player’s ZiPS projection from FanGraphs, to give an idea just how good every player is expected to be this season. Then given what we have seen in the past from these players and what they have done in Spring Training I am going to guess whether I think the players will over or underperform those projections. Today will start with the infield.      

Alejandro Kirk 

Games
AVG
OBP
SLG
wOBA
wRC+
WAR

101
.259
.329
.427
.321
99
2.0

Of the projection systems at FanGraphs, ZiPS is the most optimistic in terms of playing time for Kirk and thus has the highest WAR projection. I think everyone would be thrilled if Kirk was a 2-win catcher this season, however I think he could even surpass that. Kirk can hit and he will be in the MLB this season because of his bat. He is going to hit for average, he sprays the ball around the field. He showed a good eye in the minors and I expect him to walk more than the 4.0% he did in 2020. I am going to take the over on …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

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