Berkman will be 35 in 2011 and has shown less than stellar line drive skills over the past few seasons. His line drive rate has slipped to between 16 and 18 percent, down from a career 19.6 percent rate.
- His games played over the past two seasons: 136 and 122. Knee, groin and ankle injuries affected him in 2010. I can’t see how playing right field everyday (supposedly) can help.
- As stated above, Berkman will attempt to play the outfield on an everyday basis. He hasn’t played any outfield spot since 2007 and that was only for 32 games. The last time he played a full season in the outfield was 2004.
- Clearly, Berkman is declining as a right-handed hitter. He hit .171 as a righty in 2010, .230 the year before. He has become far less patient from the right side as well, having seen his walk rate hover near 10 percent since 2008. In his prime, Berkman would walk somewhere between 14 and 16 percent each year from the right side.