Peer Comparison: Take a look at this:
Player A: 95 runs, 20 home runs, 68 RBI, 6 SB, .283 AVG
Player B: 81 runs, 23 home runs, 85 RBI, 2 SB, .260 AVG
Player B is the 142nd player in our countdown, Nick Swisher. Player A is Boesch…well sort of.
Boesch didn’t have an at-bat after August 24th because of a torn ligament in his thumb. Kevin Youkilis had a similar injury in 2010 and the injury did not linger into this season. That being said, it’s reasonable to expect a full season of at-bats from Boesch in 2012. The line that he was on pace for if he could have had 30 more games (he missed 32 because of the injury) in 2011 was what is listed for Player A. Swisher blew him out in only one category and Boesch blew out swisher in one category. Boesch takes two out of three of the remaining categories (runs and steals). Thus, Boesch should be picked over Swisher.
Team Outlook: Keep your fingers crossed that Detroit keeps him in the 3rd spot ahead of Miguel Cabrera. According to fangraphs in 186 AB’s in that situation he was .339/.379/.575 with 43 runs. Jason Catania predicts he could have a big year if that lineup order continues.
Projection: I have high hopes for Boesch going into 2012, he is ranked considerably higher in our list than any of the other referenced sites above. I stated before he showed improvement in all the right categories and I’m expecting that to continue.
.281 AVG, 21 HR, 78 RBI, 72 R, 5 Steals, .333 OBP, .806 OPS in 500 AB’s.