Our 2013 Cubs projections continue with a young up-and-coming first baseman, a defensive minded second baseman and a solid veteran outfielder.
2013 Age: 23 – Splits: Struggles vs LHP
2013 Projection: 596 AB, .283/.346/.488. 27 HR, 91 RBI, 86 R, 6 SB
Notes: Rizzo's ceiling will be determined by one thing: how he hits left-handed pitching. He crushes righties (.508 SLG last season), but struggles mightily against lefties (.356 SLG). Unless he shows big improvement vs. left-handed pitching, we'll have to hold back on projecting a top-tier 1B status.
Upside: .300/.365 with 30+ HRs and 100+ RBI
Downside: .265/.333 with ~20 HR and ~80 RBI
2013 Age: 27 – Splits: None
2013 Projection: 532 AB, .264/.307/.354, 5 HR, 42 RBI, 68 R, 7 SB
Notes: Not that anyone should rank fantasy players by their WAR, but Barney's perceived 2012 value was greatly exaggerated by an inflated defensive rating. Unless it's a crazy league where defensive stats count, Barney won't be relevant outside of NL-only formats.
Upside: .280/.320 with 10 HR and 10 SB
Downside: .240/.285 and becomes a part time player
2013 Age: 33 – Splits: ~.260 career vs. LHP
2013 Projection: 490 AB, .267/.343/.410, 10 HR, 72 RBI, 54 R, 6 SB
Notes: DeJesus is what he is: a good real life ballplayer with marginal fantasy value that might vary based on runs scored, a number that is, for the most part, out of his control.
Upside: .300/.380 with 15 HR and 100 R
Downside: .250/.330 with not enough R or RBI