Projections From Those Smarter Than I: Left Field
By Matt Adams
In a very limited sample, Alejandro De Aza hit .329/.400/.520 in 2011, heavily aided by a BABIP over .400. Obviously we aren’t going to see that sort of production over the course of a full season but Alejandro will get his chance to show us and hopefully he puts up a respectable line, if not one more indicative of his talent. As I’ve stated plenty before, I’d prefer he put up whatever line he chooses while playing CF but that’s not his call so until Ventura decides that Alex Rios is no longer the White Sox centerfielder we’ll be seeing De Aza in left for the most part.Alejandro De Aza
This is encouraging. James doesn’t see De Aza getting a full year of playing time, though it doesn’t seem to be rooted in poor performance. As far as rate stats, though, we have a pretty consistent outlook across the board. Corner outfield-wise, that’s not necessarily the type of production we like to see with so little power but it’s productive, and a nice touch above what we got out of Juan Pierre. I questioned De Aza’s ability to stay in a lineup all year and produce much of anything. Knowing that folks that are smarter than me disagree, well that makes me feel good.