Rays Roster Rundown – Evan Longoria


The Rays most important player, Evan Longoria heads into his 2nd full season, having accumulated just over 1000 AB’s in his 1.75 seasons in the majors.

In both his first two years, the Longoria has been a top 20 MVP candidate.  In his rookie season, he won the Rookie of the Year Award and this past season he won the Silver Slugger and the Gold Glove for 3b.

As mentioned in opening, Longoria is the piece the franchise is truly building around.  When looking at his numbers from the first two seasons, its easy to see why.

Year G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 122 508 448 67 122 31 2 27 85 7 0 46 122 .272 .343 .531 .874
2009 157 671 584 100 164 44 0 33 113 9 0 72 140 .281 .364 .526 .889
2 Seasons 279 1179 1032 167 286 75 2 60 198 16 0 118 262 .277 .355 .528 .883
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/21/2010.

Bill James sees an upswing in every single statistical offensive category in 2010.
AB 595
H 171
1b 91
2b 42
HR 37
RBI 120
R 106
BB 73
K 134
SB 9
AVG .287

The most important improvement to me in James predictions is in the K’s department. Longoria’s one weak spot with the bat is that he swings and misses a tad to much. A small decrease in K’s should equate to the extra few RBI and HR’s that James predicts.

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