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.
Bill James sees an upswing in every single statistical offensive category in 2010.
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.