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Pablo Sandoval vs. Kyle Seager
The inconsistency of Sandoval is frustrating. He was a monster in 2009 -- his first full major league season -- hitting .330 with a .943 OPS, 25 home runs, and 90 RBI. But that production could not be matched in 2010 as he wound up finishing the year with a .268 batting average, 13 homers and a .732 OPS. A resurgent 2011 had his dynasty owners dreaming big again, but 2012 and 2013 were both letdowns. Now we’ve reached the 2014 campaign -- a contract year for the 27-year-old Venezuelan third baseman. Can he reach another peak before putting himself on the market for the first time? Seems plenty capable to me. Sandoval showed up to Giants camp this spring with a freshly-toned physique and there have been multiple stories written about the changes he’s made to his lifestyle, especially with regards to his daily eating habits. Seager is a nice hitter coming off back-to-back 20-homer seasons, but Sandoval’s offensive upside is much, much higher. Let’s see what an in-shape and motivated “Kung Fu Panda” can do. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)
Seager's breakthrough didn't really materialize last year because of a two-month slump at the end (he hit .174/.283/.277 in his final 53 games). That left him with a .260 average once again. In 2011, he came in at .258 in 182 at-bats as a rookie. In 2012, he finished at .259. Seager, though, should do better than that. He's been good for 30 doubles and 20 homers in each of his two full seasons, so the power is legitimate. His strikeout rate is below the league average. His line-drive rates have been solid. There's no reason he can't hit .280+ for a full season. Last year, he was at .300 through 420 at-bats before slump. Now Seager gets to hit second ahead of Robinson Cano in Seattle, and while lineup protection is a myth, that will at least mean more runs scored than ever before. Even if he's just his usual self, the improved Seattle lineup will ensure that he's a top-10 third baseman. More likely is that he improves at least a bit in his age-26 season. – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)
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