My Fearless Prediction:
Where Melky is a strong defensive player, his bat has been a bit frail. He hit .273 with 8 homeruns, and 73 RBI’s in 545 at bats last season. For 2008 I expect him to improve in both batting average and power. My best guess for Melky is that he will bat in the .300 range, with roughly 12 homeruns. He is still a very young player, and not near his peak in power hitting. That’s not to say he will make a run at Bond’s record some day, but he will certainly have more than the 7 and 8 he’s hit in the last two seasons. He will continue to flash some glove, and be the energetic player you would expect him to be.
Little Known Melky Fact:
Cabrera once received a cease and desist letter from the Mars Chocolate company after he began producing his now defunct