My player projections continue around the horn with…
David Wright, 3B
Expect a big year from Wright. With visions of the Great Wall of Flushing no longer dancing in his head, there is reason to believe he will tone down his uppercut, strike out less, and hit for a higher average – like the pre-2009 David.
Considering he hit 29 home runs in 2010, before the modified walls at Citi, he should replicate or exceed that number in 2012, if (wait for it), he’s fully recovered from his back injury, and stays healthy in general.
He’ll still struggle with his throws from third base, but having Ike Davis around for a full season (if, if, if) will help absorb some of his mistakes.
The question of which team he’ll be playing for come August will follow him all season, much as it did Jose Reyes last year, but he should be strong enough to handle the talk. His contract runs until 2013 which leads many to believe he will stay a Met for the entirety of 2012.
Projection: .303, 30 HR, 102 RBI
FanGraphs: .289, 25 HR, 97 RBI
Next week: The starting outfield.