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Minimum Expectations for Pedro?

After a poor start, Pedro is starting to hit. Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke has a nice piece on Pedro’s slow starts (http://whygavs.com/pittsburgh-pirates/april-2012/pedro-alvarezs-weird-start.html)

As the season moves along we will find out which is the real Pedro. But the question I want to pose is "What is the minimum Pedro needs to do this year for him to remain a starter in 2013?"

Some references to go by using possible (hopefully!) similar hitters: Willie Stargell, Barry Bonds, Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder, Jason Heyward. I am looking at how well these players did in their 2nd year because given Pedro’s injury last year, I consider him in his 2nd year. Note Pedro is 25 years old.

BA/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+

Willie Stargell (Age 24): .273 .304 .501 .805 124

Barry Bonds (Age 22): .261 .329 .492 .821 114

Ryan Howard (Age 26): .313 .425 .659 1.084 167

Prince Fielder (Age 23): .288 .395 .618 1.013 157

Jason Heyward (Age 21): .227 .319 .389 .708 94

IMHO, if Pedro matched his 2010 line of .256 .326 .461 .788 112, I would consider that good enough for him to keep his job.

Your opinions?



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