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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Giants - Signed Klesko

San Francisco Giants - Signed LF Ryan Klesko to a 1-year contract.

Hey, the Giants did something I like!  Klesko was a horribly underrated player in his prime and honestly, probably a horribly underrated player out of it.  I would guess most non-statheads would think you’re a liar if you say that Garret Anderson has had exactly 1 year in his entire career in which he was a better offensive player than Ryan Klesko is in an average season.  Unfortunately, it’s not likely that this will change and Klesko will end up being one of those players whose accolades don’t match their achievements, like Sid Gordon.

Having a major injury during your walk year isn’t usually good timing and after shoulder surgery, Klesko’s not a good bet to hit with much power - he was already losing power before he started having the problems.  The Giants have little minor league depth and refuse to use any of the minor league depth they actually have and Klesko’s no older than most of the lineup, so why not take a chance?

2007 ZiPS Projection - Ryan Klesko
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Projection   299 43   78 19 1   8 42 49 47   1 .261 .367 .411
Opt. (15%)  382 66 108 28 2 15 70 70 71   3 .283 .393 .484
Pes. (15%)  199 23   46 10 0   3 19 29 36   0 .231 .332 .327

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 21, 2006 at 06:59 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Quinton McCracken's BFF Posted: December 24, 2006 at 08:47 AM (#2268036)
Not one comment
   2. Quinton McCracken's BFF Posted: December 24, 2006 at 08:48 AM (#2268037)
Go Klesko!
   3. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: December 24, 2006 at 09:12 AM (#2268041)
I said this about Alex Gonzalez last season -- but I'll hedge my bets by making it about a player's optimistic projection: If he hits like that, I'll eat my stylish-yet-affordable boots.

You'll note that I ate no boots after last season.
   4. Kyle S Posted: December 24, 2006 at 04:07 PM (#2268072)
He was part of one of the worst trades Schuerholtz has ever made (if not the worst). So he's got that going for him.

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