by Ryan Dodson
on February 11, 2009 @ 01:00:00
Abreu will probably play left field and hit in the heart of an Angels lineup that features outfielders Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter. Guerrero and Hunter are right-handed hitters, and the left-handed hitting Abreu could slide between them in the cleanup hole. However, Abreu is essentially a career three-hole hitter and will probably remain in a similar role. When Guerrero serves as designated hitter, Abreu could shift to right field.
Abreu has driven in 100 runs or more each of the last five seasons. His power hasn't been great the last two years, with 16 and 20 home runs, respectively. However, he stole 22 bases last year, and he enters an offense with an aggressive mentality on the bases. Keep in mind that his efficiency in that department has declined, likely because his speed has.
Guerrero's and Hunter's outlooks improve a little. Abreu won't provide as much protection as departed New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, but his run production and 79 doubles the past two seasons aren't substandard. With Abreu on the downswing, at the age of 35 when the season kicks off, look for him to be a midrange No. 2 outfielder you can grab in the range of Rounds 5 through 7.
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Dodson is a KFFL Contributor and has been with KFFL since 2002.
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