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  1. I think you are bat shit crazy with that Ryan Raburn prediction. Top 10 2b in directly assisting in the result of the opposing team scoring more runs, yes. Definitely then.

    Offensively? Inge might have a better chance at that bold prediction…but hey, that’s why its bold.

    Comment by hayes1pf — March 1, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  2. I’ll take the under on 2.5 of these coming true – El Hombre and maybe Carp.

    Comment by Eric — March 1, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

  3. these are some bold predictions. way to go.

    heres mine: lucas duda will have an OPS over 900.

    the nats will have a better record than the marlins.

    TB will outdo both the NYY and REDSOX

    ubaldo will not strike out 160 or have an era south of 4.25

    matt kemp will be .315 and 44/38.

    chris parmelee will knock out 18 tatters.

    Comment by honk-e — March 1, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

  4. I agree with you on CJ Wilson, though I think it would be bold to say he WON’T be the ace of that staff… he’s easily a top 15 starter, I have him at #11 overall

    Comment by Dave — March 1, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

  5. raburn has a rep as a second half player, but last year at least there’s a reason for that: he broke his finger in early may and kept playing anyway. at first he didn’t even know it was broken. by the time they figured it out the bone had already set so they just rolled with it. it was never publicized until this spring because we are manly men who play through pain and don’t make excuses. but, he was hilariously abysmal in may (.113/.141.129) and then merely not very good in june (.229/.257/.400), and it doesn’t seem like a stretch to make the connection.

    then after the break he hit .341/.393/.574. that was only 129 AB, but still.

    i have him on all my teams.

    Comment by wily mo — March 1, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

  6. Like the Ike Davis pick. NO on Morneau.

    Comment by Dave S — March 1, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

  7. Morneau choice is bold though… and you’d get him dirt cheap… so, you’d make a nice profit. Just don’t see it happening though.

    Comment by Dave S — March 1, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

  8. You project Prince at 30 or under home runs because of stiff competition but you peg his teammate Ryan Raburn at over 20? You sir, are crazy.

    I bet Prince hits double the HR’s Raburn hits this year.

    Comment by Brofessor. — March 1, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

  9. Chad, I’m not sure why I chose yours to comment on, but I cannot express my love for this series enough. Even if some of the predictions are crazy, it’s a great way to really gauge the feel around rotographs about certain players. It’s a lot more interesting than a list of “Guys I Like This Year” and “Guys That I Don’t.”

    PS: I chose yours because I have the sneakiest feeling about Davis this year. So, Davis vs. Belt – Dynasty League. Assuming equal price and infinite term, who do you take?

    Comment by Kris — March 1, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

  10. I’m on the Davis kool-aid, but I think Belt will be better in a dynasty league. Davis will be way better this year, though.

    Comment by Chad — March 2, 2012 @ 12:01 am

  11. Prince is changing competition, Raburn is not. Prince is also changing parks, and Raburn is not. Granted, this are BOLD predictions for a reason, but rationale for Prince’s fall off does not apply to Raburn.

    Comment by Chad Young — March 2, 2012 @ 12:04 am

  12. I love Davis, but as long as Belt has OF eligibility, I think he has to have a leg up. Of course, if my projection of Ike as a top 5 HR hitter comes true, Ike will certainly be more valuable this year. I’d expect Ike to put up better stats, but Belt to be more valuable as long as he has OF eligibility.

    Comment by Chad Young — March 2, 2012 @ 12:05 am

  13. super bold! why dont we all just pick the favorites

    Comment by tedescomatt — March 2, 2012 @ 3:27 am

  14. with mauer and morneau the twins have 2 guys that can straight out hit and neither are that old but if i was paying them both i would insist on a 1st base DH split from them this year

    Comment by tedescomatt — March 2, 2012 @ 3:33 am

  15. davis was well on his way last year so unless his injury problems are going to persist long term i would take davis who could probably be had cheap this year

    Comment by tedescomatt — March 2, 2012 @ 3:38 am

  16. These were by far the worst predictions

    Comment by TimmyT — March 3, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

  17. Looking at the big contracts signed by hitters in the last couple of years, really only Adrian Gonzalez had the only big success in his first year moving to a new league, and he didn’t even hit 30+ HR last year(27). I like Prince underperforming a little this year also. He has had two distinct off-years in his short career already.

    Comment by bstar — March 4, 2012 @ 4:12 am

  18. Love Ike Davis this year. 35+ bombs. Move the fences in further in 2013.

    Comment by Koob — March 13, 2012 @ 12:16 am

  19. You missed real badly on most of these

    Comment by Justin — June 5, 2012 @ 10:36 am

  20. I would go back and re-title this, “Ten things that will definitely not happen in 2012.” Actually, the Fielder one still seems pretty good, so make that nine.

    Comment by smb — June 5, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

  21. What a disaster.. LOL.. Reminder to self.. Don’t listen to Chad Young next year for draft prep.

    Comment by Josh — June 24, 2012 @ 2:33 am

  22. Worst disaster – Chad’s predictions or the Titanic?

    Comment by Lou — June 24, 2012 @ 11:59 am

  23. i guess in fairness he got 3 right, but the ones that are wrong are so wrong. but i do give credit for their boldness.

    Comment by johnny douglas — July 12, 2012 @ 1:07 am

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