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300-400 ABs In 2008

A reader recently suggested we take a look at hitters who had fewer than 400 ABs in 2008.  What could these guys do with 550?  We'll start with a group of 21 interesting players who had between 300-400 ABs in 2008.

  • Franklin Gutierrez - 399 ABs.  Ms love his defense and seem primed to give him regular playing time.  If you want to get optimistic based on his last two months of '08 he could have 15/15 potential.
  • Khalil Greene - 389 ABs.  Not a huge fan but he could return to his 25 HR peak if he stays healthy in his walk year.
  • Ty Wigginton - 386 ABs.  Showed 30 HR pop this year but it was heavily ballpark-aided and Wiggy is a free agent.
  • Troy Tulowitzki - 377 ABs.  We all recall Tulo hitting 24 HR with 99 RBI as a healthy rookie.  Also ballpark-aided.
  • Juan Pierre - 375 ABs.  Still no clear path back to regular playing time, but the 60 SB potential remains.
  • Kazuo Matsui - 375 ABs.  He's never topped the 460 ABs he got as a rookie.  But, he could swipe 30 if he gets to 550.
  • J.D. Drew - 368 ABs.  Drew was definitely healthy in June, when he socked 12 HR.  His OBP focus and spotty health record doesn't play well in fantasy.
  • Blake DeWitt - 368 ABs.  A few nice months hinted at 15 HR pop.
  • Willie Harris - 367 ABs.  His '08 work extrapolates to 20/20 if he somehow finds 550 ABs in the Nats' crowded outfield.
  • Coco Crisp - 361  ABs.  Could swipe 30 bags and score 90 runs.  Keep an eye on this one.
  • Justin Upton - 356 ABs.  Kid is just 21 and already he's showing 25 HR pop.  No reason he couldn't take it to a whole new level.
  • Josh Willingham - 351 ABs.   If the cranky back holds up maybe he hits 25 HR again.
  • Denard Span - 347 ABs.  Quiet 30 SB, 100 run potential.  Another one to put on your sleeper list.
  • Howie Kendrick - 340 ABs.  If he finally stays healthy maybe you'll get the .300 AVG with 15 swipes.
  • Hideki Matsui - 337 ABs.  Yanks may be trying to trade him.  If the knee is OK, he may have another 25-100 season left in him.
  • Joe Crede - 335 ABs.   Best known for defense, but he is a high contact hitter with a 30 HR ceiling.  Move to the NL could help.
  • Chase Headley - 331 ABs.  Would need a step forward to reach 20 HRs.
  • Jody Gerut - 328 ABs.  20 HR/10 SB potential?
  • Scott Hairston - 326 ABs.  Actually flashed 30 HR potential this year, but did nothing with righthanded pitchers.
  • Adam Lind - 326 ABs.  Like Headley he would need to show progress to reach 20 HR.
  • Ryan Church - 319 ABs.  Pre-concussion, seemed headed for 20+ HR.


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