- ZiPS projection – 2.4 WAR
- Over/Under – Push
Fresh off a six-year contract extension and an impressive performance in the World Baseball Classic, Rougned Odor heads into 2017 hoping to continue to build on whats been an impressive start to his career.
Early on in his career, Odor is showing a player profile eerily similar to former All-Star Alfonso Soriano. In Soriano’s third full season he hit 38 home runs, had an ISO rating of .235, only walked in 5.2 percent of his plate appearances and had a -4.7 UZR at second base.
In Odor’s third full season he hit 33 home runs, had an ISO rating of .231, only walked three percent of the time and had a UZR of -12.8 at second base. Soriano was a better defender than Odor and was also an elite base stealer, but the similarities are there.
If Odor’s WBC performance is a sign of things to come, it appears the second baseman will have a similar season to 2016. If he can improve his plate discipline and his porous defense, Odor has superstar potential.
Prediction – 2.4 WAR