Predicting the Over/Under on Rangers outfield projections

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Feb 25, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Ranger outfielder Carlos Gomez (1) reacts during an at bat during a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Ranger outfielder Carlos Gomez (1) reacts during an at bat during a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 5, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) bats against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) bats against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Shin-Soo Choo

  • ZiPS projection – 1.1 WAR
  • Over/Under – Over

It should be noted that ZiPS projects Choo to only play in 95 games. This is understandable given his injury history. However, spending most of his time as the DH should help limit the injuries.

If Choo does play over 95 games he will surpass his projection. However, it’s difficult to predict the value of designated hitters.

Choo only appeared in 48 games a season ago, his lowest since he debuted in 2007 and played in six games. In that short time he waled 11.9 percent of the time, which would be the third highest of his career.

A healthy season from Choo would be the huge for the Rangers lineup. His ability to get on base at an elite level mixed with some decent power, he could be a table setter at the top of the order who also has the ability to drive in runs.

Prediction – 2.0 WAR

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