With the constant chatter coming from some of the White Sox decision makers (read: Ozzie) calling for Tadahito Iguchi to move down in the order "to see who he really is." I thought I would take a shot at predicting what kind of numbers we can expect out of Iguchi.
It seems to me that Ozzie dislikes having actual production out of his #2 hitter, and prefers the slap-and-tickle approach from the first two batters of the game. Hence, the rampant Juan Pierre specualtion. Ozzie intends to move Iguchi down in the order not as a punishment, but "to get him more RBI opportunities." So what can we expect out of Iguchi?
Observe. There have been three big name Japanese imports the last three years. Here are their stats from their rookie campaigns.
Taking a look at Iguchi's splits, my memory may have decieved me a little bit, as I was disappointed with Iguchi's second half. Maybe I let the generally poor 50 PAs he got in the playoffs cloud my view. I would be very happy to have him repeat his second half, doubled to make a full season in '06.
In the comments section, list your 2006 projection for Iguchi. I think we should get AVG/OBP/SLG, HR, and RBI.