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Nick Swisher's 2008 White Sox ZiPS Projection

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[Dan Szymborski @ BBTF]:

2008 ZiPS Projection - Nick Swisher
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              AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR RBI  BB  SO  SB    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS+  DR   
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Projection   518  96  141  31  1  31  90  86 137   2  .272  .384  .515   131    4
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Opt. (15%)   556 116  157  37  1  38 124 101 140   4  .282  .399  .556   145    8  
Pes. (15%)   475  71  106  23  0  21  74  69 144   0  .223  .325  .404    88    1
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Top Offensive Comps:  Pat Burrell, Jeff Burroughs

Swisher still doesn't make the White Sox a contender by the remotest stretch of the imagination, but at least they got a good player that will provide a boost to the team. The White Sox really need to start moving on their eventual goal of dumping Crede (wouldn't it have been nice for the team if they had done it after 2005 when Crede had by far the best year of is career and was showcased in the playoffs?) because they have their own leftfield situation to sort out. As I imply above, Swisher's not a centerfielder, but then again, Jerry Owens is not a major leaguer, so Swisher could very well end up there.

Swisher's 2008 A's ZiPS Projection: .263/.375/.483.
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