This post is part of a series allowing the LGT community to weigh in with their predictions for projected starters and key bench players for the 2016 season. As usual, there will be two separate contests, one for hitters and one for pitchers. Following last year's scoring model, the points system will work relative to the stats - the closer to final number in each category, the more points you can earn, despite what other participants predict. You need not submit predictions for every single player in order to win, but doing so will increase your chances to win.
For position players, you'll be asked to predict each player's plate appearances (PA), home runs (HR), stolen bases (SB), batting average (AVG), on-base percentage (OBP), and slugging percentage (SLG).
Comments for each post will remain active until the night of Sunday, April 3rd, 2015.
Kip spent long stretches of 2015 being among the most valuable hitters in the American League. In the end, he turned in what was likely the best season of his career.
Since I started following the Tribe heavily four years ago, Kip has been my absolute favorite player on the team. He's one of the "grittiest" players on the team, and he can back it up with fantastic performances across the board. The computers aren't as high on Kip as I probably am this season, and I firmly believe that the computers are wrong.
If you believe that Kip can stay healthy over the course of the season (and I do) and don't buy into the "every other year" theory (and I don't), then it should be easy to put Kip ahead of most, if not all, of the projections. With that being said, here's what I have for Jason Kipnis in the 2016 season: