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2016 LGT Prediction Contest: Mike Napoli

What will 2016 hold for the Tribe's new man on first?

More beard on the roster is never a bad thing.
More beard on the roster is never a bad thing.
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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.

Mike Napoli

Napoli split time between Boston and Texas last year, floundering in the former and balancing things out with a rebound for the later. The final numbers still came out to be a down year him, so is there hope for a strong 2016?

Mike Napoli 2016 Prediction

Courtesy of FanGraphs

Writer's Prediction

I want to buy into Napoli and a one-year contract seems like a good recipe for that, so I will. Plus, I have soft spot for saying the projection systems are going to be wrong and should be ashamed of themselves for insulting our players!

I think somewhere around 2014's numbers, plus a little something extra feels right to me. But definitely better than what Steamer says. Don't be like Steamer.

PA: 515
HR: 21
SB: 2
AVG: .253
OBP: .359
SLG: .448

Your Turn

You can just totally make up random numbers but if you'd rather a more statistically accurate approach, you can use these calculators to help you get there:

To submit your entry, simply copy and paste the text below into a new comment and fill in your predictions!