While there are others on this current team who have been in the organization longer, Andre Ethier is the leader in the house with 1003 games played since 2006. While several players have played 1000+ games in that time period only 8 have done it for one team and of those 8, only 5 have remained with one franchise. The 8 players who have played 1000+ games for one team since 2006 are Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Paul Konerko, Brandon Phillips, Michael Young, Nick Markakis, David Wright and Ethier. Both Konerko and Phillips played for other organizations prior to 2006 and Michael Young has moved on to Philadelphia after his long career in Texas.
The last Dodger to start his MLB career as a Dodger and to play over 1000 games for the team was Adrian Beltre and before that, Eric Karros.
Ethier now has over 1100 plate appearances against left-handed pitching. He has this line .238/.296/.352 with 238 strikeouts and 19 home runs. His real issue is on the road against left handed pitching, in his career, in 537 plate appearances, he is hitting .198/.259/.286 with 4 home runs, 122 strikeouts and 35 walks. At home, he's doing better at .275/.331/.414 with 15 home runs, 116 strikeouts and 34 walks.
Ethier, who had a two year stretch from 2008 - 2010 of getting 10 walkoff hits in 15 opportunities, hasn't had a walkoff hit since then, he did have a walkoff walk in 2012.
Ethier will likely face Matt Cain on Opening Day, he has 64 plate appearances against him (the most of against any pitcher in his career) and has gone .456/.484/.596. For Cain, Ethier is second to teammate Adrian Gonzalez, in plate appearances against.
Ethier who was in his contract year, signed a 5-year extension last June. Andre will make $13.5M in 2013.
Previous Player Profiles
2012 - Return to power
2011 - Looking to rebound
2010 - It's a walkoff
|2013 Projections - Age 31 Season|
For Andre, I'll say .290/.355/.455 with 18 home runs, 82 runs and 75 RBI.
What is your guess for Ethier in 2013? Be sure to guess BA/OBP/SLG, number of home runs, and anything else you wish to guess.