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Andre exploded after July 31st putting up a .991 OPS in the 2nd half. On July 31st Andre had an OPS of .780 and would end the year with an OPS of of .880. At age 27, Andre should be hitting his career peaks as he goes into camp with RF all his own for the first time since showing up on May 2nd, 2006.
LIMA Plan Targets: In the Baseball Forecaster, Brandon Kruse points out Andre Ethier's (RF/LF, LA) "terrific growth trends in PX [95-106-129], hr/f [8%-10%-14%], and xBA [.267-.275-.311]." Interestingly, Ethier doesn't hit many FB and has even trended down in that metric (37%-36%-32%), although 2008's low level was dragged down by what appears to be a fluky 26% FB% in the second half. However, Ethier does hit a large number of LD, 22%-18%-27% over the past three seasons -- again, the 2008 LD rate was pumped up by a 30% LD% in the second half, which should regress. Still, as pointed out in regards to David Wright, HR can come off LD in addition to FB, so don't discount Ethier just because of his low FB%. He has excellent BPIs and is at the magical age 27; invest.
|Andre Ethier Projections
My projection: .298/.367.493