It appears to me that the Dodgers have two options at 3B: Juan Uribe and Jerry Hariston, Jr. Neither one has ever terrorized pitchers and neither one will make us forget Adrian Beltre… however I digress.
What to expect:
Juan Uribe – At 5′-11″ and at least 230 pounds, Juan would be wise to show up in spring training at about 220 pounds or less. He will be thirty-three years-old in March and his conditioning was a big part of the problem last season. Let’s hope he recognizes that and does something about it. If he doesn’t, he could find himself riding the pine or back on the DL, like last year.
Juan’s “average” season is 22 Doubles, 3 Triples, 14 HR, 57 RBI, .253 BA and .298 OB%. His OPS career average is .721 – not terrifying numbers, but certainly better than last season. His average season is 420 AB’s so that suggest that someone else will share time with him at 3B. That someone is likely Jerry Hariston, Jr.
Jerry Hariston, Jr. – Three years older, but forty pounds slimmer, Hariston’s average season is 282 AB’s with 15 doubles, 1 triple, 4 HR, 26 RBI and a .258 BA with a .326 OB%. His career OPS is .697.
If you combine their production, it would equal 37 doubles, 4 Triples, 18 HR, 84 RBI with an OPS of .700.
That could work, but it’s not likely that things happen that way.
Averages don’t mean much because if you look at Juan Uribe, he hit .204 last year with 4 HR and 28 RBI. In his best season he hit 23 HR with 74 RBI and batted .283.
Put one foot in ice water and the other in boiling water and “on average” you are just fine. Yeah Right!
My guess is that he will be motivated in 2012 to show that 2011 was a fluke, but even the stat geeks can’t predict this stuff. Who Knows?
The “Fat Index” will determine how well Juan Uribe does in 2012, but I do think that Jerry Hariston, Jr. will do Dodger fans proud.
Third Base is not a position of strength for LA, but it should be better than in 2011… and here’s the key – the defense should be really solid!