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The 2011 season proved to be a good one for Brandon Phillips. He recorded career highs in average (.300), OBP (.353) and doubles (38) while picking up his third Gold Glove Award, first career Silver Slugger, and second consecutive trip to the All-Star Game. Yet in spite of his stellar individual campaign the team was unable to defend their division title and finished with a 79-83 tally. One may then wonder what's in the works for Phillips and the Reds in 2012?
So, to help give a better idea of what this upcoming season may hold for him I've dug up projections from four different sources. They are as follows:
And here are their respective projections:
BG: .274/.322/.427, 16 HR, 65 RBIs, 15 SBs, 77 RS
RC: .279/.337/.432, 17 HR, 60 RBIs, 17 SBs, 93 RS
ZiPS: .279/.331/.436, 18 HR, 80 RBIs, 17 SBs, 87 RS
ESPN: .290/.344/.446, 18 HR, 80 RBIs, 17 SBs, 90 RS
Career avg (10 years): .272/.322/.434, 19 HR, 77 RBIs, 20 SBs
While his offensive numbers may fluctuate from year-to-year one thing is certain; the 3-time Gold Glover will provide excellent defense worthy of SportCenter's Top 10 on a nightly basis. That I can assure you of. I can also assure you that Phillips will be playing with a chip on his shoulder this season after not getting the long-term extension he sought over the Winter.
Look for him to hit for average, hit for power, steal an occasional base, and flash some range and leather at second. You can also expect the 30-year old to do whatever it takes to help his club win en route to a third straight All-Star selection. And although many consider Joey Votto to be the most valuable player on the Reds, the versatility that BP brings to the table is unmatched by anyone else on the Cincy roster.
What kind of numbers do YOU think the Stone Mountain, Georgia native will post this year? And do you believe the two sides will reach a long-term contract extension by the end of the season?
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