For instance- thanks to an injury keeping Roberto Perez down for most of the season, Austin Hedges was the Indians' starting catcher in 2021. In alternate universe where the Indians never trade for Brad Hand, they have Francisco Mejia doing decently. But, instead, they had Hedges, a solid defensive catcher with 0 offensive numbers. This year he had some great fielding and defensive numbers, but had a -24 batting figure, a career worse, bringing his WAR to a 0.0.
2022 Prediction: The Guardians have another catching option that saddles Hedges to a backup. I'm just...not sure who that option's gonna be.
2022 Prediction: A much more consistent year. Karinchak will be the top bullpen arm in appearances, and solidify his role as a middle relief force.
2022 Prediction: First 30-homer season. People will know his name.
2022 Prediction: A contact-friendly year that may result in a trade.
2021 Prediction: Will fill a similar role with the Cubs. In a climate starved for great players, the fans will take a liking to him.
2022 Prediction: Ends the season with the highest WAR of anybody on the Guardians, including Jose Ramirez.
Tomorrow, some of the reasons why the Seattle Mariners were so deadly down the stretch.