Again, not just some fluke
Yasmany Tomas might have the most to prove in 2017 with trade rumors and doubters swirling all around. Offensively, Tomas had a monster year at the plate with a team-leading 31 homers along with 83 RBI’s. In 118 games in 2015, he hit just nine homers and 48 RBI’s which showed a major power improvement in 2016. His walk and strikeout rates both also improved by 1.5% percent which shows a small improvement with still room to grow.
Tomas will see more good pitches this year as he might be the forgotten threat of the line-up with Goldschmidt, Lamb, Peralta, and Pollock getting most of the attention. With a bigger improvement in his strikeout and walk rate, Tomas will prove that he deserves a spot in the line-up every day.
The Golden Glover and All-Star from 2015 just needs to remain healthy throughout the season.
Just Stay Healthy
AJ Pollock was never healthy last year. Even with a return in August, Pollock quickly returned to the DL for the rest of the season with just 12 games to show for. The Golden Glover and All-Star from 2015 just needs to remain healthy throughout the season.
His impact at the top of the line-up will be just as impactful if not more than Jean Segura. In 2015, Pollock stole 39 bases and hit for about the same average and on-base percentage as Segura in 2016. Expect Pollock to return to near full form in 2017.
David Peralta’s injury didn’t get as much attention, but it was just as impactful. Peralta hit .312/.371/.522 in 2015, and his left-handed bat was essential to the line-up. Now with Jake Lamb at 3rd, Peralta will rejoin the line-up to bring more balance and power to the left side.
Peralta struggled to begin the season before getting injured, and it is hard to see him returning to his 2015 statistics. Even with a possible slight decline in numbers, his left-handed power in the middle of the line-up alone should help out the team offensively.