Friday, April 01, 2005

Baseball Prospectus says Brewers in 3rd / More love for J.J.

Obviously following "Brew Grit"'s lead, Baseball Prospectus has picked the Brewers to finish in 3rd place in the NL Central. They also picked Ben Sheets to win the 2005 Cy Young, and J.J. Hardy to finish 3rd in ROY.

Also on the Hardy front, recent Hall of Fame inductee Ryne Sandberg has predicted James Jerry to win the NL Rookie honors. Here's what Ryno had to say:

Rookie of the Year: J.J. Hardy, Milwaukee Brewers.
The shortstop will get a lot of playing time on the Brewers, enabling him to gain experience and work on his game. He's known for his great defense. Offensively, he's a right-handed hitter who showed a lot of promise in the minors, but he will have to adapt to facing big-league pitching. Hardy might be the first of many Rookies of the Year for Milwaukee, which has Prince Fielder, a power-hitting first baseman, and Rickie Weeks, a promising second baseman, coming up through the system.

Also, despite some e-mails from some Brewer-haters, I'll stand firm on the 3rd place finish. They'll do it.

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