2013 Red Sox community projections: Let's talk about Will Middlebrooks

H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports

This is one we haven't been waiting for.

Some of you doubted Will Middlebrooks. Some of you probably received your fair share of guff over that doubt before the year started. As it happens, though, none of you doubted him enough.

Will Middlebrooks was bad. Tremendously so. It's hard to find enough power to make a .271 OBP look anything better than awful, and with his defense not looking all that smooth, the sophomore third baseman produced a season that had very little in the way of redeeming qualities. Even those of you who saw disappointment on the horizon failed to come close to just how bad it would be. There are a few close guesses on homers, but that's about it.

Name PA RBI HR AVG OBP SLG
Will Middlebrooks 374 49 17 .227 .271 .425
widewordofsport 520 85 20 .265 .320 .420
Whonichol 550 80 25 .265 .315 .465
theartolater 650 89 27 .286 .340 .502
HeyYoCraig 444 92 24 .273 .311 .493
cds7c 607 107 27 .276 .337 .497
0bsessions 620 80 25 .275 .330 .504
Tn5rich 530 84 26 .283 .338 .506
Sologub 550 80 23 .265 .300 .475
SoxFanStuckinCT 580 80 25 .280 .305 .515
fishindude 550 89 31 .309 .400 .516
outofleftfield 607 69 19 .267 .326 .456
dmullie 400 73 19 .288 .356 .450
shed 550 106 25 .275 .320 .500
Ozsoxfan 550 78 21 .278 .315 .500
Thinman61 550 80 28 .270 .310 .460
Luke 502 78 19 .272 .330 .450
mikecarlucci 480 88 22 .270 .329 .478
navarra 567 87 21 .275 .317 .489
justin_bobo 475 71 21 .311 .369 .496
donwp123 475 85 24 .283 .459 .505
MaineSox 500 85 21 .270 .320 .480
Erin 556 96 31 .287 .340 .563
joeha 578 70 25 .280 .330 .485
clashcityrocker 519 79 23 .265 .318 .459
bilmster 508 88 26 .269 .302 .476
hitech97 580 92 28 .292 .375 .655
skmsw 650 108 31 .267 .367 .505
brogshan 596 95 25 .270 .311 .461
B_Edelman 660 100 30 .285 .330 .510
jmac007 615 97 25 .280 .315 .450
soxfanabroad 642 83 26 .274 .340 .493
fizrat 626 87 21 .258 .301 .479
sguglie2 530 95 28 .262 .321 .447
dsharp 590 101 30 .273 .321 .503
Scole2 578 93 22 .284 .349 .466
GoosepeckerRidge 472 83 23 .263 .319 .475
Rick Bentsen 580 83 18 .288 .312 .466
pichris 579 110 26 .284 .333 .483
BobZupcic 550 70 22 .265 .310 .480
titio1300 535 90 28 .282 .314 .515
kimmel09 589 92 26 .268 .314 .501
kimmel09 589 92 26 .268 .314 .501
dibs 501 88 21 .302 .370 .501
dghjknl? 625 94 27 .275 .320 .450
Colco 550 84 21 .267 .309 .477
totheights 549 94 28 .308 .421 .457
RedSox01 609 107 28 .278 .369 .458
Casto 523 82 23 .268 .319 .494
random walk123 415 68 17 .262 .318 .465
Alfredo 615 92 30 .246 .301 .470
RSNexile 530 80 20 .270 .305 .460
Droot 574 88 25 .270 .315 .467
speeddemonnd 607 94 26 .298 .331 .537
soxdude7 541 90 26 .278 .320 .506
thederrrek 500 85 23 .275 .365
Kevhorn 615 72 16 .271 .320 .501
The Name is Dalton 510 79 24 .279 .328 .495
Nater1177 620 85 26 .266 .311 .488
CMoney38 520 87 27 .272 .321 .505
tanookiscutaro 591 95 21 .296 .341 .612
illmaticJJ 320 106 23 .279 .360 .520
Rogue Nine 574 86 27 .295 .345 .506
redsox70 690 110 28 .294 .310 .470
Sam 588 107 32 .289 .366
westcoastredsox 583 102 26 .268 .322 .503
Debageldond 531 81 23 .275 .315 .485
PriceJD 625 93 25 .295 .330 .495
Buccaz 518 118 34 .282 .335 .505

Honestly, we probably don't even remember just how bad it was. There was a period there for about 25 games after he made his August return that he started to look like the guy so man of us clearly expected him to be. That's a period that's probably left more of an impression than it deserves, honestly, since the last three weeks of the season saw him hit .138/.153/.259.

There's simply no way to sugarcoat the actual performance. All that's left to be done is hope he manages to move forward. Middlebrooks has plenty of built-in excuses for 2013, including the typical sophomore slump and the wrist injury from 2012. Those tend to linger. This is not a damning season. He'll have his chance in 2014 to turn it around and show what he can do.

As for winners, well, let's be honest: one way or another, we're all pretty much losers in this one.

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