2013 Red Sox Community Projections: Dustin Pedroia injured, but undeterred

Jim Rogash

A torn thumb ligament could have ruined Dustin Pedroia's season. Instead, it just messed up our power projections some.

Dustin Pedroia has a ready-made excuse: a torn thumb ligament that he suffered right out of the gates back in April. A disappointing season would have been easy enough to forgive, particularly for Boston's star player.

But Pedroia doesn't need that excuse. The Red Sox won the World Series. Pedroia played in 160 games en route to that victory, compiling 5.4 fWAR and 6.5 rWAR. The numbers below will show that he was not everything we had imagined--there's no denying that the power simply wasn't there this year. But power has always been no more than the cherry on top with Pedroia. Even without it, he was one of the best players on a very good team.

And now that he's locked in for pretty much his whole career, we can look forward to year after year of that being true.

Name PA RBI HR AVG OBP SLG
Dustin Pedroia 724 84 9 .301 .372 .415
N0N4M3 512 87 18 .287 .331 .457
kimmel09 625 75 18 .315 .385 .470
navarra 620 89 15 .288 .352 .443
N 673 73 24 .321 .432 .531
theartolater 625 97 17 .304 .368 .435
dsharp 637 81 16 .298 .368 .450
ewdmerf 625 78 18 .305 .367 .464
Sologub 699 88 18 .300 .378 .478
Whonichol 600 80 22 .325 .400 .450
sguglie2 680 90 19 .298 .360 .490
tanookiscutaro 719 87 18 .310 .375 .490
mikecarlucci 620 78 15 .312 .375 .480
Josh Amaral 625 73 16 .291 .365 .457
Alfredo 677 95 20 .308 .387 .488
louandjan 660 81 18 .308 .355 .518
sofutomygaha 550 84 22 .293 .365 .440
soxfanabroad 622 71 16 .294 .367 .488
chazcoe21 642 78 17 .313 .415 .535
Appie Drankie 588 79 17 .293 .371 .457
colco 590 71 18 .301 .369 .472
kunsito 641 85 26 .304 .378 .512
titio1300 550 95 28 .315 .396 .601
pichris 628 93 18 .314 .382 .484
soxdude7 630 92 19 .311 .371 .494
MaineSox 650 85 20 .300 .375 .475
milkfarms 600 75 22 .315 .367 .490
GoosepeckerRidge 621 93 20 .308 .385 .477
justin_bobo 660 97 19 .318 .391 .489
anon 450 67 12 .283 .340 .450
dibs 498 88 25 .321 .381 .502
RSNexile 660 80 17 .300 .375 .485
speeddemonnd 697 74 14 .307 .352 .462
Droot 718 81 20 .322 .394 .494
skmsw 750 82 23 .317 .395 .470
GermanYouk 458 94 17 .298 .356 .494
P2nicks 650 92 24 .321 .390 .503
Theredlaydown 70 16 .308 .370 .370
Debageldond 654 73 18 .303 .371 .465

The lack of power clearly shows up. The closest guess on slugging was theartolater at .435, a full 20 points above his true figure with only Theredlaydown coming in below that all the way down at .370. But conversely almost everyone was way off on plate appearances, too. And in a year where Pedroia was never truly healthy, it's amazing that the error was in underestimating how much he would play.

For "winners," we have Colco, the only one to have both a perfect guess and near miss, and MaineSox, who topped the tables with three near misses. Your reward is the respect of your peers.

Actually, I can't promise that.

Sorry.

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