Adam Lind is one interesting cat. At one point some thought he might become a yearly all-star (he hit .305 with 35 homers and 114 RBIs in 2009). At another point it appeared like he might end up being traded by the Jays for complete ineffectiveness (he had a .712 OPS just a year later in 2010 and in 2012 he was banished to the minors for 32 games). Last season Lind offered a bit of a rebirth with his best season in four years. Where does that leave his outlook for 2014. Let The Oracle lead you to the answer. A quick history lesson.
2008: He hit .282 as a rookie
2009: He had the best season of his career going .305-35-114
2010: He slumped to .237-13-72
2011: Moderate rebound to .251-26-87
2012: Banished to minors and in 93 MLB games went .255-11-45
2103: All of a sudden the light was on again (.288-23-67)
The first point should be obvious. Lind has had one impact season in his career.
The second point should also be obvious. Lind has displayed no year to year consistency whatsoever. In fact, he's done something that's nearly impossible to do, even if it makes no sense. Since he broke out in 2009 check out his yearly homer and RBI totals.
Every other year he's been better/worse than the year before in both the homer and runs batted in columns. Can't explain it. It just is. Don't be the guy that thinks he's found some pattern with Lind that says he will be worse in 2014 either. There's no logical argument to support that position even though the five year trend seems to suggest a pattern.
When we talk Lind we don't think batting average. I've reference his .305 season a couple of times, but that's the only time he's appeared in more than 20 games in a season and has hit .290. In fact, he's a career .269 hitter and his batting average the past four years is even worse at .257. So why the success in the category a couple of times? Look no further than his BABIP column. The two years that he hit .305 and .288, numbers out of the norm for him, were the two best BABIP mark of his career (.323 and .324). Don't expect him to offer a number that will help your squad in the batting average category.
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