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Wlad Balentien

So what do you all think he is going to do next year? It looks like he has little shot of breaking camp with the big league team and will be sent back to AAA starting the year at the age of 23.

Here is some things to ponder
2005 539 PA 160 strikeouts  29.7 K%  6.1 BB% 49.6 XBH%
2006 522 PA 140 strikeouts  26.8 K%  13.4 BB% 45.1 XBH%
2007 544 PA 105 strikeouts  19.3 K%  9.9 BB% 37.4 XBH%

The trend of strikeouts dropping at every level is encouraging and I expect to drop moderately next year to 16% or so since he will be repeating the level. The walks look above average but nothing special. The Extra base hits in 2005 and 2006 looked pretty special and 37% is still nothing to sneeze at.

So what does everyone think Wlad has in store for this year? Will he have a killer spring and take Wilkerson or Ibanez's job (pushing Raul to DH)? will he rake the first couple months and force himself on to team late May, will he have a credible consolidation year and be poised to take the starting job in 2009, or will he regress

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