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Hanley Ramirez

Crystal Ball: 159 games, 652 at-bats, 109 runs, 179 hits, 39 doubles, 9 triples, 16 homers, 63 RBI, 63 walks, 127 strikeouts, 49 steals, 12 caught, .275

Reality: 154 games, 639 at-bats, 125 runs, 212 hits, 48 doubles, 6 triples, 29 homers, 81 RBI, 52 walks, 95 strikeouts, 51 steals, 14 caught, .332.

Comparison: Rather than having a consolidation season, Hanley just got better, cutting his strikeout rate compared to 2006 and boosting his production across the board. He is producing at a Hall of Fame level right now. Can he maintain it long enough?

James Loney.

Crystal Ball: 119 games, 366 at-bats, 47 runs, 105 hits, 22 doubles, 6 triples, 12 homers, 52 RBI, 29 walks, 47 strikeouts, 4 steals, 2 caught stealing, .287

Reality: 96 games, 344 at-bats, 41 runs, 114 hits, 18 doubles, 4 triples, 15 homers, 67 RBI, 28 walks, 48 strikeouts, 0 steals, 1 caught stealing, .331.

Comparison: Not that far off on the playing time, walks and strikeouts scary close, but he exceeded expectation. Career major league marks are now .321/.372/.543 in 446 at-bats.

Melky Cabrera.

Crystal Ball: 143 games, 521 at-bats, 78 runs, 138 hits, 27 doubles, 5 triples, 12 homers, 63 RBI, 63 walks, 70 strikeouts, 14 steals, 9 caught, .265.

Reality: 150 games, 545 at-bats, 66 runs, 149 hits, 24 doubles, 8 triples, 8 homers, 73 RBI, 43 walks, 68 strikeouts, 13 steals, 5 caught, .273.

Comparison: Not bad.

Jeremy Sowers.

Crystal Ball: 33 starts, 219 innings, 227 hits, 100 runs, 92 earned, 24 homers, 63 walks, 109 strikeouts, 13-12, 3.78.

Reality: 13 starts, 67 innings, 84 hits, 49 runs, 48 earned, 10 homers, 21 walks, 24 strikeouts, 1-6, 6.42.

Comparison: CB was optimistically based on the idea of his strikeout rate increasing, but instead everything collapsed on him. It would not surprise me at all if Sowers never does well in the majors again.