More Predictions for 2008, take these as seriously as you want.
There will be no no-hitters thrown this year, but two one-hitters, one by Edinson Volquez in late July and one by Daniel Cabrera in early September.
AL Batting Leader Predictions: Ichiro .349; Miguel Cabrera .335; Vlad Guerrero .326; Robinson Cano .325; Magglio Ordonez .321; Michael Young .319; Howie Kendrick; .318; Mark Teahen, .315; Alex Rodriguez .315; Carl Crawford .315.
NL Batting Leader Predictions: Hanley Ramirez .339; Ryan Braun .333; Corey Hart .329; James Loney .328; Matt Holliday .325; Todd Helton .324; Chase Utley .320; Matt Diaz .318; David Wright .314; Albert Pujols .314.
Prospect Predictions: Gio Gonzalez struggles in April, but turns it on in May and dominates the minors, receiving a promotion to Oakland in early July when they need a pitcher. He ends up making 12 starts for Oakland, posting an ERA around 5.20 but with strong peripherals.
Jayson Heyward hits .297/.397/.505 in 75 games for Rome in the Sally League, then .288/.375/.497 in 50 games for Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League.
Tyler Robertson posts a 2.20 ERA in 15 starts for Fort Myers in the Florida State League, with an excellent K/BB ratio. Promoted to Double-A at that point, his ERA slips to 4.50 with a large increase in his walk rate.
Angel Villalona hits .285/.340/.505 in the Sally League and is named the number one prospect in the circuit by Baseball America at the end of the year.
Elvis Andrus spends the year in Double-A. He's hitting .225 on June 1st, but finishes hot and ends the year with a .283/.335/.395 mark with 45 steals and outstanding reviews for his defense.
David Price: 6 starts in Class A, going 3-0, 1.97 with 45/8 K/BB in 32 innings. Promoted to Double-A, makes 15 starts going 5-6, 2.84 with 110/30 K/BB in 92 innings. Promoted to Triple-A, makes 5 starts going 2-1, 3.50 with 29/5 K/BB in 31 innings. Makes three appearances in September for Tampa, one start, pitches a total of 9 innings allowing 5 runs on 9 hits with 9/4 K/BB.