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July 16, 2013

Mid-Season Outliers

Corner Infield

by Baseball Prospectus


Over the All-Star break, we'll be highlighting some of the players who've overperformed or underperformed their projections during the first half by imagining what we might write about them if the Baseball Prospectus annual were updated today.

Eric Chavez
DOB: 12/7/1977
Age: 35
Height/Weight: 6'1" 215 lbs.
Bats/Throws: L/R
3B
Arizona Diamondbacks

The only thing more unlikely than a 34-year-old Chavez making it through six months without a DL stint was a 35-year-old Chavez doing so for a second straight year. A healthy season didn't strike twice—Chavez missed most of June with an oblique strain—but his balky back has held up, enabling him to extend his unlikely late-career renaissance. Kirk Gibson has hidden him from southpaw pitchers even more diligently than Joe Girardi did, matching him up with righties in over 90 percent of his plate appearances, but while the lefty has his limitations, bench bats don't come much better. Chavez' early 30s were painful to watch—and just plain painful—but the past two seasons have vindicated his decision to cling to a career. Ben Lindbergh


Chris Davis
DOB: 3/17/1986
Age: 27
Height/Weight: 6'3" 230 lbs.
Bats/Throws: L/R
1B
Baltimore Orioles

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