2. Jean Segura, SS
2017 projected stats: .280, 13 HR, 51 RBI, 25 SB
I have been saying it since the moment the Mariners acquired the 2016 National League hits leader: it is unreasonable to expect the same kind of numbers as last year.
Segura completely disregarded his previous career highs and had one of the better seasons by a middle-infielder in recent memory. As such, let’s dial it back a bit and look at his track record. R
The 27-year old is still a very solid hitter and I expect him to be a feared bat in this lineup. Mariners fans know all too well about new players coming off big seasons – more often than not, they have flopped.
I don’t expect that here, but let’s give Segura a break. The above stat line would be more than serviceable with the other weapons the Mariners have at their disposal.
3. Robinson Cano, 2B
2017 projected stats: .293, 29 HR, 96 RBI
While it might not be fair to expect the same result as last year for Cano as well, at the same time it is. This is why the Mariners gave him the largest contract in franchise history – to hover around .300 while pushing 30 home runs.
Last year was a career high with 39 Homers and as Cano ages, I doubt he will surpass that. We have seen what he can do when healthy. Another healthy year should lead to one of the best offensive stat lines among second basemen once again.