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5 Dumb Predictions Revisited


I got one right, and still have a chance for another to come true, which is better than some of my esteemed colleagues can say.  The original post can be found here.

Billy Hamilton wins the Rookie of the Year Award

Back in July this looked like a no-brainer, but Billy's second half swoon where he slashed a paltry .200/.254/.257 bottomed out his overall numbers.  Billy will almost certainly finish in the top two this season in the RoY voting with Jacob deGrom providing his only competition at this point.

Zack Cozart puts up a +.750 OPS season


Cozart went the other way in 2014, putting up the worst season of his career at the plate, slashing .221/.268/.300.  That's good for a way gross .568 OPS.  His defense looked pretty good, though!

David Holmberg makes KMiB eat crow

Another swing and a miss.  Mongo dealt with some injuries in Louisville to start the year, struggling mightily in April and May, before bouncing back a bit in the second half.  Holmberg made his Reds debut on July 8th, lasting just 2.2 innings after allowing 5 earned runs and 3 dingers.  His second start was even worse, giving up 6 runs in 2.2 innings.  After a couple of relief outings, the Holmbergler finished the season with three quality starts in September.  Still, it looks like Wick will continue eating his grilled chicken wings instead of crow.

Jumbo Diaz is the next beneficiary of Bryan Price's wizardry

I'm claiming this one as a victory.  At the age of 30, Jumbo Diaz made his major league debut in Cincinnati on June 20th.  His first outing was shaky, but he settled down nicely after that, finishing the year with a 3.38 ERA in 34.2 innings with a 9.61 K/9.  Jumbo looks like he can be a useful and cheap bullpen piece for the Reds in 2015.  He also seems like a real swell guy to boot.

A prospect takes over LF after the All-Star break

I got the Ryan Ludwick disappointing us part right, but unfortunately Donald Lutz spent most of the season rotting on the Reds' bench, and Yorman Rodriguez got off to a bit of a slow start in Pensacola.  This led to seeing the trifecta of meh that was Ludwick, Skippy and Heisey in LF for the majority of the season.