Will Middlebrooks has now played 75 games this year and 75 games last year, the equivelent of a full season.
2012: 286 PA, 34 R, 77 H, 14 2B, 15 HR, 54 RBI, .288/.325/.509/.835, 29 XBH
2013: 296 PA, 31 R, 63 H, 17 2B, 12 HR, 38 RBI, .231/.278/.425/.703/ 29 XBH
Oh, and his K/BB was 70/13 last year and 77/17 this year. So his strikeout rate was only slightly higher this year as was his walk rate.
So for his first 150 games, basically a full season in 582 PA and 540 AB, he had:
65 runs scored, 31 2B, 27 HR, 92 RBI, 30 BB, 147 K, .259/.301/467/.768.
That's a pretty good rookie year. So what we have to see is this. Which is Middlebrooks closer to being?
The player who was on a 30 HR, 108 RBI, .288 BA pace for 150 games last year.
The player who is on a 24 HR, 76 RBI, .231 BA pace for 150 games this year.
Or the guy in the middle who has 27-92-.259 for his first 150 games.
If he's the guy in the middle next year, I'll take 27-92-.259 for a full season from my starting 3B next year. While 147 Ks are high, it's not terrible. It wouldn't have put him in the top 10 last year and likely won't this year.
I'll take the .259 BA with the power and run production but, but I'd still like to see it at least 20 points higher.