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2010 Player Preview: Xavier Nady

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This year, our fourth outfielder is being paid more than our starting center fielder.

That's partly because Marlon Byrd is, historically, not a super hitter, and partly because Xavier Nady has, in contrast, shown an ability to swing the bat. Over an eight year career, Byrd has 60 home runs; from 2006 to 2008, Nady hit 62.

That last year was the best of Nady's career.  He hit 25 jacks, and managed a .305 batting average in the meantime.  His .357 on base percentage and .510 slugging percentage were both solid.

Unfortunately, 2009 did not go as well. An elbow injury all but eliminated the entire season for him.

So now that he's back, what can we expect? Probably something less like the 2008 Nady, and something more like the 2006-2007 version: a homerun per 25 plate appearances (so maybe 12-15 in the amount of action he'll see), a .280 average, and some passable corner outfield defense.

A fine fourth outfielder indeed -- if his elbow heals up.

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