I found a couple of projections for Fukudome for this upcoming season. Obviously, any projection on a player who has never played in the Major Leagues has to be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s still interesting to see how various people project him. It has be excited, at least.

Nate Silver of Baseball Prospectus has him projected via his PECOTA system.

PA   R   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB  CS  BA    OBP   SLG
465  80  30  4   15  58   70  94  9   3  .289  .401  .504

Keep in mind that those are a little low in part because of the injury he had last year.


Baseball Think Factory weighed in with their ZIPS projections as well:

2008 ZiPS Projection - Kosuke Fukudome
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              AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR RBI  BB  SO  SB    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS+
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Projection   457  66  134  33  2  13  67  64 100   1  .293  .382  .460   114
2009?        444  66  129  33  1  14  66  59  93   2  .291  .376  .464   113 
2010?        386  57  108  26  1  10  57  55  85   2  .280  .372  .430   104 
2011?        327  45   90  20  0   8  50  43  72   1  .275  .362  .410    97
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Opt. (15%)   537  91  170  42  3  19  87  87  95   4  .317  .415  .512   135
Pes. (15%)   376  46   98  25  0   8  45  44  86   0  .262  .341  .391    87
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