2010 projected leaders: Runs scored & RBI

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Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards.
Runs
1. Ryan Braun – 113
1. Albert Pujols – 113
1. Alex Rodriguez – 113
4. Dustin Pedroia – 112
5. Jose Reyes – 110
5. Jimmy Rollins – 110
7. Mark Teixeira – 109
8. Derek Jeter – 108
8. Hanley Ramirez – 108
10. Chase Utley – 107
11. Jacoby Ellsbury – 106
11. Grady Sizemore – 106
13. Carl Crawford – 103
13. Brian Roberts – 103
– On a per at-bat basis, Joe Mauer would be in the top five. I have him scoring 100 runs in 526 at-bats.
– With two exceptions, everyone in my top 28 for runs scored is projected to finish with at least a .360 OBP. Ellsbury comes in just south of that at .356. Rollins, on the other hand, isn’t even close. I have him at .327. Last year, he scored 100 runs despite getting on base at a .296 clip.
RBI
1. Ryan Howard – 133
2. Mark Teixeira – 125
3. Prince Fielder – 124
4. Albert Pujols – 122
5. Evan Longoria – 121
6. Alex Rodriguez – 119
7. Matt Holliday – 117
8. Miguel Cabrera – 116
9. Justin Morneau – 114
10. Mark Reynolds – 111
11. Ryan Braun – 110
12. Jason Bay – 109
12. Carlos Lee – 109
14. Adam Lind – 108
14. Nick Markakis – 108
– If a .360 OBP is the cutoff for the first list, a .500 slugging percentage fills the role here. The lowest mark in the top 15 is Markakis’ .501, though Lee (.510), Reynolds (.512) and Morneau (.514) don’t come in a whole lot higher. Everyone in the top 28, though, is projected with at least a .500 SLG. Victor Martinez is the highest player in the rankings to fail to reach the mark. Since he’ll be batting behind Ellsbury and Pedroia, I have him driving in 99 runs with a .468 SLG.

Orioles designate Pedro Alvarez for assignment

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The Baltimore Orioles are terrible and going nowhere fast, so they decided to do some shuffling of the decks today.

One part of that was to called up catcher Caleb Joseph, which was the corresponding move to sending down Chance Sisco the other day. Joseph will now be big league teammates with brother Corban. Aww.

Another thing they did was to purchase the contract of Steve Wilkerson from Triple-A Norfolk. He’s a utility guy who has been swinging a hot bat after getting a late start to the season due to a 50-game drug suspension. Good for him, but that’s bad news for Pedro Alvarez, who was designated for assignment in the corresponding move.

Alvarez, 31, started the season well but has been atrocious for most of it. His line on the year is .180/.283/.414 with eight homers, but he’s been far worse than that for over a month. The 2013 NL home run champ will now go through waivers and, at the end of that process, likely have to choose between free agency or a trip to Norfolk. And, given that it’s the worst team in baseball sending him packing, there’s a good chance that it could be the end of the big league road for him.