The Mariners haven't added as many hitters to their team as any fan out there has wanted to see, but at least they finally went out and did something with the Mitch Garver signing. They still have a lot of holes in their lineup, and fans are hoping to see some trades or signings to help out. There is a hitter already on the team who could fill one of those spots if he gets back to his former self. STEAMER thinks that he could, and we could see a better season upcoming for Ty France.
2023 was not a good year for France, and there is no argument against it. It wasn't that long ago that he was a great hitter for the Mariners though, as he had a great 2021 and a really strong 2022. STEAMER sees him getting back to success, albeit the lesser of his better seasons and aligning more with the 2022 numbers.
Ty France is going to driveline, which is the main reason that many a fan thinks that he will have better numbers in 2024. I'm at the front of the bandwagon, and think that it's going to make a massive improvement to his game. Closer to the 2021 numbers, the healthy France that could hit around .300.
STEAMER still sees him doing well. Hitting at a clip of .269/.343/.426 with 19 HR, 76 RBI, 76 R, and 31 2B. It's good enough for a 2.3 WAR, all of that really close to what happened in 2022. That's a 118 WRC+, just a bit worse than those good years. I think it's a good sign to see these projections for France. Normally, STEAMER is a bit cautious, which is the right way to do it.
Should we expect a .280/.350/.440 from France? Is that reasonable based on the STEAMER projections? I think it could be within reason based on those projections above. Get on board the France bandwagon everyone. It's gonna be a good season.