28-year old lefty swinging Ryan Howard had a great season in 2007 and look for more of the same this year. Last season, Howard played in 144 games for the Phillies and he was 142 for 529 (.268 avg, .976 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 47 homers and 136 RBIs. His does have a problem with whiffing as he struck out 199 times last season. Don’t look for him to cut down on his swing however as he’s probably the best pure power hitter in all of baseball. No one can hit the ball further that Howard can, period! Howard has been incredible the last two seasons for the Phillies as he has scored 198 runs, whacked 105 homers and driven in 285 runs!
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: A+