The drastic increase in average in the Japanese league two years ago was due to a change in his batting stance. After the change he became a dominant player in Japan.
Before the season I was projecting somehwere around .270, 80r, 20 hr, 70 rbi, 20 steals. That obviously was a little optimistic and probably his ceiling for production. Now, I realisticlly see him finishing with around a line of .300, 90r, 12-15hr, 70 rbi, 15sb. The homers and steals are a little down, but his average is a very pleasant surprise and he has displayed to be the most fundamentally sound hitter on the team. He has shown a unique ability to adjust how pitchers have attacked him over the course of the year. In spring training and April he concentrated on taking the ball to the opposite field to assure himself of at least being able to reach base. Now after feeling more comfortable, Tadahito has started to turn on pitches and has displayed some power and rbi potential. Iguchi has a great ability to cover the plate and has been nearly flawless in hitting behind the runner and giving himself up to advance the runner. His defense has been tremendous as well, but who cares about defense in fantasy.
When all is said and done, my projection places him as a top 5 secondbasemen. That's hard to imagine coming into this year, but after watching him continually adjust to American pitchers I don't see how he can't keep up his current production. Top 5 2b potentially on the waiver wire, who knew?