I like to hope that he got a lot of the slump out of him in 2002 when he was jerked around. I felt that he started to tail a bit right after the break (and at the time I traded him for Santana), but then he finished strong.
So....I think he'll be fine. Its early, and who knows what the Texas line-up will look like, but a guess would be:
310/360/520 32 HR 100 RBI 3 SB
The kid is definitely talented, and he could bat in front of A-rod, if he stays.
If I were playing third base and my mother were rounding third with the run that was going to beat us, I'd trip her. Oh, I'd pick her up and brush her off and say, 'Sorry, Mom,' but nobody beats me.
Leo Durocher, Brooklyn Dodgers Manager