This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
Welcome to the first installment of my 2018 Bold Predictions. This is the fourth consecutive season I will stick my neck out to help you identify players to target and players to avoid in your upcoming drafts.
In 2015, I hit .333 with my AL predictions and did even better with my NL Predictions. 2016 was an ugly one for the NL Predictions, but my AL Predictions fared rather well. Last year, Elvis Andrus and James Paxton came through while being bearish on Tyler Naquin paid off in the AL Predictions. I did well in the NL Predictions with Taijuan Walker but then went 0-for-14 with a lot of weak contact throughout the rest of my predictions. That makes two of three seasons performing poorly in the National League while the exact opposite has occurred with the American League.
The premise of a bold prediction is that the prediction has to be grounded in some form of reality. You should not take me seriously if I state that Justin Nicolino is going to win the NL Cy Young without giving you any context of why that can happen. Even the best projection systems are approximately 70 percent accurate, and I base my bold predictions on the possibility having at least a one in three chance of happening.
This year, I am going to break up the format and do a division-by-division play by picking one hitter and one pitcher from each team. The format will allow me