Fantasy Baseball 2011: All-Breakout Team

Mar 27, 2011


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First Base:  Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

Freeman struggled in his cup of coffee last year hitting .167 in 20 games (24 at bats). The Braves are committed to him at first base though. He has the pedigree, hitting .319 with 18 HRs, 87 RBI, and a .899 OPS for Triple-A Gwinnett last year. I’m not as confident in Freeman (this year) as I am in some of the other players, but the majority of first basemen have already made a name for themselves.
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Second Base:  Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox
We profiled him earlier this year. Basically he has raked his whole life. He struggled at the start of last year. He figured things out midway through last year and hit .310 with a .380 OBP, .497 SLG, and a .877 OPS after the All-Star Break. He brings considerable pop for the position and could easily end up as a top ten fantasy second baseman this year.
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Third Base:  Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Alvarez  hit 16 home runs in 95 games as a rookie with a solid .788 OPS. He struck out 119 times in 347 at bats, which is ridiculous. If he can improve his contact rate, the sky would be the limit for Pedro.
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Shortstop:  Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
One could argue that Castro broke out last year, hitting .300. He’s upped his power stroke this spring hitting a double, a triple, and four home runs in 49 at bats for an OPS of 1.066. I think this is the last year you get Starlin at a value in your fantasy drafts.
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Catcher:  Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Santana had a stretch that certainly had fantasy owners excited last year as he hit .345 in June with four HRs and a ridiculous 1.165 OPS. If he can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for this young man.
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Right Field:  Mike Stanton, Florida Marlins
Stanton has big boy power. He had a .939 OPS and 89 home runs in 1195 minor league games. He started slowly, but 17 home runs in 251 post-All-Star game at bats. He should be hitting 35-40 home runs regularly, perhaps even this year.
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Center Field:  Drew Stubbs, Cincinnati Reds
Stubbs hit 22 home runs and stole 30 bases last year. It’s easy to be discouraged by his .255 average, but he hit .281 after the break. Huge things are on the horizon for Stubbs.
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Left Field:  Travis Snider, Toronto Blue Jays
Snider has been on the fantasy radar for a few years now, and hit 14 home runs in 298 at bats last year. He has 69 HRs and a .906 OPS in 1412 minor league at bats. He also hit .304 with six home runs in September last year, which gives him something to grow on.
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Starting Pitcher:  Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays
Hellickson was not intimidated by Major League hitting last year, going 4-0 with a 3.47 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts in 36-1/3 innings. In his four starts he was 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA, including going toe to toe with the Twins in his Major League debut.
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Closer:  Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians
Perez had 23 saves last year to go along with a 1.71 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 61 strikeouts in 63 innings. He should be a solid source for saves and with 171 strikeouts in 161-2/3 career innings, he should deliver in that category as well.

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