Hi My Name Is __________, Nice to Meet Me. Every year a few players start hot out of the gates but eventually fall off the proverbial cliff (like the Jersey Shore did), but here is my list of players that I think are legitimate breakout candidates and can maintain productivity for the full season (like Mad Men has).
Sam Fuld – Sammy Superman. The Little Outfielder Who Could. Fuld is currently rocking the bat posting a ridiculous .346 BA with 13R and 10 SB. Despite his 5’8 inch frame, my guess is Sam Fuld doesn’t fold this season. He’s endeared himself to the Tampa Fans with his speed and defense, which means he should hold onto his roster spot for the foreseen future. He needs to keep producing with Desmond Jennings knocking on his door.
Logan Morrison – LoMo just hit the DL with a foot sprain; prior to that he sported a .327 BA with 4HR and 11 RBIs. If he does hit the waiver wire in your league, keep an eye out for his return and grab him. He could be poised for a monster season if he keeps the power coming.
Alex Gordon – Gordon has shown flashes of his potential breakout for 3 years, but maybe this is finally it. I hope he can produce like this for a full season (current .356 BA with 18R, 1HR, and 14RBIs). Even if he falls off some, he’s still a fantasy worthy outfielder.
Starlin Castro – Shows the potential of a future NL batting champion (very Derek Jeter-esque). He’s currently batting .357 with 16 runs, 11 rbis, and 3 SB. Learn his name now because at just 21, he wont be going away. Could jump into the 3rd SS spot next year behind only HanRam and Tulo.
Jared Weaver - Everyone already knows him, but its time to add him to the elite aces group. Other than Roy Holliday, there isn’t another pitcher I’d rather own this year. He broke out last year, except nobody noticed. Now he’s forcing people to take note as he is currently running away with the Cy Young with a filthy 45.2 IP, 6-0, 0.99 era, 0.79 whip, 9.66 k/9.
Jed Lowrie – See my previous post, but as a synopsis, he’s good and Boston can hit. Add him immediately if you need a MI.