I know we had a post a couple days ago about potential bounce back prospects for next year, but what does everybody think of potential breakout prospects for 2011?
I don't quite know if we really had any big ones this year. Nate Baker's looked good, and Quincy Latimore is actually finishing pretty strong on the year (at home, and on the road), but I don't think either of those guys is really lights out. Locke and Morris might be, but they're more bounce back guys, since they were always well liked for their stuff. Jeremy Farrell was the closest, but then he went and got injured so he's lost some luster. Anyway, its always interesting to guess about who's going to have a monster year out of nowhere. My money's on Elevys Gonzalez. He's young, he hit another home run tonight, he's got great plate patience, and the guys at BUCSP consider him the best WV prospect (said Elevys's swing was similar to Chase Utely's). He had one rough month this year, but other than that his average has been pretty good, and it seems like his power's coming along a bit this year. With the crazy hitter's park at Bradenton, I'm going out on a limb and saying 15-20 HR (in a full year mind), .300 average, and a .385 OBP. Think his splits (especially pop) will favor home, but I think he'll be good on the road too. Other sleepers?
The Link for the Gonzalez article is http://bucsp.com/2010/08/23/west-virginia-power-takes-on-prospect-laden-rome-braves-on-sunday/
Have at it.