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Ultima Ratio
03-29-2012, 10:35 PM
Which pitcher and position player do you think will break out and play better than expected this year? Of course this depends on what your expectations are.

Ultima Ratio
03-29-2012, 10:38 PM
Pitcher: Capps (Swarzak close second) -- just because my head tells me that neither will have a great year, but my heart believes otherwise.

Player: Casilla -- because I don't have any expectations other than mediocrity and know that Alexi can play well above par if motivated? focused? wearing 3/4 sleeves? I don't know what it takes.

Highabove
03-29-2012, 10:43 PM
Danny Valencia is going to have a solid year. He worked very hard this off Season. Jarred Burton will be a solid set up man which we so desperately need.

Bark's Lounge
03-29-2012, 10:45 PM
Plouffe: Avg. 262 - HR 22 - RBI 78 (Respectable Defense in the OF & IF)

Ultima Ratio
03-29-2012, 10:47 PM
If Plouffe has those numbers, they may be better than Willinghams' -- would be a nice surprise indeed, but I doubt it.

Billy Bremner
03-29-2012, 10:49 PM
Jason Marquis: Surpassing all expectations, he will remain in the starting rotation through mid-June, at which time his 6.43 ERA will send him to the Ramon Ortiz scrap-heap of shame.

lecroy24fan
03-29-2012, 11:46 PM
Plouffe and (gulp) Blackburn.

spideyo
03-30-2012, 12:07 AM
Luke Hughes and Liam Hendricks, prompting awful sportscasters everywhere to refer to them as "The Thunder from Down Under"

jimbo92107
03-30-2012, 12:49 AM
If Liriano continues to pitch to spots, he could win 18 games. If Hughes gets extended playing time, he could hit 20 home runs, and I think he will play solid infield. I also think Plouffe is capable of playing good corner outfield, and can hit 20 taters if he gets over 400 AB.

VodkaDave
03-30-2012, 01:01 AM
Morneau- .285/.340/.485 22 HR 90 RBI 135 Games Played- Will over achieve bc nobody expects much of anything out of the Canadian
Blackburn- 190 IP 3.90 ERA- Will turn into a decent 4th pitcher for them this year.

USAFChief
03-30-2012, 01:14 AM
Drew Butera. He will continue to draw a paycheck as a professional baseball player.

Ultima Ratio
03-30-2012, 03:06 AM
Drew Butera. He will continue to draw a paycheck as a professional baseball player.
I think you were looking to post that in the 'face palm' projections thread. ;)

Gernzy
03-30-2012, 08:05 AM
Parmelee - Possible ROTY?
Baker - If he can get his elbow figured out, should have a good year.

UCLA_YANKEE_COLA
03-30-2012, 09:08 AM
ROY will be tough in the AL but I think Parmalee is in for a nice Doug Mientkiewicz season (like his 02 or 03).

I think Willingham will learn a couple of magic tricks before the season starts so that he can bring that Cuddyer intangible to the lockerroom. Likely upping his WAR from about 2-2.5 to 3 or more.

DAM DC Twins Fans
03-30-2012, 09:16 AM
Parmalee will have an outstanding year.

Duensing will be the surprise pitcher--I think he will be starting by May 15--inevitable injuries and win 12-15 games.