Let’s throw this one out to the Future Redbirds community. Who do you think is poised for a breakout this season and why? Don’t forget to show your work. I’ll give you a few of mine to get the exercise started.
Tommy Pham - This is an easy one because he is “poised” to break out every year. We thought we were seeing it last year after his impressive Spring Training, but it has not yet come together for Pham. He hit well in Springfield in 121 at bats after finally graduating from the pitchers-haven of Palm Beach. He ended the year on the DL, which also did not help him. A full year in Springfield in his age 23 season should assist Pham’s break out in 2011.
Pete Kozma – Kozma’s jump to Springfield for a full season did not bring much success, but he is in line to repeat AA as a 23 year old. If he is going to have any success at the major league level, he will need to break out this season when he repeats in Springfield. That’s more of a “must break out” than “poised”, but I think it still applies.
John Gast – Gast put up great numbers as a lefthanded starter in Batavia. This season, I think he will take those great numbers up to Quad Cities and possibly Palm Beach. In Batavia, he increased his strikeouts and limited his walks compared to his college career. He should have a break out season by continuing his good numbers at higher levels and against better competition.
Who do you think is ready for a break out season?