What player on your favorite team will have a breakout year in 2009?

Well I think a couple players on the Giants will have a breakout year. I guess I will
PabloSandoval.jpgname them both and for different reasons. I think Pablo Sandoval will have a very nice season with the bat. He hit .345, 3 Home Runs and 24 RBI’s in just 41 games. I believe that was just a sample of what he can do with a bat in his hands. He does hit for AVG, but I’m hoping he gets a little more pop in his bat. He will probably be batting 3rd and I’m sure he will keep his AVG up and RBI’s will also come easy for him with Renteria on base a lot in front of him.

BarryZito.jpgI also think Barry Zito will have a breakout year. I know I’m sure a lot of you guys think that’s a type error. No it’s not! I do believe he will have a breakout year. This year he’s not going to be the main guy that everyone is looking at cause of his big contract. They have Tim Lincecum coming back as the ace and Cy Young award winner. Then you add Randy Johnson with Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez. Zito will fall back to like the 3rd or 4th spot in the starting rotation. Which can only help him. He will not be going up against another teams ace. He can only get better at the bottom of the rotation.
Who do you belive will be your teams breakout player of 2009?
– King of Cali


  1. Jane Heller

    I’m hoping Brett Gardner will go from promising minor league prospect to everyday center fielder for the Yankees. He’s got great speed and would make a perfect leadoff or #9 hitter in the lineup, but his offense is still unproven.


  2. juliasrants

    I think Jacob Ellsbury will find his bat this year and combined with his speed he will have a banner year. I also have great hope in Jed Lowrie. I think a full year in the majors at short will show us exactly what he is made of. Happy New Year King!


  3. neal07

    I’m really hoping Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes has a huge breakout year and lives up to their full potential. But who I THINK will have a breakout year is Xavier Nady. With Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Mark Teixeira batting in front of him, he should have the biggest years of his career. He had a .305-25-97 season playing half his games for the PIRATES last year.

  4. xcicix

    This may be the year for Stephen Drew. Without Hudson there to overshadow the middle-infielder/leadoff hitter spot, he may well start showing off his talent to the whole world…

  5. lukasarts

    I’m hoping John Maine and David Wright will have breakout years. If so (and everyone else performs as usual) I think we could be on for a winner.

  6. Elizabeth D

    It seems like the Giants have a really nice pitching rotation. And I agree with you on Barry Zito! And I also agree with Julia on Jacoby Ellsbury. He broke out in a huge way at the end of the ’07 season but struggled a bit in ’08. I think now that he’s used to it… he’ll be even better.

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