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Legit or Quit: 2010 Sophomore Hitters Analyzed
Cody Crosby, FantasyJuice.com

Last season brought some impressive debuts from some of the top prospects in baseball. We have all heard of the dreaded "sophomore slump" so which players are more likely to see decreased production in 2010?

The list below shows each hitter who received a vote in the 2009 American and National League Most Valuable Player voting. Each player's 2009 statistics are listed with projected 2010 stats for comparison.

The 2009 rookie pitchers will be analyzed soon. Feel free to comment below.

Games R HR RBI SB AVG LorQ
Elvis Andrus Legit
2009 145 72 6 40 33 .267
2010 Proj 155 82 6 47 41 .271
Comments You can't expect much better from a 21 year-old brought up for his glove. This kid is impressive and has a high ceiling for improvement.
Gordon Beckham Legit
2009 103 58 14 63 7 .270
2010 Proj 157 86 21 81 11 .282
Comments Beckham has what it takes to be a top 5 second baseman in 2011 and he's only going to get better.
Chris Coghlan Legit
2009 128 84 9 47 8 .321
2010 Proj 155 91 11 57 12 .297
Comments Playing a new position for the first time in the bigs helped Coghlan earn NL ROY honors. He's much more valuable as a 2B, where he will most likely move once the Marlins unload Dan Uggla.
Andrew McCutchen Legit
2009 108 74 12 54 22 .286
2010 Proj 158 92 16 61 28 .275
Comments McCutchen has what it takes to be the top hitter from the 2009 class. I'm not as bullish as others (FJ's own Michael Ryan) but I'm buying him as a top 75 fantasy contributor in 2010.
Casey McGehee Quit
2009 116 58 16 66 0 .301
2010 Proj 124 54 14 59 0 .285
Comments Don't expect McGehee to last long at third for the Milwaukee Brewers due to back issues and Mat Gamel. He's a top-notch pinch hitter but not an everyday player.
Games R HR RBI SB AVG LorQ
Garrett Jones Legit
2009 82 45 21 44 10 .293
2010 Proj 148 76 25 82 9 .275
Comments Jones burst onto the scene in 2010 after spending 11 seasons in the minors. Don't overpay for his numbers expecting 35+ dingers in 2009.
Everth Cabrera Quit
2009 103 59 2 31 25 .255
2010 Proj 110 64 3 33 32 .259
Comments Cabrera had a shaky 2009 but still managed to rack up the Sbs. Not bad for a kid who played only 7 games above A+ ball before the bigs. If his AVG stays low don't be surprised to see him in the minors at some point in 2009.
Dexter Fowler Legit
2009 135 73 4 34 27 .266
2010 Proj 145 77 6 45 31 .276
Comments If he can continue to find at-bats in Colorado, Fowler should be in for a solid speed season for fantasy owners. His power is still developing but will show up eventually.
Gerardo Parra Legit
2009 120 59 5 60 5 .290
2010 Proj 157 77 7 69 6 .276
Comments Parra had one of the most consistent seasons of this group. His season AVG hid his struggles against lefties (.220 AVG.) His lower AVG will hurt his speed and runs.
Colby Rasmus Legit
2009 147 72 16 52 3 .251
2010 Proj 152 83 21 68 11 .268
Comments A tale of two halves for Rasmus in 2009 with many predicting ROY honors at the All-Star Break. Don't expect too much more in '09 but speed should increase slightly.


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