2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: First Base (1B) Breakout Players. First Base (1B) Breakout Player selections are based on a standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2011 season. Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2010 season.
First Base (1B) Breakout Player selections are based on players who have the potential to post a significant increase in offensive statistics during the 2011 season. First Base (1B) Breakout Players are players to consider drafting a round or two earlier, based on their offensive stat potential likely being greater than what their fantasy baseball draft position is to begin the 2011 season.
First Base (1B) Breakout Players 2011
Ike Davis – NYM
After just two weeks at Triple-A to begin the 2010 season, Davis received a mid-April callup and never looked back as he took over as the Mets everyday starting 1B during the 2010 season. With a successful rookie season under his belt that included 19 homeruns, 71 rbi and 73 runs scored while flipping between the #4, #5 and #6 spot in the Mets lineup, Davis and his run producing ability could easily claim his job as the Mets permanent cleanup hitter or #5 hitter during the 2011 season. Anything between 20-30 homeruns and 80-100 plus rbi seem like a great bet for Davis in what could be a full fledged breakout season for him in 2011.
2010 Minor League Stats: 33 AB, 8 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB, .364 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 523 AB, 73 R, 19 HR, 71 RBI, 3 SB, .264 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 85 R, 25 HR, 95 RBI, 3 SB, .280 AVG
Gaby Sanchez – Fla
Following a spring training battle that resulted in Sanchez beating out Logan Morrison for the Marlins starting 1B job to begin the 2010 season, Sanchez seemed to be on a mission as a rookie in 2010. Displaying his proven minor league hitting ability and his emerging power potential, Sanchez easily went on to tally a solid all-around rookie season that included 19 homeruns, 85 rbi, 72 runs scored, 37 doubles, 5 stolen bases, and a .273 batting average. At a mature age of 27, Sanchez seems poised to better his rookie season stats from 2010 and knock on the door of a 25 homerun, 90 rbi, 100 runs scored, and 10 stolen base season in 2011 as the Marlins potential everyday #2 hitter.
2010 Major League Stats: 572 AB, 72 R, 19 HR, 85 RBI, 5 SB, .273 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 90 R, 22 HR, 90 RBI, 8 SB, .290 AVG
Matt LaPorta – Cle
Entering the 2011 season as a post-hype prospect whose future only got dimmer during the 2010 season, LaPorta at age 26 could be in a make or break season for him in Cleveland. With the starting 1B job for the Indians his for the taking, LaPorta should be given every opportunity to stake his claim as the premier run producer that the Indians and fantasy baseball teams have envisioned him to be. A 20 homerun and 80 rbi campaign is definitely within reach for LaPorta during the 2011 season.
2010 Minor League Stats: 69 AB, 7 R, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 0 SB, .362 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 376 AB, 41 R, 12 HR, 41 RBI, 0 SB, .221 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 60 R, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 0 SB, .275 AVG
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