2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Left Field (LF) Breakout Players. Left Field (LF) 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.
Left Field (LF) Breakout Player selections are based on players who have the potential to post a significant increase in offensive statistics during the 2011 season. Left Field (LF) 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.
Left Field (LF) Breakout Players 2011
Jose Tabata – Pit
After making his major league debut in June of last season, Tabata took full advantage of his opportunity. Splitting time between the leadoff and #2 spot in the Pirates lineup, Tabata put together an outstanding second half of the 2010 season after the all-star break that resulted in 49 runs scored, 11 stolen bases, and a .322 batting average over 289 at bats. With a full season potentially in the leadoff spot for Tabata in 2011, it would not be surprising if Tabata tallied stats in the range of 100 runs scored, 10 homeruns, 35 stolen bases, and a batting average around .300 for the 2011 season.
2010 Minor League Stats: 224 AB, 42 R, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 25 SB, .308 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 405 AB, 61 R, 4 HR, 35 RBI, 19 SB, .299 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 100 R, 10 HR, 55 RBI, 35 SB, .300 AVG
Logan Morrison – Fla
After getting called up in July last season, Morrison immediately claimed a permanent starting spot in the Marlins lineup as their everyday left fielder. As a rookie in 2010, Morrison showed no signs of struggling to adjust to major league pitching. Displaying an excellent eye at the plate to go along with an outstanding ability to get on base, Morrison excelled as the #2 hitter in the Marlins lineup during the 2010 season. At age 23 and with developing power hitting ability, Morrison should claim a permanent spot in the Marlins batting order somewhere between the #2 and #5 spot for the 2011 season.
2010 Minor League Stats: 238 AB, 36 R, 6 HR, 45 RBI, 1 SB, .307 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 244 AB, 43 R, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB, .283 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 85 R, 15 HR, 65 RBI, 3 SB, .290 AVG
Alex Gordon – KC
I don’t even think putting Gordon’s name here is legal, but the potential is just too great with Gordon to overlook him simply because he has been a bust thus far during his major league career. With a position change from 3B to LF midway through the season last year, Gordon once again was able to dominate minor league pitching during his time at Triple-A in 2010. However when given the opportunity to play in the majors, Gordon once again fell flat. Entering the 2011 season with the LF starting job his to lose in Kansas City, there is no denying that Gordon could finally have that much anticipated breakout season this year.
2010 Minor League Stats: 260 AB, 59 R, 14 HR, 44 RBI, 7 SB, .315 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 242 AB, 34 R, 8 HR, 20 RBI, 1 SB, .215 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 70 R, 20 HR, 75 RBI, 10 SB, .270 AVG
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