The Top 10 Breakout Hitting Candidates for 2009

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The Top 10 Breakout Hitting Candidates for 2009

Every year several players out-perform their expectations and young players start rising into stars. Last year, we saw players like Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton, Matt Kemp and Nate McLouth break-out in a big way. These players were bargains for their draft positions in most fantasy drafts last year. Players like Rays' star third-baseman, Evan Longoria, showed glimpses of what he could do last year.This year they will come at a cost, but there are several players that can break-out this year.
Outfielder Josh Hamilton may have had the biggest break-out I can think of after his season last year. All Hamilton did was hit .304, smash 32 homers and drive in 130 RBIs after hitting only 19 and driving in 42 in 90 games in 2007. He could be a first-round pick in 2009.
Hamilton's teammate Ian Kinsler was one of the last second-basemen taken in most fantasy drafts. Kinsler went from hitting .263, hitting 20 homers and driving in 61 RBIs in 2007 to hitting .319, clubbing 18 home-runs and driving in 71 in only 121 games last year. Kinsler will be one of the top second-basemen drafted this year.
Pedroia wasn't really known for his power and only showed glimpses of his bright future in 2007. In 2008, Pedroia won the AL MVP. Pedroa's numbers rose from .317, 8 homers and 50 RBIs to batting .326, smashing 17 home-runs and driving in 83. He will also be one of the top second-basemen taken in 2009.
Matt Kemp showed what he could do in only 98 games in 2007, but put it all together in 2008. Kemp added stolen bases to his prowess and hit .290, slugged 18 homers, drove in 76 and stole 35 bases in 2008.
Nate McLouth was completely unknown in 2008 and became the Pirate's star after Jason Bay was traded. McLouth hit .276, homered 26 times and drove in 94 runs in a weak line-up. He also stole 23 bases.
Evan Longoria was called-up April 12th and never looked back. The Rays were hungry for more star power and let Langoria rip. He batted .272, hit 27 homers and drove in 85 runs. He was easily the choice for AL Rookie of the Year and helped the Rays get to their first post-season and to the World Series. Who can be this year's Langoria?
Who will step up in 2009? Here is a list of players that can make a name for themselves.

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