MLB Players To Watch in 2009: Josh Hamilton

Jerry FrasierContributor IApril 4, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 13:   Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers at bat during a Spring Training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 13, 2009 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Josh Hamilton is coming off a breakout season in 2008 with the Texas Rangers. He finished the season batting .304, hitting 32 home runs, and driving in 130 runs. What should we look for this season?

Look for Hamilton to slow down a little bit this season, but not much. He no longer has the protection in the lineup that he had with Milton Bradley batting behind him. Now with Nelson Cruz after him, pitchers will be able to pitch around him.

Hamilton will continue to be an elite center fielder in the majors.

Predicted stats: BA: .298, HR: 31, RBI: 123, R: 82