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2010 MLB Breakout Player Profile: Hunter Pence, OF Astros

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Hunter Pence #9 of the Houston Astros hits a one run double during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 28, 2009 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Todd FarinoCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2010
Player: Hunter Pence Team: Houston Astros
Bats: Left
Position: OF
FBS Breakout Rank: 11/30
You are probably wondering why Hunter Pence is a breakout? He had a great year numerically and passed a big fantasy milestone. Pence is another one of the players who crossed the 1,500 at-bat milestone and gave us a glimpse of what to expect in 2010. For the months of August/September, Pence hit 12 home runs and 29 RBIs. In September, he batted .309 with 30 hits, five of them home runs.  
Hunter Pence will turn 27 at the start of the season and is in store for a breakout season.  Expect his home runs, RBI, and batting average to continue an upward trend. More surprising, I expect Pence to get 20 stolen bases. The Astros lineup just doesn't have the pop it used to, so expect the Astros to run more and manufacture runs. Pence did attempt 25 swipes last season.
The inconsistency that we've all seen in the past from Hunter Pence will be almost gone.  Like all players, he will have his slumps, but when he's hot he is one of the most exciting players to watch in baseball. 
The True Guru Projections: .316 BA, 28 Hrs, 98 RBI, 85 Runs, 19 SB
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