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27 seems to be the year a lot of players step up.
Note: Stats listed as: Average, Home Runs, RBI, Runs, Steals/Attempts and ABs. Age at start of 2011 season is next to the player's name.
2010: .242-13-71-55-3/5 (495)
The 27-year-old Suzuki will continue to hit in the middle of the A’s lineup, which was improved by the offseason acquisitions of David DeJesus and Hideki Matsui.
He had good power numbers for a catcher last year, and his .242 average seems like an aberration based on his BA the previous two seasons. If completely healthy, he could be back to around .275 in ’11.
The A’s value his defense and work with their young pitching staff, so Suzuki will get his opportunities to produce with the bat. He has the talent and opportunity to be a good value pick if you draft him in the late rounds.
Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies (32)
2010: .302-8-53-43-0/1 (371)
John Buck, Florida Marlins (30)
2010: .281-20-66-53-0/0 (409)
Mike Napoli, Los Angeles Angels (29)
2010: .238-26-68-60-4/6 (453)