Who is one player we should look out for, and why?
If you know baseball, you know who it is. Who else in baseball gets compared to Willie Mays and Griffey Junior while signing the second largest contract in the history of a franchise yet has only a little over two years of service time in the big leagues? Justin Upton has the talent to become one of the greats of the game.
--Doug Franz, Sports 620 KTAR radio
Jason Hammel has a chance to be a surprise player. He won 10 games last year and could win 15 this year. Also, Ian Stewart is a candidate to go 30-home-run, 100-RBIs if he hits .270.
--Troy Renck, Denver Post
Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Kemp is fast becoming a household name. He’s your basic five-tool player who possesses 40-40 skills and can hit over .300. He earned both a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove award last season and the Dodgers are looking at him to be the new face of the franchise. Kemp bounced up and down the batting order last season, mostly hitting towards the bottom of the order. Joe Torre figures to bat Kemp second this season, in front of Andre Ethier and Manny Ramirez, and so a spike in production could result in Kemp having a monster season. Baseball Reference groups him with Andre Dawson, Carlos Beltran, and Vernon Wells through his age 24 seasons. The future looks bright for Matt Kemp. And the future is now.
--Robert Timm, Dodger Dugout
San Diego Padres
Kyle Blanks is a guy that could have the largest impact on this team. Although I would like to see him hit in front on Gonzalez to increase the likelihood of seeing more fastballs. Bud Black will probably hit him fifth. Blanks will probably hit around .265, but should have 25-30 Homeruns and 10-12 stolen bases.
--Steve Adler, The Friarhood
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