Re: 2008 Reds major league breakout player
I'll go with Marcus McBeth as my break-out guy: 50 IP, 3ish ERA, 45 K. He'll follow a path similar to the one we saw Burton walk this year.
I think EE could break out, but I'm not excited about the impact of Mr. Walks Clog The Bases Baker leading the charge. Edwin was popping up every thing in site last year with a pull-happy, must-drive-in-runners approach. I'd put his upside at .280/.375/.500, but he needs to go back to that line drive hitting doubles machine from 2006 and stop trying to kill the ball every time.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.