Just curious to see what Redszone thinks. Which Red, if any, will have a big breakout season in 2008?
My choice would have to be Edwin Encarnacion. In the second half of the 2007 season EdE hit .309/.360/.488 - .848 OPS. In addition to hit improvement with the bat, EdE'd defense was much improved from what we've seen since he entered the majors in 2005. From what I saw of him in the second half of last season, I just think EdE is ready to take his game to the next level and become one of the top 3B in the league. I think this is the year he tops the 20 HR plateau and hits around .300/.370/.500 with 25 HR and becomes that big RH power bat in the middle of the order that the Reds have been lacking.
Another obvious choice would be Homer Bailey. He impressed me in his three September starts and while I don't expect him to set the world on fire this year, I do think he'll be much improved over his 2007 stats. 150 innings of 4.50-4.75 ERA ball and a 7.0+ K/9 isn't out of the question from him this season, IMO of course.
Who is your breakout player for 2008?