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2011 Sleepers: Players Who Will See More AB

Every season you scour draft boards and the pool of available players looking for the next breakout star. Sometimes it’s as easy as finding players who have gotten a chance to play everyday and will now get a full season of at-bats. These are some of the notable players in 2011 who will now be seeing regular playing time, and that right there makes many of them sleepers in the broadest sense of the word. Each player is listed with the team he plays for and now many plate appearances (PA) he had in 2010. Some players may currently be battling for starting jobs and are of note until otherwise benched, and all players are listed at the position where they’re expected to start.

Catcher

  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia | BOS | 30 PA
  • J.P. Arencibia | TOR | 37 PA

First Base

  • Juan Miranda | ARI | 71 PA
  • Brandon Allen | ARI | 55 PA
  • Freddie Freeman | ATL | 24 PA
  • Kila Ka’aihue | KC | 204 PA
  • Mitch Moreland | TEX | 170 PA

Second Base

  • Bill Hall | HOU | 378 PA
  • Sean Rodriguez | TB | 364 PA
  • Danny Espinosa | WAS | 112 PA

Third Base

  • Brent Morel | CHW | 69 PA
  • Dayan Viciedo | CHW | 106 PA
  • Chris Johnson | HOU | 356 PA
  • Danny Valencia | MIN | 319 PA
  • David Freese | STL | 261 PA

Shortstop

  • Jed Lowrie | BOS | 196 PA
  • Reid Brignac | TB | 321 PA

Outfield

  • Logan Morrison | FLA | 285 PA
  • Peter Bourjos | LAA | 187 PA
  • Domonic Brown | PHI | 67 PA
  • Cameron Maybin | SD | 315 PA
  • Michael Saunders | SEA | 324 PA
  • Desmond Jennings | TB | 23 PA
  • Travis Snider | TOR | 319 PA
  • Rick Ankiel | WAS | 237 PA
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About the author: Bryan is the co-founder of Baseball Professor and works as a consultant specializing in operational metrics and efficiency analysis. When he’s not working, blogging, or tending to basic human needs, he enjoys pondering the vastness of the universe, rewatching episodes of Breaking Bad, and avoiding snakes. (@BaseballProf)

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