1. áWill Matt Wieters Become an Elite Catcher? He came with a lot of fanfare and he delivered for the most part. He was at his best in August and September hitting .305 with five HRs and 27 RBI. He struggled against Yankee pitching (.143, 0 HR, 0 RBI), but he chewed up the rest of the AL EAST (.368, 5 HRs, 22 RBI). He'll be more comfortable at the plate and with the pitching staff, which should lead to a productive 2010 season.
2. áWill Nick Markakis Become a Superstar?
Markakis has been solid for the past three years averaging 99 runs, 45 doubles, 20 HRs, and 100 RBI while hitting .299. For him to take the next step he'll have to increase his HR total. At 26, with an emerging Wieters, Adam Jones, and newly acquired Garrett Atkins in the lineup, Markakis can do just that.
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