Staying in The Show

Which first-year, full-time players have the potential to stick as starters?

Updated: March 8, 2013, 11:49 AM ET
By Ben Lindbergh | Baseball Prospectus
Brandon MossTony Medina/Getty ImagesOakland first baseman Brandon Moss batted .291 with 77 hits and 26 walks in 84 games last season.

For every top talent like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado who claims a regular role from the moment he makes the majors, there's a veteran who bounces around for years while he waits his turn for a chance to start somewhere. The following 10 players are looking to make the leap to full-time starter status this season. But do they have what it takes to succeed in their expanded roles, or will they be busted back to the bench?


Andy Dirks, Detroit Tigers, LF

Dirks hit .322/.370/.487 in part-time duty last season, while right fielder Brennan Boesch managed only a .240/.286/.372 line. Torii Hunter's arrival left room for only one of the two to start, and Dirks appears to have the spot sewn up.

Ben Lindbergh

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Ben Lindbergh is the editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus. He has interned for multiple MLB teams and is a member of the BBWAA.