10 Players To Keep An Eye On

April 04, 1991|By Peter Schmuck

* GLENN DAVIS -- The Baltimore Orioles were looking for someone to fill their run-production gap, and who better than a guy who has averaged 28 home runs per year playing half of every season in the spacious Astrodome.

* CECIL FIELDER -- The world is waiting to see if his 51-homer season was a fluke. The pressure is on, but at least the Tigers went out and got Rob Deer and Mickey Tettleton to provide some backup in the batting order.

* RAMON MARTINEZ -- The Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander won 20 games last year and struck out 18 batters in one game. He's just 23 years old and he already is one of the most exciting pitchers in the game.

* CHUCK FINLEY -- In just three seasons as a starter for the California Angels, he has emerged as one of the premier left-handers in the game.

* BEN MCDONALD -- Don't let his 8-5 record last year fool you. McDonald was one of the most overpowering pitchers in the American League. With a little support, he might have won 11 games in 15 starts for the Orioles.

* MATT WILLIAMS -- The San Francisco Giants third baseman had a career year in 1990, hitting 33 home runs and piling up 122 RBI. The potential was always there, but one question remains: What do you do for an encore?

* ROCK RAINES -- The Chicago White Sox needed a leadoff man. Rock, formerly known as Tim, needed to go back to the leadoff spot after spending the past couple of seasons in the middle of the Montreal Expos lineup.

* DWIGHT GOODEN -- How much is the right-hander worth? The New York Mets decided to play it safe with a three-year, $15.45 million contract extension.

* JACK CLARK -- Now with the Red Sox, he would like to forget his final season with the San Diego Padres, but Clark still hit 25 homers with 62 RBI in just 334 at-bats.

* GEORGE BRETT -- There aren't many guys who could hit .329 with 87 RBI at age 37. The Royals star is still is one of the best pure hitters in the game and he still has a lot of motivation. He's 293 hits away from No. 3,000.

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