Top 10 Potential Injury-Risk Sleepers

Dustin Pedroia
Text: Eric Mack,
Photo: Winslow Townson/SI; AP


Dustin Pedroia

2B, Boston Red Sox

Career highs by category:
.326 AVG, 17 HR, 83 RBI, 118 R, 20 SB

.300 AVG, 18 HR, 80 RBI, 110 R, 18 SB

Let's finish this list in the same place we started it -- with a 27-year-old former fantasy star that is coming off a freak (not chronic) season-ending injury for the Red Sox. All of Pedroia's career highs came in his surprising AL MVP campaign in '08. But he has been remarkably close to that career-best pace in the second half. His broken foot has gotten ample time to heal and shouldn't really affect his game much, if at all. Pedroia was slugging at a 25-homer pace before his injury, so an age-27 breakthrough of .330-25-100-120-20 might be possible (even if beyond most of our imaginations for the pint-sized originator of the "Laser Show").

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