Top 10 Potential Injury-Risk Sleepers

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

#10

Dustin Pedroia

2B, Boston Red Sox

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

Projections:
.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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