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Wandy Rodriguez made the leap to elite starter last year. Who will be the breakout pitcher of 2010? Keep an eye on this quartet.
Brett Anderson, A's
A rookie last year, the lefthander had a 3.48 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 88 innings after the All-Star break. Just 22, Anderson—who recently added a changeup to a repertoire that includes a 95-mph fastball and a killer slider—could put up those kinds of numbers over a full season.
John Danks, White Sox
The 25-year-old lefthander led Chicago's rotation in quality starts (20) and ERA (3.77) last year. Danks was 31--33 over his first three seasons, but if he can improve his command (he walked a team-high 73 batters), he could hold his own on a staff that includes Jake Peavy and Mark Buehrle.
Jonathan Sanchez, Giants
In his first two seasons as a starter the lefty, 27, had excellent strikeout rates (8.94 K's per nine IP in 2008, 9.75 in '09) but struggled with command. Sanchez's 11-strikeout no-hitter last July was no fluke: In '09 only three pitchers generated a greater percentage of swings and misses (27.6% of his pitches).
Max Scherzer, Tigers
Because of his violent delivery, injuries have always been a concern for the righty, who was traded from Arizona to Detroit in December. But Scherzer, 25, was impressive in '09, his first full season (9.19 K's per nine IP). Moving to the AL is an issue for many pitchers—but not one with Scherzer's 97-mph fastball and nasty slider.