Sunday, February 13, 2011
ESPN Lists Brewers' Marcum as #1 Player Poised For Breakout Season
Buster Olney's column this week, this time as part of an entry on players positioned for a "breakout" season in 2011. Olney picked Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum as #1 on the list, having escaped last season with a 3.64 ERA while competing in a division containing 2010's three highest scoring teams (Yankees, Red Sox, Rays). Now in the National League, he "has the type of pitching smarts and competitiveness to take advantage of the inherent holes in the NL batting orders." Olney says that the Brewers' weak defense may hinder Marcum's success (surprise!), but one long time scout thinks he has a chance to win 20 games if he remains healthy.