Best New Franchise Players

Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo

There wasn't much good to say about the Wahoos after they dropped to the cellar of the American League in 2009, but one bright spot (other than the end of the Eric Wedge era) was the emergence of Cabrera and Choo. Each guy hit about .300 for the season. Each plays some spectacular defense in his own way, Cabrera with his glove and Choo with his arm. And, honestly, with Cliff and C.C. and Victor gone and Grady injured, the team's in desperate need of some new leaders. They were the best reasons to watch the team near the end of the dismal season and they're the best hopes that the future will be better. — Grzegorek