BRADENTON, Fla. - A year ago, Kevin Kramer was one of my big breakout picks for the lower levels. I watched him daily at Pirate City during minor league Spring Training, and it seemed like he hit a double off the wall every day. He made consistent hard contact, showing some good power potential from the second base position. Then the season came around, and Kramer did not have the numbers that would qualify as a breakout season.

Kramer posted a .277/.352/.378 line in 513 plate appearances. It wasn't a horrible result, but he didn't show the power numbers you'd expect from a guy hitting the ball so hard, and he didn't put up results that would make you think of his future in Pittsburgh one day.

Those numbers can be deceiving though. I watched Kramer all throughout the year, and one th...

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