Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
There are so many Tigers that have the chance to really break out in '06 after a number of players had down years, but between shedding 30 pounds and being in a contract year, I'm going to put my money on Dmitri Young to turn it around and have a monster season. When Young was healthy and in shape (back in 2003), he had a great season, despite being on a team where there were a number of automatic outs and teams could easily just pitch around Young. Now, playing for what is likely his last contract, I expect Young to step it up with 30-plus homers and an OPS approaching .900 once again.
Mark Anderson, Minor League Editor
Much to my own surprise, I'm actually expecting a huge season from Pudge. I can't really explain it, but I just have this feeling that he might well explode this season. He's got his personal issues behind him, the steroid allegations have disappeared, his differences with Trammell and Company are a thing of the past, and he's put back on some of his weight. All of that combined should result in some pretty impressive numbers. He's got a fair bit of offensive talent around him that should alleviate some pressure for him to be the man, and if the team can stay healthy, he should be able to just go up there and hit. Watch out for Pudge to have another big year before that inevitable late career decline really starts to take its toll on him.
Jason Avery, Amateur Baseball Editor
My answer is Magglio Ordonez. His injuries last year obviously diminshed his overall numbers, but he hit .320 after the All-Star break and had just 29 strikeouts in 259 at-bats. Even though he had just five home runs and 35 RBIs, Ordonez should showcase the power he had while with the White Sox now that he is totally healthy, and the Tigers need Ordonez to produce in the middle of the order for them to have a solid offense.
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