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Perhaps the most surprising star of the 2010 season, Bautista heads into 2011 with a shiny new contract and a chance to prove 2011 was no fluke. While expectations vary wildly for the starting third baseman, it's worth looking a little closer at Bautista's career to get an idea of what to expect from him. I'll be looking at a number of players on the Blue Jays in this manner, with Bautista as the first.
Bautista was a 20th round draft pick by the Pirates back in 2000. Over his first
Aaron Hill is one of two Blue Jay hitters (the other being Adam Lind) who had a breakout year in 2009, only to be followed by a disappointing one in 2010.
Hill was a mid first round pick by the Jays in 2003, a college shortstop with an advanced skill set, if lacking obvious star-level tools. His progression through the minors came with no surprises. He showed good contact skills and solid plate discipline, with a little bit of pop, and his advance was so smooth it could be called