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Which first-year, full-time players have the potential to stick as starters?

Updated: March 8, 2013, 11:49 AM ET
By Ben Lindbergh | Baseball Prospectus

For every top talent like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado who claims a regular role from the moment he makes the majors, there's a veteran who bounces around for years while he waits his turn for a chance to start somewhere. The following 10 players are looking to make the leap to full-time starter status this season. But do they have what it takes to succeed in their expanded roles, or will they be busted back to the bench?

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Andy Dirks, Detroit Tigers, LF


Dirks hit .322/.370/.487 in part-time duty last season, while right fielder Brennan Boesch managed only a .240/.286/.372 line. Torii Hunter's arrival left room for only one of the two to start, and Dirks appears to have the spot sewn up.

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