1. Will Middlebrooks- 3B
After a breakout rookie season in which he hit .288 with 15 HR's and 54 RBI in only 75 games, he is already drawing comparisons (Sporting News 2013 Baseball Preview issue) to long-tenured 3B Scott Rolen, currently of the Cincinnati Reds. Middlebrooks, like Rolen, has spectacular arm strength as well as a great glove at the hot corner. Notably, Rolen regularly hit about .280 with 30 HR and 100+ RBI, which Middlebrooks could average in a complete season as Sporting News pointed out. Middlebrooks' swing is one that generates so much power in such an easy manner, which in some sense parallels Sox pitcher Daniel Bard's effortless delivery on his 98 MPH+ fastball. He made the occasional rookie mistake last year, but he was generally cool, calm and collected at the plate and in the field. He is a player I'm beginning to focus part of my collection on. I currently have his chrome Bowman DP&P Rookie Card, in addition to a few other cards of him, and I'm looking to hopefully purchase some on eBay soon.
In terms of cards, his Chrome RC's are selling for around $2-3 on the secondary market. That doesn't seem like a lot, nor does the $8-20 range for his relics, but his Auto cards are selling anywhere for $40-250 depending on the variations and numbering. Here are a listings on eBay currently going on for some of his key cards.
1.2012 Topps 5-Star RC Auto- http://bit.ly/15240l6
2.2012 Bowman Sterling RC Autograph- http://bit.ly/Znrsdi
3.2012 Bowman Sterling Dual Auto w/ Jackie Bradley Jr. 4/5- http://bit.ly/Y3KO2e