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1st year player concerns

OK guys, i'm looking for some help regarding a few players who are in their first year of MLB service.  I've been asking myself these questions for the last couple of weeks and I'd like the communities opinion (to compare to my own).

** DISCLAIMER:  I do not play Fantasy Baseball, i'm asking these questions purely as a fan!

Joba Chamberlain:  with his current success, albeit a very small sample size, what is the probability the Yanks take the Papelbon route and leave him as a reliever?

Ryan Braun (two parter):  clearly this kid can rake but I have concerns with the lack of OBP.  Is it a safe assumption to expect improvement in walks over the next couple of years?  AND, does Milwaukee have anyone in their system that could push him to the OF or will he stick at 3B (considering the defensive inefficiencies)?

Alex Gordon:  How concerned are you with the strikeout rate and lack of power?  Is he now destined for mediocrity or do you still believe in his perennial (spl?) all-star potential?

Josh Hamilton:  JH recently admitted that years of abuse has wreaked havoc on his immune system thus it takes him longer to recover from various illnesses than most people.  Knowing this (and assuming he stays clean) do you think he will be able to carve out a decent career or will he out of baseball in 3/4/5 years?

Thanks for the input!

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