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Breakout/Comeback Player of the Year


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  • 2 weeks later...

Mondesi is a really good pick to break out, he's already proven he's an above average MLB player IMO, so a big step forwards towards elite player status seems like a solid bet.

As far as guys who weren't considered future stars who could break out goes.. Willians Astudio is a classic late blooming breakout candidate IMO,   I think Michael Pineda is as good a bet to win Comeback player as anyone -- Pedroia may factor into it too with the East coast hype -- I think he just started a rehab assignment.

NL, Alonso with the Mets and Alcantara with Miami are pretty good picks to bust out -- but both may be better listed as ROY candidates...     

For a more traditional breakout guy but, I'd prolly go with Hunter Renfroe, his batted ball profile took a huge step forward the second half of last year -- less pull happy, his launch angles spiked.   

Comeback player for me might be Jimmy Nelson, he's expected back soon but dude was on a serious upswing when he hurt his shoulder while running the bases.  Adam Eaton is another guy like Pedroia that may get some East coast hype and win it.

 

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9 hours ago, m0nkey said:

If Yandy Diaz really figured out how to stop pounding balls into the ground, watch out for him too

This one is a great pick too -- I remember an article a while back pointing out his ridiculous exit velocities and sky high GB rates....  Talk about a guy being a case study for launch angle.

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Yandy Diaz definitely looks primed.  His HR's haven't been the majestic sort, but he's driving the ball with such authority that they sneak out, especially in those AL East parks.  I also really like the easy velo that Sandy Alcantara is throwing with.  Upper 90's for 8 innings and making it look easy in his first start.  

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