Top Breakout Candidates for MLB 2018

March 30, 2018 by

Catcher: Jorge Alfaro, The Philadelphia Phillies

The rocket-armed power hitter hit .318 in his 29 majors last season, and is expected to take a starring role in the long rebuild for the Phillies which is nearing resolution.

First Base: Ryan McMahon, The Colorado Rockies

McMahon is on the opening day roster thanks to hitting .355 in last season’s minors, but his path to being a regular at-bat player is complex: Ian Desmond will most probably begin the season as the team’s primary first baseman.

Second Base: Ozzie Albies, The Atlanta Braves

After a magnificent showing in the majors at only 20-years old, Albies is expecting big things this year. He has the plate discipline to be able to stick in the majors, and the bets on him to steal 30 bases.

Third Base: Brandon Drury, The New York Yankees

The Yankees’ offseason trade for Brandon Drury may been their most astute. Drury was a little bit of a letdown last season in Arizona, but his fly ball rates and line drive have gone up, which are going to make for great play in the Yankee Stadium. Prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres are knocking at the door, but Drury’s ability to adapt should see him at-bat frequently.

Shortstop: Tim Anderson, The Chicago White Sox

Anderson’s on-base plus slugging, or OPS, in the second-half was .732, a big jump up from .632 before the break for the All-Star game. He’s a little lacking in plate discipline, but still stands in line for 20/20 season.

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