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3 Former MLB Stars Who Could Bounce Back in 2020

Mike Esposito
Bounce-back candidates for the 2020 MLB season include Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain.
Bounce-back candidates for the 2020 MLB season include Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images
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Major League Baseball is absolutely loaded with star power, but unless your name is Mike Trout, consistent greatness is incredibly hard to maintain. In fact, many of the league's stars failed to live up to their reputations last season. Many of those players are likely to improve in 2020, but three players in particular who suffered bad-luck seasons in 2019 — due to injury or otherwise — could make the biggest leap forward of any player looking to re-establish themselves.

With that in mind, here are three former MLB Stars that can bounce back during the 2020 MLB season.

3. A.J. Pollock, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Divisional Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals - Game Three
Divisional Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals - Game Three / Will Newton/Getty Images

A.J. Pollock was limited to just 86 games in 2019 thanks to an elbow injury that he suffered in April. However, based on his production upon his return from injured list, you have to like his chances of a bounce-back campaign this upcoming season. The 32-year-old returned to the Dodgers' lineup in the middle of July and was immediately one of the club's best hitters, slashing .288/.348/.537 with 13 homers and 33 RBI. If those numbers were projected across a full 162, Pollock would have set career-highs in long-balls, RBI and slugging percentage. The potential for a comeback campaign is definitely there for the 2015 All-Star and as long as he can stay healthy, he may just realize it.

2. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

St Louis Cardinals  v Philadelphia Phillies
St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies / G Fiume/Getty Images

Andrew McCutchen looked to be on the verge of a career renaissance in the City of Brotherly Love until a torn ACL ended what could have been a bounce-back year for the former NL MVP. However, that doesn't mean that he can't pick up where he left off in 2020. Batting out of the leadoff spot, the 33-year-old set career-highs in walk percentage (16.8), tied for fifth in the National League in walk-to-strikeout ratio (0.78), and he also led the National League in walks (43) before he was injured. Returning from a torn ACL is never easy, but if McCutchen can build on last season's performance and stay healthy for the entire year, don't be surprised if he has a strong season in 2020.

1. Lorenzo Cain, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

San Diego Padres v Milwaukee Brewers
San Diego Padres v Milwaukee Brewers / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Lorenzo Cain was a Gold Glove centerfielder in 2019, but his performance at the plate took a step back after a huge season the year prior. The two-time All-Star slashed a miserable .260/.325/.372 with a .697 OPS. Cain's decline in production is a little concerning, but theres a good chance that he'll be in for a bounce-back season in 2020. Bad luck was a huge factor in Cain's regression at the plate, as he finished the year with a career low .301 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) — which was 38 points less than his career average. Additionally, the 33-year-old finished the year tied with Luke Voit with the 11th-best line drive percentage (25.7) in the MLB. Clearly, Cain's bat is still strong and as long as he returns to his career norms in those areas, he'll definitely see an improvement at the plate.


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