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3 Giants Players Set to Break Out in 2021 MLB Season

Larry Rupp
Giants players set to break out in the 2021 MLB season, including Joey Bart.
Giants players set to break out in the 2021 MLB season, including Joey Bart. / Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

Opening Day is quickly approaching as teams continue to play in spring training games and make crucial roster decisions. One aspect of the MLB that will always stay the same year after year is the emergence of breakout players. These kind of players are vital to to the success of any MLB team.

A breakout player is simply someone who exceeds expectations and shows a lot of improvement from past seasons. With that being said, here are three San Francisco Giants players set to break out in the 2021 MLB season.

1. Joey Bart, Catcher

Joey Bart
Joey Bart looks ready to take on a bigger role in 2021. / Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Joey Bart made his MLB debut is 2020, but underwhelmed hitting just .233/.288/.320. However, he did score 15 runs in 33 games played and looks prepared to take on a larger role this season. He is expected to split time behind the plate with veteran Buster Posey and should see enough playing time to showcase why the Giants drafted him No. 2 overall in 2018. He has the power to hit in the middle of the lineup, but needs to work on elevating the baseball and cutting down on strikeouts. With Posey there to help him along the way, Bart could turn into a reliable starter by the end of the season.

2. Mauricio Dubon, Outfielder

Mauricio Dubon
Mauricio showed flashes of great potential last season. / Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Mauricio Dubon is another young unproven player that has the potential to be a star in the MLB. The former infielder was shifted to center field in 2020 and shined by accumulating four outs above average defensively. He could be a true two-way threat as well as the 26-year-old has a career .325 OBP. Dubon also showed power improvement last season by bumping his average exit velocity up to 86.2 mph. He is set to be a starter on Opening Day and could thrive in the utility role he is expected to be given. Figuring out how to take advantage of Dubon's untapped potential should be a top priority for the Giants this season.

3. Kevin Gausman, Starting Pitcher

Kevin Gausman
Kevin Gausman can excel if he builds off of his 2020 season. / Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

One of the biggest storylines for the Giants last season was the stellar pitching from starter Kevin Gausman. The veteran MLB player posted a 3.62 ERA across 10 starts and struck out 79 batters in 59.2 innings pitched. He enters this season as the Giants No. 1 option in the rotation and is looking to build off of his recent success. His fastball is touching the upper 90s in spring training and he also has a killer splitter. Gausman could improve even more given that he now has the chance to pitch with Posey, who opted out of the 2020 season. All the signs point to another great season from Gausman.

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