5 Sluggers Set for a Breakout Season in 2020
The weather is warming up and baseball is in the air! With only a few weeks to go before the season begins, here are some MLB batter that could break out as top sluggers in 2020 season.
5. Cavan Biggio, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
We all know Cavan Biggio's father, Craig, but the youngster made a name for himself in his own right in 2019 as a part of the Toronto Blue Jays new core of young players. After finishing 2019 with 2.8 wins above replacement (WAR) and StatCast data crediting him with an average exit velocity of 88.7 miles per hour and barrels on 9.0 percent of his batted balls, Biggio should be a top talent in no time.
4. Mike Yastrzemski, OF, San Francisco Giants
Sporting another last name that might ring a bell, Mike Yastrzemski took advantage of a depleted outfield in San Francisco last season. The rookie burst onto the scene with a .245 isolated power (ISO), 11.2 percent barrel rate, and an 88.7 exit velocity which all contributed to his .518 slugging percentage. With the potential to be an everyday starter for this rebuilding Giants squad, look for Yastrzemski to continue showing off his power.
3. Luis Robert, OF, Chicago White Sox
Breakout rookies may be harder to come by than second-year players, but players like Pete Alonso and Aaron Judge still had no problem breaking records in their first seasons. Luis Robert could be the next name on that list after tearing through the minors in 2019, advancing from High-A all the way to Triple-A, with 32 HR's, 92 RBI, and a combined slugging of .920.
2. Keston Hiura, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
Keston Hiura forced his way into the lineup in 2019, overtaking veterans to become a star for the Milwaukee Brewers down the stretch. You don't commonly see second basemen slug .570 with a 91.4 mile-per-hour exit velocity and a 13.9 percent barrel rate, but Hiura did that as a rookie, leaving plenty of room for optimism in 2020.
1. Will Smith, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
I know, another Los Angeles Dodgers prospect to catch fire, what else is new right? Well catcher Will Smith definitely exceeded expectations in his first 196 major league plate appearances. His .318 ISO ranked 10th among all hitters with at least 100 plate appearances, and his 226-foot average batted-ball distance was good for fourth among players with at least 50 batted-ball events. He racked up 15 home runs and 42 RBI in that limited action, and if he gets more opportunity in 2020 he could quickly build on those totals.
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