3 Up, 3 Down For Next Season
3 Up, 3 Down For Next Season
In this article, I will be breaking down three young players who will take the next step in the 2013 season, as well as three players who will see their stats take a dip.
Eric Hosmer, KC: All the scouts love his tools and ability. After a fantastic rookie season in 2011 (.293, 19 HR, 73 RBI's), Hosmer has fell into the perverbial sophomore slump. He still has driven in 51 runs so far, and played almost-elite defense. He doesn't turn 23 until late October, and someday he might lead the young Royals to play games around that same time.
Kyle Seager, SEA: Seager leads the Mariners in almost every offensive category. Now, that might not be saying much, but I like this young offense moving forward. His 15 home runs and 75 RBI's in an often punchless Seattle lineup leads me to believe there is more in the tank for this third baseman. I can't wait to see his potential come to fruition.
Chase Headley, SD: I think Chase is on the verge of becoming a great hitter. He has been underrated the last few years as his acension through the Padres system has taken place. He is still only 26 and is putting up numbers that would constitute a hitter about to "figure it out". Headley has 22 long balls and 80 RBI's, to go with an OK .276 average. As the Padres continue to put peices around him, look for him to take the leader role by storm and get comfy in the 3-hole for years to come.
Willin Rosario, COL: I like this guy for this season, but his power is only outmatched by his less-than-quality .297 OPB. He is also a work in progress behind the dish. I see him as a poor man's Mark Reynolds moving forward. He'll get you home runs, but also a headache.
Bryce Harper, WSH: Bryce Harper is going to figure it out....eventually. He has taken some pretty impressive at-bats, as well as some pretty embarrassing ones this season. I like his defensive ability. It's hard to run down balls in centerfield for a small, fast guy, let alone a big one. He is going to put up all kinds of great stats in his career. I just don't see it happening this season, or next.
Chris Sale, CHW: You have already heard reports of outstanding lefty Chris Sale tiring out a bit. That is scary for a 23-year-old who is 6'6", 170 lbs. I just don't know how long he'll hold up, especially with his herky-jerky delivery. He has done more than he could have ever been asked to this season, but I need another year of this production before I'm sold on this southpaw.
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