Mike Foltynewicz, Braves.
2016: 9-5, 4.31, 123.1 IP, 2.55 BB/9, 8.10 K/9. Average FB Velocity 95.2.
Folty was inconsistent last year, but when he was on, he was unhittable. Just ask the Giants! He's maturing as a pitcher and has the stuff to be an ace. Will 2017 be the year he finally does it?
Blake Snell, Rays.
2016: 6-8, 3.54, 89 IP, 5.16 BB/9, 9.91 K/9. Average FB Velocity 93.5.
Snell's walk rates in the minors tended to be high too. This one might be a bit of a reach, but he has the stuff to breakout.
CLOSER: Bruce Rondon, Tigers.
2016: 5-2, 2.97, 36.1 IP, 2.97 BB/9, 11.15 K/9. Average FB Velocity 97.2.
Big things have been predicted for Rondon, seemingly forever. Last year, he started showing what he is capable of. He needs to stay healthy.
HONORABLE MENTION: Trea Turner, SS, Nationals.
2016 AAA: .302/.370/.471, 22 2B, 8 3B, 6 HR, 25 SB, 10.0 BB%, 19.4 K%, 371 PA.
2016 MLB: .342/.370/.567, 14 2B, 8 3B, 13 HR, 33 SB, 4.3 BB%, 18.2 K%, 324 PA.
Turner's MLB debut last year was so stupendous it's hard to say he didn't already break out, but it was only for a half a season, so we'll put him as an HM. Maybe I will do a post on the worst trades of the last 5 years. Who did the Padres get in that deal again?
BREAKOUT SLEEPER: Mac Williamson, OF, Giants.
2016 AAA: .269/.314/.495, 14 2B, 11 HR, 5.3 BB%, 23.5 K%, 226 PA.
2016 MLB: .223/.315/.411, 3 2B, 6 HR, 10.2 BB%, 27.6 K%, 127 PA.
Memo to rest of MLB: Don't sleep on Mac Williamson! Those numbers may not look too impressive, but Mac was just looking comfortable at the plate when he suffered a shoulder strain that essentially ended his season. In those 127 PA's, though, he had 6 of the 12 bardest hit balls by exit velocity on the Giants roster including the top 3. Those 6 HR's project to 29 in 600 PA's. Please Giants! Just put Mac in LF and leave him there. If he stays healthy, he'll be a breakout star of 2017!