September 28, 2016
Some Projection Left
7 Make-or-Break Seasons for 2017
The 2016 “prospect” season was a fun one. It may not have been as star-studded as the bumper crop of 2015, but we saw plenty of high-end guys make an impact at the big-league level, and we saw quite a few players show the upside that suggests they could be the next Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant or Carlos Rodon.
That being said, 2016 was also a frustrating season. Many prospects—ranging from upper-echelon to intriguing but volatile to “safe” bets—had more than their fair share of ups and downs. This is to be expected, of course; baseball is extremely hard and young players are going to play like young players, but this year in particular seemed to have more volatility than any I can remember covering.
Last year, I did an article where I gave up on some prospects. This year, I’ll go a bit more positive. Here’s a look at seven prospects that face “make or break” seasons in 2017.