Bounce-back Candidates for 2015
I will take a look at some of the players I expect to rebound from bad 2014 seasons.
Note: This list is of players who are expected to be healthy for spring training so Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey, etc. are not included.
Prince Fielder had 8 consecutive seasons of at least 25 homeruns from 2006 to 2013. Unfortunately, after a trade to the Texas Rangers, Fielder struggled a bit and then lost his season to neck surgery. He has a career .285 batting average and I would expect him to be around that mark this season with 30 homeruns.
Derek Holland had a 1.46 ERA in 2014. However, he only pitched 37 innings. Obviously, that ERA is going to increase. I’d expect it to be around 3.75 in between his 2012 ERA of 3.95 and his 2013 ERA of 3.42. Holland pitched 213 innings in 2013. That seems a bit too high for 2015 but I’d expect him to be right around 200.
In 2014, Chris Davis hit 26 homeruns but only managed a .196 batting average. He got suspended for 25 games for Adderall usage and actually has one game to serve on that suspension. He hit a ridiculous 53 homeruns in 2013 and 33 in 2012. I expect Davis to hit 25 homeruns and would not be surprised to see him at at least .260 with an on base percentage of .340.
Clay Buchholz is always up and down. He had a 1.74 ERA in 2013 with 12 wins, though in just 108.1 innings pitched, but a 5.34 ERA in 170.1 innings pitched in 2014. He has struggled with many injuries and has yet to throw 200 innings in a season, but when all of his pitches are right, he is a great pitcher. I would expect a 3.50 ERA with 170 innings pitched in 2015.
Albert Pujols hit .272 with 28 homeruns in 2015. He is still capable of much more than that. From 2001 to 2012, he hit at least 30 homeruns and in that time he hit under .300 just twice. Now Albert is 35 years old and probably won’t 40 homeruns or have an average in the .350s, but I expect him to hit around .290 and hit 30 homeruns and I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see 35 homeruns with an average in the .310s.
Billy Butler only hit 9 homeruns in 2014 with a .271 average. His career average is .295 and he hit .313 in 2012. He had at least 15 homeruns from 2008 to 2013. I’d expect him to be at .295 in 2015 with 20 homeruns.
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