Baseball Breakout Players: Outfielders
There will basically be no farm system this season and young players are going to get a chance to play, whether they are ready or not. My goal here is to take a look at some of the breakout baseball players at each position. These are players who either played in the minor leagues last season, came up to the Majors late last season and didn't make a huge impact, or have had little impact overall due to lack of playing time or injuries.
Let's start with the top breakout outfielders.
1)Sam Hilliard, Colorado Rockies
No Ian Desmond means Hilliard and David Dahl will likely be the starting corner outfielders. Hilliard has all the size and athleticism. Has drawn some comparisons with Larry Walker.
2)Austin Hays, Baltimore Orioles
Hays is an outstanding defender who hit .309 in 68 at-bats with the O's last season. Hays did struggle in the spring and had trouble with lefties last season. But his speed and extra-base pop with defensive ability could make him Baltimore's best centerfielder since Adam Jones.
3)Adam Haseley, Philadelphia Phillies
Haseley hit .266 last season with five homers and 26 RBI in 222 at bats. He's an efficient hitter who will walk a lot and should steal 10-15 bases. He's not a big power hitter yet, but is still just 24 and was the eighth pick in the draft in 2017.
4)Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees
Yes, he's 29 but Tauchman is a late-bloomer who hit .303 in 634 minor league games. He hit 13 homers with an .865 OPS in 87 games (77 starts) last season. He's capable of 20+ home runs, solid defense and gets on base. Age is just a number.
5)Aristedes Aquino, Cincinnati Reds
Aquino is 6-4, 220 who has never come close to playing a full season. However, he hit 19 homers and .259 with an .892 OPS in just 205 at bats last season. He struggled in spring training and was placed on the auxiliary roster for spring training 2.0.
5)Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners
Lewis had 71 at bats in his first season with Seattle and produced six homers and 13 RBI. He became the fourth player in MLB history to hit six homers in his first 10 career game. Lewis has tremendous power and it's going to be tough to keep him out of left field or DH, but he needs to improve his average.