When perusing their list of potential breakouts (once I saw that they have a long list, I wasn't as impressed, but still interesting) for 2012, again Melky Cabrera's name came up and, as we all know, he's having another career year, so their 2013 list will undoubtedly bring up Melky as one of their successes.
But I wondered how the others are doing, what other breakouts are there, in terms of career years. Here are the ones where I thought there was enough separation between 2012 vs. career and/or top season:
- Cody Ross: .895 OPS vs. .785 career and .804 high. However, I would note that he's not playing full-time, and he's never really been a full-time player, more of a platoon. Plus, he's playing in an good hitter's park.
- Carlos Ruiz: .982 vs. .773 vs. .847. And at age 33 too.
- Jonathan Lucroy: .969 vs. 722 vs. .703, FYI didn't play full-time before
- Tyler Colvin: .876 vs. .730 vs. .816, first year in Colorado, though
- A.J. Pierzitski: .840 vs. .750 vs. 824 (that high was in 2003!)
- Melky Cabrera: .932 vs. .746 vs. .809, looks like he'll be mentioned second year in row
Ah, what the heck. I still found the same players to be breakouts, the six above, plus Darwin Barney. Among the 29 players, I found 13 to have higher SLG in 2012 than their career SLG. Again, basically the same as the OPS differences, with just one additional guy, young Darwin Barney.