Which MLB Player Will Bounce Back In 2019?
Teddy Cahill: Mike Zunino, Rays. Injuries hampered Zunino in 2018 and he was dealt to the Rays in November. Back in his home state of Florida, the 28-year-old should be able to get back on track and return to the form that makes him one of the best catchers in baseball.
Carlos Collazo: Kris Bryant, Cubs. A shoulder injury caused Bryant to post the lowest OPS+ of his career in 2018, after three straight finishing among the top 10 players in the majors in WAR. A healthy 2019 season should allow him to tap into his power more consistently and get back to the MVP-caliber player he is.
Justin Coleman: Carlos Correa, Astros. Injuries nagged Correa in 2018, with a sore back taking him off the field for roughly six weeks. With a clean bill of health, Correa should be an impact with his plus bat and quality defense.
Matt Eddy: Ryan Braun, Brewers. Braun’s bat has trended down for two straight seasons, but with a retooled swing to help him get the most out of his frequent hard contact, the 35-year-old could rejuvenate his batting statistics.
Kyle Glaser: Carlos Correa, Astros. Correa was never really right with a sore back hampering him last year and hit .239/.323/.405 in a very un-Correa like performance. Provided the injury doesn’t linger, he should a return to his status as one of baseball’s best players this season.
Kegan Lowe: Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals. In his first season with the Cardinals, Ozuna’s OPS dropped more than 160 points from his breakout 2017 season with the Marlins. Entering a contract year, and now with one season in St. Louis under his belt, expect Ozuna to bounce back to an all-star level. Plus, it would only feel right for Ozuna to win the NL MVP in 2019, following in the immediate footsteps of former Marlins outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich.
Josh Norris: Kris Bryant, Cubs. Free and clear of injuries that turned him into a mere mortal in 2018, Bryant should revert to his all-star self and give the Cubs big boost of thump in the middle of their lineup.