Just about every player in Major League Baseball goes through a series of ups and downs during their career for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s a change of venue, for others it’s mechanical issues that go undetected. And for some, there appears to be no reason whatsoever.
Several players experienced miserable seasons in 2011, and here is a list of five players likely to experience an upswing in 2012.
1. Vernon Wells: Los Angeles Angels
After 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, outfielder Vernon Wells debuted with the Los Angeles Angels last season, and the results were not pretty. Wells hit .219, the lowest average for any hitter who qualified for the AL batting title, with 25 HR and 66 RBI.
Wells should fare much better this year, especially hitting behind new Angels’ acquisition Albert Pujols. Wells spent the offseason reconstructing his swing with hitting guru Rudy Jaramillo, and looks forward to putting last season behind him.
2. Jason Heyward: Atlanta Braves