Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Opening Day is Monday. Opening Night is Sunday. The beginning of the season is so close that you can taste it. The 2012 season saw several players burst into the consciousness of fans across baseball, from Mike Trout to Bryce Harper to Chase Headley to Andrew McCutchen to Martin Prado to Aaron Hill. Players break out of their shells every year, and here are ten players that I think are in a prime position to have a breakout year in 2013 and potentailly contend for an MVP award. 1) Andrelton Simmons, Braves Simmons burst onto the scene last year with the Braves, amassing 2.2 fWAR in 49 games thanks to a glove at shortstop that was out of this world. Simmons added competent offense as well, putting him higher in the consciousness than all-glove no-bat players like Brendan Ryan, and his game improved even more with an incredible showing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. This year, Simmons will be the leadoff hitter for a potent Braves lineup, and he could have an ab...
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