Bounceback candidates for 2014

Pujols among six players poised to improve upon disappointing 2013 seasons

Updated: January 27, 2014, 8:43 AM ET
By Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider

PujolsLisa Blumenfeld/Getty ImagesCan Albert Pujols rebound from two disappointing seasons with the Angels?

With spring training just a month away, the pickings on the free-agent market are slim. While there are still a few desirable players available -- most notably a certain pitcher coming over from Japan -- the majority of teams will need to get their biggest 2014 boosts from players currently on their rosters.

Whether you call it regression to the mean, the plexiglass principle or the dead cat bounce, here's a look at six players primed to have 2014 seasons that make us forget their 2013 campaigns. (Note that projected stats come courtesy of the ZiPS projection system.)


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B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves
2014 projection: .231/.304/.413 | 19 HR | 57 RBI | 23 SB | 1.9 WAR