Five players poised to rebound

Track record and talent says these guys should bounce back in 2013

Updated: September 13, 2012, 1:38 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | Baseball Think Factory
Tim LincecumEric Hartline/US PresswireTim Lincecum probably knows he's bound to have a better season in 2013.

If you're Mike Trout or Andrew McCutchen, 2012 probably will go down as one of your career highlights, a season that many will fondly remember decades from now.

For others, however, turning a page on the calendar can't come soon enough. Not every player having a down year will come back triumphantly with a better one, whether it's because of the effects of injury, age or a simple decline in baseball skills. And bounceback seasons aren't always predictable, either -- Adam Dunn's 2011 was so awful that many questioned if he'd ever be useful as a major leaguer again while players such as Edgardo Alfonzo or Carlos Baerga had people waiting years for a grand return to stardom that never happened.

So, which players are most likely to wipe away disappointing 2012 seasons? I've taken a stab at naming my favorite five players who are likely to bounce back. Also included are preliminary 2013 ZiPS projections for the players in question, though I sometimes disagree with my computer. I usually win those arguments because I pay the electric bill.


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