- Dan Szymborski, ESPN Insider
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.
Dan Szymborski says track record and overall talent suggests these five stars are poised for bounceback years in 2013.