2023 Evaluation of 2022’s Surprises

The following players posted a big surprise season after having established a previous baseline expectation that was consistently lower. Given that firm definition, rookies and unestablished players are not included. So, no Julio Rodriguez or Michael Harris II. No Andres Gimenez or Nico Hoerner, whose breakouts were just their first full seasons. And no Jurickson Profar or Christian Walker, who had put up similar numbers in the past.

Turns out that most of the “surprises” last year were of the rookie and first-time-full-time variety. Of the rest, these were probably the most notable that meet the definition . . .

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