The Houston Astros have a very exciting season coming up. Part of the fun will be seeing which players come out and exceed expectations. Avoiding the obvious candidates for breakout seasons like George Springer, who is destined for greatness on every level, and Jonathan Singleton, who could be the power that the Astros have been shopping for all along, who stands to make the biggest statement in 2014?
Guys like Dexter Fowler, Scott Feldman and even Matt Albers or Chad Qualls could be in prime position to do so, but they’ve already established that they are MLB-quality players and anything less would obviously be a letdown.
Then there’s the starting rotation with youngsters Jarred Cosart, Brett Oberholtzer and Brad Peacock all vying to prove that the end of last year wasn’t a fluke. They sit in the top five when it comes to breakout potential for 2014, that much is certain. However, the breakout player won’t be one of them.
Robbie Grossman has continued to exceed all expectations. His 2013 was unbelievable, and yet he still avoids the spotlight. His power numbers were far better than what was forecast, as was his hitting in general. If he continues in 2014 what he started in 2013, then Grossman will be the Astros’ biggest breakout player by far.
If he fell short in any category in 2013, it was strikeouts. He was never a strikeout-heavy hitter, but 2013 begged to differ. It’s the one area he could improve on that would make a huge difference to the team. Correct that one area, and the Astros may have found a keeper with years of production yet to give.