Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

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The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago.

Martin Brodeur Authentic Jersey Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, break out in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the Cardinals in 2016. Same with Andrew Benintendi (Red Sox) and Dansby Swanson (Braves) and Yoan Moncada (White Sox). But we’re not going to talk about those youngsters here, though, because they all still own their rookie status for 2017.

No, we’re going to talk about another crop of rising stars who could very well wind up making their first All-Star teams soon. These guys have big-league experience but have yet to experience full-season success in the majors, and the combination of talent and opportunity should give them that shot in 2017. Think about what guys like Adam Duvall (from eight total career homers to 33 last year) and Jonathan Villar — whom improved from a career-high 18 stolen bases to NL-best 62 — did in 2016, for the Reds and Brewers, respectively.

Despite the demand for David Ortiz to come out of retirement and return to the contending Red Sox, it isn’t going to happen.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski did everything in his power to persuade Ortiz to change his mind by acquiring ace Chris Sale from the White Sox, solid set-up man Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers and Gold Glove first baseman Mitch Moreland in free agency.

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