For the Seattle Mariners, 2012 will once again be a rebuilding year. It's something that fans have come to expect from the ballclub over the better part of the past decade, but this time the M's are taking the approach of building from the bottom up.
With prospects both at the plate and especially on the mound, the Mariners now seem poised to turn a corner following the misery the franchise has endured the past two seasons.
So while only the most diehard of fans would expect a trip to the postseason, this season could be the beginning of something far bigger as we start to see which players are capable of contributing now and, more importantly, later.
Players like Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero and Danny Hultzen may not be household names today outside of the Pacific Northwest, but by season's end, they and a handful of others could have people talking about the Mariners' future.
Understand though when I'm discussing breakout season, I'm trying to keep expectations within reason.
This is still a very young team trying to find its way; hence you won't see anybody putting up career/prime numbers...think more along the lines of Ken Griffey Jr. 1989-1990, versus MVP Junior 1996-1999...