For second-year players, avoiding the infamous sophomore slump is easier said than done. And for younger players in general, regressing from a previous successful season is just as bad.
Last season, the MLB had some promising young players step it up in 2011 at the plate and on the mound. But is it possible for them to repeat that same success, or will they take a step back?
Injuries, pressure and competition can mess with a young player's mindset and cause him to lose focus during the season. The following players may be faced with that type of adversity next season, thus making them susceptible to a year of regression.
Here are six players who will likely regress in 2012 with their backs against the wall.