What do Austin Jackson, Gordon Beckham, Chris Coghlan, Jason Heyward and Geovany Soto all have in common? Each player had a terrific rookie season, but was unable to duplicate their success the following season. In other words, they all failed to elude the dreaded sophomore slump.
After being called up by the Toronto Blue Jays on August 4, Brett Lawrie batted .293, smacked nine home runs and had 25 RBI in just 43 games and 150 at bats.
As of April 19, he is off to a solid start. In 11 games he’s hitting .295 with two home runs and eight RBI.
He could be poised for a strong 2012 campaign if his spring training is an indication of things to come. In 16 games, the 22-year-old batted a remarkable .524 (22/42), while 10 of his 22 hits went for extra bases (eight doubles and two triples). He also showcased his good speed by swiping five bags.
Here are 10 ways to defeat the possibility of a sophomore slump.