No post-hype breakout list would be complete without Hamilton.
After he was selected first overall by the Devil Rays, Hamilton was plagued by drug and alcohol issues, which derailed his once-promising MLB career.
After four years away from baseball, the Reds took a flier on Hamilton and traded for him after the Cubs selected him third overall in the 2006 Rule 5 Draft.
In 90 games with the Reds, Hamilton performed magnificently, batting .292 with 19 home runs.
Nonetheless, those numbers are not what you would expect from a player as highly regarded as Hamilton.
After he was traded to the Rangers, Hamilton seemingly re-invented himself and became an MVP-caliber player.
Hamilton went from out of baseball in 2006 to winning the AL MVP in 2010.
His comeback has been nothing short of miraculous, and this year is no different.
Hamilton is currently second in the AL in batting average (.354), first in home runs (21) and first in RBI (57).
With the pace he is currently on, he could make history by capturing the AL Triple Crown for the first time since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967.
Hamilton’s story proves that raw talent can only take you so far in professional baseball.
But with the right work ethic, anything is possible.