Breaking Down 5 Overachieving MLB Prospects of 2012

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Breaking Down 5 Overachieving MLB Prospects of 2012
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I’ll be the first to admit it: Sometimes it’s hard not to get wrapped up in a specific prospect’s performance. So when I see a player like C.J. Cron hit 27 home runs with 122 RBI but walk only 17 times in the California League, I’m forced to temper all excitement.

Every year there are prospects like Cron who post gaudy offensive statistics as an older player in a younger league. While such performances frequently are a result of overachievement, they also can be highly deceptive.

Here’s a breakdown of five of the greatest overachievers throughout the minor leagues this season.

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