Fantasy Baseball: 10 MLB Players Set to Have Huge Rebounds from 2012 Injuries
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The year 2012 wasn't very kind to several MLB players. A few guys were injured before the season even started and some were on their way to a monster year before hitting the disabled list for an extended period.
Here's a closer look at some key players who suffered major injuries last year but should have nice bounce-back seasons in 2013.
Note: Players with over 100 games played in 2012 were not eligible for this list.
Ryan Madson, RP, Los Angeles Angeles
Madson was signed to be the closer in Cincinnati last year, but he needed Tommy John surgery in April and never got his season off the ground. Now, he'll be starting all over in L.A.
With a loaded offense, the Angels should give Madson lots of chances to save games. He did a fine job closing out games with the Phillies in 2010, and should be a solid get for the Halos.
Bounce-back expectation: 35-plus saves with a low-3 ERA.
Brandon Beachy, SP, Atlanta Braves
Beachy was off to an incredible start in 2012. The young righty was 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA and a 7.56 K/9 rate before receiving Tommy John surgery in June.
Beachy won't be ready at the beginning of the season, but according to MLB.com's injury report, he could return by June. Pitchers are recovering from the procedure very well these days and Beachy should have similar success.
It will also help pitching his home games in Turner Field, a stadium that yielded the sixth-fewest home runs per game in the National League last year.
Bounce-back expectation: 75 IP with five wins and a low-3 ERA.
Victor Martinez, DH, Detroit Tigers
Martinez injured his left knee during offseason workouts last January and missed the entire 2012 season. The Tigers offense was already scary without him, and now they'll be getting back another weapon in V-Mart.
Although Martinez isn't fully healed right now, Dave Dombrowski said he'll be "fine" for spring training (via Detroit SBNation).
Martinez will most likely hit fifth in the Tigers lineup, behind Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. That sounds like plenty of RBI opportunities to me.
Bounce-back expectation: 500 AB with a .300 average and 12-15 home runs.
Scott Baker, SP, Chicago Cubs
Baker was seen last in action in 2011, when he went 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA in 21 starts for the Twins. He underwent successful Tommy John surgery in April and is a possible return for spring training in 2013, according to Andrew Selig of the Associated Press (via the Washington Times).
Baker will most likely be forgotten come draft day. He's not a high-profile guy like most of the players on this list, but he's still very capable of putting together a respectable season.
It's promising to see his K/9 rate improve from 6.39 in 2007 to 8.22 in 2011. Wrigley isn't exactly a pitcher-friendly stadium, but pitching in the National League is normally more generous.
Bounce-back expectation: 145 IP with 7-8 wins and a sub-4 ERA.
Colby Lewis, SP, Texas Rangers
Lewis was on his way to having a career-year in 2012, but a torn flexor tendon cut his season short. Before opting for season-ending surgery, Lewis was 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA and a 7.97 K/9 rate in 105 innings.
According to Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest, Lewis is progressing very well. The plan was to have Lewis return to the rotation in June, but he's already started a throwing program.
While it's good to hear about Lewis' recovery, chances are the Rangers won't rush him back.
Bounce-back expectation: 90 IP with 5-6 wins and a mid-3 ERA.
Sergio Santos, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
Santos stole the spotlight in the South Side when he saved 30 games with a 3.55 ERA for the White Sox in 2011. Last year, he only pitched five innings before tearing his labrum.
According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, he's expected to be 100 percent in spring training. The Jays have been very busy improving in all facets and that only helps Santos' stock. Toronto should win a lot more games in 2013, providing Santos with ample save of opportunities.
Bounce back-expectation: 30-plus saves with a mid-3 ERA.
Wilson Ramos, C, Washington Nationals
Ramos will have to compete with Kurt Suzuki to earn the starting job, but I think he'll earn the nod.
2012 was just an awful year for Ramos. He was abducted in Venezuela before the season started and then he tore an ACL after playing just 25 games. Ramos hit .267 with 15 homers in 2011, though, and that's a good sign of what's to come for the young backstop.
According to MLB.com's injury report, Ramos has been completing full-body workouts since early November.
Bounce-back expectation: 400 AB with a .270 average and 13-17 home runs.
Roy Halladay, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Halladay remains a big name, but a rough 2012 campaign could make him undervalued for the 2013 season. He was plagued with injuries from the get-go, and it was the first time in seven years that he pitched fewer than 220 innings.
Plus, his 4.49 ERA didn't do him justice as he owned a 3.69 FIP. Both the Phillies and Halladay will be better in 2013.
Bounce-back expectation: 15 wins with a low-3 ERA.
Carl Crawford, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
It's becoming a ritual for Crawford to make lists like these. After a very underwhelming 2011 season in Boston, he was supposed to bounce back last year.
That never happened. He played in just 31 games and was traded to the Dodgers late in the 2012 season.
I'm not ready to give up on Crawford just yet. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweeted that GM Ned Colletti expects Crawford to be ready for Opening Day.
Crawford hasn't earned the lucrative contract he signed with the Red Sox, but he's still just 31 years old with plenty of talent.
Bounce-back expectation: 500 AB with a .280 average, 10-15 homers and 25-30 steals.
Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
Longoria is the biggest star on the list and will certainly not be passed over. While you're not going to be able to steal Longoira, and I expect him to have a monster 2013 season.
Longo has had trouble staying healthy the last two years, missing a combined 117 games, but I expect a full slate for him this year. He's definitely an injury risk, but he's also a stud when he's on the field.
Bounce-back expectation: A .300 average with 30-plus homers, 100-plus RBI and five steals.
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