Given the ages of many of the Oakland Athletics players, it would be all too easy (and optimistic) to say that all of them will be better in 2013. However, it's wise to remain realistic and separate those who stand with the best chance of continued development from the rest of the squad.
The fact of the matter is, not all of the A's players will best their 2012 production, but you can guarantee that at least a handful of them will, without question.
Yoenis Cespedes is in his prime at 27 years old, while 25-year-olds Josh Reddick and Tommy Milone have yet to even enter theirs. Jarrod Parker (24) is even younger.
Then there's a slew of other guys.
Chris Carter, Derek Norris, Sean Doolittle, Dan Straily, A.J. Griffin, Brett Anderson and Ryan Cook—none of them were older than a quarter century during the 2012 season. The heart of a team who won 94 games and the American League West division has the potential to be very scary in the near future, should they stick together.
This is not to mention the Oakland veterans who could thrive in 2013 as well.
Coco Crisp isn't close to being done career-wise. Brandon Moss arrived on the major-league scene, but can he keep it going? Grant Balfour rebounded from a rough start to solidly and effectively close out the season.
So who among this group has the highest potential, and who is most likely to expand upon their 2012 stats and improve upon them next year?
It's conceivable that the following men are the answer.