Pablo Sandoval has always possessed the raw power that makes baseball scouts salivate, but there was always something preventing him from becoming that power hitter that everyone expected.
After hitting 25 home runs during his first full season in the majors, his total dropped to just 13 the following year due to weight problems.
The following season, with weight issues being nothing more than the past, Sandoval hit five home runs in the first month of the season before breaking his right hamate bone, which is an injury notorious for sapping power.
Coincidentally, it was the same story in 2012 when Sandoval broke his hamate bone in the other wrist.
With a track record of weight issues and two broken bones in each of his wrists, it's easy to look over Sandoval as a potential 30-35 home-run type of player.
However, despite these obstacles, Sandoval has been able to put his raw power on display at times. Case in point, his three home runs in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series.
Oh, and Sandoval's recent power surge has continued during the offseason with this moonshot to help give the Navegantes a 11-9 victory.
If Sandoval can stay healthy for 150 games in 2013, 30 home runs is definitely in the realm of possibility.