Not every player gets off to a hot start to begin the season.
Every year, there are countless guys who struggle during the first half of the year, for one reason or another, and are hastily labeled as disappointments. However, it’s easy to lose sight of just how long the regular season is and therefore how quickly a player can turn a disappointing first half into an overall successful campaign.
For example, Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons scuffled during the first half of the 2013 season. He had a .630 on-base percentage, .278 wOBA (weighted on-base average) and 73 wRC+ (weighted runs created plus) in 90 games. After the All-Star break, however, he posted a .788 OPS, .342 wOBA and 117 wRC+ in 67 games.
This year should be no different, as there’s a long list of guys who seem poised to make up for a slow start with a strong second half.
Here’s a look at five breakout candidates—including recently promoted prospects as well as those on the verge of the major leagues—for the second half of the 2014 season.