MLB 2012: 5 Young Players Who Will Breakout

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MLB 2012: 5 Young Players Who Will Breakout
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Every year, many young prospects take the leap from potential to production. In 2011, players like Erik Hosmer, Dustin Ackley and Michael Pineda emerged from top prospects to franchise cornerstones in their first season.  

Here are five players who will shed their prospect labels and become MLB stars in 2012. 

Disclaimer: To be considered for this list, hitters must have logged less than 250 career at bats and starting pitchers less than 100 innings. 

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