It is one of the most interesting occurrences in sports—the breakout year. This is the time when the eight point-per-game forward turns into an offensive force. This is when your backup running back becomes a touchdown machine.
In baseball, this is when the bottom-of-the-order lineup filler becomes one of the most valuable players on the team. It is very hard to predict when or to whom these years will happen, but it can be done.
Here, I'll take my best crack at it. For each MLB team, I've identified a position player or pitcher poised to have a breakout year in 2012.