SPECULATOR: Searching for the next Edwin Encarnacion

A big part of each spring's draft preparation is spent trying to identify the next breakout player, the game-changer who will lead you to your league title. Since such exercises are rather speculative by nature, they are very much in our wheelhouse.

In the past in this space we have searched for the next Carlos Gonzalez, Ben Zobrist, Carlos Pena, and (going further back) Bret Boone. In each case, the goal was to take the subject player's previous-season breakout and develop a set of criteria that might highlight some other players with a similar skills progression.

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